keeping peace with Irish Coffee

I had an enjoyable afternoon tea with fellow Create TV host and Ireland’s TV chef, cookbook author Rachael Allen of Ballymaloe. Rachel and I exchanged our foodie stories and the like beginnings in our culinary careers. She shared with me her simplistic approach to food. I can't agree more. We agree that most are learning from this approach; getting back to the roots of growing and eating locally grown foods. The thing is, this in nothing new in Ireland, in fact they never lost their connection to sustainability. 

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Chefs Rachael Allen and George Hirsch, Adair Manor, Adair Co. Limerick, Ireland However, one topic of discussion is as serious as rugby or politics. I asked just about every person I meet in Ireland which brand of tea they preferred better, Lyons or Barry's. Barry's seemed to hold the lead during our filming. But then upon departure at Irish Customs I was told I was bringing home the wrong brand. They preferred Lyons. I can't be swayed, Barry's fan here.

So in keeping peace let’s drink Irish Coffee, a warming beverage on a chilly evening. Served first to arriving passengers in County Limerick, what is now Shannon International Airport. Ideal served with a slice of Chocolate Torta from George Hirsch Lifestyle. Sláinte! 

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Irish Coffee

Makes one serving

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1 ounce Jameson Irish Whiskey

1/2 ounce Baileys Irish Cream

1/2 cup hot strong coffee

Lemon wedge

Sugar to coat glass

Whipped cream

Prepare a sugar-rimmed glass by rubbing a piece of lemon or orange around the rim of a large wine glass. Dip 1/4 inch of the rim of the glass into a plate of sugar, coating the edge.

Place a teaspoon in glass. The spoon will diffuse the heat when hot coffee is poured into the glass. 

Add whiskey and Baileys. Pour coffee into glass over spoon. Remove spoon. Top with a dollop of whipped cream.

Oscar

In honor of the 90th Academy Awards, it's time to celebrate the Oscars. There will be an estimated 30+ million people watching, entertaining + celebrating the Oscar's this Sunday. But there is another noteworthy Oscar that has been celebrated at many Waldorf parties, and would be welcomed winner in the top food category.

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Oscars Award Banquet, 1940, The Ambassador Hotel

Oscar Tschirky, maître d’hôtel of Delmonico’s Restaurant and the Waldorf Astoria in NYC is known as the creator of such popular classic dishes as Waldorf Salad, Veal Oscar, Eggs Benedict and Thousand Island Dressing. It may just be the name implies thousands of recipes - for this dressing, and rumors abound as to the true creator. I can assure you it was not Kraft or Wish-Bone though. This is the story I believe to be true or Oscar of The Waldorf has the best PR agency ever!

At the turn of the century, self-made multi-millionaire and hotel magnate George C. Boldt, (I have my own Thousand Island story, but it doesn’t involve dressing, so it will have to wait) owner of the New York City's Waldorf Astoria enjoyed vacationing in the 1000 Islands. Mr. Boldt and his wife Louise enjoyed this area of the St. Lawrence River region so much so that George had Boldt Castle built for his wife. Nice guy. He would entertain many wealthy friends and business associates on the island.  

Many times Oscar accompanied Mr. Boldt on his trips to the 1000 Islands and to George Boldt's Castle. On one trip aboard the yacht, Oscar improvised with the ingredients he had aboard the yacht, and concocted the dressing for which the region is now known for around the globe. Afterwards, Mr. Boldt started serving the dressing at his hotels.

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The wide appeal of this dressing has gone far beyond elegant salads served aboard yachts on the St. Lawrence River. Burger joints have topped their meat patties for years with this special sauce - remember that jingle? Then there’s of course my preferred In-N-Out-Burgers, where all burgers come standard with Thousand Island dressing. BTW, a secret menu item called "Animal Style"; fries come with Thousand Island Dressing in addition to grilled onions and melted cheese. But when I hear Thousand Island Dressing I think of a dish with a little more of a classical take; like the topping on a Dungeness Crab or Shrimp Louis. I am sure that would make Oscar smile!  

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Could this be Oscar’s classic Thousand Island Dressing Recipe? It just might be...

Take one cup mayonnaise dressing, mix, with one-half cup whipped cream, add small amount of Tarragon vinegar, one-half teaspoonful of Imperial Sauce, then chop one hard boiled egg, one green pepper, one pimento, one pinch chives, mix well together and squeeze the juice of one lemon before serving. This sauce can be served with any kind of salad."

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Beyond The Plate

enjoy GHL six times weekly T,W,TH & F on Create TV

With celebrating St. Pats this week I share one of my favorite vintage shows from GHL celebrating the Irish. So much about what is so-called popular in food today is really about remembering what was a necessity of yesteryear. Join me with Ireland's TV celebrity chef Rachel Allen as we share our views on preserving while plating up from the ground up. 

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We Create, do You?

Tune-in and DVR George Hirsch Lifestyle on Create beginning Tuesday, October 14th. You will be inspired with flavorful recipes and also by the most passionate people who craft each and everyday. I am so proud to share my friends with you. 

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My friends are artists, artisan crafters, bakers, builders, butchers, cheese makers, cheese mongers, chefs, crafters, craft-brewers, designers, farmers, fisherman, grillers & smokers, pastry chefs, pickers, small batch beverage makers, sommeliers, vintners, plus aspiring young growers!

Join me and my friends as we premiere on Create, Tuesday’s & Thursday’s & Create together. You’ll get inspired too!

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Guest Chef Dinner at JBJ Soul Kitchen

All are welcome at the table, JBJ SK. I look forward to seeing you there!

George with Pete and Katie at Sep's Farm East Marion, LI

When farmers, fisherman and chefs come together, it makes for one of the best meals that you will ever experience. The people supporting this dinner are so passionate in their daily craft. They walk quietly each and every day producing wholesome nourishment for the community. I thank them for their sharing and hope you will join us this Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen, Red Bank NJ (just outside NYC) between 12:00PM—4:00PM for Sunday Supper. A three course farm & sea-to-table, choice menu will be served. Bring your family and friends!

I am honored to be supporting JBJ Foundation and look forward to cooking with the Soul Kitchen chefs with a great menu for you to enjoy! For address & directions and more about Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen, visit: 

http://www.jbjsoulkitchen.org/en/contact  

fresh Picked from Seps Farm, East Marion LIPassion: For freshness, these fresh vegetables were picked overnight by the headlights from Katie's truck for the Soul Kitchen Dinner!