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Sadly, my surname isn’t Rothschil... I’m happy to admit I love everything about the fancy-pants dinner experience: a dizzying array of cutlery that demands an understanding of the critical nuances between the demitasse and dessert spoon; starched white tablecloths that glare admonishingly well in advance of the inevitable accidental spill; an army of waiters elegantly gliding about the room, wielding dangerously French-named items like amuse-bouche and petit four. I’m a sucker, I can’t help myself. Sadly, my surname isn’t Rothschil... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58389377@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:07:30 MDT Gallery: 17 days of deals during Dine O’ Round in downtown Salt Lake City http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58398710-223/bistro-salt-dinner-lunch.html.csp More than 50 downtown Salt Lake City restaurants will offer lunch and dinner specials during the annual Dine O’ Round. The 17-day promotion kicks off Friday, Sept. 12, and continues through Sunday, Sept. 28. During that time, guests can get a two-item lunch for $5 or $10, or a three-course dinner for $15 or $30. Here’s a list of the participating restaurants. $5 Lunch Bocata Gracie’s Salt Bistro Tony Caputo’s $10 Lunch Benihana Bistro 222 Caffe Molise Cannella’s Cedars of Lebanon Copper... More than 50 downtown Salt Lake City restaurants will offer lunch and dinner specials during the annual Dine O’ Round. The 17-day promotion kicks off Friday, Sept. 12, and continues through Sunday, Sept. 28. During that time, guests can get a two-item lunch for $5 or $10, or a three-course dinner for $15 or $30. Here’s a list of the participating restaurants. $5 Lunch Bocata Gracie’s Salt Bistro Tony Caputo’s $10 Lunch Benihana Bistro 222 Caffe Molise Cannella’s Cedars of Lebanon Copper... 58398710@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:00:56 MDT Recipe: Sweet, less stew-like take on Rosh Hashana tsimmes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58379501-223/sweet-carrots-cup-hashana.html.csp Though tsimmes — a traditional part of the Rosh Hashana meal — generally is considered a sweet stew of carrots and other root vegetables, we decided to take our version in a slightly different direction. We kept all the essentials — carrots bolstered by parsnips, beets and a sweet potato — but instead of a stew texture, we aimed for more of a roasted vegetable dish with a deliciously sweet sauce. That sauce comes from yet more classic ingredients, including raisins and dates, as well as honey an... Though tsimmes — a traditional part of the Rosh Hashana meal — generally is considered a sweet stew of carrots and other root vegetables, we decided to take our version in a slightly different direction. We kept all the essentials — carrots bolstered by parsnips, beets and a sweet potato — but instead of a stew texture, we aimed for more of a roasted vegetable dish with a deliciously sweet sauce. That sauce comes from yet more classic ingredients, including raisins and dates, as well as honey an... 58379501@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:00:56 MDT Food briefs: Noted pastry chef to teach in Park City http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58395140-223/local-festival-culinary-details.html.csp Noted chef to teach at culinary school Mary Cech, considered one of the top pastry chefs in the country, recently joined the faculty at the Park City Culinary Institute, 7720 Royal St. A native of Ohio, Ceche had previously worked for Talisker creating gourmet chocolates and high-end desserts for the company’s two Park City properties: Talisker on Main and Powder (formerly Spruce) at the Waldorf Astoria. Earlier in her career, she was one of five instructors selected to launch the Culinary Ins... Noted chef to teach at culinary school Mary Cech, considered one of the top pastry chefs in the country, recently joined the faculty at the Park City Culinary Institute, 7720 Royal St. A native of Ohio, Ceche had previously worked for Talisker creating gourmet chocolates and high-end desserts for the company’s two Park City properties: Talisker on Main and Powder (formerly Spruce) at the Waldorf Astoria. Earlier in her career, she was one of five instructors selected to launch the Culinary Ins... 58395140@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:00:56 MDT Recipe: Leave them feeling full with nutritious chia seeds smoothie http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58407787-223/chia-seeds-cup-healthy.html.csp Pity the chia seed. For so long this nutritional powerhouse was relegated to late-night television commercials hawking sprouting cat-shaped clay planters. That is, until recently. Americans have suddenly realized chia seeds have a lot to offer a healthy diet. A tiny tablespoon of chia seeds crams in tons of protein, fiber, healthy fats, calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorus and omega fatty acids. That’s a lot to offer in a little seed. But the real reason I love chia so much? It fills me up, and ... Pity the chia seed. For so long this nutritional powerhouse was relegated to late-night television commercials hawking sprouting cat-shaped clay planters. That is, until recently. Americans have suddenly realized chia seeds have a lot to offer a healthy diet. A tiny tablespoon of chia seeds crams in tons of protein, fiber, healthy fats, calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorus and omega fatty acids. That’s a lot to offer in a little seed. But the real reason I love chia so much? It fills me up, and ... 58407787@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:00:56 MDT Recipe: Butter and black pepper, a steak’s best friends http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58407811-223/steaks-pepper-steak-butter.html.csp A steak and potato dinner is an American cliche, but a delicious one. And in my mind, that gives us leave to play with — and enjoy — it without feeling guilty. For my weeknight-friendly steak and taters, it was important to me that it be a one-pan wonder. Nobody wants tons of cleaning up on a weeknight. It also had to be fast and flavorful, which is why I opted for bison steaks. This widely available alternative to beef is naturally lean and deeply flavorful. That leanness means you need to cook... A steak and potato dinner is an American cliche, but a delicious one. And in my mind, that gives us leave to play with — and enjoy — it without feeling guilty. For my weeknight-friendly steak and taters, it was important to me that it be a one-pan wonder. Nobody wants tons of cleaning up on a weeknight. It also had to be fast and flavorful, which is why I opted for bison steaks. This widely available alternative to beef is naturally lean and deeply flavorful. That leanness means you need to cook... 58407811@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:00:56 MDT Recipe: A late summer Southern classic — tomato pie http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58407841-223/pie-tomatoes-tomato-cheese.html.csp Tomato Pie is a classic Southern dish made in late summer when the tomato plants are heavy with ripe fruit, but everyone has had their fill of tomato sandwiches and salads. It is essentially a pie shell filled with fresh sliced tomatoes and sweet onions, topped with mixture of shredded cheese and served with a sprinkle of fresh basil. It’s not fancy and generally is not served in restaurants, but you can find it at potluck suppers, farmers markets, roadside stands and most every rural kitchen. M... Tomato Pie is a classic Southern dish made in late summer when the tomato plants are heavy with ripe fruit, but everyone has had their fill of tomato sandwiches and salads. It is essentially a pie shell filled with fresh sliced tomatoes and sweet onions, topped with mixture of shredded cheese and served with a sprinkle of fresh basil. It’s not fancy and generally is not served in restaurants, but you can find it at potluck suppers, farmers markets, roadside stands and most every rural kitchen. M... 58407841@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:00:56 MDT Recipe: A rich, creamy noodle kugel with apples and honey http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58379503-223/honey-apples-kugel-cream.html.csp Similar to a bread pudding held together by a rich, creamy custard, our apple-honey kugel is a perfect dessert for fall, as well as a fine dish for Rosh Hashana, which this year begins the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 24. The tart apples lend a gentle sweetness and bright flavor complemented by raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg. Feel like mixing it up a bit? Additional fruits and some toasted nuts would fit right with the rest of the recipe. Similar to a bread pudding held together by a rich, creamy custard, our apple-honey kugel is a perfect dessert for fall, as well as a fine dish for Rosh Hashana, which this year begins the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 24. The tart apples lend a gentle sweetness and bright flavor complemented by raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg. Feel like mixing it up a bit? Additional fruits and some toasted nuts would fit right with the rest of the recipe. 58379503@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:58:53 MDT Salt Lake County health inspectors shut down Midvale taco cart http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58416939-223/health-sink-washing-cart.html.csp Tacos El Pariente I food cart, which operated at 165 W. 7200 South in Midvale, was shut down Sunday, after health inspectors discovered it had no operational sink for employee hand washing. “The permit is being suspended for an imminent health hazard,” according to a notice on the Salt Lake County Health Department website. The health violations include: • No hand sink convenient and accessible in food preparation area. • No soap at hand sink. • No hand drying provision at hand sink. • Person in... Tacos El Pariente I food cart, which operated at 165 W. 7200 South in Midvale, was shut down Sunday, after health inspectors discovered it had no operational sink for employee hand washing. “The permit is being suspended for an imminent health hazard,” according to a notice on the Salt Lake County Health Department website. The health violations include: • No hand sink convenient and accessible in food preparation area. • No soap at hand sink. • No hand drying provision at hand sink. • Person in... 58416939@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:55:11 MDT Dish of the Week: Mediterranean panini at Plates & Palates http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58388928-223/palates-plates-bountiful-dish.html.csp $7.95 • A well-balanced tapenade can often take a dish from good to great. That’s true with the Mediterranean grilled panini at Plates & Palates in Bountiful. The sandwich starts with a base of quality Genoa salami and Black Forest ham, then provolone cheese, roasted red peppers and a sprinkling of tangy feta crumbles. Finally, a thick spread of artichoke tapenade is added to cracked wheat bread for a grilled sandwich sensation. Plates & Palates • 390 N. 500 W. #100, Bountiful; 801-292-2425. Op... $7.95 • A well-balanced tapenade can often take a dish from good to great. That’s true with the Mediterranean grilled panini at Plates & Palates in Bountiful. The sandwich starts with a base of quality Genoa salami and Black Forest ham, then provolone cheese, roasted red peppers and a sprinkling of tangy feta crumbles. Finally, a thick spread of artichoke tapenade is added to cracked wheat bread for a grilled sandwich sensation. Plates & Palates • 390 N. 500 W. #100, Bountiful; 801-292-2425. Op... 58388928@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:19:00 MDT Restaurant review: Discerning Utah palates will appreciate Bountiful’s Plates & Palates http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58365733-223/panini-palates-salad-plates.html.csp Bountiful • Plates & Palates recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, so this restaurant has stood the test of time in south Davis County. A recent remodel brought about a cleaner, neater interior appearance with fewer retail kitchen items and a menu that surprises and delights at almost every level. Best described as a deli, Plates & Palates does the bulk of its business over lunch (or through catering) with a reasonable menu of pasta salads, green salads, soups and grilled panini sandwiches. ... Bountiful • Plates & Palates recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, so this restaurant has stood the test of time in south Davis County. A recent remodel brought about a cleaner, neater interior appearance with fewer retail kitchen items and a menu that surprises and delights at almost every level. Best described as a deli, Plates & Palates does the bulk of its business over lunch (or through catering) with a reasonable menu of pasta salads, green salads, soups and grilled panini sandwiches. ... 58365733@www.sltrib.com Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:21:36 MDT Food briefs: 17 days of deals during Salt Lake City Dine O’ Round http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58351585-223/lake-salt-com-details.html.csp Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a proclamation this week inviting Utahns to eat together as a family at least once a week as part of Healthy Family Meals Month in September. To help families get started, they can visit the new website utahfamilymeals.org, which has recipes and opportunities to win prizes. Eating meals with family helps children’s mental and behavioral health, improves communication skills and encourages a lifetime of healthier eating habits, studies show. Also, children who engage... Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a proclamation this week inviting Utahns to eat together as a family at least once a week as part of Healthy Family Meals Month in September. To help families get started, they can visit the new website utahfamilymeals.org, which has recipes and opportunities to win prizes. Eating meals with family helps children’s mental and behavioral health, improves communication skills and encourages a lifetime of healthier eating habits, studies show. Also, children who engage... 58351585@www.sltrib.com Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:58:35 MDT Recipe: Whole grains and honey make for healthy snack cake http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58378470-223/honey-cake-orange-teaspoon.html.csp My grandma Ursula relied on honey to solve nearly any culinary or health problem. Have a nagging nighttime cough? Swallow a spoonful of honey. Chocolate sauce not smooth enough? A dab of honey will do it. My mom loved honey, too, favoring the creamy spun variety, which she smeared on toasted hunks of white bread slathered with butter. And her go-to dessert was a sweet apple-honey Rosh Hashana-style torte she learned to make during a short period in my childhood when we celebrated both Christian ... My grandma Ursula relied on honey to solve nearly any culinary or health problem. Have a nagging nighttime cough? Swallow a spoonful of honey. Chocolate sauce not smooth enough? A dab of honey will do it. My mom loved honey, too, favoring the creamy spun variety, which she smeared on toasted hunks of white bread slathered with butter. And her go-to dessert was a sweet apple-honey Rosh Hashana-style torte she learned to make during a short period in my childhood when we celebrated both Christian ... 58378470@www.sltrib.com Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:58:35 MDT Recipe: Take the time out of homemade beef ragu and pasta http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58379096-223/beef-minutes-pasta-add.html.csp A true ragu takes time, and time is something in short supply at the start of the new school year. So I decided to come up with a version that takes the time out of this family-friendly classic, but leaves all the deep, rich flavors we want from a sauce as we head into fall. The trick is to start with a tender cut of beef — in this case sirloin tips — and finely chop it. It then gets only a quick sear and is added to an already rich tomato-based sauce. The whole thing comes together in about 40 ... A true ragu takes time, and time is something in short supply at the start of the new school year. So I decided to come up with a version that takes the time out of this family-friendly classic, but leaves all the deep, rich flavors we want from a sauce as we head into fall. The trick is to start with a tender cut of beef — in this case sirloin tips — and finely chop it. It then gets only a quick sear and is added to an already rich tomato-based sauce. The whole thing comes together in about 40 ... 58379096@www.sltrib.com Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:58:35 MDT Utah restaurants living the farm-to-table mantra http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57754075-223/farm-lake-salt-com.html.csp Boulder • Peaches in baskets are waiting to be washed, peeled and cooked into jam. Summer squash is stacked, ready to be shredded and frozen for enchilada filling. And cucumbers filling a box await pickling. Despite all the canning and preserving that needs to be done, Jennifer Castle and Blake Spalding, co-owners of Hell’s Backbone Grill, still take visitors on a tour of their 6-acre farm that sits at the base of the mountains of this southern Utah town. Complete with 150 chickens and a dozen o... Boulder • Peaches in baskets are waiting to be washed, peeled and cooked into jam. Summer squash is stacked, ready to be shredded and frozen for enchilada filling. And cucumbers filling a box await pickling. Despite all the canning and preserving that needs to be done, Jennifer Castle and Blake Spalding, co-owners of Hell’s Backbone Grill, still take visitors on a tour of their 6-acre farm that sits at the base of the mountains of this southern Utah town. Complete with 150 chickens and a dozen o... 57754075@www.sltrib.com Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:34:10 MDT Salt Lake County Health officials close Draper buffet http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58389388-223/employee-buffet-department-health.html.csp The Salt Lake County Health Department closed the New Asian Buffet in Draper last week for creating an “imminent health hazard.” According to a report on the department website the restaurant, at 280 E. 12300 South, was cited for more than three dozen violations including: • Cockroaches and flies throughout the facility, including numerous dead cockroaches under the cooking equipment. • A fly swatter stored on a food preparation table. • A cook had been spitting on the floor near cooking equipme... The Salt Lake County Health Department closed the New Asian Buffet in Draper last week for creating an “imminent health hazard.” According to a report on the department website the restaurant, at 280 E. 12300 South, was cited for more than three dozen violations including: • Cockroaches and flies throughout the facility, including numerous dead cockroaches under the cooking equipment. • A fly swatter stored on a food preparation table. • A cook had been spitting on the floor near cooking equipme... 58389388@www.sltrib.com Tue, 09 Sep 2014 09:25:19 MDT Vegetables blossom on restaurant dessert menus http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58251198-223/carrot-vegetables-says-cake.html.csp Eat your veggies or no dessert? How about eat your vegetables AS dessert? And we’re not talking grandma’s zucchini bread. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) Maybe you’d like some beetroot ice cream as served by the Sweet Rose Creamery in Santa Monica, Calif. Or perhaps your fancy runs more to sweet asparagus beignets laced with almonds with green asparagus ice cream, poppy seed crunch and violet syrup, a creation of chef Bart Vandaele at the Belga Cafe in Washington, D.C. The trend is ... Eat your veggies or no dessert? How about eat your vegetables AS dessert? And we’re not talking grandma’s zucchini bread. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) Maybe you’d like some beetroot ice cream as served by the Sweet Rose Creamery in Santa Monica, Calif. Or perhaps your fancy runs more to sweet asparagus beignets laced with almonds with green asparagus ice cream, poppy seed crunch and violet syrup, a creation of chef Bart Vandaele at the Belga Cafe in Washington, D.C. The trend is ... 58251198@www.sltrib.com Fri, 05 Sep 2014 09:05:41 MDT Plant waters like coconut, maple grow into hot beverage market trend http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58301604-223/waters-beverages-coconut-plant.html.csp Coconut water, maple water, even birch and cactus waters — a quick inventory of beverages in the produce section makes it clear: Plant waters are rising. Soda and non-fresh juice sales are flat or slipping slightly, but plant-based products such as coconut water — along with other alternative beverages such as kombucha and tea-based drinks — are growing, particularly those sold alongside your fruits and veggies, according to data compiled by market research firm Nielsen. “The one area of the sto... Coconut water, maple water, even birch and cactus waters — a quick inventory of beverages in the produce section makes it clear: Plant waters are rising. Soda and non-fresh juice sales are flat or slipping slightly, but plant-based products such as coconut water — along with other alternative beverages such as kombucha and tea-based drinks — are growing, particularly those sold alongside your fruits and veggies, according to data compiled by market research firm Nielsen. “The one area of the sto... 58301604@www.sltrib.com Fri, 05 Sep 2014 09:05:41 MDT Recipe: Japanese rice updates the tired old stuffed pepper http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58326608-223/rice-pepper-chicken-peppers.html.csp Here’s the thing about baked stuffed peppers. Plenty of people hate them. And when you consider the classic approach to this dish, it’s hard to argue. Tasteless ground beef mixed with white rice and some sort of tomato product? Not particularly exciting. So we decided to create a version with plenty more appeal. We started by ditching the ground beef in favor of chicken, then replaced the flavorless white rice with the more robust japonica, a colorful Japanese variety. Now add shiitake mushrooms... Here’s the thing about baked stuffed peppers. Plenty of people hate them. And when you consider the classic approach to this dish, it’s hard to argue. Tasteless ground beef mixed with white rice and some sort of tomato product? Not particularly exciting. So we decided to create a version with plenty more appeal. We started by ditching the ground beef in favor of chicken, then replaced the flavorless white rice with the more robust japonica, a colorful Japanese variety. Now add shiitake mushrooms... 58326608@www.sltrib.com Fri, 05 Sep 2014 09:05:41 MDT Recipe: Summer fruit crisp cooked in the most summery way http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58301625-223/grill-fruit-crisp-cup.html.csp When we think “hot off the grill,” we usually think about something meaty. But this time of year I also like to grill desserts! In late summer, I make this grilled fruit crisp every week. It is good with whatever fruit you find at the market, ripe and ready to be mixed with a little bit of sugar, citrus and cinnamon. The addition of orange liqueur is optional, but one that I always opt for as it makes a big difference. If you don’t have any orange liqueur, a bit of bourbon is nice, too. Since th... When we think “hot off the grill,” we usually think about something meaty. But this time of year I also like to grill desserts! In late summer, I make this grilled fruit crisp every week. It is good with whatever fruit you find at the market, ripe and ready to be mixed with a little bit of sugar, citrus and cinnamon. The addition of orange liqueur is optional, but one that I always opt for as it makes a big difference. If you don’t have any orange liqueur, a bit of bourbon is nice, too. Since th... 58301625@www.sltrib.com Thu, 04 Sep 2014 09:14:23 MDT