Breaking News: If you go to facebook.com/lenox and click on the “cooking” tab, you will see that I have a new relationship…with Lenox! That fabulous all-American tabletop company has decided to join the food revolution and chose me as their culinary consultant. I’m honored and very excited by the project. Lenox has been a part of my family’s viewable treasures since I was a young girl. Whether it was a porcelain swan that my mother used for displaying good chocolates or a small vase tipped with gold that was simply on display, Lenox China was one of those upscale, yet comforting brands that continued to stand the test of time. Only now their product line includes some of the hippest stuff I’ve seen in a long time. After writing 12 cookbooks, most of them with photographs of food and the plates upon which it is presented, I am familiar with many tablewares on the market. I am in love with Lenox’s new sushi sets — stark-white rectangular plates that come with a tiny bowl for soy sauce and…silver chopsticks! What bride wouldn’t want a dozen of those? I am using my new white cereal bowls from their Tin Can Alley line with great pleasure, and am totally enamored with their newest line, designed by Donna Karan. My first assignment was to create a Super Bowl party! You can view the menu and get all the recipes for this coming-Sunday’s game. The menu includes the Apple-Ginger-Pear Martinis (referenced here yesterday), Espresso Bean Chili with all the fixin’s, Shrimp Veracruz with brown rice, corn and olives (with a radically simple sauce made by emulsifying jarred salsa with olive oil and fresh lime!), and the most succulent Chicken Wings made with rosemary, lemon and garlic. Addictive! Also included in February’s food line-up is a menu for the Bridal Registry — featuring a dinner that both bride and-groom-to-be can enjoy. No longer are the decision makers only women these days. Guys, too, have strong ideas about what china, glassware and accessories they want. And you’ll notice that my approach skews both traditional and non-traditional — with ideas such as serving an elegant onion soup with apple cider and thyme in a coffee cup, or serving Chocolate Pousse (somewhere between a pudding and mousse) in a tall, graceful wine glass.
Enjoy the recipes from my Super Bowl party! I hope your team wins.