Recipes from Locust Grove’s Sunset Sensations June Featured Chef

My June 22, 2012 post was about Locust Grove’s Sunset Sensations June featured chef, Edward Kowalski, chef/owner of Lola’s Cafe and Crave Restaurant.  I had mentioned in the post that Chef Ed promised to share some recipes with me and I would post when I receive them.

Chef Ed kept his promise and here they are.

Smoked Salmon Mousse

You will need:

1 cup heavy cream
8 oz. smoked salmon
Lemon zest of half a lemon

Place smoked salmon in food processor on high speed. Add a half a cup of heavy cream. Salt and pepper to taste. Puree until smooth.

Whip the other half a cup of heavy cream. Fold the pureed mixture into the whipped heavy cream. Garnish with snipped chives.

Above photo: the appetizer on the left is the Salmon Mousse in Profiteroles. Would you believe this is the one I did not get to sample.

Carrot Risotto

You will need:

2 cups Arborio rice
6 large carrots
6 cups vegetable stock

Cook risotto three quarters of the way, adding 2 cups of stock and stirring until liquid is absorbed.  When absorbed add 2 more cups and continue on medium heat constantly stirring until the rice has a al dente texture.

In a separate pot, blanch three carrots until tender. Drain from liquid and keep warm.  Juice the other three carrots or use bottled carrot juice as a substitute.

Puree cooked carrots with carrot juice until smooth in a blender. Place the risotto back in a sauté pan on medium heat and fold in carrot puree.  You will need to adjust the consistency with the last 2 cups of veg stock.  Finish with parmesan, salt and pepper to taste.

Above photo: The Carrot Risotto is under the Coffee-ancho Chili Rubbed Hanger Steak This carrot risotto was my favorite.

Pimms Crave Style

DSC03146editp copyYou will need:

1 quart sugar
1 quart water
6 stalks rhubarb, thinly sliced

Bring sugar, water, and rhubarb to a boil until sugar is melted. This will be your simple sugar.


3 part lemonade
1 part Pimms
Gin as desired
Club Soda or Ginger ale
Mint cucumber optional


Muddle simple syrup, mint, cucumber, and half a lemon in shaker. Fill shaker with ice. Add the 3 part lemonade, 1 part Pimms, and gin as desired. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Pour into Collins glass three quarters of the way. Top with soda, and garnish with cucumber.

Above photo: Chef Ed, center, demonstrating how to make Pimms Crave Style (did not get the opportunity to taste). To his left is his assistant, Sarah, to his right is Joe from Arlington Wine.

Lola’s Cafe and Crave Restaurant is located at:
131 Washington Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone: 845-471-8555

Arlington Wine is located at:
718 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Phone: 845-SAYWINE (729-9463)

Copyright © by Norma Chang

About Norma Chang

I am the author/publisher of 2 user-friendly Chinese cookbooks: "My Students' Favorite Chinese Recipes (updated edition)" and "Wokking Your Way to Low Fat Cooking" A gardener who enjoys cooking and eating and loves to think outside the box A garden volunteer at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden Conduct hands-on cooking workshops for teenagers Conduct cultural programs for children and family Conduct healthy cooking classes for adults
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44 Responses to Recipes from Locust Grove’s Sunset Sensations June Featured Chef

  1. I’m swooning over the carrot risotto and that salmon mousse looks to die for.

  2. ChgoJohn says:

    That was nice of Chef Ed to get back to you so quickly with these recipes, Norma. ALthough not a fan of rhubarb, I do like the salmon mouse recipe. It’s so simple! And that carrot risotto is something I’ve never seen, let alone tried. This needs to change.

  3. Phyllis smith says:

    Sounds like my kind of food. Guess I better try Lola’s. Great blog Norma as usual. I always enjoy. Phyllis

  4. I’ve had salmon mousse on the brain lately, and I’m shocked at how simple this one is to make! Love it and thanks for sharing. BTW, I had some lentil salad wrapped in a lettuce leaf for lunch today, courtesy of your idea. Yum! 🙂

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello B and B,
      I too was surprised at how simple the recipe is and only 3 ingredients. Glad you liked my lettuce wrap idea, isn’t that a fun way to eat! I was just thinking, some crusty buttered bread would round out the meal nicely. Did you go for the chocolate ice cream too?

      • No, we already had some vanilla in the freezer and I’m making a blackberry-lemon-buttermilk sorbet right now…the base is chilling. But now I have a chocolate jones, so will have to get some soon! 😉

  5. Eva Taylor says:

    Thanks for the recipes; I may give them a go when we return from Illinois and Wisconsin on Tuesday. Happy Canada Day!

  6. Carrot risotto is absolutely brilliant, love it!

  7. Karen says:

    I’m so glad you got the recipe for the carrot risotto. It sounds good and has such a lovely color.

  8. The smoked salmon mousse looks delicious!

  9. Sophie says:

    Waw! That’s so cool that you gor hte recipes too! That drink is calling my name,…several times! 🙂

  10. Liz says:

    Hope simple is that carrot risotto and I beat it tastes fantastic.

  11. Lrong says:

    Mouth-watering recipes indeed… the carrot risotto is something new to me…

  12. The carrot risotto sure sounds healthy and flavourful.

  13. I love rhubarb and that mousse looks to die for, Norma!! =D

    I hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

  14. Charles says:

    I can actually make things as pretty as that salmon mousse now, with my piping kit… but I always forget about it and I’m always stuck for good uses for it. Thanks for reminding me that I can do all sorts of yummy stuff with it Norma!

  15. Hotly Spiced says:

    I’ve never had a carrot risotto but now I really must. What great flavours. The salmon mousse looks amazing Norma xx

  16. Hi Norma,

    I’ll echo everybody else if I may-that carrot risotto looks and sounds divine!

  17. All simple, pure flavours that we can make at home! Thanks for sharing Norma, and Chef Ed!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Celie,
      Yes, I believe we can make all the recipes at home. My feeling is since his restaurant is only about 15 minutes away, I would rather go there and have a deliciously relaxing time.

  18. So nice that he’s happy to share recipes with you and now you can share with us YAY! I really like that carrot risotto 🙂

  19. Carrot risotto! Wow, that’s one of the most creative risotto dishes I’ve heard about. I’m trying to imagine how it would taste and what I’d prepare it to go with. I must try this Norma! (It looks like it would pair well with the hanger steak in the photo!)

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello P and P,
      Chef Ed is very creative and has his own unique style. I would love to peek into his kitchen. Yes, the carrot risotto paired well with the hanger steak but I think it would pair well with anything.

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  21. Sammie says:

    oh yummy! I never knew how salmon mousse was made! It’s actually not as hard as I thought it’d be! haha.. and that carrot risotto looks absolutely delicious!! mmmm!

  22. I had no idea salmon mousse had such simple ingredients. I can see this topped on a slice of cucumber!

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