Monthly Archives: February 2014

Take a Look Inside a Cookbook Published More Than 100 Years Ago

“One of the pleasures in life to the normal man is good eating, and if it be true that real happiness consists in making others happy, the author can at least feel a sense of gratification in the thought that his attempts to satisfy the cravings of the inner man have not been wholly unappreciated by the many that he has had the pleasure of serving–some of whom are now his stanchest friends.”

These are the words of Chef Rufus Estes, author of Good Things to Eat. It is evident from his book that Estes–who is credited as being the first African American to write and publish a cookbook–truly enjoyed the culinary arts.

When Chef Estes wrote this book in 1911, he was Chef of the subsidiary companies of the U.S. Steel Corporation in Chicago. Some of his best-know recipes include Creole-style chicken gumbo, chestnut stuffing with truffles, and cherry dumplings.

Chef Estes’ range of specialties was quite extensive. Take a look through the book’s table of contents and you will find countless recipes for soup, soufflés, fish, beef, veal, pork, poultry, stuffing, salads, vegetables, breads, preserves, relishes, sauces, and a wide array of desserts.

Here is an excerpt from Good Things to Eat about Estes’ early life and how he grew to become a well-known and respected chef.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Comfort Foods

Baby, it’s cold outside! Why not heat things up in the kitchen? Our answer to frigid temperatures? Comfort foods! We crave these hearty meals because they taste so amazing and remind us of home and family.

At Dressler’s Restaurant, we know all about comfort foods. We love to eat them and we love serving them to our guests. Some of Chef Scott’s favorite comfort foods include braised short ribs, slow cooked Cheshire Farms pork shoulder, macaroni and cheese, and Sea Island Red Pea stew.

The only thing more satisfying than the wonderful aromas of baked lasagne, pot roast, slow-cooked chili, or soup wafting through your house is sharing them with those you love.

Many of the dishes below can be prepared ahead of time or placed in a slow cooker to simmer throughout the day. Serve with warm breadbiscuits, or cornbread and a salad. Then sit down and enjoy a hot, delicious meal with your family.

Try some of these meals at home or join us at Dressler’s Restaurant and let us do the cooking for you.

soups/stews–It’s easy to prepare homemade soups and stews in your slow cooker. Place your meat, vegetables, and seasonings in the crock and set the controls to low. The time you spend preparing this in the morning is well worth it when you get home at the end of the day and dinner is ready.

casseroles–These are great make-ahead meals that have the meat and vegetables all in one dish. Try chicken pot pie, macaroni and cheese, turkey tetrazzini, and Texas-style enchilada casserole.

pasta–What could be easier than boiling water? Cook and drain the pasta, then add your favorite sauce, fresh herbs, meat, and veggies. Top with grated cheese and serve with fresh bread and salad.

roasts–These are great weekend meals. Check out these recipes for beef roastspork roasts, and roasted chicken.

desserts–We wouldn’t dream of forgetting dessert. Top off your meal with a steaming cup of hot coffee (or an ice cold glass of milk) and a little slice of heaven.

101 Best Classic Comfort Food Recipes-Southern Living

Comfort Food Recipes-Food Network

 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Charlotte

Valentine’s Day is almost here. Are you ready? Whether you are celebrating as a couple or as a family, going out or enjoying the evening at home, spend it with those you love. Here are some fun ways to celebrate this special holiday with all your sweethearts–big and small.

Make Valentine’s crafts with your children and decorate your homeSoon, everyone will catch the Valentine’s Day spirit. Ladies, this is also a great way to “remind” your husband that a romantic holiday is just around the corner!

Get a couple’s massage. This is the perfect way to unwind after a busy week and prepare yourselves for a romantic Valentine’s evening.

Explore Charlotte! There are so many exciting things to do and see!

Beautiful flowers never go out of style and are always appreciated. Present your children with small bouquets of their own. They will love it!

Remember: The quickest way to their hearts is through their stomachs! Say “I love you” with a fabulous dinner that your entire family will enjoy. Your menu can be anything from steak and shrimp to pizza and wings, as long as you enjoy it together. If you are dining at home, make it special with cloth napkins, candles, and great music. Don’t forget dessert. This is Valentine’s Day, after all. How about a make-your-own sundae bar or chocolate fondue? If your family has a favorite dessert, tonight is the night to enjoy it!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day twice! Couple’s with young children may want to have two Valentine’s celebrations–one with the kids and one for adults only!

Come to Dressler’s and let us delight you with a special Valentine’s dinner. We will make it an evening to remember.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Dressler’s Restaurant!

Valentine’s Day Decorating

Simply Sweet Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipes

Romantic Valentine’s Day Recipes

Valentine’s Treats

28 Creative Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Chef’s Corner

Welcome to Chef’s Corner. Each month, we feature an appetizer, entrée, dessert, and adult beverage from Dressler’s Restaurant. Stop in and try some of these delicious selections.

JanuarychefscornerAppetizer: Grilled Sausages – This is one of Chef Scott’s favorites–a simple, hearty winter appetizer of grilled artisan sausages. Chef uses an andouille, which is a double-smoked pork sausage with garlic and onions. He also offers chorizo, which is pork with a heavy pimento and smoked red pepper flavor. The two sausages are grilled and served with fresh arugula and roasted grape tomatoes.

Entrée: Just for the Halibut – Our cleverly named signature entrée is also our best selling entrée, and for good reason. Chef Scott uses beautiful cold water halibut that is seared and then roasted with white wine. The fish is served on a bed of fresh spinach and a pan-fried potato cake. Topped with jumbo lump crab and finished with sun-dried tomato beurre blanc, this dish will have you coming back again and again.

DessertCrème Brûlée – This is a truly delicious and traditional dessert. Our rich and creamy vanilla custard is given a crust of “burnt” sugar. We serve simply with a farm fresh strawberry.  Pair this dessert with a shot of espresso and sambuca or with a glass of our sauterne dessert wine.

Adult Beverage: One Hope Sparkling  Our Metropolitan location features One Hope as our house sparkling wine. This fantastic brand donates 50% of its proceeds from each of their varietals to a worthy cause. This delicious sparkling wine generates funds for No Kid Hungry in conjunction with Share our Strength. Each case of wine purchased generates an amazing 100 meals for hungry children.