It’s no surprise that we love pasta at Borgata, and our guests do, too. In fact, one of our most popular seminars, Gnow Your Gnocchi, is returning on January 14, 2017 at Fornelletto. Lucky participants will spend an afternoon sipping on wine and tasting savory bites while they learn how to make homemade gnocchi in this hands-on class.
One of the many joys of Christmas is the arrival of peppermint sticks – better known as candy canes. These tasty treats have the added bonus of being a great holiday decoration for the tree and coming in perfect holiday colors.
Candy canes have been around a long time. Folklore has it that they were the brainchild of a German choirmaster all the way back in 1670. He wanted a treat that would keep children quiet during nativity services and asked the candy maker to make the peppermint sticks look like the crooks carried by the shepherds that visited the baby Jesus – you know, to Christmas them up a bit.
Today we offer up another classic Christmas confection that’s sure to make your holiday dessert table a standout this season – namely the Peppermint-Chocolate Whoopie Pie from Borgata Baking Company.
What? You’re not familiar with the whoopie pie? Your grandma never made whoopie pies for Christmas?
And yes, Egg Nog is a cocktail of sorts, at least in its traditional form. Even though you can buy a quart of the sweet, creamy treat in the dairy isle, the traditional Egg Nog always comes with a little more kick – usually brandy, rum or bourbon, depending on your favorite recipe.
“We’re really moving along,” said Chef Michael Schulson, Chef-Partner of Borgata’s Izakaya, the sexy Japanese pub that has developed a strong and loyal following since it opened in 2008. But, faithful patrons at his Atlantic City establishment very well might have first run into the Chef’s signature stylings a few miles north in the City of Brotherly Love.
Schulson isn’t a new player in the vast and changing Philadelphia culinary scene; his Sampan restaurant is one of the most frequented spots on 13th Street in Center City’s Midtown Village, followed in popularity only by his unique concept Double Knot next door. It’s a coffee and espresso bar by day, and bustling Japanese-inspired eatery at night.
In the fall, we harvest several different varieties of “winter squash” – acorn squash, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, etc. – much to the delight of chefs and cooks everywhere. Here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, few chefs have mastered the art of cooking squash like Executive Chef Aram Mardigian of Wolfgang Puck American Grille.
November is the month when turkey takes the center stage in American cuisine. Not only do we have Thanksgiving – affectionately called Turkey Day – we also have a few weeks of turkey recipes to use up the leftovers that follow. And for many families, we do it all again for Christmas and New Year’s meals.
There are few things in the American culinary palate as time honored and cherished as ground beef sandwiches served in endless varieties.
In other words, Americans really love hamburgers!
We make them in our kitchens and at cookouts and we go out to eat them or just grab a sack on the way home from work. And we eat hamburgers a lot. It’s estimated that the average American eats three hamburgers a week and as a country, we consume 50 billion hamburgers a year. That’s billion, with a “B.”
And yes, we do mean delicacies, such as sushi, sashimi and the many variations of steak tartare. The use of raw protein ensures a freshness and taste that can easily be lost on the grill.
The traditional steak tartare is a French specialty that was originally served with tartare sauce in the 19th century, but has undergone a lot of regional changes – mostly involving the use of herbs and spices. Sushi and sashimi are Japanese delicacies that feature raw fish that exploded on the American scene in the 1980’s.
Much like eating your first raw oyster, fans of tartare and sushi took a bit of a plunge their first time (though these preparations are perfectly safe), but found gastronomic delights that can make you regret every time you’ve ever ordered something well done…
Fall is upon us and that means only one thing – its pumpkin time! Throughout the holiday season, pumpkins will be everywhere. They’ll be on porches, carved into jack-o-lanterns and baked into holiday pies.
That’s just scratching the surface as pumpkin spice and pumpkin flavors will abound in everything from pastries to fancy coffee drinks. And there will be no better place to take advantage of this pumpkin frenzy than at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s The Metropolitan which will present a special pumpkin inspired menu.
We call it the Pumpkin Patch and it takes advantage of the incredible versatility of pumpkins. You might not know this, but the pumpkin you carve into a jack o’lantern isn’t the same type of pumpkin you bake into a pie. There are actually more than 40 different varieties of pumpkins out there and while some are best used for scary Halloween decorations and fall displays, others are just right for cooking…