Passover Cooking Stream-of-Consciousness

Mile End Deli, Nashville

Mile End Deli Nashville, from a 2018 visit

Time to think about what to serve during Passover again. Lots of times I get really great inspiration from restaurants — I started at Mile End Deli, which I learned to love first in Nashville, then Birmingham which had the best everrrr cheesecake (though the restaurant is back to just NY now). At their Passover menu, I’m thinking maybe I’ll make cumin roasted cauliflower…maybe the zaatar chicken…or maybe just both on a sheet pan with zaatar all over, like this?

Nashville location

Mile End Deli, Nashville

Mile End Deli, Nashville

Mile End Deli, Nashville

The best cauliflower of my life was in New Orleans, when Alon Shaya still owned Shaya on Magazine (in a very HBO Treme move, Alon doesn’t own his namesake, and he now has Saba, down the street). This is the curried fried cauliflower hummus at Shaya in 2015:

Curried Fried Cauliflower Hummus at Shaya, New Orleans

BTW, I still have the Shaya Passover menu from last year:

wood-fired matzo
charred mini Perseo radicchio, pomegranate seeds, grapefruit, date molasses
shaved horseradish, smoked beets, taggiasca olives, pickled shallots
yemenite stuffed egg, schmaltz, gribenes, chives
apple, walnuts, fig, verjus
fingerling potato, cane vinegar, sea salt
lamb chop, fenugreek “aioli”
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braised short rib, fava beans, charred chilis, soft herbs
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flourless chocolate tort, barberries, almonds

At Saba, everything is great but, ack, I think about their gorgeous warm chocolate babka with the hazelnut ice cream all the time!

Warm Chocolate Babka with Hazelnut Gelato and Blackberry Sauce, Saba, New Orleans

The Saba Passover menu for this year is:

Matzo with Sea Salt, Red and White Horseradish with Allspice and Laurel, Yemenite Curried Egg Salad with Toasted Sunflower Seeds, Parsley and Quinoa Tabbouleh, Sephardic Style Charoset, Matzo Ball Soup with Duck, Celery and Dill, Slow Cooked Brisket with Heirloom Carrots and Rosemary, Saffron Jasmine Rice, and Flourless Almond Cake, Meringue and Cardamom Syrup

Ooooh a dark matzah ball soup with duck like listed above might be great for a change.

Kenny & Ziggy's, Houston TX

Kenny & Ziggy’s, 2019 visit

Kenny & Ziggy’s in Houston just moved a short distance from their previous location, so we’ll get to go there this summer. Their Passover menu for this year is huge, and they’re doing Goldbelly too. The recipe for Ziggy’s charoset is here.

This year I’m helping make Passover desserts for one of our synagogues — I’m bringing Passover cake bites. So crazy easy and everyone loves.

Chocolate Passover Cake Balls

Other faves:

Broccoli Kugel

Passover Broccoli Kugel

Standing Rib Roast

Standing Rib Roast

Macaron

Macarons

Charoset bar (have people make their own)

Charoset Bar

Fried green tomatoes (using the Jeff Nathan panko, and because the green tomatoes are terrific already)

Passover Fried Green Tomatoes

Union Square Cafe Matzah Meal Polenta

Union Square Cafe Matzoh Meal Polenta

Coffee Granita

If you have some faves, send them over! We’re doing both nights at my home so would love the extra inspiration. xoxo!

Ernest Tubb Record Shops

Ernest Tubb Record Shop, Nashville

from a 2018 visit

Later this spring, Nashville’s 70+ year old Ernest Tubb Record Shops will close. Just a couple of years ago, the owner of Robert’s bought it and said:

“The city is going through a lot of changes, and someone has got to hold the torch for old-school Nashville,” says Jones. “Robert’s is the undisputed home for traditional country music. Having been on the side of traditional country music, which made Music City, it just makes sense to continue that tradition by my buying the Earnest Tubb Record Shop business and building.

“My purpose is to protect, promote and preserve this great history,” he continues. “So this just made sense that Robert’s and Ernest Tubb be strong, be one and be family to perpetuate the tradition. Ernest Tubb Record Shops will be here for another 52 years, if it’s up to me.”

Ernest Tubb Record Shop, Nashville

Ernest Tubb Record Shop, Nashville

Andrew Christenberry’s To The Inquisitive

At Terzo Piano Gallery in DC, Andrew Christenberry: To the Inquisitive is on exhibit through April 10. And if you’re thinking Andrew, as in William Christenberry’s son, yes.

The gallery has this interview:

…and Mark Jenkins at the Washington Post wrote about it late last week, including mention that:

The younger Christenberry makes mostly wooden sculptures that sometimes resemble his father’s work, and in a few cases refer directly to it

and that his “Landscape for WAC Jr features a model of the Sprott Church, an image of which his father made internationally famous

This sculpture, a tornado table, is cast bronze. It can be viewed below in Andrew’s current exhibit, and was also on exhibit at the Mobile Museum of Art in 2017 in their Christenberry: In Alabama exhibit, and I took this pic there:

Christenberry: In Alabama Exhibit at the Mobile Museum of Art

 

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In 2006, I took a pic of the Sprott Store, and made this comparison with Walker Evans’ 1936 image, and how I found the building, on the right, in ’06.

Sprott Store, Then & Now - Sprott AL

From Laura Roulet’s essay at the gallery site:
Building for WAC Jr. and Landscape for WAC Jr. replicate miniature variations of the Sprott Church, first photographed by Walker Evans for his classic WPA-era collaboration with writer James Agee: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. In style and direction, Evans had personally encouraged Bill Christenberry to take the Alabama countryside and culture as his lifelong subject. Floating on a mirrored, wax-dripped surface, or over red dirt, the church appears to hover in time. The black encaustic covering both simple forms, alludes to his father’s surface treatments and Jasper Johns’ use of this tactile, matte material.

(easy to view those and other pieces at the price list)

The Cake Bake Shop

Heard some really terrific news — The Cake Bake Shop in Indianapolis — a place I only got to visit for the first time this summer — will be opening a third location at Disney World’s BoardWalk in 2023.

But really, I just want to show you so many pictures of the inside of their Carrollton Avenue Indianapolis location because it is positively *dreamy*

The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, Indianapolis IN

From the outside, it’s just a cute cottage

The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, Indianapolis IN

The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, Indianapolis IN

and it is a WONDERland inside

The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, Indianapolis IN

The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, Indianapolis IN

The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, Indianapolis IN

The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, Indianapolis IN

The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, Indianapolis IN

The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, Indianapolis IN

The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, Indianapolis IN

brownies, above

The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, Indianapolis IN

From their site, the cake above, Gwendolyn’s Famous Earl’s Court Chocolate Cake: Named after the Earl’s Court Convention Center in London where Gwendolyn received awards for ‘Best Chocolate Cake’ at the London Cake & Bake Show in 2012…

The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, Indianapolis IN

Lemon blueberrry cake is: Lemon zest cake with fresh blueberries. Filled with lemon curd and lemon buttercream. Topped with lemon buttercream and fresh blueberries.

The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, Indianapolis IN

above, the chocolate chip cookies include French & Belgian chocolates and topped with fleur de sel. The middle are ‘magic bars’ with a graham cracker crust and a sweetened condensed milk middle with butterscotch chips and Belgian chocolate, with walnuts and toasted coconut. On the right, a raspberry jam bar with an all-butter European shortbread crust, topped with their private-label raspberry jam and light brown sugar crumble

The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, Indianapolis IN

cookie dough cake

The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, Indianapolis IN

pixie fetti cake has three layers of vanilla almond confetti cake with almond buttercream and topped with sprinkles

The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, Indianapolis IN

gluten-free mint chocolate chip

The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, Indianapolis IN

above and below, the apple crumb pie

The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, Indianapolis IN

The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, Indianapolis IN

above, lemon bars

The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, Indianapolis IN

above, red velvet cake

The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, Indianapolis IN

At that time, we weren’t eating inside restaurants, so we took a slice (most cake slices are $15-16) to our hotel

The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, Indianapolis IN

a little jostled around, but the chocolate cake was just terrific in every way

Cake Bake Shop, Indianapolis IN

The owner, Gwendolyn Rogers, has a limited-edition cookbook coming out this spring with 25 of her recipes