This is special. An elegantly dressed all-green salad and a big, yeasty Champagne were its only accompaniments. The heady truffle with its unforgettable aromas, greatly affecting the mind and the senses, is purported to have aphrodisiac qualities. Would you consider serving fish sticks on Valentine’s Day?
“Truffle Heaven” Crostini
Fresh French Black Winter Truffle, Italian Truffle Cheese, Truffle Oil
with Shiitake and Frisée
A framed description of our “black diamond” is placed on the buffet.
This one ounce beauty is from Gourmet Attitude, importer of fresh truffles and fine truffle products in New York City. It is a good year for truffles, ours hails from the Village of Grignan in the South of France. The subterranean treasure was located by three female yellow Labrador retrievers with a family in its fourth generation of truffle hunting. I was told that dogs are preferred over pigs to hunt truffles nowadays, for one reason, it’s difficult to get a pig in and out of the car! Also, apparently the pig’s love for truffles is as ardent as ours, so she simply cannot stop herself from eating the $85/oz. delicacy. Dogs are much more obedient!
The black winter truffle is available December through March. This Fresh Black Winter Truffle (Tuber Melanosporum Vittadini) has in intense perfume with a bouquet of wet forest, humus, chocolate, and a hint of hazelnut. Our guests are surely in for a treat!
Heart Healthy Chanterelle Scramble with White Truffle Oil
Cantharellus formosus, the Pacific golden chanterelle, from Oregon
gorgeous golden-orange color
a distinctly fruity aroma
a mild peppery flavor
funnel shaped with ridges instead of gills
- Sauté finely chopped onion in olive oil.
- Add cleaned sliced chanterelles, sea salt & fresh ground pepper, and sauté until lightly cooked all the way through.
- Add minced garlic, cook for about a minute more.
- Add a splash of dry white wine.
- After the wine has completely evaporated, add egg beaters or beaten fresh egg whites.
- When the eggs are barely cooked through, transfer scramble to a plate.
- Lightly drizzle with White Truffle Oil and a bit more sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.
When we were fourteen years old, my girlfriends and I formed a little song & dance group. We called ourselves The Chanterelles. After school and all summer long we would just practice in Wendy’s basement, for no particular performance.
We were so into Motown.
Knew every word to every Supremes song, my baby love! Went crazy seeing The Temptations in concert at the (long gone) Mill Run Theater-in-the-Round in Niles, Illinois. I was in love with Melvin Franklin, the bass singer with the Temptations. His signature line “and the band played on…” delivered in his deep deep sexy voice sent my fourteen-year-old self into fits.
Our Favorite Double Album: Diana Ross & The Supremes Greatest Hits
Our Favorite Song to Sing Along: Ball of Confusion by The Temptations
Our Favorite Dance Routine to: I Want You Back by The Jackson 5
It wasn’t until almost a decade later that I found out that we had named our group after a fungus.
- 4 or 5 beets
- 1 chopped head cabbage
- 1 sliced medium onion
- 4 sliced carrots
- 7 crushed garlic cloves
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 bunch dill
- 1 large can seeded peeled tomatoes
- 8 c. stock ((beef or vegetable)
- sugar, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper to taste
- truffle oil and crème fraîche for garnish
Here’s the Menu for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving meal:
- Cheese Platter with Accompaniments
- Barbecued Oysters
- Chestnut & Mushroom Soup
- Traditional Turkey & Traditional Gravy
- Foie Gravy
- Pat’s Popovers
- Linda’s Mashed Potatoes
- Linda’s Creamed Corn
- Wild Mushroom, Leek, & Sage Dressing
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze
- Sweet Potato Gratin
- Cranberry Relish
- Assorted Homebaked Pies with Ice Cream & Whipped Cream
OK, back to the kitchen. Wishing you all a Glorious Holiday!
- Fresh swordfish, grilled over medium high heat, still perfectly moist, with olive oil, salt and pepper
- Warm steamed lentils, seasoned and gently tossed with white truffle oil and freshly sniped basil, dill, and parsley
- Grilled heirloom tomatoes