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Disney Cruise Line Summer Recipe: Summer Pudding

posted on July 1st, 2014 by Stephen Walker, Fleet Culinary Standards and Consistency Chef, Disney Cruise Line


I don’t know about you, but whenever I think about summer desserts, fresh berries and cream always come to mind. If you’re searching for that perfect treat to bring to your July 4th celebration, I have the perfect one for you. Our summer pudding with berry compote is light and refreshing and has just enough sweetness to be the talk of the party!

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Download our keepsake recipe card here, and be sure to multiply the ingredient amounts if you’re serving several people. Enjoy!

Summer Pudding with Berry Compote
Serves: 4
Skill Level: Moderate
Time: 5 hours

Ingredients

  • 8 white bread slices (crust off, cut into triangles lengthwise—2 slices per soufflé)
  • 11⁄4 cups fresh strawberries (cut into quarters)
  • 11⁄4 cups fresh black berries
  • 1⁄2 cup fresh blueberries
2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 11⁄2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 oz. clotted cream

For the Summer Pudding

  1. Place 3⁄4 cup sugar and 5 tbsp. of water into a large pan. Gently heat until sugar dissolves. Stir a few times. Bring to a boil for 1 minute and then place in the fresh berries. Cook for 5 minutes over a low heat, stirring 2–3 times. The fruit will be softened, mostly intact and surrounded by dark red juice. Set aside.
  2. Line a soufflé dish with plastic wrap. Place 4 triangle-shaped bread pieces around the inside of the soufflé dish with the pointed side facing the bottom of the dish. This creates a bread bowl. Allow the top edge of the bread pieces to extrude above the top of the dish, which will form the bottom of the pudding.
  3. Scoop the berry mixture with juice into the bread bowl, allowing the juice to soak the bread.
  4. Fill and then bend over the top ends of the bread triangles. Pull the plastic wrap together over the top, forming a seal. Repeat for the other 3 soufflé dishes. Place a tray over the top of the souffle dishes for weight and chill in fridge for 3–4 hours.
  5. Place the rest of the berry mixture back on the stove with 3⁄4 cup sugar in a large pan. Heat the mixture until it starts to boil. Simmer for two minutes, let cool and then refrigerate.

Assembly

  1. Release the plastic wrap, flip the soufflé dish upside down and place the pudding in the middle of a plate. Spoon the berry compote over the top of the pudding, letting the berries run down onto the plate. Then decorate with fresh berries around the pudding, some micro-mint to give contrast and a quenelle of clotted cream onto the top.
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Disney Cruise Line Summer Recipe: Seafood Paella

posted on June 24th, 2014 by Stephen Walker, Fleet Culinary Standards and Consistency Chef, Disney Cruise Line


This summer, Disney Magic cruisers are in for a special treat as we sail away from Barcelona. Out on the open-air deck, we’re cooking up an incredibly delicious, Spanish-inspired dish – seafood paella!

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Fresh clams, mussels, chicken, chorizo and prawns are just some of the ingredients mixed in with our specialty saffron-infused bomba rice to give this dish an unbelievable amount of flavor.

Even if you aren’t sailing in Europe with us this summer, you can still bring a taste of the Mediterranean into your home with this mouthwatering Disney Cruise Line recipe. You can also download our keepsake recipe card here. Enjoy!

Seafood Paella
Serves 8
Skill Level: Moderate
Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 pound chicken tenders (3⁄4” dice)
  • 1 tsp. paprika spice

  • 4 garlic cloves (crushed)

  • 1⁄2 pound chorizo sausage (5” slice)
  • 1⁄2 cup olive oil
  • 13⁄4 cup paella rice

  • 1⁄2 Spanish/yellow onion (finely diced)

  • 1 1⁄2 cups fish stock

  • 1 1⁄2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1⁄2 cups tomato juice
  • 2 beef tomatoes (seeded, skinned and finely diced)
  • 1 tsp. saffron threads

  • 3⁄4 cup green peas

  • 3⁄4 cup tiger shrimps (peeled)
  • 3⁄4 cup scallops (10–20)

  • 3⁄4 cup squid (1⁄4” slice)

  • 3⁄4 cup mussels

  • 3⁄4 cup small clams (like littleneck clams)

  • 3⁄4 cup lobster tail (3⁄4” slice)

  • 1 tbsp. salt ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp. flat-leaf parsley (roughly chopped)

Saffron Aioli

  • 1⁄4 tsp. saffron threads

  • 4 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 2 tbsp. white wine

  • 3⁄4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice

Red Pepper Rouille

  • 1 roasted red bell pepper (peeled and deseeded)
  • 1 garlic clove (roasted)

  • 1 tsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1⁄2 cup mayonnaise
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

For the Seafood Paella

  1. Toss chicken tenders with paprika spice and one chopped garlic clove in a bowl. Chill for 4 hours.
  2. Sear both sides of the scallops, then set aside. Sauté the chorizo, chicken and lobster in 1⁄4 cup of olive oil. Once cooked medium well, place onto a paper towel and set aside.
  3. Pour the remainder of the olive oil into the pan and bring to temperature to gently sauté the onion and the rest of the garlic. Once the onion is transparent, add the rice.
  4. Gradually add the HOT chicken and fish stock (a little at a time while continually stirring). Then add the tomato juice and chopped tomatoes. Once the rice is 3⁄4 cooked through, add the scallops, chorizo, chicken, lobster and remaining ingredients (except the flat parsley, clams and mussels). Continue stirring.
  5. Once the stock has been absorbed and the rice is cooked, stir in the peas and flat parsley. Lay the clams and mussels on top of the rice and cover with a clean napkin.
  6. The heat of the paella will open the shellfish.

For the Saffron Aioli

  1. Place the saffron threads into the white wine and reduce by half, let cool, then mix with the remaining Ingredients.

For the Red Pepper Rouille

  1. Blend the roasted red bell pepper, roasted garlic and red wine vinegar in a food processor. Mix with the mayonnaise and season with the cayenne pepper.
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Savoring the Flavors of the Mediterranean with Disney Cruise Line

posted on June 19th, 2014 by Stephen Walker, Fleet Culinary Standards and Consistency Chef, Disney Cruise Line


Savoring the Flavors of the Mediterranean with Disney Cruise Line
One of the Disney differences you’ll find when sailing with us is that we use the destinations we visit as inspiration for our menus. Last week I shared with you how Disney Wonder guests are enjoying a special Taste of Alaska this summer, and today, I want to tell you about the flavors of the Mediterranean Disney Magic cruisers are experiencing.

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Just like in Alaska, we use locally sourced products while sailing in Europe. Depending on where we are in the Mediterranean, we have themed menus like “Kouzina of the Greek Isles” and “Bella Italia” that feature culinary offerings specific to those countries. One of my favorite Mediterranean-inspired dishes is our braised osso bucco “Milanese” with gremolata, saffron risotto and bone marrow-reduction.

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Specifically on cruises that visit Greece, we serve spanakorizo me garides, a delicious jumbo shrimp with sun-dried tomato orzo pasta. Another popular Greek dish is our roasted dorade on spanakorizo, a short-grain rice with cinnamon, spinach and feta cheese.

Throughout the summer, I’ll be sharing recipes for some of our guest favorite dishes so you can make them at home. Today, I’ll leave you with the recipe for our Italian-inspired Potato Gnocchi with Cep Mushrooms. You can also download our keepsake recipe card here. Enjoy!

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Potato Gnocchi with Cep Mushrooms
Serves: 4 Guests
Skill Level: Moderate
Time: 50 minutes
Ingredients:
Homemade potato dumplings
1 white potato
1 egg
1⁄2 tsp. salt
2 cups plain white flour 3 qt. water

White Wine Cream Sauce
18 fl.oz white wine
3 shallots (finely diced)

1 stalk celery (finely diced)

1⁄2 leek (washed and finely diced)
11⁄2 cups heavy cream

11⁄2 cups vegetables stock

2 tbsp. chives (finely sliced)

1 tbsp. unsalted butter

Garnish
11⁄2 cups cep mushrooms

2 tbsp. white truffle oil

1/3 cup fresh parmesan (shaved)
1 tsp. picked thyme

4 tbsp. unsalted butter

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground black pepper

Homemade Potato Dumplings:
Place potato in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15–20 minutes or until tender. Drain and mash. Place 2 cups mashed potatoes in a large bowl (save any remaining mashed potatoes for another use). Stir in the egg and 1 teaspoon salt. Gradually beat in flour until blended (dough will be firm and elastic). Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead 15 times. Roll into 1⁄2-in.-wide ropes. Cut ropes into 1-inch diagonal pieces. Press down with a lightly floured fork. In a thick-bottomed pan, bring water and remaining salt to a boil. Add gnocchi in small batches; cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until gnocchi float to the top and are cooked through. Remove with a slotted spoon and place into salted iced water. Then drain and keep on a wet cloth.

For the White Wine Cream Sauce:
Melt the butter in a thick-bottomed pan; sauté the shallots, celery and leek. When shallots are soft (no color), add the white wine and vegetable stock, then reduce by two-thirds. Add the heavy cream and reduce by one-third, season with salt and ground black pepper and pass through a fine strainer.

For the Garnish and Assembly
Sauté the mushrooms in butter; season with salt, ground black pepper and thyme. Set aside. Mix (dress) the gnocchi with the white wine cream sauce and place into a serving bowl. Place the sautéed mushrooms onto the gnocchi, garnish with the shaved parmesan and lightly drizzle the truffle oil on the gnocchi.

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Meal in a Bowl From Jolly Holiday Bakery Café at Disneyland Park

posted on June 10th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


It’s “just a salad” on the menu, but the Roasted Vegetable and Whole-Grain Salad at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café at Disneyland park is really a complete meal: deliciously sweet roasted veggies, protein-packed spelt and barley, fresh greens and a drizzle of basil vinaigrette make this a hearty lunch or supper.

Chef Craig Orrell shows how it’s done – give yourself plenty of time to chop and roast the zucchini, yellow squash, onion and red peppers. And throw in some cloves of garlic to roast for the vinaigrette. It’s the sort of prep you can do on a Sunday night and enjoy this salad more than once throughout a busy week.

Roasted Vegetable and Whole-Grain Salad – Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe at Disneyland Park
Serves 8

Basil Vinaigrette

  • 2 cups fresh basil, packed
  • 2 tablespoons roasted garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Whole Grain

  • 1 cup barley
  • 1 cup spelt
  • 6 cups vegetable stock

Vegetables

  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 large yellow squash
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • Coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 small heart of romaine, chopped
  • 1/2 small head iceberg, cored and chopped
  • 14-ounce bag spring lettuce mix

For basil vinaigrette:

  1. Place basil, garlic, vinegar, and salt in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped.
  2. With processor running, slowly stream in oil, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides. Process until well combined. Remove from blender and set aside.

For whole grains:

  1. Bring vegetable stock to a boil in a large pot. Stir in barley and spelt; reduce heat to low, cover and cook 1 hour, or until grains are tender, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove from heat and drain in colander. Toss with half of vinaigrette in a large bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

For vegetables:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Cut zucchini, bell pepper, squash, and onion into 2-inch pieces. Toss with oil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Spread on baking sheets and roast 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender. Remove from oven and cool.
  3. To serve, toss lettuces with remaining vinaigrette. Top with grains and roasted vegetables.

Chef’s note: To make roasted garlic for vinaigrette, preheat oven to 400°F. Peel away outer layers of garlic skin, leaving cloves intact. Using a knife cut off 1/4- to 1/2-inch of top of cloves, exposing individual cloves of garlic. Rub head of garlic with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, wrap in foil and roast until garlic is soft, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Squeeze roasted garlic from skins.

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A Disney Cruise Line Cocktail You Only Can Savor at Palo

posted on June 10th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


What a pleasure to head to the top deck of the Disney Magic for dinner at elegant Palo, where Italian specialties are beautifully prepared in the onstage kitchen. From a plate of beautiful charcuterie served with warm bread from the pizza oven to a sweet finish of chocolate soufflé, Palo is a leisurely dining experience not to be missed (ages 18 and older).

We can easily recommend the house-made pastas (the lobster ravioli with mascarpone cream is divine), the grilled seas scallops, the garlic-roasted rack of lamb … Palo’s diverse menu has something for everyone, and the chef will happily accommodate vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free requests.

Here’s a new pre-dinner cocktail that we couldn’t resist. It’s one to sip slowly, with a sublime sweetness from the berries and a little tartness from the aged balsamic vinegar. Make sure you use aged balsamic for a more intense, complex flavor.

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Balsamic Grande Cocktail
Serves 1

  • 5 fresh strawberries, divided
  • 1 1/2 ounces agave nectar
  • 1/2 ounce balsamic vinegar (aged 8 years)
  • 5 ounces Grey Goose Vodka

Muddle strawberries with agave and balsamic vinegar in a mixing glass. Add vodka and ice; shake and strain into chilled martini glass.

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New Tastes Worth a Stop at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café in Disneyland Park – Plus Cheesy Enchilada Soup Recipe

posted on June 3rd, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


One of our favorite stops for a bite at Disneyland park is Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe on Main Street, U.S.A. Here, there’s a little something for everyone, from a nearly endless array of sweets to savories like a hearty pastrami Reuben on rye or a grilled veggie and whole-grain salad. The Mary Poppins theme just makes us smile, and it’s the only spot you’ll find the Practically Perfect Punch and Cherry Tree Lane Lemonade – which may have you humming “Superfcalifragilisticexpialidocious!”

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The menu changes often, and we found two new muffins worth a stop: blueberry sour cream with cinnamon crumbles and powdered sugar, and a chocolate chocolate-chip muffin that’s full of chocolate chips (a chocoaholic’s delight). Either pairs perfectly with a latté or hot tea.

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The Jolly Holiday menu includes some special tastes you won’t find anywhere else at the Disneyland Resort, such as the toasted cheese and tomato-basil soup combo, and the seasonal quiche with house salad. We’re fans of the Jolly Holiday salad, with lettuce, spiced pecans, feta cheese, red and yellow tomatoes and Craisins dried cranberries. The sweet-tart raspberry vinaigrette takes it over the top. Seasonal soups, too, are always a treat – right now it’s the hearty cheesy enchilada soup. Here is the recipe for this guest favorite.

Cheesy Enchilada Soup
Serves 6 to 8

  • 5 yellow corn tortillas, cut into thin strips
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 15-ounce can tomato puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon Tapatio hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 teaspoons flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
  1. Heat 1/4 cup vegetable oil in a 10-inch skillet. When oil is hot, add tortilla strips and stir until golden and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels and set aside.
  2. Cook onion in remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat until translucent. Add garlic, bell pepper and corn; cook for about 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in chicken stock, tomato puree, salt, chili powder, pepper, sugar, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce; bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Whisk flour and water in a small bowl and stir into soup. Bring to a boil, then simmer 4 minutes.
  5. Add chicken and bring back to a simmer. Stir in cream, sour cream, shredded cheese, and black beans.
  6. To serve, garnish with fried tortilla strips and cilantro.
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Sneak Peek at First-Ever Nighttime Party at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on May 31st, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Harambe Nights kicks off in just about a week on June 7, and we got a taste of the amazing celebration that stretches Disney entertainment and dining to new heights.

Early in the evening, the new Harambe Theatre and “The Lion King – Concert in the Wild” is the center of attention, with emotional music performed by a live choir and 25-piece orchestra, the back-up for such talented performers – we were mesmerized as we watched scenes from the blockbuster film come to life in a whole new way.

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The Walt Disney World Resort chefs are hard at work too – after the performance, Harambe Village lights up with a lively street party where the food takes center stage. The menu took weeks of planning by Chefs Robert Gilbert and Leonard Thompson, working in symphony with Chef David Njoroge at Sanaa restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, a native of Kenya who embraces true African-style cooking.

Before the show gets started, you get a little taste of the African and Indian cuisine with small bites such as Moroccan beef kefta with tamarind glaze and a mini-cheeseburger with tomato curry aioli. And just for fun, as you watch the show, there’s a cute little container of “Lion Chow,” a mix of pretzel chips benne (sesame) crumbles, cardamom candied pecans, raisins, cherries and ginger.

The evening is a culinary journey with aromatic spices – you’ll smell the lamb cooking, and get a taste of warm naan bread hot off the griddle. The aromatic spice of Africa create a mélange of amazing tastes – so be adventurous if you haven’t tried something like eggplant tikka masala or crispy pappadum crackers. But you’ll find plenty of familiar flavors too, as the cuisine of America’s South borrows plenty of tastes from Africa, such as barbecued pork (served with a delicious polenta) or simple roast chicken.

With all those diverse bites, naan, an Indian flatbread, is the perfect accompaniment. We can almost guarantee you’ll wish for another taste once you are home, so we’re sharing the recipe without the traditional tandoor oven – just use a pizza stone in the oven or your grill. Harambe Nights takes place every Saturday from June 7 through August 9. The welcome reception begins at 7 p.m., showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $119 for adults, $79 for ages 3-9, plus tax. Capacity is limited. For tickets, call 407-939-1319 or visit Disneyworld.com/HarambeNights.

Naan Bread
Makes 5 (8-inch) breads

3 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon coarse salt
1/2 tablespoon baking soda
1/2 cup milk
2/3 cup warm water
1 tablespoon canola oil
4 tablespoons butter, melted

  1. Combine flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; stir to combine.
  2. Combine milk, water, and oil in a medium bowl; whisk to combine.
  3. With the mixer running, pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients. As soon as the mixture comes together, switch attachment to a dough hook, and mix until dough is smooth and no longer sticky. Do not over-mix.
  4. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and set aside at room temperature for 1 hour.
  5. Place a pizza stone on a top rack of the oven, positioned approximately 6 inches below the broiler. Preheat oven to 500° for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Divide dough evenly into 5 pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece into an 8-inch circle.
  7. Turn oven to broil. Carefully slide one circle of dough onto the preheated pizza stone, and broil until bread is bubbled and golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Watch carefully, as the bread can burn very quickly. Repeat with remaining dough rounds. Brush the warm bread with melted butter, and serve immediately.
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Disney Culinary Story Expands With Golden Oak

posted on May 12th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Ever wonder what’s behind the gates at Golden Oak?

At a recent Tables in Wonderland dinner, we got a peek at the beautiful new Markham’s restaurant at Golden Oak, the first private community at Walt Disney World Resort.

Chef Christian Rumpler and Golden Oak Food and Beverage Manager Melissa Schreiber welcomed Tables in Wonderland guests to the exclusive dining room where “Disney takes service to the next level,” says Melissa.

Chef Christian has his own garden just outside the kitchen door with herbs and seasonal veggies (with a Disney horticultural intern to tend the healthy gardens). The kitchen cures its own charcuterie, makes fresh pasta, even the sauerkraut for the pastrami sandwiches. Lettuce comes from their own garden and from The Land Pavilion at Epcot. Just imagine the perfect BLT: bacon cured in the kitchen, tomatoes from the garden and lettuce from The Land. “We source locally when we can, and focus on sustainable ingredients,” says Chef Christian.

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Golden Oak is named for a scenic ranch in California’s Placerita Canyon where Disney filmed segments of “The Mickey Mouse Club” TV show in the 1950s. Walt Disney Productions purchased portions of the property in 1959 and, over the years, acquired more than 900 acres for TV and movie productions and protect its harmony with nature. Walt Disney and his family spent time relaxing and playing on the ranch. (Some say golden nuggets were found under a tree on the property in 1842, thus the name.)

Markham’s was inspired by “Spin and Marty,” the popular series of TV shorts that aired as part of “The Mickey Mouse Club.” Adjacent Tyler’s Lounge was inspired by the 1960 movie “Toby Tyler,” also filmed at Golden Oak Ranch. Both rooms are upscale and inviting, with warm wood, brick accents and golden tones.

Here’s a recipe that illustrates the Golden Oak culinary team’s level of detail – even for a cocktail. For more information on Golden Oak, disneygoldenoak.com. For information on Tables in Wonderland, visit tablesinwonderland.com.

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The Floridian Peaches and Cream
Serves 1

  • 2 ounces house-made Florida peach vodka (recipe below)
  • House-made cream soda, to taste (recipe below)
  • Florida peach pinwheel, for garnish
  1. Fill Collins glass halfway with ice cubes. Add vodka, then cream soda. Garnish with peach.

House-Made Florida Peach Vodka

  • 1 Liter Ciroc vodka
  • 8 fresh Florida peaches, washed and left whole
  1. Combine vodka and peaches in glass container that can be sealed. Place in dark, cool place for 3 to 5 days, shaking daily. (The longer it sits, the more peach flavor will develop.)
  2. To use, strain liquid and refrigerate. For extra flavor, juice peaches, strain and add to vodka.

House-made Cream Soda
For this recipe you will need a soda charger and soda gas canisters. You can substitute canned cream soda, which will produce the same taste but not the froth.

  • 1 quart cold water for charger
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup cooled vanilla syrup (recipe follows)
  1. Add all ingredients to a soda charger and add two gas capsules to carbonate liquid. Keep cold.

Vanilla syrup

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 vanilla beans, split and scraped
  1. Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Cool.
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Disney’s Hollywood Studios Anniversary Cupcake Available Only May 1

posted on April 29th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Walt Disney World Resort guests love the designer cupcakes that the chefs create for special occasions and holidays – and we usually can’t pry away the recipe. But good news: if you can’t make it to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 1, this is one special treat you can (mostly) re-create at home.

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Celebrating 25 years, this anniversary cupcake is a delicious combo of chocolate cake with a rich hazelnut-buttercream frosting. The chefs at the theme park add a little chocolate ganache, chocolate sprinkles and colorful Mickey Mouse candy confetti, then top it with a chocolate “25th Anniversary” disk of chocolate.

If you’re at the park, the cupcakes will be available at Fairfax Fair, Rosie’s All American Café, ABC Commissary, Starring Rolls Cafe, Backlot Express, Studio Catering Co., and Pizza Planet. Cost is $5.19 and the cupcake counts as a snack on the Disney Dining Plan.

If you’re too far away to make the May 1 celebration, get out the mixer and create your own fun!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Hazelnut-Chocolate Buttercream
Makes 24 cupcakes

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup hot coffee
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Hazelnut-Chocolate Buttercream

  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup hazelnut-chocolate spread
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons whole milk

For chocolate cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 325˚F. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners; set aside.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and baking powder in large bowl, whisking to combine. Add oil, coffee, and milk; beat with an electric mixer 1 minute until well combined.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla extract; beat 2 minutes until very well combined. Batter will be thin.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 25 minutes.
  5. Cool in pan for 15 minutes, then transfer cupcakes to a cooling rack and cool completely before frosting.

For hazelnut-chocolate buttercream:

  1. Combine shortening and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat until creamy. Beat in hazelnut-chocolate spread and vanilla extract until smooth. With mixer running at medium speed, add confectioners’ sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well to combine before adding the next cup.
  2. After all sugar has been added, beat in 3 to 4 tablespoons milk, just until frosting is light and fluffy.
  3. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a large round or star tip and pipe frosting onto cupcakes. Alternatively, frost cupcakes with an offset spatula or a butter knife.
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Taste of Disney: Herb Panko-Crusted Rack of Lamb from Blue Bayou Restaurant in Disneyland Park

posted on April 2nd, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Next in our Taste of Disney series: a delectable lamb dish from Blue Bayou Restaurant at Disneyland park. Chef Jesse Tiscareno shows us the steps, starting with a rich rosemary jus made with red wine, then a hearty white-bean stove-top cassoulet, the perfect pairing with the rich lamb.

For springtime, the panko-crusted lamb goes with just about any seasonal vegetables, and you could even add some baby carrots or fresh peas to the cassoulet.

But this is the way they serve the classic at Blue Bayou Restaurant, an oasis in New Orleans Square where diners can relax and enjoy the French influences of Louisiana (with Cajun and Creole flavors too). Re-creating this dish takes time, so start early – or make the rosemary au jus and cassoulet a day head.

For Blue Bayou Restaurant reservations (or any Disneyland Resort restaurant), visit www.disneyland.com/dine or call 714-781-DINE (3463).


Herb Panko-Crusted Rack of Lamb

Serves 4

Rosemary Au Jus

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/4 cup diced shallots
  • 1/4 cup fresh rosemary, stems removed, loosely packed
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup cabernet sauvignon
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Bread Crumbs

  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

Cannellini Beans for Cassoulet

  • 3 cups dried cannellini or great northern beans
  • Ham hocks, about 1 pound
  • 1 leek, trimmed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 whole black peppercorns
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, quartered
  • 3 garlic cloves

Cannellini Bean Stove-Top Cassoulet

  • 1/4 cup olive oil or butter
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 1/2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow pepper, diced
  • 3 cups prepared cannellini beans (from above recipe)
  • 6 slices bacon, diced
  • Cooked ham hock meat (about 1/2 cup)
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 1 herb bouquet (3 stems fresh rosemary and 5 sprigs fresh thyme tied together with kitchen string)
  • Coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Lamb

  • 2 racks of lamb, (16 ribs total)
  • Coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 8 tablespoons prepared bread crumbs (recipe above)
  • 8 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup micro-greens rainbow mix, optional
  • Rosemary jus (recipe above), for serving

For rosemary au jus:

  1. Heat oil in small saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, shallots, rosemary, peppercorns, bay leaf, and wine.
  2. Cook until reduced by half, about 15 to 20 minutes. Add beef stock and continue to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and strain through fine sieve. Discard solids.
  3. Return liquid to pan. Add butter 1 tablespoon at a time over low heat, whisking well. Season to taste.
  4. Allow to cool completely then place in an air-tight container and refrigerate several hours.
  5. About 30 minutes before serving, reheat over low heat.

For bread crumbs:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cover baking sheet with foil.
  2. Mix all ingredients in small bowl. Transfer crumbs to sheet and bake until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Watch carefully to prevent burning.
  3. Remove from oven and cool. Place in air-tight container until ready to serve.

For cannellini beans:

  1. Rinse beans, place in large bowl, cover with water and soak for several hours or overnight.
  2. When ready to cook, preheat oven to 400°F. Place ham hocks on sheet tray or pan. Roast until tender and caramelized, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Slice meat off bone and finely chop for later use in cassoulet. Reserve bones.
  3. Wrap leek (white and green parts), bay leaf, thyme, and peppercorns in cheesecloth.
  4. Place drained beans, water, onions, garlic, leek sachet, and ham hock bones in large pot. Add more water if necessary to cover all ingredients.
  5. Bring to boil then reduce heat to simmer. Cook until beans are tender, about 25 minutes.
  6. Strain beans through sieve and set aside, reserving broth. Discard bones and cheesecloth with ingredients.

For stove-top cassoulet:

  1. Heat oil in medium stockpot over medium heat. Add garlic, carrot, celery, onion, red and yellow peppers, and beans, stirring frequently. Cook until vegetables are lightly browned.
  2. Add bacon and ham hock meat and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add beef stock and herb bouquet and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook about 45 minutes.
  4. Season with salt and pepper. Keep warm until ready to serve.

For lamb:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Season lamb with salt and pepper. Cut each rack in half.
  2. Pour olive oil into large oven-proof sauté pan over medium-high heat. Place lamb fat-side down in sauté pan and sear all sides, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Transfer lamb to oven and cook until desired temperature, 145°F for well done, about 115°F to 120°F for medium rare. (Notes: If lamb cooked to a medium rare preference, this item may contain raw or undercooked ingredients. Consuming raw or undercooked meats, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.)
  4. Remove lamb from oven, cover immediately with foil, and allow to rest for 7 to 10 minutes.
  5. Slice each half rack into 2, 2-rib pieces. To serve, spoon 1/2 cup beans in bottom of each serving bowl. Drizzle rosemary au jus around beans. Brush mustard on fat side of lamb, press into bread crumbs and place 2 pieces of lamb on top of each serving of beans, one slightly crossing over the other. Repeat with remaining bowls.
  6. Sprinkle feta cheese on lamb and top with pinch of micro greens, if desired. Serve immediately.
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