Unique Food Recipes & Dinner Ideas

Oscar Night 2020

Oscar Night 2020

Before we discuss the food, here are some lists that may be both interesting and the fodder for trivia games or contests during the event...

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Quail Recipes

Quail Recipes

To-Table features two types of quail. The jumbo Coturnix from Cavendish game birds in Vermont and Bandera (Bobwhite) Quail from the Diamond H Ranch. Both are considered the finest. We include recipes for quail, preparation for the poppers and ideas for using quail eggs.

Ideas for the Holiday Party

Ideas for the Holiday Party
Holiday gatherings, whether they be cocktail and hors d'ouevres affairs, a buffet or a festive sit down dinner, can take less work than it seems - and the easier they are, the more fun you can have. One of time tested ways to keep the party simple is with really great food. Let the food do the work, not the recipe.

Wild About Mushrooms for Thanksgiving

Wild About Mushrooms for Thanksgiving

The colonists at the first Thanksgiving definitively had venison, and the fowl also could have been wild turkey, but if so, it was a very distant relative of that bird in the supermarket case today. The wild birds (Heritage Turkeys are similar domestic birds) are firmer, and have a rich, intense flavor since they are mostly dark meat. If you decide to go wild here, why not add the produce of the forest floor to the Thanksgiving table? Foragers have been out gathering wild mushrooms and the flavors are perfect for your Thanksgiving Feast.

Aged Standing Prime Rib Roast

Aged Standing Prime Rib Roast
Prime Standing Rib Roast Is there anything more truly beautiful than a perfect prime rib? A deep brown crust crackling with salt and fat, sliced op...

The Guide to Wild Foraged Mushrooms

The Guide to Wild Foraged Mushrooms
If you do not forage for your own mushrooms, it can be challenging to find great quality and assortments of wild mushrooms at your local retailer. Professional foragers have helped resolve this situation, but they tend to offer slightly larger quantities than the home cook hopes for. Do not let this dissuade you from enjoying the opulence and joy of cooking with these beauties. The seasons can be relatively short and not to be missed. Either, share with friends, freeze some (methods described below), or indulge in an feasting orgy of one of nature's greatest gifts.

Live Fresh Caught Day Boat Lobster from Maine

Live Fresh Caught Day Boat Lobster from Maine
Lobsters have a colorful history from plentiful and shunned to a gourmet staple for the most discerning palates. How lobster is brought to market determines the experience with only day boat fished lobsters shipped directly to your door delivering the promised delightful crisp taste and firm sweet meat. The lobster is a treat either simply steamed or boiled and enjoyed with drawn butter or as the basis of creations from rolls and bisque to pastas. 

Why is Heritage Turkey Considered the Best? (Plus recipe and menu ideas)

Why is Heritage Turkey Considered the Best? (Plus recipe and menu ideas)

What exactly is a heritage turkey? It's a naturally mating bird with a slow growth rate (taking 26-30 weeks to mature) that spends most of its long life outdoors. In a Bon Appetit taste test, the Heritage turkey won, 4 out of 5 tasters preferring the Heritage. Learn more about why these turkeys are better and tastier than commercial turkeys.

Pop Quiz About the Most Important Jewish Holidays and their Foods

Pop Quiz About the Most Important Jewish Holidays and their Foods

Much of the foods prepared and served at Jewish Holidays are symbolic of specific themes. Food, in general, in the Jewish tradition is an integral part of the religion and if themes and Laws of Kashrut (Kosher) are followed, meals become a daily ritual of reminding the observant of good and evil, right and wrong, self control and Jewish practices.

The tradition at Rosh Hashanah is to eat symbolic foods  meant to help ensure a good new year. All items appearing on the Rosh Hashanah table contain an ancient significance for happy prosperous days to come. Yom Kippur break fasts are notoriously epic — all manner of smoked fishes and delicate pastries. 

How to Cook With Herbs and Spices - The Definitive Guide

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Cooking with herbs and spices expand culinary horizons taking you to far off lands with unique flavors and traditions. Cooking becomes less tedious and more adventurous and interesting. And as comfort levels using diverse herbs and spices increase, the ability and desire to experiment and fuse the flavors and character of one ethnic tradition to another further opens the world of cooking and the joy it can produce.

And herbs and spices are believed, and in many cases proven, to impart important health benefits. We have included a listing of the specific most widely held assessments of each herb and spices' beneficial characteristics in our definitive chart of spices featured below.

And herbs and spices help you create healthier dishes. Ditch the sugar and salt and add some spice to improve and extend your lifestyle and challenge your culinary comfort zone.

Summer's Best Produce - Recipes for Peaches and Tomatoes

Summer's Best Produce - Recipes for Peaches and Tomatoes
Summer celebrates fresh and raw. We honor the incredible flavor of vegetables and fruits from the garden and orchard by serving them as crudités for appetizers and as raw accompaniments, side dishes or the main event at meals. The best  of summer, we believe, are vine ripened tomatoes and tree ripened peaches - firm but gushing with sweet liquids. The best recipe for these is pretty simple: slice and serve (maybe a little Salt and pepper on the tomato).If you decide you really must use your tomatoes or peaches in a recipe, be sure that the recipe highlights the full summer flavors and does not disguise them. Here are some recipes we believe allow these summer beauties to shine.

Fish Fillets with Asian Accents

Fish Fillets with Asian Accents
The accents of Asian spices both hot, sweet, umami, and intense are perfect for fish fillets. Some believe that nothing enhances the flavor of fish better. The recipes below are for Black Cod, Halibut, Sea Bass, and Salmon, but the firm white fish fillet is ubiquitous and fungible in Asian recipes. We have highlighted the very fresh fish that is sourced from day boats and sustainably fished by the quality fisherman supporting To-Table. Some of the more difficult spices to find are available through To-Table as well.