MiddleNeck Living

  • Thursday December 21st, 2017
    After rounds and rounds of testing, we’ve finally landed on the perfect classic potato gratin, one that’s creamy, silky, and loaded with flavor. To make it, thinly sliced russet potatoes are layered with earthy Gruyère and nutty-sweet Parmesan before being slowly baked in a bubbling bath of milk and cream. Going low-and-slow in the oven gently reduces the milk and cream, which breaks and coagulates ...
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  • Thursday December 21st, 2017
    Any good chef will have a chocolate mousse recipe in their repertoire. Typically, the recipe involves whipping egg yolks and sugar until they’re light and fluffy (perhaps over a water bath for food-safety), and then combining that mixture with melted dark chocolate and folding in whipped cream. Some recipes may further lighten the mix with meringue, or stabilize it with gelatin, depending on the application. It’s ...
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  • Thursday December 14th, 2017
    While it can be made with any number of bases, the most popular type (and my favorite) is made with bread, broth, eggs, and butter. Essentially, it’s best to think of it as a savory bread pudding when you’re constructing a recipe. The key to great bread pudding is to use the bread as a sponge to soak up as much flavorful liquid as possible. At ...
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  • Thursday December 14th, 2017
    Christmas Music by the Bay is back Lancaster by the Bay Chamber Executive Director Anne Paparella invites you to gather your friends for the second annual “Christmas Music by the Bay” featuring some of your favorite Christmas songs with a blue grass twist. “Christmas Music by the Bay” features local favorite JJ & Co. performing 2 sets of Christmas music with a blue grass twist. “Rounding ...
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  • Thursday December 14th, 2017
    We’ve already shown you our favorite hot cocktails, but there’s more to winter drinking than toddies and spiked cider: plenty of chilled drinks are perfect when the temperature drops, too. Brown spirits are an obvious choice—but not the only one—as are seasonal fruits like apples, pears, and cranberries. Here are 16 of our favorite winter cocktails, from a smoky tea punch and an apple-flavored Negroni ...
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  • Thursday December 14th, 2017
    Unrefined cocoa butter is a solid oil with an unbelievable richness and delicate chocolate aroma. As the backbone of this cookie dough, it lends a chocolaty essence that pairs well with mellow milk or blond chocolate, which won’t overwhelm its unique fragrance. If you happen to have any on hand, a handful of cocoa nibs will add another layer of chocolate flavor and crunch. Why It ...
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  • Friday December 08th, 2017
    In my family, Thanksgiving is all about family (or at the very least, all about pretending that it’s all about family for a night). Christmas, on the other hand, is where we tend to get a little wild. It’s the one meal of the year where we go for a no-holds-barred, pedal-to-the-metal, full-tilt blowout. It’s like we go all year saving up our calories for ...
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