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Brunch at Bar Pilar

A Bloody Caesar cocktail aka Bloody Mary with Gin instead of Vodka

After a museum visit downtown, we found ourselves wanting a little nosh and I mentioned Bar Pilar. While we were both thinking burgers, it turned out that they were only serving from the brunch menu (PDF) at that time. Not exactly what we wanted, but no problem, roll with the punches, etc. Plus, the prospect of a Bloody Caesar soon put us at ease. I’m not much for Bloody Marys, and often when replacing the Vodka with Gin, it’s too much for me, but these were pleasantly smooth and not over the top spicy. The fresh squeeze of lemon & lime definitely made the drink.

Everything was delicious and the atmosphere made for a nice warm haven on a rather chilly December afternoon. My pancake sandwich was the perfect blend of traditional breakfast items, and his chicken salad sandwich even sounded good. Seriously, the crunch from the bite made me wish I’d ordered differently. However… I’m still craving that burger!

Home fries with ketchup

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Martha Stewart Thanksgiving Hotline Cookbook (Free!)

Cover of Martha Stewart Thanksgiving recipe book

As part of her Sirius|XM Thanksgiving hotline radio show, Martha is offering a free PDF collection of Thanksgiving recipes.

These recipes cover all courses of the Thanksgiving meal, from savory turkey to fresh salads and creamy mashed potatoes to sweet desserts. The dishes come from acclaimed chefs, such as Emeril Lagasse, Nigella Lawson, and Mario Batali.

All 30 chefs will be on call to answer your questions on Martha Stewart Living Radio’s Thanksgiving Hotline. The hotline is live from Monday, November 23 to Wednesday, November 25. See schedule for the full list of celebrity chefs and exact times at www.sirius.com/martha.

It’s 56 pages containing 35 recipes and entertaining tips and it’s done in classic Martha Stewart style. Very clean and informative, though a mac & cheese recipe calls for grana padano, which I knew was a cheese, but I couldn’t recall its characteristics to know a good store-found substitute. Even so, the price is right for a good collection of famous/celebrity chef recipes and some contributions from Martha herself. And I think pairing it with the radio show is a great idea, I almost wish I had Sirius|XM to listen in later this month.

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Even if you’re all set for some items, she also offers the download in specific chapters: Soups & Starters, Sides & Salads, Turkey & Entrees, Desserts and Wine, Liquor, & Entertaining. So you might get some new ideas. I believe I’ll be bringing some of those Pilgrim-themed cocktails to my host’s place for the holiday.

And yes, I know… It’s still Martha Stewart and some people place her firmly in the “evil” camp. But if my food novice friends were going to learn to cook from a lifestyle personality, I’d rather it be from one of Martha’s meticulously detailed recipes than one of the Food Network deep-V-neck cleavage crew. I think the book has some good recipes, and they’re not all her recipes, but YMMV.