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Appetizers Boston Restaurants Italian

Piattini’s new Fig Jam preserves the last memories of warm Boston

This fall, Piattini, located on Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay, is bringing a taste of seasonal Italy to its menu with its new fig jam. Served as an accompaniment to its popular cheese plate featuring rotating imported cheeses ($14.95), Piattini’s fig jam is a sweet treat meant to preserve and celebrate the final tastes of summer. Created for sharing, guests can select a glass of red or white wine from Piattini’s extensive list, featuring over 30 selections of wines by-the-glass, while sampling selections of cheese and the complementing jam. For those looking to do a little preserving of their own, Piattini’s five-step recipe below is as simple as it is scrumptious.

Fig Jam

Ingredients

  • Ingredients:
  • 2 cups of fresh or dry figs- stems cut
  • 2 cups of water
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup of lemon juice
  • 4-5 cups of sugar

Directions

  1. Wash figs, cut stem, and chop into small pieces
  2. Add figs to water and bring to boil
  3. Reduce heat, stir in sugar, honey, and lemon juice
  4. Simmer for 40 minutes, stirring constantly
  5. Let cool and place in mason jar
  6. If you want to use right away, there is not need to boil the jar, but if you choose to consume at a later date you must seal the jar by boiling it in water for 10 minutes.
  7. Optional: You may add white raisins to jam to add texture and flavor.
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Asian Boston Restaurants Featured Recipes Poultry

Moksa’s insane Vindaloo Wings will melt your soul

Vindaloo Wings 1CAMBRIDGE — In the spirit of the 2013 football season, Moksa, an Asian fusion restaurant located in Central Square, has developed its own take on everyone’s favorite tailgate food with its new Vindaloo Wings ($6). Regarded as one of the hottest dishes available on Moksa’s menu, the vindaloo wings are an all-out blitz of jalapenos, green Thai bird chili and other Indian seasonings including Kashmiri chili powder, cayenne pepper and red chili peppers. Available during Moksa’s dinner service, the vindaloo wings bring the intensity of the game right into the dining room. For tailgating, heat things up using Moksa’s wing recipe below.

Vindaloo Wings

Ingredients

MARINADE

  • 1 cup potato starch
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 1\2 tspn cayenne pepper
  • 1 tspn garlic powder
  • 1\2 tspn salt
  • 1\2 tspn chat masala

Moksa Dining RoomVINDALOO SAUCE

  • 10 dry, whole red chili
  • 4 green Thai bird chili’s
  • 4 jalapenos
  • 1\2 cup Kashmiri chili powder
  • 1\2 tspn black peppercorn
  • 1 tspn Garam masala
  • 5 pieces cardamom
  • 1 cup onion
  • 2 tbspn garlic
  • 2 tspn salt
  • 2 tbspn chat masala
  • 1\2 cup oil
  • 1\2 cup vinegar
  • 4 cups water
  • 1\4 cup melted butter

RAITA

  • 8 oz yogurt
  • 1\2 tspn roasted cumin seeds
  • 1 tspn chopped cilantro
  • 1\4 tspn salt
  • Pinch Kashmiri chili powder
  • 24 CHICKEN WINGS

Directions

Mix corn starch, potato starch and all the spices together. Coat wings with spiced flour mix. Spread wings on a roasting rack and keep it in refrigerator for 60 to 90 minutes.

Pre heat the oven to 350 C. Roast wings for about 20 minutes and deep fry them for 4 minutes on 350 C until they get crispy from outside.

For vindaloo sauce, put all the ingredients in a sauce pot except melted butter and bring it to boil for a couple of hours on a slow heat. Cool it down, add melted butter and make puree.

Toss crispy chicken wings with vindaloo sauce, serve with Raita (yogurt dipping sauce) and celery sticks.

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Asian Boston Restaurants

Red Lantern Kung Pao Lamb Sauces

024014Red Lantern Restaurant & Lounge will celebrate its two-year anniversary from July 15 to July 28 with a special “From the Vault” menu. In addition to the current fare, the Back Bay Asian-fusion locale will feature highlights chosen from both customers and the Red Lantern crew, as well as a special favorite chosen by Executive Chef Kevin Long, to offer their loyal guests.

Today we are lucky enough to feature three sauce recipes for Red Lantern’s Kung Pao Lamb.

Kung Pao Lamb Base Sauce

Ingredients

  • 3 cans hot bean paste
  • 1 bottle sriracha
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar

Simply combine the ingredients and mix well

Kung Pao Chili Oil

Ingredients

  • 15 star anise
  • 1-2 tbsp Szechuan peppercorns
  • 1 cup fine chili powder
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups of 90/10 oil

Directions

  • Mix oil, star anise and peppercorns.
  • Heat oil till warm. Remove from heat.
  • When oil is at room temp, add chili powder.

Kung Pao Mix Sauce

Ingredients

  • 4 tsp chicken powder
  • 4 tsp white sugar
  • 4 tsp oyster sauce
  • Pinch salt
  • 32 oz water
  • 8 tsp shao xing cooking wine

Directions

  • Mix first 4 ingredients to form a paste.
  • Add water and wine and mix till dissolved.
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Asian Boston Restaurants Featured Recipes Seafood

Red Lantern’s Blackened Salmon Roll

014Red Lantern Restaurant & Lounge will celebrate its two-year anniversary from July 15 to July 28 with a special “From the Vault” menu. In addition to the current fare, the Back Bay Asian-fusion locale will feature highlights chosen from both customers and the Red Lantern crew, as well as a special favorite chosen by Executive Chef Kevin Long, to offer their loyal guests.

Today’s favorite is the Blackened Salmon Roll:

Ingredients

  • Sashimi Grade Salmon
  • Cucumber Wrap
  • Blackened Seasoning
  • Ponzu

Blackened seasoning

  • 1 Tbsp. Cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. Black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. sugar

Ponzu Ingredients

  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 2 cups dashi

Directions

  • Mix together and rub on the salmon
  • Lightly grill the salmon, about 15 seconds a side
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Boston Restaurants Featured Recipes Steak/beef

Root Beer Braised Short Ribs

Rootbeerdinner 2013 (2)The pop of a top, the fizz of the rich carbonation and the sweet taste of root beer– there are few things that evoke such fond memories. On Sunday, July 28th, 2013 at 6 p.m., Chef Paul Turano of Tryst Restaurant in Arlington, MA is collaborating with New England’s very own root beer company, Tower Root Beer, for the third annual Root Beer Dinner, celebrating Tower’s 99-year-old classic soda recipe.

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs Boneless Beef Short Ribs (about 1 1/2″ thick with good marbling)
  • 1 ea yellow onion, rough chopped
  • 1 ea carrot, rough chopped
  • 2 ea celery stalks, rough chopped
  • 3 ea garlic cloves, rough chopped
  • 3 Tbls tomato paste
  • 4 ea fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 ea bay leaf
  • 1/2 bottle dark beer
  • 1/2 bottle Tower Root Beer
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 3 Tbls balsamic vinegar
  • flour, as needed
  • salt and pepper
  • canola oil, as needed

Directions

Season short ribs with salt and pepper, dredge in the flour, bang to remove excess flour. Heat a sauté pan over medium heat, add a little canola oil and cook the ribs in batches (Do Not Overcrowd the Pan!) Brown the ribs on all sides, taking care not to burn the flour. Remove ribs and place in an oven proof casserole about six inches deep. Sear remaining ribs.

Wipe out excess oil from the sauté pan. Add the onion, carrot and celery, season with salt and pepper and continue to cook until light brown. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Add the tomato paste and cook an additional 3-5 minutes, stirring often. Add the beer, root beer and bring to a boil for two minutes. Pour into the casserole over the ribs. Add the aromatics and chicken stock. Cover the casserole with lid or aluminum foil. Place in 300˚ oven. Half way through cooking, flip the ribs in the liquid to ensure even cooking. Cook approximately two and a half hours, until the short ribs are tender, but not falling apart.

Remove the meat from the casserole, strain the liquid through a sieve, skim excess fat and return to casserole or a stove top safe pan. Reduce the liquid until the desired consistency. Return ribs to the liquid to slowly reheat.

Serves 4-6

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Alcoholic Boston Restaurants Drinks/Cocktails Featured Recipes

Hurricane-inspired ‘Dark & Sandy’ cocktail from Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro

If you’re willing to brave the storm, head to Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro, where  bartenders are shaking up a Frankenstorm-worthy  drink, the Dark & Sandy. Those at home can use the recipe below to stir up their own stormy concoction using a drop of Sandy herself–seriously.

Dark & Sandy Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. Ginger Beer
  • 4 oz. Gosling’s Rum
  • 1 Raindrop from Sandy

Directions

Make “Sandy Rim” on glass with brown sugar. Boil rainwater so it’s safe to drink. Mix ingredients, shake and pour over ice. Garnish with Lime Wedge.

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Alcoholic Autumn Boston Restaurants Drinks/Cocktails Featured Recipes Holidays

The Voodoo Child: a Halloween cocktail with a kick

Just in time for Halloween, Boston’s Salvatore’s Restaurant is offering a creepy new cocktail: the Voodoo Child ($10). The concoction is available at all four Salvatore’s Restaurant locations through November, or you can make it yourself…if you dare.

Voodoo Child

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz. Kraken Spiced Rum
  • 1/2 oz. Bacardi White Rum
  • 1/2 oz. St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. Cointreau
  • 1/2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Bitters
  • 1 Dash of Hot Sauce (6 shakes)

Directions

Shake all ingredients and pour over ice. Garnish with lime slice dipped in cinnamon sugar.

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Appetizers Asian Autumn Boston Restaurants Origins Recipe Sources Recipes

China Blossom Pumpkin Dumplings

This recipe is from David Yee, General Manager at China Blossom Restaurant & Lounge in Andover. Adding a traditional fall flavor to this classic Chinese dish results in pure pumpkin perfection. These dumplings are easy to whip up on a weeknight and fancy enough to serve at a special event.

Pumpkin Dumpling Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg

Cooking Instructions
1. In a small bowl, mix egg and pumpkin puree. Beat in flour, a little at a time, until the dough is smooth and elastic. Add nutmeg and stir to incorporate.

2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Place several tablespoons of the dough on a cutting board and spreading until it is ¼ of an inch thick.

3. Slice ¼-inch-thick and 3-inch-long strips and drop into boiling water. The dumplings will take shape as they hit the water.

4. As the dumplings rise to the surface, cook another minute and then remove from water with a slotted spoon. Place cooked dumplings into a bowl of ice water, then drain.

5. Before serving, sauté dumplings in butter and season with salt and pepper.

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Alcoholic Autumn Boston Restaurants Drinks/Cocktails Featured Recipes Recipe Sources Recipes

New, sophisticated fall cocktails from Boston’s Beehive

The Beehive, a favorite Boston jazz spot, introduces two new fall cocktails to its menu: the Janie Jones ($12) and the Flying Dutchman Martini ($12). Both drinks are made with Aperol, an Italian spirit with flavors of orange, rhubarb and herbs. Sip these sophisticated concoctions at the ‘hive or impress your friends at home, using the recipes below.

Janie Jones

Janie Jones

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Hendricks Gin
  • 1 oz. Canton Ginger Liquor
  • ½ oz. Aperol
  • ½ oz. Lemon Juice

Directions

Shake and serve on the rocks in a double rock glass. Garnish with a Lemon Twist.

Flying Dutchman Martini

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. Bols Genever
  • 1 oz. Lillet Blanc
  • ¾ oz. Luxardo Liquor
  • ½ oz. Aperol
  • Dash Lemon Juice
  • Dash Simple Syrup

Directions

Shake on the rocks, strain and serve in a martini glass. Top with Sparkling Wine.


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Alcoholic Autumn Boston Restaurants Drinks/Cocktails Featured Recipes

Beacon Hill Bistro’s ‘Back to the ABCs’ fall cocktail

School is back in session and fall is in the air. Celebrate the season with Beacon Hill Bistro’s “Back to the ABCs” cocktail, a blend of autumnal apple, bourbon and cranberry. The cocktail is available at the Bistro for a limited time, but read on for the recipe so you can shake it up yourself.

Recipe

  • Apple Caramel Simple Syrup
  • 4 oz. Bourbon
  • Dash of Cranberry Bitters
  • Splash of Lemon Juice

Directions

Shake, strain and serve up. Garnish with cranberries.