Tag Archives: Chef James Laird

Roasted Chicken with Wild Rice and Potato Goat Cheese Galette

Roasted Chicken with Wild Rice and Potato Goat Cheese Galette Serves 4   For Chicken and Wild Rice 1          cup wild rice 1          cup diced yellow onion ½         cup diced carrot ½         cup diced celery 3          TBS. unsalted butter 2          TBS. olive oil 1          TBS. fresh thyme leaves 5          clove fresh garlic, peeled             salt… Read more »

Empire Apple Crêpes

Empire Apple Crêpes Serves 4     2 ½      cups AP flour, sifted 2          cups milk 8          eggs, separated ½         cup cream ¼         sugar ¼         cup melted unsalted butter 1          tsp. vanilla extract 4          Empire apples, peeled and cut into eights 2          TBS light brown sugar 1          TBS. unsalted butter 2          TBS. apple schnapps  … Read more »

Squash Solutions

Banana Squash Napoleon with Acorn Squash Risotto   Slice raw banana squash cut into three inch squares that are ½ inch thick. Season, oil lightly and roast until tender.  These are for the layers. Make standard risotto. When it is 2/3 finished, add acorn squash purée and parmesan cheese. To assemble, place small amount of… Read more »

Crown Roast of Lamb with Roasted Chestnuts, Fennel and Carrots

Crown Roast of Lamb with Roasted Chestnuts, Fennel and Carrots Serves 6 Lamb 2 8 bone racks of lamb, “Frenched” 1 TBS. Roast garlic paste 1 TBS. fresh thyme leaves, chopped 1 TBS. black pepper, or to taste 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Quickly sear lamb rack in sauté pan. Remove from heat… Read more »

Seared Nantucket Bay Scallops with Shallots, Herbs and White Wine

Seared Nantucket Bay Scallops with Shallots, Herbs and White Wine Serves 4       1          lb. Nantucket Bay scallops 2          tsp. flour 2          TBS. minced fresh shallots 1          tsp. chopped fresh thyme leaves 4          TBS. olive oil 1          cup chardonnay or champagne ½         lemon, juiced 4          TBS. unsalted butter 2          TBS. chopped tomato, seeded… Read more »

Asparagus with Lemon Sabayon Recipe

Asparagus Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Serves 4   20        asparagus spears, lightly peeled 2          Belgian endive 2          tangerines, in peeled sections 2          TBS. fresh mint leaves, chopped ¼         cup lemon vinaigrette 1          cup mâche lettuce   Blanch asparagus in boiling salted water until just tender. Rinse in cold water to stop cooking.  Julienne the endive… Read more »

At the “Farm” with Chef James Laird

Local and Organic, Why We Should Dine Responsibly Chef James Laird has been farming organically at his home “farm” since the early nineties. It’s been his goal to provide locally grown, organic foods for the guests at Restaurant Serenade since its conception in 1997. “My mother and grandmother were both smokers.  They also ate a… Read more »

Tomato Water Recipe

  Make your very own consomme or tomato martinis with Chef James Laird’s Tomato Water:  Tomato Water   Yields: ~ 1 pt.   8             Large Tomatoes 1              tsp. Salt   Top a container with a coffee filter. Purée tomatoes with salt in a blender. Strain tomato purée in the prepared container for 48 hours under… Read more »

Corn Soup Recipe

3          ears fresh corn, shucked, kernels removed 1          shallot, minced 1          TBS. extra virgin olive oil ½         cup water 1          TBS. butter             salt and pepper   Sweat the shallot in the olive oil with a touch of salt for five minutes, taking care not to color the shallots. Add corn, water and butter and… Read more »

Soy Marinated Tuna with Pickled Cucumber

Serves 4 16        oz. sushi quality tuna 1          tsp. freshly ground black pepper   Marinade 1/2      cup lite soy sauce 1          tsp. wasabi powder 1          inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated 3          limes, zested and juiced 1/4      tsp. red pepper flakes 3          cloves fresh garlic, peeled and crushed  … Read more »