Whenever I travel, I find the best way to experience a place or culture is through its street food. Mexicali, Mexico has a fantastic food street scene... tacos, ceviche, menudo..... just to name a few. Families, travelers, and of course late night crowds flock to vendors for that pick me up or meal. The expression of a culture through street food is an experience I recommend!
Growing up Mom made (and still makes) soda bread throughout the year, not just on St. Patrick's Day. For her though, the bread she made on St. Patrick's was a little more special connected her and us to our Irish heritage.
In Ireland, soda bread is not the same as the breads appearing on the shelves in grocery stores for a brief period. It's a staple there and rather different in flavor and texture from what we are used to here. That of course is due to basic day to day ingredients that are used in the home.
Brown soda bread (using all or part whole wheat/germ) is always on the table, and with a little bit of grass fed butter it's hard to beat. One of my favorite comfort foods is brown bread, a good stout, and a tasty fish chowder..... to bad I'm land locked!
Ireland is one of my favorite places in the world, but in the County Kerry is Dingle on the Dingle peninsula and it is truly amazing. A rugged but beautiful landscape giving way to an area rich in history and tradition.
The people who live here have special relationship with the rest of Ireland. A people who love, music, poetry, food.... with a little bit of a history of rebellion.
Check out chef Peter on WHUD, 100.7 discussing participating in Dish's third restaurant week. Recorded at the 2016 Spring Kick Off at X20 in Yonkers, NY.
Kashiwa, in Chiba prefecture, Japan. A modern city with an ancient past, a commercial hub and a community to many Tokyo commuters. This city, like most in Japan can surprise the adventuress foodie. Arriving at Kashiwa Station, I could have easily mistaken myself for being in New York. A Starbucks to the left, shops, an aggressively urban exterior with a row of restaurants all with intricately designed wax displays highlighting their dishes.
What do you want on a chilly night when you're craving a bone warming meal? With so many choices there’s just one that fits that bill and that’s oden.
This recipe is from my great Aunt Connie Milano and goes back in my family a few generations, possibly more.
These cookies should be light, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. We only make them for Christmas and they are fantastic with a cup of tea or espresso.
As a kid, I liked these cookies when they were still hot and soft… the honey and the citrus really stand out. I hope you enjoy them as much as my family has.
December 13, 2015 - Italian Holiday Wine Dinner
On Sunday, December 13th, 2015 guests will have a unique experience and taste of Italian seasonal & holiday cuisine. With a six course menu created by chef Peter & wine pairings by expert Brian Mitchell, you won't want to miss this event. Regionally diverse cuisine of Italy in the Hudson Valley.
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Time: 5:15 Reception with cocktails & hors d' eourves
5:45pm Dinner Seating
$95 per ticket
This year at Hudson Valley Restaurant Week's Kick Off Event by The Valley Table at the CIA in Poughkeepsie, NY chef Peter Milano had the privileg of meeting and being interviewed by Chris Rodriguez from 107.1 and Kacey from 100.7 radio stations.
This year we have a fantastic locally inspired menu this year at Dish Bistro & Wine Bar for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. Remember, our menu changes weekly ... even for HVRW.
Love eggs? From breakfast to desserts, eggs can be the star of the show or the supporting act. We know about the versatility of chicken eggs, but what about duck eggs?
There are a few differences:
Bio..what now? Biodynamic wines seem to be becoming popular these days, but what exactly does that mean?
The taste of wine depends on the grape, soil quality, location, wine maker's skill, etc.. The term biodynamic referes to a vinyards approach to growing grapes looking at the land producing the grape almost as mini-ecosystem. The health of the soil, micro-organisms, the other plants growing in the area, the stars & moon cycles even come into consideration.
This more holistic approach to organic growing , according to wine makers, produces a wine with a more distinguished profile, really highlighting where they are grown. Biodyanmic wine makers do not use additives during the fermentation process such as yeast.
An Irish Coffee at Dish Bistro & Wine Bar:
Here's chef Peter's notes on this blend of Irish Whiskey:
Nose: vanilla,caramel, malt & white chocolate.
Palate: hints of char , smoke
Finish: soft, and light spice lingers briefly
Overall: Sweet and easy to drink
Menu & Pairing
R Four Graces Pinot Gris
Dungeness Crab Crostini & Sprout Creek Cheese Board
C1 King's Ridge Riesling
Wild Smoked Salmon Terrine
dill cream, ciabatta crostini, lemon arugula salad with roasted beets, pickled red onion
C2 Solena Estate Grand Cuvee Pinot noir
Roasted Saddle of Lamb
stuffed with pignoli, spinach, dried Apricot, Sprout Creek Toussaint,
truffle potato dauphine, huckleberry sauce
C3 Brooks Temperance Hill Pinot Noir
Pan Seared Trout
morel sauce, asparagus, creamy polenta
D Foris Muscat
Dark Chocolate Oregon Hazelnut Mousse
Belgian dark chocolate
Pot pies make a great warming winter dinner. I serve them at the restaurant typically during the fall and winter, but using a variety of ingredients you can make a stellar pie anytime of the year. The standard is chicken, but all vegetable pies, beef short ribs, even fish can add a pleasant twist on an "American" classic.
This dish is one of those foods that you remember eating as a kid ... Mom's pies were good (not all of them though.....hope she isn't reading) and she usually made some extra, freezing them for a few weeks and baking them until hot and bubbling.
Soup. I'm not really sure how you feel about it but I could have soup everyday, for any meal. There are just so many options, from chicken to fish, even super rich and flavor vegan soups. (I wanted to write souper but thought it was a little corny...)
Here are some of my tips for making your next great soup:
1. Knowing your ingredients and their flavors is very important because it really doesn't take a lot of them to make a real flavorful soup. Regardless of a hot or cold soup be sure that the ingredients compliment one another and aren't too overpowering. This is important especially if you aren't using a quality broth ... make your own, their always better. (If I don't have one handy I am just as happy to use water and build up my flavors.)
When you think of Italian food, Japan doesn't initially rush to the front of the line in my mind. But, in true Japanese fashion not only can you find very traditionally prepared Italian dishes, you will find dishes influenced by fresh local ingredients. At its core, isn't that what cooking Italian is? A cuisine driven by fresh simplicity paired with great drink and company.
In Noda City, Japan, there is a restaurant that portrays this example perfectly and that's Comesta. Owned by Mr. Watanabe, with a sister restaurant in Tokyo, Comesta, under head chef Ota offers guests a taste of Italian flavors built on the local.
Here, chef Ota uses moromi (a mash from the fermentation of soy sauce) in his bolognese. Moromi is a sweet, salty umami bomb and adds a new dimension to sauces...really whatever its on. A slice of pizza with moromi bolognese, mozzarella, and leek...sounds alright to me!
I love living in this part of the United States, not just because of our locations natural beauty but being close New York City there are so many opportunities to experience new foods and cultures (don't forget drinks of course). You don't have to go far either, just pack a fork...maybe a napkin and hit the road.
Let me share my fun "foodie" experience from this past weeked ... yeah, when I'm not in the kitchen...I'm still thinking about cooking. Sunday's are usually set aside for me to see what type of gastronomical adventure I can get myself into. This Sunday I had the privilege of being accompanied by my Japanese teacher, friend, and cook-book author, Sharon Nakazato to Nippon Daido. Daido is a Japanese grocery store on Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains, NY.
Dish Mahopac Restaurant, Mahopac
Where to eat in 2013: Bistro and wine bar in Putnam County
OCTOBER 23, 2013 AT 05:08 PM
If you want to dine at Dish Mahopac, you’ll probably need a reservation. Not only because this bistro/wine bar is wildly popular, but also because this slip of a space with cozy red-lacquer walls only has 30 seats.
Limited room drives the menu, too: “Our kitchen is small, just six burners, a double convection oven, and a grill — half of which is a dedicated vegan grill — so I have to make connections between everything,” says chef/owner Peter Milano.
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Welcome back chef Hannah Hopkins to Dish Mahopac!
And do you think she wasted any time getting back in the kitchen? No way. This photo was taken about two hours after she arrived from Colorado.
Any guess at what her and chef Peter are creating in this photo?
From lohud.com Small Bites, by Patrice Costa
When chef Hannah Hopkins opened Dish in 2008, it quickly became a neighborhood favorite. Then in 2011, Eileen and Georges Zidi took over this quaint bistro where it continued to flourish under their loving hands.
Now, new owner, chef Peter Milano, who has worked with both Hannah and Eileen, is excited to continue Dish’s culinary vision. To celebrate this next chapter for Dish, chef Milano will be cooking beside special guest chef Hannah Hopkins for a grand re-opening celebration on Friday, October 11th and Saturday, October 12th. Guests also will have the special treat of enjoying the company of Eileen Zidi in the dining room.
This is a surely a “don’t miss” event for newcomers and Dish regulars alike to experience this unique bistro. Reservations are a must as space is limited. See you there!
For two nights, Chef Peter and special guest Chef Hannah Hopkins will be cooking together for you at Dish Mahopac. Out front, guest will be able to enjoy the company of former Dish owner, Eileen Zidi.
If you're a fan of Dish Bistro & Wine Bar, this is a night you'll want to be at and a very special time.
October 11 & 12, 2013
4-6 p.m. Special Aperitivo Time, where guests at the bar will be served the Dish classics and some new taste with their drinks.
5-11 p.m. Special Dinner with Chef Peter Milano, Chef Hannah Hopkins and Eileen Zidi. Reservations are being taken now.
Both nights will book quickly, so be sure to schedule your seat today.
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