binny's demo kitchen

  1. Demo Kitchen Recipe: Pan Bagnat

    Demo Kitchen Recipe: Pan Bagnat

    This is not a refined expression of Provençal Cuisine for a civilized luncheon. If you want that, whip up a Salad Niçoise or a lovely bouillabaisse. Wouldn’t that be Nice. This is, however, one of the Demo Kitchen’s all-time favorite sandwiches and the very essence of an outdoor Provençal market. Not only that, it is perfectly suited for the late summer tomato season, picnics and, of course, rosé wine. After tasting Pan Bagnat you may forget the BLT even exists! Nah, that’ll never happen.

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  2. Demo Kitchen Recipe: Riviera Chicken Salad

    Demo Kitchen Recipe: Riviera Chicken Salad

    Normally we would poach the chicken for this recipe with a bunch of fresh veggies and herbs, but we thought we would make this simply delicious chicken salad even easier by using store bought stock. The result is an incredibly fresh and healthy dish that will serve 4 for lunch. Serve fresh, seasonal fruit chilled for dessert and you have the makings for an easy, tasty and leisurely afternoon. Crisp refreshing whites like Hugues Beaulieu Picpoul de Pinet will work brilliantly but...do we have to say it? Rosé!

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  3. Demo Kitchen Recipe: Pan-Seared Chicken Breast with Apples

    Demo Kitchen Recipe: Pan-Seared Chicken Breast with Apples

    This dish is full of the wonderful fall flavors, fit for company but easy enough for your average weekend night. Whipped sweet potatoes or wild rice with dried cranberries and pecans would make for perfect seasonal sides. Add buttered green beans and your plate is complete. Pair this with slightly sweet beverages. Vouvray Demi-Sec, Riesling Spätlese or a sweet hard cider are right on. For beer try something a bit sweet, fruity and malt forward. Our top choices are Schneider Aventinus or Pauwel Kwak. If you are the sort who prefers a cocktail with dinner, check out Tea of Knowledge.

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  4. Demo Kitchen Recipe: Oktoberfest Feast

    Demo Kitchen Recipe: Oktoberfest Feast

    This is an impressive feast fit for King Ludwig, but all the techniques are simple enough. Diners will marvel at the sausage stuffed pork roast while they work out just how you managed to get that sausage in there. The sides of red cabbage and spaetzle are fabulous and definitely worth the effort but you can successfully pull off this meal with some purchased sauerkraut and boiled potatoes if you are looking for shortcuts.

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  5. Demo Kitchen Recipe: Seared Duck Breast

    Demo Kitchen Recipe: Seared Duck Breast

    With its caramel-colored, crispy exterior and tender pink core, a perfectly seared duck breast is a culinary wonder - and easy to prepare. The following preparation with roasted corn salad is a keeper. But a number of sides will work - pan seared duck breast with caramelized root vegetables makes for a great autumn dish. Just keep the following pro tips in mind when searing:

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  6. Demo Kitchen Recipe: Coffee Rubbed Rack of Lamb

    Demo Kitchen Recipe: Coffee Rubbed Rack of Lamb

    Savory, spicy, and luxuriantly rich, a rack of lamb rubbed with ground coffee and spices offers a firework of flavors that will satisfy and delight anyone! And it’s easy to prepare, dressing up any occasion you decide to serve it. Just bear in mind that the rest time after rubbing and the sear itself are essential for success. Rubbing the rack of lamb 30-40 minutes prior to searing ensures: (1) that the surface of the meat is moisture free for a quicker and more flavorful sear, and that (2) that moisture drawn out by the salt in the rub is reabsorbed into the meat, enhancing the lamb’s overall flavors. What’s more, that sear intensifies the savory flavors of the rub that makes this dish so memorable. We suggest serving the lamb over something starchy, such as polenta or spaetzle, and of course enjoying it with a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Bordeaux, a rich Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale or similar brown ale, or a classic Boulevardier cocktail. The recipe below serves four.

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  7. Demo Kitchen Recipe: Crostini with Tuscan White Bean Purée and Braised Fennel

    Demo Kitchen Recipe: Crostini with Tuscan White Bean Purée and Braised Fennel

    This is a great starter for an Italian feast! This can be served as a build your own crostini buffet with each component in its own serving dish. Just add a fresh tomato and basil topping and you have several combinations to play with. Or build ready to serve crostini by spreading the beans on crostini and topping with the braised fennel. The earthy, umami and herbal flavors accented by bright acidity make this a natural fit for Sangiovese based wines from Tuscany like Bonacchi Chianti Classico Reserva. When it comes to beer, Saison Dupont is absolutely our top choice here.

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  8. Demo Kitchen Recipe: Cicchetti of Shrimp bathed in Lemon & Olive Oil

    Demo Kitchen Recipe: Cicchetti of Shrimp bathed in Lemon & Olive Oil

    Think of Cicchetti as Venice's version of tapas. This flavorful and easy to make shrimp dish is delicious served at room temperature with some crusty bread to sop up all of that wonderful marinade. We recommend this riff on a fresh Northern Italian seafood dish with crisp whites like Inama Soave, Weinstephaner Kristall Weissbier, a soft and spicy Witbier or a citrusy herbal cocktail like Patio Season.

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  9. Demo Kitchen Recipe: Brisket Chili

    Demo Kitchen Recipe: Brisket Chili

    What's a football game without chili??? The recipe below is a Binny's favorite, concocted and kitchen-tested by Binny's very own resident chef Scott Becker as well as Binny's-approved by the floor staff at our Highland Park Store. The key to this recipe or any chili recipe for that matter is taking the time to layer all the complex flavors without losing the vibrant flavors of the tomatoes. We do this by NOT draining the canned kidney beans and the canned crushed tomatoes. “Water is our friend,” says Scott Becker. “The more water we need to simmer away, the longer we have for flavors to meld and the meat to get tender without the chili becoming too thick. No one likes rushed chili.”

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  10. Be A Baller This Holiday Season

    Be A Baller This Holiday Season

    Specialty beers are Odd Side’s speciality. Thirsty for something different, we shipped up eleven freshly dumped handpicked Knob Creek bourbon barrels to Odd Side and quickly got to work designing a pair of stouts.

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