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Chard + Roasted Garlic Pesto//A Thought For Food

What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That’s not been said a thousand times?

The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.

We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.

We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.

We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our brides, we sheet our dead.

We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden of the year.

The Year, Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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  • December 29, 2014 - 9:04 am

    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective - Love the color! Happy New Year Brian!!ReplyCancel

  • December 29, 2014 - 11:08 am

    Millie | Add A Little - Yes – I love this post. The photos, the writing, gorgeous Brian! Have a great start to the new year!ReplyCancel

  • December 29, 2014 - 12:45 pm

    Kari @ Cooking with Toddlers - This looks so amazing!ReplyCancel

  • December 29, 2014 - 3:21 pm

    Lynn Lovejoy - This looks heavenly and your photos are spectacular as always!ReplyCancel

  • December 30, 2014 - 8:20 am

    Joanne - Happy new year Brian! Thanks so much for helping to make part of my 2014 so special! :)

    And YES to this pesto! I hear that eating greens on New Year’s is supposed to bring ALL THE LUCK so this is pretty perfect.ReplyCancel

  • December 30, 2014 - 7:38 pm

    Kelly - I love that poem. Beautiful and so are your photos. Never thought to make a pesto with chard but now I must! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • January 2, 2015 - 3:01 pm

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  • January 2, 2015 - 8:38 pm

    renee (will frolic for food) - fantastic photos! that pesto looks so vibrant. i’ll have to try this, if just for the perfectly intense garlickyness of it all. <3ReplyCancel

  • January 3, 2015 - 1:37 am

    Renee Byrd - fantastic photos! that pesto looks so vibrant. i’ll have to try this!ReplyCancel

  • January 3, 2015 - 6:14 am

    Currently Crushing On. | How Sweet It Is - […] chard and roasted garlic pesto. so […]ReplyCancel

  • January 4, 2015 - 11:54 am

    Elizabeth - Gorgeous words, gorgeous food. For all the parties, I find the turning of the year to be a little heavy –– it’s comforting to know this angst isn’t anything new. Nonetheless, cheers to a beautiful year ahead.ReplyCancel

  • January 4, 2015 - 12:13 pm

    Francesca - I made something similar with spinach + walnuts… but those oven cloves? That right there’s some genius.ReplyCancel

The Cider Mill (Scotch, Apple Syrup, and Grapefruit Bitters) // A Thought For FoodThe Cider Mill (Scotch, Apple Syrup, and Grapefruit Bitters) // A Thought For Food

I failed at posting a Hanukkah recipe. I had one in my head but never got around to making it. I guess I’ll just have to save it for next year. This seems to always happen to me when it comes to holiday recipes. Even this post, a cocktail to ring in the New Year, almost didn’t happen. Vijay, Brandon and I had talked a few weeks ago about doing another What I Drink post, since we had such a blast with the first one. We’re a few guys who not only love food, but enjoy getting creative with our cocktails. And whenever a holiday comes around, you can bet that the three of us have come up with a creative beverage to go with the celebratory feast. But, as I said, we were pretty close to not succeeding in our second installment.

I’m so glad we stuck to our guns, though. Each of us have come up with drinks that use seasonal ingredients and somewhat underused booze.  Brandon’s working with champagne and infused brandy. And Vijay did a little switch up by putting mezcal in his version of a Blood and Sand, and cranberries are always a wonderful addition to a cocktail, both in flavor and color.

As for this little concoction I mixed together, well, it took me a little while until I figured out exactly what I wanted to make.  Originally, I had a hot toddy in mind, but I’d been anxious to try out this little cider syrup trick and I’ve already posted an apple hot toddy… so that was out. Then I considered doing something with mezcal (I know, I’m obsessed), but when I looked in our cabinet, I found that we were all out (GAH!). So, I went with Scotch. Despite my love for a little single-malt goodness, I’ve never had it paired with other ingredients. Well, I’m hooked now. Don’t be skeptical. Try it, and you will be too. Promise.

I’m not sure I’ll be able to whip up something for next week. I might just take a little time off. We’ll have to see. Then again, if there’s some free time and I’m inspired, you may see me pop up here.  If not, I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday.

Happy Hanukkah. Merry Christmas. Enjoy your Kwanza. Or your Festivus.

Oh, and happy New Year.

The Cider Mill (Scotch, Apple Syrup, and Grapefruit Bitters) // A Thought For FoodThe Cider Mill (Scotch, Apple Syrup, and Grapefruit Bitters) // A Thought For FoodThe Cider Mill (Scotch, Apple Syrup, and Grapefruit Bitters) // A Thought For FoodView full post »

  • December 18, 2014 - 8:37 am

    Mallory @forkvsspoon - What a great cocktail! I am in love with apple cider syrup…ReplyCancel

  • December 18, 2014 - 8:54 am

    What I Drink: Apple & Quince Sparkler - […] types of apples. Pears would also be nice here as well. 3.2.2807 Also, be sure to check out The Cider Mill by […]ReplyCancel

  • December 18, 2014 - 12:06 pm

    todd wagner - So happy you made it happen. What a beautiful cocktail :)ReplyCancel

  • December 18, 2014 - 1:05 pm

    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence - Well done Brian! Yes, so glad we made this happen. Now I’ve got a plethora of cocktail options to serve at this year’s New Years Eve bash 😉ReplyCancel

  • December 18, 2014 - 4:06 pm

    NoshOn.It - Just need to get a bottle of Amaro and I have everything I need for this one. I’m always intrigued by scotch-based cocktails and love the sweet / smoky balance hereReplyCancel

  • December 19, 2014 - 9:28 am

    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles - Ooooo…love the flavor layers in this beautiful cocktail. I also think I need to find some grapefruit bitters for my winter bevvies!!ReplyCancel

  • December 19, 2014 - 11:46 am

    naomi - I need to try this! Have a great holiday season, Brian. And I may follow your lead and take time off and post if I’m inspired. :)ReplyCancel

  • December 20, 2014 - 8:14 am

    Michelle De La Cerda-Nash - This is a “put hair on your chest” drink, as my grandfather’s would call it. I’d love to toast the new year with them and this drink!ReplyCancel

  • December 20, 2014 - 9:58 am

    Nik@ABrownTable - Have a great holiday season, Brian! This cocktail has so many wonderful flavors, especially that anise :)ReplyCancel

  • December 20, 2014 - 1:44 pm

    Tiffany | offbeat + inspired - I absolutely love this. Amazing photos, GORGEOUS cocktail. I can’t wait to try it!ReplyCancel

  • December 21, 2014 - 4:19 pm

    hot buttered rum cookies + weekend links | brooklyn supper - […] of A Thought for Food, created the perfect holiday cocktail. Memorize his recipe for the Cider Mill and reap the […]ReplyCancel

  • December 21, 2014 - 9:36 pm

    Sippity Sup - Ginger and spice certainly make your entry festive. happy Fifth Night to you guys. GREGReplyCancel

  • December 22, 2014 - 11:14 pm

    The Mediterranean Dish - Hellllo happy drink! This is definitely New Year’s worthy. Glad I found your blog :-)ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2014 - 11:36 am

Zaatar Roasted Beets with Honeyed Yogurt, Orange + Pistachio  // A Thought For Food

We had our neighbors over for dinner on Sunday. They’re a lot of fun. By that I mean that they like to imbibe just as much as we do (and they’re really nice, thoughtful guys). We’ve been known to get sucked into the vortex of their porch, where wine is poured freely and in great quantity. A quick hello turns into a three hour gossip session.

When we lived in South Boston, we knew our neighbors but we didn’t have a close relationship with any of them. Most of them were pleasant. Others, not so much.

To be perfectly honest, I didn’t think much about the whole neighbor thing until we’d been here for a few weeks and got to meet everyone. We live on a smaller, dead end street. Everyone’s been here for a number of years. Many grew up on the street, which I think says a lot about the area.  They all look out for one another, helping with yard work or cleaning the gutters or shoveling. It’s all very sweet, in a Pleasantville kind of way. (Except this is Massachusetts… where everyone has a bit of an edge)

Well, I got off track a bit. Our neighbors. Dinner. Sunday. They came over (at 4, because I know our track record and figured it’d be best to start our martini consumption early). Eric smoked a duck on the grill, I made the sides. One of those sides was this roasted beet dish, which our guests enjoyed immensely. In fact, I knew these two were good people when one of them said, “Oh, are these beets? I love beets!” I hear so much from the naysayers (They taste like dirt! Beets? Gross!) that I was thrilled to have a fan in our midst.

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  • December 10, 2014 - 3:33 am

    Belinda @themoonblushbaker - The relationship you have found with your neighbours is one that is so rare. I have also got to know my neighbours and it has become deeper than that were they are almost like second member of the family. Also you can never have too many food lovers over!
    You plated such a marvellous meal! Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • December 10, 2014 - 6:41 am

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - You’re so lucky to be so close with your neighbours! I live in an apartment building where my next door neighbour is my landlord and yells in the hall all hours of the night, and the person below me CONSTANTLY bangs on his ceiling (my floor) with a broom handle every time my husband plays the piano or even randomly sometimes when we’re watching tv! I’d love to have people over and make something like this, but for now I’ll save this beauty recipe for me! Lovely :)ReplyCancel

  • December 10, 2014 - 8:46 am

    Tieghan - That is awesome you have such nice neighbors you can hang with. That does not seem to happen often.
    Beautiful beets! I would gobble them up!ReplyCancel

  • December 10, 2014 - 9:09 am

    Sofia - This looks AMAZING! Beets are the best…and with smoked duck?? Lucky neighbours you guys have!ReplyCancel

  • December 10, 2014 - 11:22 am

    naomi - I love the sound of your neighborhood, and the stories about your gatherings–makes me want to be your neighbor and settle in for a drink!

    The beets – I love beets! So naturally I”m all over this, especially with the zatar.ReplyCancel

  • December 10, 2014 - 1:20 pm

    Cheryl - Won’t you be my neighbor?

    I like the idea of a porch vortex where good people get sucked into friendly conversation, festive drinks, and wonderful food. Especially when it involves yogurt + za’atar.ReplyCancel

  • December 10, 2014 - 5:57 pm

    Shaina - I’m so glad you have wonderful neighbors. It makes all the difference. These beets are perfection.ReplyCancel

  • December 10, 2014 - 6:19 pm

    Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen - That’s awesome to have great neighbors that you can hangout with and enjoy a good meal together.ReplyCancel

  • December 11, 2014 - 2:54 am

    francesca - That porch vortex sounds pretty great :)ReplyCancel

  • December 11, 2014 - 10:21 pm

    Laura - If you’re asking me, anyone who loves beets and can hold their booze is a keeper friend-wise. These beets especially, which sound perfect by the way. We live on the same, can’t-believe-people-are-this-great-kinda street too. A neighbour from waaaay down brought his snowblower over to clean our driveway today and I was just aghast. Community vibes! Nothing beats (beets?! heh) ’em.ReplyCancel

  • December 20, 2014 - 8:25 am

    Agnieszka - The pictures are beautiful and the food looks delicious. I can’t wait to try this!ReplyCancel