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
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.
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
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
Arlington Wine is located at:
718 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Phone: 845-SAYWINE (729-9463)
Copyright © by Norma Chang
I’m swooning over the carrot risotto and that salmon mousse looks to die for.
The carrot risotto is really, really good.
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.
If you try the carrot risotto let me know what you think. Yep, I could not believe how simple that salmon mousse is to make.
Sounds like my kind of food. Guess I better try Lola’s. Great blog Norma as usual. I always enjoy. Phyllis
Crave, which is next door to Lola’s, has a gorgeous outdoor seating area. Go to Lola’s for lunch and Crave for dinner.
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! 🙂
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! 😉
Thanks for the recipes; I may give them a go when we return from Illinois and Wisconsin on Tuesday. Happy Canada Day!
Have a great trip and happy Canada Day!
Carrot risotto is absolutely brilliant, love it!
It was delicious and a pretty color too.
I’m so glad you got the recipe for the carrot risotto. It sounds good and has such a lovely color.
It was good and unique and yes, has a lovely color
The smoked salmon mousse looks delicious!
It does, doesn’t it. Too bad I did not get to taste.
Waw! That’s so cool that you gor hte recipes too! That drink is calling my name,…several times! 🙂
Unfortunately I was busy and when I finally had a chance to go for a taste it was all gone. Everyone loved it.
Hope simple is that carrot risotto and I beat it tastes fantastic.
It was my favorite, when I visit the restaurant I know that’s one of the items I will ordering.
Mouth-watering recipes indeed… the carrot risotto is something new to me…
It is new to many of us. I think this is one of Chef Ed’s creation.
The carrot risotto sure sounds healthy and flavourful.
It was very flavorful.
I love rhubarb and that mousse looks to die for, Norma!! =D
I hope you’re enjoying your weekend!
Would you believe those were the 2 items I did not get to sample.
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!
Between your new camera for videos and your piping kit, looking forward to seeing many beautiful creations on the screen.
I’ve never had a carrot risotto but now I really must. What great flavours. The salmon mousse looks amazing Norma xx
Hello Hotly Spiced,
I believe the carrot risotto is one of Chef Ed’s creations. Can you believe the salmon mousse has only 3 ingredients.
I’ll echo everybody else if I may-that carrot risotto looks and sounds divine!
I agree with everyone also.
All simple, pure flavours that we can make at home! Thanks for sharing Norma, and Chef Ed!
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.
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 🙂
Yes, it was very generous of Chef Ed to share 3 recipes.
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!)
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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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!
Not only easy but with so few ingredients.
I had no idea salmon mousse had such simple ingredients. I can see this topped on a slice of cucumber!
Topped on cucumber slices, great idea.