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Let’s Go Nuts!

why we love nutsIs it any wonder why so many of us are crazy about nuts?

Nuts have it all. They are nutritious, fun to eat, and easy to store. Best of all, they are tasty and satisfying.

PACKED WITH NUTRITION

According to WebMD, nuts are considered a superfood. “Several studies over the past several years have shown the health benefits of nuts–which contain monounsaturated fat, vitamin Efolic acidmagnesium, copper, protein, and fiber, and are rich in antioxidant phytochemicals. They are a powerhouse of good nutrition that can dramatically reduce the risk of heart disease. They’ve also been shown to play an important role in helping to lower “bad” cholesterol levels and raise “good” cholesterol levels. In addition, they can help dilate blood vessels and prevent hardening of the arteries.”

8 AMAZING NUTS

ALMONDS–Contain high amounts of fiber, magnesium, vitamin E, and calcium. 10 Tasty Almond Recipes

BRAZIL NUTS–Loaded with the mineral selenium and zinc. Unique and Delectable Ways to Use Brazil Nuts

CASHEWS–Rich in iron, zinc, copper, and magnesium. Cashew Recipes

MACADAMIA–High in calories but rich in calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc. They contain the greatest amount of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat per serving.  Macadamia Nut Recipes

PEANUTS–Loaded with antioxidants, folic acid, and vitamin E. Healthy Peanut Recipes

PECANS–Packed with antioxidants, vitamin E, and monounsaturated fats. Pecan Recipes

PISTACHIOS–High in antioxidants, potassium, and vitamin B6. Cooking With Pistachios

WALNUTS–Great source of antioxidants, as well as omega-3 fatty acids. Cooking With Walnuts

3 DELICIOUS WAYS TO EAT THEM.

  • raw–You don’t need to eat a lot of nuts to reap their nutritional benefits. A small handful every day is all you need. Why Nuts Really are the Super Snack
  • toasted–Roasting them brings out their incredible flavor. Bake for 5-10 minutes in a 350-degree oven. How to Toast Nuts in the Oven
  • accompaniments–Add nuts to cereal, yogurt, pasta, salads, breads, cookies, brownies, and so much more.

Why You Should Go Nuts for Nuts

Top 10 Nuts to Eat

Go Nuts on Your Diet

Madrigal Wine Dinner hosted by Dressler’s Birkdale

2015-03-13_21-25-44~with Owner Chris Madrigal

Wednesday, March 25th at 6:30 p.m.   ($79 per person plus tax and gratuity)

Chef Scott Hollingsworth will be expertly pairing a five course dinner with:

  • Madrigal, Sauvigon Blanc, Napa
  • Madrigal, Petite Syrah, Napa
  • Madrigal, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa
  • Sbragia, Merlot, Dry Creek
  • Sbragia, Gino’s Zinfandel, Dry Creek

Since the late 1930′s, three generations of the Madrigal family have
farmed some of Napa Valley’s finest vineyards. Today, the company isrun by Chris Madrigal, the founder’s grandson. The consulting winemaker is Ed Sbragia, who built his reputation over 30 years of wine making in the Napa, Sonoma, and Dry Creek Valleys. The Madrigal family values the long relationships that they have built with the land and the people of Napa Valley, believing that the combined wisdom of the folks who have been here for generations and a deep appreciation of the vineyards can be tasted in their wine.
Please call Dressler’s Birkdale for reservations 704-987-1779

Chef’s Corner: Dogwood Southern Table & Bar

Chef's Corner at Dressler's RestaurantWelcome to Chef’s Corner at Dressler’s Restaurant. This month, we are excited to feature items from our newest restaurant, Dogwood Southern Table & Bar, located in Midtown Charlotte.

What is Dogwood all about? Fantastic cuisine, Southern hospitality, and a relaxed and warm atmosphere are just the beginning. We believe that high-quality products speak for themselves, and that great-tasting food and drinks that are locally sourced, expertly prepared, and enthusiastically served by our passionate team are an unbeatable combination. At Dogwood, the only thing we love more than preparing and enjoying our wonderful creations is sharing them with our amazing guests, friends, and family.

Stop in to see us at Dogwood and try some of these favorites from our menu.

Appetizer: Baked Fontina Cheesewith fresh garlic, herbs, and country bread.

EntréeNC Shrimp & Gritsfeaturing Anson Mills grits and herbed beurre blanc.

Dessert: Dora’s Banana PuddingGrandma Dora’s banana pudding recipe is simply the best!

Handcrafted Cocktail: C.V.B.C.Sour cherry and Madagascar vanilla bean infused Ridgemont Reserve, served over ice with bourbon-laced fresh cherries. Yes, it’s as good as it sounds!

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is almost here! Below are some important safety tips for parents and children from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Happy Halloween from Dressler’s Restaurant! Have fun and be safe!

  • halloweensaftytipsChildren should travel in groups of 3 or more.
  • Make sure that an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12.
  • Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow. Know the names of older children’s companions. Set a time limit.
  • Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along an established route.
  • Teach your children to stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit. Accept treats only in the doorway. NEVER enter a stranger’s home.
  • Children should not eat treats until parents have checked them.
  • Do not ride a bicycle-your costume could get tangled in it.
  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Walk on the sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.
  • Cross busy streets at an intersection or cross walk. Be sure to look both ways (2 times) before crossing the street.
  • Walk, don’t run.
  • If you wear a mask, be sure you can see out of it clearly. Remove mask when walking from house to house.
  • Wear reflective tape on your clothing/costume.
  • Be very cautious of STRANGERS.
  • NEVER eat unwrapped candy, opened candy, or fruit given to you on Halloween.
  • Pin a slip of paper with your child’s name, address, and phone number inside a pocket in case the child gets separated from the group.
  • Welcome trick-or-treaters with your porch/exterior lights on.
  • Patrol your street occasionally to discourage speeding motorists, acts of malicious mischief, and crimes against children.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your police department immediately (dial 9-1-1).
  • Candlelit jack-o-lanterns should be kept clear of doorsteps and landings.
  • Consider using flashlights instead of candles to light jack-o-lanterns.
  • Keep pets away from doors so children will not become frightened.

How to Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables, and Love Them!

How many times were you told as a child to eat your vegetables? How often do you find yourself telling your kids the same thing?

We all know that fruits and vegetables are good for us. Unfortunately, many of us struggle with getting enough of them into our daily diets.

Dressler’s Restaurant works with Poplar Ridge Farm and Commonwealth Farms for farm-fresh vegetables and flowers. We also use a forager to source ramps (wild leeks), wild mushrooms, and some bitter salad greens. Because we like to keep our team happy and healthy, our kitchen always serves tasty vegetables at our daily staff meal.

The vegetables listed below are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, easy and inexpensive to buy, and require little or no preparation to eat. According to nutritionists, not only can these foods help you look and feel better, they can reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and many cancers.

Grow them in your garden at home or buy them at your local store or farmers’ market. Try adding some of these to your diet today.

Apples—soluble fiber lowers blood cholesterol and glucose levels; vitamin C protects your body’s cells from damage; helps reduce risk of heart disease, lung cancer, and diabetes.

Beans—good source of iron, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, and magnesium; low-fat source of protein and fiber; reduces risk of heart disease, diabetes, breast and colon cancers.

Blueberries—low-calorie source of fiber and vitamin C; loaded with phytonutrients to prevent heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers; helps improve short-term memory.

Broccoli—a great source of folate (B vitamin that prevents birth defects), vitamin A, and C; contains phytonutrients; good for preserving eye health; helps protect against cancer and heart disease.

Brussel Sprouts—another great source of folic acid; fiber, calcium, and vitamins K, A, and C.

Garlic—contains phytonutrients; decreases high blood pressure; lowers rates of ovarian and colorectal cancers; helps fight infection.

Red Peppers—excellent source of vitamin C; great for your skin (less wrinkling and dryness); gives your immune system a boost.

Spinach—packed with vitamins A, C, and folate; magnesium and iron help boost immune system; carotenoids protect against macular degeneration and night blindness; protects against heart disease and some cancers.

Sweet Potatoes—good source of fiber; high in vitamin C, B-6, and potassium; beta-carotene protects eyes, skin, and lining of respiratory, urinary, and intestinal tracts; helps slow aging process; protects against some cancers.

Tomatoes—high in lycopene; protects against heart disease and breast cancer.

There are so many delicious and healthy ways to prepare vegetables. You can eat them fresh, steamed, sautéed, roasted, or grilled. Add them to soups, stews, and stir-fry.

Top 10 Healthiest Fruits and Vegetables

Add More Color to Your Diet

5 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Charlotte!

St. Patrick’s Day is Monday, March 17, 2014.

Dressler’s Restaurant wishes you a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day. Not Irish? Not a problem! Anyone can catch the St. Patrick’s Day spirit! Here are some fun ways to celebrate in Charlotte.

1. Dress for the occasion. Wear green, color your hair, or even apply face paint to celebrate the day.

2. Make crafts and treats with the kids. Kids love creating holiday decorations and goodies, and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception.

3. Listen to the contagious rhythm of Irish Celtic music and watch the amazing footwork of Irish Step Dancers.

4. Enjoy traditional Irish food and beverages. Here are just a few favorites.

5. Celebrate in Charlotte. Enjoy traditional Irish music, dancers, food, and beverages.

St. Patrick’s Day Ideas 

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Fresh Ingredients are Best

dreamstime_xs_30282069If you love cooking, serving, and eating delicious food, like we do at Dressler’s Restaurant, you know that using fresh ingredients is the first step in preparing an amazing meal.

Fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and meats bring wonderful colors, aromas, and flavors to your favorite dishes. They are also loaded with vitamins and antioxidants for maximum nutrition.

Chef Scott, Executive Chef at Dressler’s Restaurant, believes that fresh food tastes best. He loves to use the freshest possible ingredients because it shows through as a “brightness” in the final product. He uses locally produced/foraged food that does not have to be preserved in the transportation process or harvested before optimum ripeness.

How do you purchase the freshest meat, seafood, fruits, vegetables, and herbs? Look at, smell, and feel the items before you buy. The colors and smells should be appealing. Products should be firm to the touch, not mushy.

Choosing fresh meat: get to know the people at your local meat market or butcher shop; red meat should be red, pork (pink), poultry (off-white); meat should feel firm; if it doesn’t look and smell fresh, don’t buy it

Choosing fresh seafood: fresh seafood should feel firm to the touch; it should not smell “fishy”

Choosing fresh fruits and vegetables: pick items that are in season; besides being the freshest, they are also usually the best value; select items that are firm, with no soft or discolored spots

Choosing fresh herbs: colors should be vibrant; plants should be firm, not wilted; no brown spots or discolorations

11 Herbs Every Cook Should Use

Your Guide to Fresh Food and Recipe Ingredients

12 Great Ways to Beat Cabin Fever

Happy New Year from Dressler’s Restaurant! It’s that time of year when some of us go a little stir crazy waiting for the warm weather to return. For those of us who love golfing, gardening, boating, and outdoor athletics, this time of year can be a little daunting.

Don’t despair. Here are some ideas to keep you and the members of your household busy and happy all winter long.

  1. Invite family and friends to your home. Nothing lifts your spirits more than spending time with those you love.
  2. Play games with your family. It doesn’t matter if it’s a board game or an electronic game, the important thing is to have fun. Don’t forget the snacks! Everything’s more fun with great food.
  3. Complete a household project. Do you have some projects you’ve been wanting to finish, but just haven’t found the time? Get to work–you’ll be amazed at the satisfaction you feel when it’s done.
  4. Get outside. Getting everyone (including the dog) some fresh air will make you all feel better. Bundle up and think about the warm hot cocoa you’ll enjoy when you get back home.
  5. Watch a movie at home (or watch the Panthers make it to the Super Bowl). Make popcorn or caramel corn, some drinks, and snuggle on the couch with some blankets. You’ll soon wonder why you had cabin fever in the first place.
  6. Curl up with a great book.
  7. Volunteer. The best way to stop thinking about yourself is to start thinking about others. In the process of helping others, you will feel better about yourself.
  8. Start a hobby. This is a great time of year to learn something new.
  9. Take your family to an indoor athletic facility. Play, exercise, and swim together to release some of that pent-up energy.
  10. Get organized. It’s a new year and a new beginning. Don’t try to tackle the whole house all at once. Choose one cabinet, desk, or closet at a time. You will stay busy and your home will be organized.
  11. Cook. If you enjoy cooking, nothing is better than preparing a delicious meal or treat for your family. Enlist the help of others in the house and make it a family event.
  12. Go out to dinner! Join us at Dressler’s and let us do the cooking for you–it’s our pleasure! It’s also a great way to get out of the house and enjoy a wonderful evening together. Make it a date night or bring the whole family.

31 Ideas to Beat Cabin Fever and the Winter Blues

Dressler’s Restaurant presents the “Chef’s Corner”

Welcome to Chef’s Corner. Each month, we will feature an appetizer, entrée, dessert, and beverage from Dressler’s Restaurant. Here is this month’s selections.

 chef's corner October 2013Appetizer: Thai Crispy Calamari – These are fillet strips of calamari with a thai peanut glaze and wasabi aioli. Chef Scott has been working with this combination of flavors in various forms for a long time.  It is sweet and rich, cut with spice.

Entrée: Sunburst Farms Trout - This local trout is served with corn, locally foraged mushrooms, asparagus, and roasted tomato vinaigrette.  The trout is from Sunburst Trout Farms in Canton, NC, and the mushrooms are from the Fancy Gap area of Virginia.

Dessert: Mom’s Cheesecake - Joan Dressler has been making her famous New York style cheesecake for years.  Smooth and silky cheesecake on top of a crunchy graham cracker crust. People come from miles around to enjoy a slice of it.  It’s very common for people to order whole cakes to take home as well.

Adult Beverage: “Working Man’s Lunch”Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, NC is dedicated to Southern heritage foods.  They try to source as much of their ingredients as possible from within 300 miles of the brewery.  Working Man’s Lunch is like a dark, chocolatey hefeweizen and Fullsteam’s tribute to a southerner’s love of Moon Pie and RC Cola.