When I think of roasted goose, I think of the holidays of yore, when the only light was from the fireplaces and candles, and we were all living in tune with the rhythms of nature because there was no other way to live.
Fooey is savoy cabbage that is boiled and then sautéed with garlic, topped with a crispy anchovy mixture and a fried dried cayenne pepper. It's hot, it's salty, it's cabbage-y and crispy at the same time.
I decided to indulge and present myself -- and by osmosis those who will attend my festivities -- with a well-deserved and long-awaited gift. A professional stove is something I've wished for my entire life.
Todd English's holiday give and get lists are, not surprisingly, inspired by things he loves (good food, drink and family) and things he longs for (time), with a few surprises thrown in for good measure.
When I first married into an Italian Catholic family, I thought it was downright weird that they would wait to go to church at midnight, Christmas Eve, so that they could come home in the middle of the night and eat sausage.
The absolute most perfect use of potatoes is to turn them into potato pancakes, which have crunchy mahogany edges, crispy golden midsections, and tender, rich, meaty interiors. They are hash browns on steroids.