The Proofmeister’s Chicken Cacciatore

I didn’t do an Easter post yet, that will be forthcoming, however I did make some bomb chicken cacciatore last night.  This is one of my favorite sauces to make- light and flavorful, with an ample amount of veggies for texture, and a very sweet flavor.

First dredge in flour and brown your organic free-range chicken in a deep thick pot with an ample amount of olive oil.  Remove the chicken once browned- they don’t have to be completely cooked through, as they will be simmering in the sauce later.  Throw in your veggies.  I used celery, carrot, Spanish onion, garlic, and a red pepper for sweetness.  Cook until the onion starts becoming translucent.

Deglaze the pot with about a cup of white wine, then add a cup of chicken stock, parsley, and a big can of San Marzano tomatoes.

Add the chicken back to the sauce, and let simmer for about 30 minutes covered.

Heat up some pasta and bada boop bada beep – Chicken Cacciatore.

Don’t forget to eat your greens either!  String beans and asparagus with a little chicken stock and butter on the side along with a nice loaf of bread.  Proof.

Pulled Pork Pierogi Stacker

This is a newly offered sandwich from the Pirates ballpark in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The BBQ pulled pork and pierogi sandwich on a Pretzel Roll.

Pittsburgh is already one of the best towns to catch a ballgame with such an nice ball-field, and such a beautiful city as a backdrop. Between this sandwich and the Primanti Bros. concessions, the food is becoming a huge draw. Now all they need is to get an O Fries concession. Proof!

Loreley Biergarten’s Meatballs

Way better than pub food: German fare at Loreley’s Biergarten in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.  Meatballs and french fries.  8 bucks.  That’s all you need to know.  Wash it down with some imported pilsners and you will be a happier than a Swiss lad playing his brand new Alpen horn on Christmas morning.

Here’s a closeup of the meatballs.  I’m not saying it was a bad brat, it’s just that the meatballs were the bomb.  The only problem with this place is that it, like most places in the Lower East Side of Manhattan on Friday night, was quite a scene.  Luckily it was still cold enough outside to scare off the scenesters.  I easily scored a table in the garden out back, but I would recommend staying away from this place on the weekends.  Proof.

Loreley Restaurant and Biergarten 7 Rivington St (between Chrystie St & Freeman Aly) New York, NY 10002

Beef Short Ribs- Italian Style

For the best beef short ribs in tomato sauce you need the following:

Italian plum tomatoes, two cans of.  Garlic, two cloves, one half large white Spanish onion, one half large carrot, one large glass of red wine, two gigantic organically raised grain fed beef short ribs, and of course some basil, parsley, salt and peper, and a crock pot.

I like to sauté those bad boys up first for to get some color and caramelization going. I just get them a bit brown on their edges.

Deglaze the pan with your wine, then put everything into the crock pot together and heat on medium for about 6 hours.

I decided to make some baked ziti with all the extra sauce and had some brocolli rabe as the veg. I just steamed this with a bit of water as well as some olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper until it was al dente.

This is one of the the easiest sauces to make, but still has that authentic all-day cooked Brooklyn Italian Sunday gravy taste. I often add pork sausage for some pork flavor in there as well- more pork is always a good thing. You could also add meatballs, but only towards the end because they would probably not stand up to cooking in there all day. The beef short ribs in this recipe came out so tender that it was off the bone in the pot. Proof!

Bar 119 Manhattan – Closed Down!

The end of an era, play taps now, the best dive bar in the Union Square area of Manhattan is shut down… Permanently.

This picture was taken Friday night at around 11pm. To add insult to injury the Belmont Lounge’s bouncer working next door that night also confirmed that Bar 119 did NOT renew their lease.

Bar 119 we will miss your basement tiles and red booths. We will miss the random dance parties breaking out at 7pm on a Tuesday.  We will miss playing pool with random freaks and geeks.  And most of all we will miss the four dollar Sierra Nevada pints.  Negative proof.