Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Getting Hot in the Kitchen with Bobby Flay

So, I bought myself the Bar Americain Cookbook by Bobby Flay. I adore him.
Last summer I went to New York City for the first time, one of my musts was to eat at a Bobby Flay restaurant, I chose Bar Americain. Oh my God it was good.
Here and there I have been slowly trying some of the recipes, most to pretty good success.

The first one I did was the Black Pepper Vinegar sauce (also with mustard). I very carefully selected and purchased the ingredients. (The first time I tried this sauce last year I used a grainy mustard and regular vinegar, it did not turn out well.) I did it! Here was the sauce I remembered, tangy, smooth and delicious. I could bathe in this sauce. I wasn't able to make the Smoked Chicken that the sauce usually accompanies but did use another Bobby Flay chicken recipe. I may have cooked at too high a temperature on the barbecue, the outside had a hard black layer, but inside was perfection! Sweet and juicy, exactly how you want chicken to be.

The next recipe I tried I had to modify a little, it was the Blackberry-Bourbon Julep.
My daughter chose this as her drink of choice for her birthday party. The fact that she's twelve meant that I had to omit the bourbon and double up on the club soda. The recipe is a little time consuming and a little messy but well worth it.
I used regular ice cubes instead of shaved ice and served it in a pitcher and it was beautiful and delicious. The sweet of the berries, the cool refreshing taste of the mint, I will make this again and again.

There is more, but I will save them for next time. It's getting hot and hungry in here!


  1. Hi Morgan -

    I just saw the post you sent to Vicky and had to stop by and say hi!

    I love to cook but I'll never measure up to Bobby Flay! Thank goodness he's never stopped by for dinner at my house! I've had my husband convinced for 42 years that I'm a great cook (actually 43 he said my cooking is why he married me!) but I have Bobby would be throwing it in the trash can!

    I'm green win envy you got a chance to go to his restaurant! Love your blog and hope to get back soon!

  2. Thanks!
    I am in awe of you, 43 years with your hubby? That is inspiring. My husband is lucky he's still alive after 12 years LOL
    Amazingly, many of the recipes in the book are relatively easy!

  3. Morgan -

    Keep in mind that my husband tells his friends that it's "cheaper to keep her" and introduces me as his 1st wife! My best friend asked me once how we stayed married for so long and I told her when he talking I just nod, totally ignore his suggestions and do exactly what I want to do! I blame it on having only sons and being totally out numbered! I thought it would get easier when I had grandchildren - I have 4 - and my redemption is that one of the four is a girl!

  4. Hey Morgan,

    I also saw your post on Facebook. I can understand trying to start a blog. I have a few people following me and know its hard to have people follow ya. I wish you luck with it.

  5. Morgan, this blog looks like such fun! I really love the title of your blog and the article on Bobby Flay immediately grabbed me!!!

    P.S. I won't participate in the book giveaway, but I'm so glad you mentioned your blog on the Rockstars site! I'm totally impressed and wish you lots of luck and fun with it!!!


  6. Thanks Melody! As soon as I'm on a computer I will find and follow your blogs!

    Thanks Kieran, that means a lot! :)