Monthly Archives: May 2014

Amada: Spanish Tapas with a View of the Atlantic

Please enjoy my May edition of The Judicial Palate – a review of Amada in Atlantic City.

Amada

This article originally appeared in the May 2014 issue of The Journal of the Delaware State Bar Association, a publication of the Delaware State Bar Association. Copyright © Delaware State Bar Association 2014.  All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.

 

Ramps Have Arrived!

I was thrilled to find the first ramps of the season last weekend.  No, I was not scavenging in the woodlands of the Northeast; rather, I found them in an attractive display at DiBruno Bros. market near Rittenhouse Square in Philly.

These beautiful greens have the fragrance of garlic and the taste of onion – a perfect combination.  The vibrant green leaves as well as the deep rose and white stalks are edible.  Simply cut off the roots and rinse thoroughly before cooking.

Ramps Washed

My favorite preparation, which permits the ramps to shine, is to sauté them in olive oil until tender.  Then add a pinch of French salt.

I served half the bunch last night as the vegetable alongside Pork Milanese and Jasmine rice.  I’m already looking forward to more of my favorite spring greens tomorrow night!

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New Tastes at Tria

The most pleasant afternoon in Philadelphia includes lunch at Tria near Rittenhouse Square.  I know that there I will enjoy a relaxing meal comprised of interesting wines and delicious plates.  On my most recent visit with my husband this weekend, we noticed several new additions to the already varied menu. (See “A Spring Fling: An Overnight in Philly” under “Culinary Chronicles” for a review of Tria.)

To sample the new preparations, we decided to share three new “snacks” – Tria’s small plates.  The first was the Warm Tuscan White Bean Spread with Paprika Toast.  The melt-in-your-mouth spread, served in a crock to keep warm, was accompanied by toasted slices of baguette dusted with paprika to provide some added color and mild spice.  This was so good that I will attempt to replicate it at home.

We then savored the Country Pâté with Pickled Onions and Red Wine Mustard.  The generous portion had an excellent taste and texture with just the right amount of pistachios.  What a treat! We paired these courses with the sparkling Blanquette de Limoux from the Languedoc, France, accurately described as having a creamy palate and toasty fruit.

Pate

The next dish was the Housemade Fennel Sausage with Sicilian Lentils and Parmigiano-Reggiano.  The thick slices of sausage displayed ample fennel seeds and flecks of red pepper.  The warm, earthy lentils were balanced with a basil pesto decorating the edges of the plate.  With this course we paired the Grenache Blend whose smoky cardamom flavor complemented the spices of the sausage.

Fennel

Although we intended to sample some of the ever-changing extensive cheese selection, we simply did not have room…next time!