Saturday, May 8, 2010
For Mid-Atlantic week, we definitely had a lot of fun and I was really looking forward to the menu we had. Our menu consisted of a spicy crab soup, that was amazing, which we served with crab puffs. We had a variety of egg, cucumber and tomato salads. Buffalo chicken wings, applesauce cake with caramel. Vichyssoise, along with a beets endive and feta salad. Scallops with mushrooms and asparagus. "Shaker style" turkey cutlets with a very good gravy, served with potato croquettes and spaghetti squash. Then for desert a very good, yet different, ginger pound cake with cranberries.
A lot of food I know, but we did cover a large area, and as "American Cuisine" goes, it is the oldest cuisine in our history. The food came out excellent.
The first day consisted of the spicy crab soup with the crab puffs. The soup had amazing flavor, but wasn't to spicy. The puffs were good, but were overcooked slightly making them a little dry. We also had the cucumber tomato salad, and it was good, a little boring, with not a whole lot of ways to "spice it up." The roast duck was absolutely perfect. The moist duck along with the glaze that was made, there couldn't have been a better combination. The buffalo chicken wings were good, the bleu cheese dressing went great with them. And finally for desert we made the applesauce cake, which also came out perfect. Great flavor, wasn't dried out. Overall a great day with some very tasty food.
The second day consisted of vichyssoise, which is a very classic soup. It was a lot better than I expected. I had heard a lot of mixed reviews about it, but it was surprisingly good. The beet, feta, and endive salad was very good. It had a lot going on with the feta and beets mixing amazingly. Then the walnut vinaigrette with the endive was great. We also made the "shaker style" turkey cutlet, which we pan fried to perfection and the gravy we made went great with it. The spaghetti squash was good, I'm not a big squash fan, but I wouldn't mind eating it again if it was served. The potato croquettes were amazing, perfectly fried mashed potato's. MMMMMMMM. Then we finished the night off with the ginger pound cake. It was great. The mixture of the sweet with the ginger, and the cranberries on top was to die for. Great night, and a great way to finish off the week.