Before I had ever eaten bone marrow, one of my friends compared it to meat butter. Having never experienced it for myself I was immediately sold on his description. What could be better than meat butter? With this concept permanently in my subconscious, I made the Beef Marrow Bones with Oxtail Marmalade served at Blue Ribbon Brasserie. The dish was kind of like butter and jam—but made entirely from animal protein.
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All of you fried chicken traditionalist out there take warning: This is not a typical Southern fried chicken recipe. There are ingredients and techniques within this recipe for Northern Fried Chicken from Bromberg Bros. Blue Ribbon Cookbook by Bruce Bromberg and Eric Bromberg that will go against all previous fried chicken notions. The key ingredient: matzo.
If you follow the recipe for these Egg Shooters from Bromberg Bros.Blue Ribbon Cookbook by Bruce Bromberg and Eric Bromberg you'll find that they aren't exactly deviled eggs, more like hard-boiled eggs topped with Olive Oil Mayonnaise and Pickled Peppers or with Crème Fraiche and Salmon Roe. I decided to take a little liberty with the recipe and tweak it into a fancier version.
What I really love about this salad is that, while it's composed of more elements than you can count on two hands, each component is given the right treatment. Beets are roasted, asparagus stalks are blanched crisp-tender, eggs are hard-boiled, and each raw vegetable is cut into the shape that suits it best. It's the ideal mixture of raw, cooked, and preserved ingredients.
While a run-of-the-mill club sandwich might not be something to get worked-up over, the version served at Blue Ribbon certainly is. Dry, bland turkey is replaced with seared duck breast, crisp and perfectly seasoned on the outside, moist and medium-rare within. A slightly sweet and cinnamony Raisin Walnut Bread takes over for bland white bread, and a homemade Olive Oil Mayonnaise brings the sandwich all together.
Is Blue Ribbon's matzo ball soup better than either of my grandmother's? I'd rather not say. What I will say is that it lived up to the title of "excellent"—the stock was beautifully flavored, and the matzo balls were the ideal weight and density and tasted of chicken fat in the best possibly way.