Monday, April 27, 2009
But this isn't a cooking blog, and that's not why today started out so tasty. In today's Dallas Morning News, a front page article about Sunset High School (DISD) and the wonderful staff under the leadership of Tony Tovar. I've met Mr. Tovar many times over the last several years when Hillcrest has played Sunset in baseball, and it's a very tough game. Not only because they're strong opponents, but because Tony Tovar's brother, Mike is the Boy's baseball coach at Hillcrest. They are an amazing family, their parents come to every home baseball game - even in the years when they didn't have grandchildren playing. Glad to see great news in their world.
And then, to make things even more delicious (can you have dessert for breakfast?) in the Metro Section an article about Skyline's Mock Trial team getting ready for National competition. These kids want it bad, they were just amazing to watch in action. I hope they can get a win. The only thing missing was how donations to help this team can be made. IJS, if you want to see success, $50 can go a long ways. I'm trying to track that info down now.
UPDATE: I really need to go on a diet. Just opened an email from last Friday, and saw another great recipe for success in the Advocate. Hillcrest Dad and Band Teacher extraordinaire, Mr. Brian Adam Smith makes me wish I'd gotten the Boy and Sister involved in music. Not only has our marching band grown in size, their performances Rock! And he manages to be a great dad to his three kids. Good stuff there.
Friday, April 24, 2009
No "F" needed or used here.
But excuse me for feeling a little like having been kicked in the groin for the opening wording of the Author/Sponsor's Statement of Intent:
"A person may wish to eat at a restaurant or a private club and may not care for the wine selection, but desire to have wine with his or her dinner."
See, another paragraph with no "F".
UPDATE: Apparently we accountants "stick together", read the former Comptroller's letter to LGov.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
TOUR THROUGH THE MEDITERRANEAN
on Monday, April 27th, 6:30 p.m.
Reservations required, seating is limited. Four courses paired with specially selected wines plus a sparkling wine reception. Join us, $59.95 per person (plus tax and tip), enjoyment guaranteed. Contact Jimmy, Stefaan or Amy M. at 214-265-7389 or SevysCatering@aol.com.
Spinach and Goat Cheese Empanada (Spain)
Domaine Bertrand Graillot, Coteaux du Giennois, 100% Sauvignon Blanc, 2007
Falafel Salad with Pita and Tahini Sauce (North Africa)
Ellio Perrone, Barbara d'Asti "Tasmorcan", 2007
Honey Glazed Double Lamb Chops on Israeli Couscous with Roasted Butternut Squash, Preserved Lemon and Yogurt Sauce (Greece)
Palacios, Les Terrasses, 2005
Almond Ricotta Cake with Apricot Sauce (Italy)
Ellio Perrone, Moscato d'Asti "Sourgal", 2008
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Directions for Preparing "Little Pigs In the Blankets" Drain a dozen large oysters. Take strips of very thin bacon, and wrap each oyster in a strip, fastening with a skewer. Grill before an open fire or on a skillet until bacon is done and oysters tender. Have rounds of bread ready and saute in skillet until brown on broth sides. Serve the "little pig" on a round of toast at once.On the back of this newspaper clipping:
"Temple Tex. Oct 21 - A kindergarten school has been established at the Sunday school room of the First Baptist Church at Temple under the patronage of Belton-Baylor Baptist Female College. Miss Mattie Crumpton Hardy, a well-known kindergarten expert, has been placed in charge and is organizing classes. The school will be in session five days of each week."
"Take 1 pint corn meal and make good stiff mush. Take out about 1 cup of the mush, then add to the rest 1 cup or more of ground meat (either fresh or cold roasted meat) flavor with plenty of chili powder and salt. Put in a baking dish with the white mush bread spread on top as meringue. Bake 1/2 hour."
Monday, April 20, 2009
This is also one of the courses Sevy will be preparing at the Dallas Farmers' Market Chefs Cooking Series, his class is this Saturday (4/25) at the Resource Center and features Spring Vegetables. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, however seating is limited. Ticket information from the American Institute of Wine and Food is here.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
But early last evening I was in the restaurant for my investment club meeting (Hey Syndicate girls!), and I just wanted to share with Dallas ladies that the boy-to-girl ratio in the bar was like 15:1 - and they didn't look like they'd just got off the golf course. As if you need one more reason to drop by, Mondays through Fridays (in the bar) ladies may enjoy 1/2 price wines by the glass, we offer over 30 delicious varieties.
The larger events have packages that include live auctions, Thursday night's "Stars of Texas... Racing Against the Odds" at Lone Star Park benefits the American Diabetes Association (an evil disease). Everyone enjoys Randy Galloway, who with wife Janeen are always Honorary Chairpersons, and the horses are almost as entertaining as the auction. Sevy put together a terrific live auction Dine Around Dallas package, featuring Sevy's Grill, Chamberlain's Prime Steak, Del Frisco's, Neiman Marcus, Suze and Rathbun's Blue Plate Diner (thank you boys!) and it includes a one-night stay at the new Joule Hotel downtown.
Busy Thursday? Then how about Friday the 17th? The American Heart Association hosts the annual black-tie Cotes du Coeur Wine Auction at the Hilton Anatole and featuring a dine-around format of Dallas' finest restaurants assembled by Richard Chamberlain. Sevy will be serving a Marinated Lamb Loin on Creamy Roasted Garlic Grits, Minted Red Wine Sauce and Tomato, Cucumber and Kalamata Relish at our station. Donations from vineyards all over the world are assembled for bidding by serious oenophiles, all which helps find cures to treat and prevent heart disease (an evil disease). Sevy's Grill is pleased to have teamed with Dale Hanson, Dallas National Golf Club. Stewart Cellars and Bella Vita Rejuvenation Center for a live auction his/hers golf/beauty package which concludes at Sevy's for a very special four-course wine dinner featuring Caroline Stewart, owner of Stewart Cellars.
Friday not good either? Well, all that's left on our April schedule is Sunday the 19th's Taste of the NFL with 1,000 other folks at the Glass Cactus at the Gaylord Texan Resort. Hosts of the events include Cowboys players DeMarcus Ware, Marcus Spears, former Cowboy Preston Pearson and (elk tackler) chef Kent Rathbun. This event too follows the dine-around format and dishes from 22 area restaurants will be served, including Sevy's Gulf Shrimp on Creamy Smoked Bacon Grits with Red Pepper Butter and Corn Relish. Tickets are $125 per person, or $225 for a pair and benefit the North Texas Food Bank (starvation=evil).
Hope to see you there, stop by and say "Hi"!
Friday, April 10, 2009
We only serve Sunday brunch twice a year, from 11 am to 2 pm, limited seating is still available. Three courses, $28.95 for adults, $14.95 for children 8 and under. Reservations taken for any size party at SevysCatering@aol.com, or call Jimmy, Stefaan or Amy M. at (214)265-7389.
Goat Cheese Crostini
Marinated roma tomatoes with fresh basil and roasted garlic.
Grilled Portabella Mushrooms
Coated in a beer batter then crispy fried, served with spicy tartar sauce and tangy cocktail sauce.
Fresh Field Greens Salad
Mixed greens with roma tomatoes, crisp jicama, sliced cucumbers and a minted basil vinaigrette.
Maine Lobster Bisque
Flavorful rich bisque topped with fresh tarragon.
Crisp romaine lettuce, herbed croutons and parmesan reggiano.
Melon & Proscuitto Plate
Fresh cantaloupe and honeydew with shaved proscuitto, parmesan crackers and basil oil.
Texas French Toast
Two pieces of Texas toast griddled to a golden brown with warm maple syrup and powdered sugar.
Eggs scrambled with chorizo sausage, tomatoes, cilantro, crispy tortillas and green chile sauce.
Traditional toasted English muffin topped with Canadian bacon, poached eggs and a delicate hollandaise sauce.
Hickory Grilled Chicken Salad
Warm chicken breast, mixed greens with apple, red onions, buttermilk bleu cheese crumbles, toasted pecans and cider honey vinaigrette.
The Sevy Burger
Grilled to your order and served with smoked bacon and sharp cheddar on a Kaiser roll.
Almond Crusted Trout
Pan seared and served with skillet potatoes, fresh asparagus and lemon chive butter.
Grilled Rosemary Chicken
Creamy polenta, fresh vegetable medley and wild mushroom au jus.
Smoked Beef Tenderloin
Grilled mushrooms, fresh vegetables and new potatoes with sauce béarnaise.
Grilled Atlantic Salmon Fillet
Corn-whipped potatoes, lemon chive butter sauce and crispy onions.
Shrimp Scampi Linguini
Plump gulf shrimp sautéed with white wine, fresh garlic, butter, asparagus tips and roma tomatoes.
A Platter of Desserts for the Table!
Mini Three Citrus Pie, Texas Pecan Tartlets, Dark Chocolate Mousse Cup, Fresh Berries and Mint.
Friday, April 3, 2009
They will also recognize the community that has the most voters across all 18 editions.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Goat Cheese Crostini with Tomato, Caper and Golden Raisin Relish
Roasted Sweet Corn Bisque with Blackened Shrimp
Merryvale Sauvignon Blanc, Napa, 2007
Seared Sea Scallop with Creamy Asparagus Orzo and Red Pepper Ginger Butter
Merryvale Chardonnay, Napa, 2006
Peppered Sirloin Strip with Sweet Potato Gratin, Wild Mushroom Sauce and Grilled Scallion
Merryvale Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa, 2005
Sevy's "New" Three Favorite Cheeses with Almond Pear Chutney and Exotic Crackers
Came home with an 80 lb wild boar, shot by Richard "Hog Slayer" Chamberlain, who plans to age it and then have it butchered.
Of course shopping is also a great reason to go.
If you happen to take exit #526, stop by the Dairy Palace on the way home. Get some Cotton Candy flavored Blue Bell ice cream.
Another way to enter is to submit your favorite Tex-Mex recipes for compilation into a new book by the same author.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
$5.79 per box for 5 one-cup servings (you have to supply the 1 lb. of chicken it calls for), and the following flavors: Chicken Alfredo with Linguine, Chicken Marsala with Linguine, Garlic & Herb Chicken Penne, Creamy Basil Parmesan Chicken & Pasta. I purchased the Alfredo (pictured), and it says you can substitute shrimp - and add broccoli for a twist.
On the side of the box is "Romano's Macaroni Grill is a casual Italian-style restaurant with locations throughout the United States. Each Macaroni Grill celebrates the rich tradition of Italian families, where the kitchen is the heart of the home and everyone shares good times and great tasting food." Great, after dinner do you think they'll send someone to clean the pans and plates?
And in my mail today, an invitation to a Homemade Gourmet party next week, which from the website is also a mix-master of dinner concoctions. I smell a cook-off in the Severson kitchen next week - I'll let you know who wins.
The Mayonnaise Jar & 2 Beers
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 beers.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous 'yes.'
The professor then produced two beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.
'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.
The sand is everything else---the small stuff. 'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.'
'Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.'
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented. The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.'
The beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of beers with a friend.'
The interior, well very similar to a Starbucks with less seating area, a counter with an open fridge unit for self-selection of bottled drinks, in the back was counter space for I assume panini presses. Also set into the back wall, glass containers for different types of coffee beans.
They did not have menu copies so I could share their selections with you, so sorry.
Denny's - April 8: Bring in a friend for breakfast, your friend gets a free Slamwich (bacon, ham and cheese on potato bread).
Wendy's/Arby's - Online through April 3rd: An on-line reverse auction lets bidders attempt to "win" an array of prizes, from flat-screen televisions and Xbox game consoles. The winner gets to purchase the item for 99 cents.
And to battle Subway's $5 foot-long sub deal, Quizno's is countering with it's Tasty Torpedo at $4. A comparison of subs is here.