Peach Cardamom Crumble

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Recipes by Rj of Urban Table

Photo Styling & Art Direction by Traci of Urban Table

Photography & Art Direction by Heather of Heather Gill Photography

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We are pretty sure that you have had crumbles and cobblers before but we are guessing that you haven’t had anything like this!  We have added basil, balsamic vinegar and cardamomnot your grandma’s summertime crumble!

Peach Cardamom Crumble

Ingredients:

Base

6 white peaches, pealed and diced

2 Tablespoons loosely packed brown sugar

1 Tablespoon white balsamic vinegar

1/8 teaspoon cardamom extract (we used lc finn’s cardamom extract)

1 teaspoon fresh chiffonade of basil

Crumble

1/3 cup old-fashioned oats

1/3 cup loosely packed brown sugar

1/3 cup all purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon cardamom

1/2  teaspoon citric acid

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Place peaches in a greased 9 X 13 baking dish or 6 greased ramekins. (If using ramekins place on a baking sheet) Sprinkle with brown sugar, white balsamic, cardamom extract, salt, pepper and basil. Toss to coat, set aside.

In a large bowl combine oats, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, cardamom, citric acid, salt and pepper then mix until combined. Now add softened butter and mash with a fork until crumble is formed then sprinkle over peaches.

Bake 15 minutes then rotate and bake an additional 15 minutes or until crumble is nicely browned.

You can serve immediately or at room temperature.

We love it with ice cream or a dollop of crème fraiche.

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Welcome to Farm Week

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Today here in Phoenix we are attending the fourth ArizonaFarmer+Chef Connection.  An event that focuses on developing successful farm to chef relationships by connecting food producers and buyers so they may talk directly to each other about product needs, availability and procurement of farm fresh honest food.  The day will be filled with education, facilitate collaboration, cultivate partnerships and promote growth for our local food system.

As chefs, we our schooled in knowing the importance of where our food comes from, but do we always take the time to get to know the people behind the food?

So this week we are taking you behind the scenes, we will be sharing information on this event, along with some photos of great small local farms in our own backyard and some farms we have had the pleasure of visiting across the country.

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The largest fig tree we have ever seen.  The fruit was almost ready to harvest.  This is where the chickens were hanging out.  It was about 100 degrees that day.  These chickens had the right idea.

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These goats were not shy.  One of them tried to eat our lens hood.

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This sweet old wooly gal looks like she is smiling, she must be oh sooo excited about farm week.

Thank you for joining us.  We are so excited to have you here.  Looking forward to hearing about your farm adventures, so please share, we just love hearing from you.

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Wrap Up to Collections Week

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Well, the week just flew by and what a week we had!!!  We so enjoyed sharing our fetching finds with you as well as, showcasing our dear friends at Sweet Salvage, which lives up to all of the hype and anticipation.

We also hit the streets and high tailed it to Figs Home & Garden, (acronym for Fine Interior Garden Spaces) just a hop, skip and a jump from Sweet.  This urban boutique is stocked from floor to ceiling with furnishings from all over the globe, along with metal art made from recycled material, a tempting array of chandeliers, garden sculptures and a huge selection of small wonders.  This one-of-kind showroom is a great place to browse and explore.  Where to find them–Figs Home & Garden, 4501 N. 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013, 602.279.1443, www.figshomeandgarden.net

And if that wasn’t enough, today we are thrilled to be highlighting the culinary props that adorn the walls at a new restaurant in town, our own valley chef Aaron Chamberlin’s Down Town Public Market Cafe.  Monday we attended Edible Phoenix’s Celebration of the Tomato and the 30th issue of the magazine, that was hosted by this cool community hot spot, and we were thrilled to see their carefully curated collection.  What a treat!

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Thank you for joining us this week and sharing your comments, thoughts and collections.  Here are a few more photos from Sweet.

Have a great weekend!

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Wrap Up for Tomato Week

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Make your own Bloody Mary Mix

Just in case you missed anything this week, here is a wrap up of the week for you.  We sure enjoyed bringing you a start to summer with all of our tomato recipes.  Summer means so many different things to each of us.  For Heather its all about the bounty of what the season’s gardens have to offer.  She remembers all the time spent at her grandparents, picking vegetables from their garden.  Tomatoes were always a favorite treat.  There is nothing better then the smell and taste of a fresh picked tomato.

Traci and Rj spent summers in the Midwest and have wonderful memories of homemade ice cream and great times by the lake.  Grandmothers gardens and all the wonder that it has to bring.

We thank you once again for joining us.  We loved bringing you the start to summer for us.  Have a wonderful weekend.  Please stop our Facebook page and share with us some of your favorite eats and treats from your weekend.

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Tomato Lardon Jam

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Golden & Red Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette

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Fried Green Tomatoes and Classic Remoulade Sauce

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Happy Memorial Day from Modern Day Forager

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We want to wish you a Happy Memorial Day from Modern Day Forager.  We would like to thank all the men and women in uniform &  veterans that have given of their lives to make ours safer.  Please remember our freedom is not free.  We are not going to be posting a recipe today.  The fun will begin again tomorrow.   If you haven’t guessed from the photos we will be bringing you all things tomatoes this week.

We hope you get to spend your day enjoying good food and wonderful company, they always go well together.

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Brunch Week Wrap Up

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Recipes by: Rj of Urban Table

Photo Styling & Art Direction by: Traci of Urban Table

Photography & Art Direction by: Heather of Heather Gill Photography

Brunch ahhh, who doesn’t love brunch.  Our second week post is filled with drink recipes that work well these dishes.  If you need cocktail recommendations please look back at last week‘s post.  Thirst quenching and mouth watering sips with a twist.

We live for making food and sharing it with those we love.  It is what we do.  We also live for lazy summer days and sleepy Sunday mornings.  Here at MDF, we have been sharing our fondest childhood memories of weekend soirees and brunch.  Our breakfast backstory….how did these gatherings shape us….can you feel the nostalgia coming on?

For Heather her memory takes her back to french toast piled high to the ceiling.  French toast and milk go hand-and hand for Heather, it is the perfect breakfast duo.  Heather’s grandparents had mountains of blackberries in their yard and her grandma would collect the backyard bounty and produce batch after batch of this thick rich syrup to pour over the top of this yummy  goodness and if that wasn’t enough, then she added a light dusting of powdered sugar over the stacks of golden bread to make it even more special.

Weekends meant sleeping in for Rj and brunch meant spending that last day of his week at his favorite place, his grandmother’s house.  A sensory overload of sorts, the sights and smells of his grandma’s waffles is still a family affair that he carries on and continues with his children today.

And as for me, it takes me back to comfort food and family; our house had an open door policy, a haven for good food and breaking bread.  Food was the draw, always plentiful and the weekend just included even more family and even bigger sense of community.

Our coddled egg recipe is reminiscent and reflective of days gone by.  It is a recipe that gently immerses the egg just below the boiling point and slightly cooks and coddles the egg.  We encourage you to try this old time favorite and this is a great addition to any recipe collection.

The blueberry jam is our go to pantry staple and extremely versatile, so keep the recipe handy for when all that fresh little fruit is at your farm stand.

The french toast is big and bold, sophisticated, with the unique splash of citrus bitters, rich flavorful filling, a perfect balance of sweet and savory, and the quintessential brunch favorite.

We think that the grapefruit is just a fresh take for a tried and true breakfast classic.

Don’t keep these recipes all to yourself, share with your closest friends and family.  Really that is what food is for, sharing.

Last, but surly not least, the cold brew.  Ahhh, coffee, our morning ritual, our daily rocket fuel, we all have a jars , with this robust, smooth and deeply intense flavor, chilling in our iceboxes.  We are prepared for the hot desert days ahead in sunny Arizona.  You can find these way cool mason jars (shown below) at JAM for ten dollars.  JAM is located at 6938 E First Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, 480 522-5410.

Thank you for joining us again this week.  We would love to connect and hear your fondest childhood morning memories of breakfast and brunch in the comments or on our Facebook pages.

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Cold Brew Coffee

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Glazed Grapefruit with Ruby Red Grapefruit & Hibiscus Sugar

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Stuffed French Toast

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Elegant, yet Simple Blueberry Jam

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Coddled Eggs with Bacon & Chevre

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Coddled Eggs with Bacon and Chevre

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Recipes by: Rj of Urban Table

Photo Styling & Art Direction by: Traci of Urban Table

Photography & Art Direction by: Heather of Heather Gill Photography

We are always looking for different ways to cook eggs.  While preparing for this post, I was reminded of an old legend I learned while in culinary school.

The folds in a chef’s toque represented the number of ways to prepare an egg.  This 100-pleat white hat was only reserved for the heads of the most knowledgeable and regarded chefs who had mastered their craft.

While attending school you are taught to be the best, hone and ply your skills, master every method of cooking and honor your craft.  A pledge of sorts, that defines you.  So for me, it starts with eggs.

Today we chose coddled eggs.  The egg is slowly and gently immersed into the water just below boiling point.  This recipe will also allow you to add just about anything from your pantry or garden to the ramekin or jar you use for the process.

Thomas Keller who is big muckety muck around here at Modern, he does a version at Bouchon with potato puree, earthy mushrooms and fresh baby spinach that would blow your mind.

Doing this week on breakfast cookery took me back to my strong commitment to my profession and why I am honored to be a chef today.  Hats off to eggs!

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Coddled Eggs with Bacon & Chevre

2 Tbl. plus 2 tsp. unsalted, room temperature butter

4 eggs

4 tsp. heavy cream

¼ cup cooked, diced bacon

¼ cup crumbled goat cheese (we like Vermont  Butter and Cheese Company, Chevre)

4 tsp. scallions thinly sliced (we like sliced on the bias)

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Boil a pot of water. (We used a teapot)
  3. Butter bottoms and sides of 4 ramekins (5 to 6 oz.) with 2 tablespoons of butter.
  4. Put ½ teaspoon piece of butter in bottom of each ramekin.
  5. To each ramekin add 1 egg, 1 teaspoon of cream, one fourth of the bacon, one fourth of the cheese, 1 teaspoon of scallions, salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Cover each ramekin with foil.  Place each in a baking dish and then fill dish with boiling water half way up the ramekins.

Bake until whites set and yolks are runny, about 20 minutes.  Garnish with additional scallions.

Serve immediately.

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Elegant, yet Simple Blueberry Jam

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Recipes by: Rj of Urban Table

Photo Styling & Art Direction by: Traci of Urban Table

Photography & Art Direction by: Heather of Heather Gill Photography

We are oh so sweet on this Blueberry Jam…here at Modern.

This simple but elegant spread is bursting with tiny little gems of goodness and has the perfect balance of sugar, juicy lemons and a touch of brightness from the zest.  We topped and stuffed it into rich and mouth watering french toast, dressed and layered it on lemon mascarpone pancakes for a lovely weekend brunch, and even used it as a component for a rich and fruit forward pan sauce with pork for a farm to table gathering.  Channel you inner canner,  and with a little help from a good season,  try this humble and unassuming little jar of jam.   It will be sure to liven up any summer time soiree.

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Simple Blueberry Jam

2  1/2 cups fresh blueberries

1 cup sugar

1 1/4 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

1/2 tsp lemon zest

1 pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring often.
  2. Smash berries (I use a potato masher)
  3. Simmer on medium high heat (as foam forms skim it from the top) for about 12 minutes, until thickened.
  4. Chill in an ice bath.  Once completely cooled you may store in fridge.

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Glazed Blueberry Stuffed French Toast with Bacon & Orange Sunshine Bitters

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Recipes by: Rj of Urban Table

Photo Styling & Art Direction by: Traci of Urban Table

Photography & Art Direction by: Heather of Heather Gill Photography

 

A sweet and savory french toast like no other.  One of the most decadent recipes we have styled and ever tasted.  We saw this combination of flavors on a menu in NYC and always wanted to recreate the flavor profile.  We chose to use challah bread as our vehicle, plus the addition of crispy thick cut bacon and citrus bitters to mix things up, so here it is.  Waking up to this..is really not hard to do.

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Glazed Blueberry Stuffed French Toast with Bacon & Orange Sunshine Bitters

Ingredients:

1 loaf challah bread, sliced into 2 ½ to 3 inch slices (recipe makes 6 to 8 slices)

8 oz. ricotta cheese

12 to 16 slices of bacon, cooked crispy and chopped (retain pan drippings)

1/4 cup blueberry jam

1/2 tsp lemon zest

1 cup whole milk

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

1/4 tsp salt

1 Tbl unsalted butter (melted)

2 Tbl unsalted butter

1 Tbl brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp orange bitters (we used AZ Bitters Lab Orange Sunshine)

1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

3 Lg eggs

maple syrup (for serving)

Directions:

  1. Place sliced bacon on a rack in a sheet pan and bake until crispy, drain on a paper towel.  Retain pan drippings to cook French toast.
  2. With a small sharp knife, make a horizontal slice in bottom crust of bread creating the pocket you will pipe filling into.
  3. In a bowl, mix together ricotta cheese, blueberry jam, and lemon zest. Place mixture in a Ziploc bag and when you are ready to fill bread pockets, slice corner off bag and pipe.
  4. In a bowl whisk together milk, syrup, salt. Tablespoon of melted butter, brown sugar, vanilla, bitters, cinnamon, and eggs.
  5. In a large (preferably cast iron) skillet heat bacon drippings on medium heat. You will need about 2 tablespoons, you can add butter if you need more fat.
  6. Using your piping bag, fill each bread pocket with approximately 2 tablespoons of filling.  Push bacon into filled pocket of bread, pushing out to edges as much as possible.
  7. Once slices are stuffed soak each slice in egg mixture for about 10 seconds per side, then place in hot skillet.  Cook until both sides are caramelized.

Serve warm topped with extra jam, fresh berries, lemon zest and maple syrup.

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Modern Cocktail Week Wrap Up

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Recipes by: Rj of Urban Table

Photo Styling & Art Direction by: Traci of Urban Table

Photography & Art Direction by: Heather of Heather Gill Photography

So what did you think of Modern Cocktail week?  We had so much fun coming up with the recipes and photographing details.  Oh and tasting everything too!  That was the most fun!  If you weren’t able to join us for the whole week here is a recap of what we did this week.

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Watermelon Cucumber Cocktail

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The Paloma

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The Crazy Jane

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Jack Sour with Chocolate Covered Bacon

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Sweet & Salty Nuts

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Olive Tepanade

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Stilton-Pear Crostini

When we started working on the theme for this week we thought about a party we might like to have or at least be invited to.  We imaged this as a lovely party with drinks and appetizers being served on a lovely patio overlooking a lovely sunset.  Yes, that is a fantasy but we can dream.  With a bit of prep time, not much, you could have this party with your friends over the weekend.  Most of what we gave you can be made ahead of time so you will only need to do last minute details like the crostini, but really just assembly.

We love bringing you our stories of food but we want to hear from you.  What are some of the theme you would like to see from us?  Please connect with us in the comments or on our Facebook page.  Have a wonderful weekend.  We will be back next week with another theme.

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