Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New York Feast

Tom recently went to New York City with his family. I got to stay home with my sweet kids and play with my sister while he was gone. I decided I wanted a taste of New York, so when he came home I made a New York City feast. The meal was delicious and I almost felt like I was there.

Reuben Sandwiches, Waldorf Salad, Sweet Potato Fries and New York Cheesecake

Now Reuebn sandwiches didn't actually originate in New York. They are actually from the midwest, but I figured any great deli sandwich is New York cuisine. I was especially excited to make the Reubens with my homemade sauerkraut (more on that in a different post).

But a basic Reuben is: rye bread, thousand island dressing, pastrami, sauerkraut and swiss cheese. I grilled the meat, topped with cheese and put on bread with thousand island and grilled the whole sandwich. Oh my goodness they are awesome! 

Tom actually stayed in a hotel just a block or 2 away from the Waldorf Astoria Hotel where the salad originated. I was suprised at how tasty Waldorf Salad is.
The basic ingredients are chopped apple, chopped celery, toasted walnuts, red grapes. Toss those in a simple dressing of mayonaise and lemon juice (I used lime). Salt and pepper to taste and serve over a bed of lettuce. Super delish.

And any meal finished off with a cheesecake is amazing! I use my Grandma Brownrigg's cousin's recipe. I don't think it is actually a New York Cheesecake, because I think those tend to be dry and the Fishers like theirs nice and moist and slightly undercooked.

Llewelyn's Cheesecake

1 package graham crackers, ground finely
1 cube butter, melted
1/4 c sugar
Combine and press into bottom of springform pan. chill

2- 8 oz pkgs cream cheese, room temp
2/3 c sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 t vanilla
Blend well and and pour into crust. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. You want it soft and slightly jiggly. Let sit 15 minutes.

1 c sour cream
2 T sugar
1 t vanilla
Gently pour over top and bake for 10 minutes at 425.


Cory Reese said...

I hope Tom realizes how lucky he is to have this awesome food. Pardon while I wipe the saliva off my lip.

Jen said...

Did you make the fries? I wish I could find a good recipe for them from scratch.

I want a reuben now!

Reed, Liz and the kids said...

I would be mad that he got to go and you had to stay home with the kids...tho having your sis there was probably fun! Your food pics look great and yummy. Are you guys traveling this summer? We are going to be in your neck of the woods and would love to see you.