Archive for Foodie Fun

Reservations For California Grill Begin August 26

Starting August 26, 2013, you will be able to make reservations for the newly re-imagined California Grill.  The restaurant reopens on September 9, 2013, at 5 PM.

The New Display Case is a Showstopper as Guests Exit the Elevator to the 15th Floor at California Grill

The Garden Grill is located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and features a spectacular view of the Magic Kingdom.   The menu will feature some updated favorites including flatbreads, oak-fired filet of beef, and grilled pork tenderloin.   There is also a sushi bar that will feature a chef’s choice menu.

With an extensive wine list that features over 250 options, there is something for everyone.  Some choices can only be found at the California Grill.

 

 

 

Earl of Sandwich Introduces Two New Sandwiches for a Limited Time

As if Friday Foodie Fun couldn’t get any more exciting!!!  Now there is something new at Earl of Sandwich – but only for a limited time.  And they both sound delicious!!!  There is an Avocado BLT and a Pastrami Reuben.  That is a touch choice, my EoS loving friends.

Be sure to check them both out the next time you are at Downtown Disney – Orlando and Anaheim.

 

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What is your favorite Earl of Sandwich sandwich?  Do you get the same thing every time or do you like to switch things up?

Friday Foodie Fun – Disney’s Turf Club Chocolate Espresso Torte

Are you missing the magic from being at Walt Disney World?  Just can’t quit thinking about the dessert you had on your last visit to Disney’s Turf Club?  Now is your chance to recreate the Chocolate Espresso Torte and bring the magic to your house.  (And best of all – it is Gluten Free!!!  Sorry, I couldn’t take the calories out.)

 

Savor the dark, delicious flavors of chocolate and espresso with this luscious flourless torte from Disney’s Turf Club.

Makes one 9-inch torte

Ingredients:

1 1/2 sticks butter, softened, plus additional softened butter for greasing pan

3/4 cup sugar, plus additional sugar for dusting pan

12 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

5 eggs at room temperature, beaten

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup prepared espresso

 

Chocolate Ganache:

4 ounces semisweet chocolate

1 stick softened butter

 

Vanilla ice cream, optional

For Torte: Preheat oven to 300 degrees with oven rack in middle position. Wrap a 9-inch springform pan in plastic wrap, then wrap tightly with a layer of heavy-duty foil. Generously butter pan. Dust pan with sugar, tapping out excess. Place prepared pan in a roasting pan; set aside.

Combine 3/4 cup sugar and prepared espresso in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

Place chocolate in a large bowl set over a large saucepan of barely simmering water (do not allow bottom of bowl to touch water). Stir occasionally until just melted. Add butter by the tablespoonful, stirring until combined. Stir in espresso syrup and vanilla extract. Set aside to cool slightly, 4 to 5 minutes. Gently stir in eggs until combined.

Pour batter into prepared springform pan. Pour boiling-hot water into roasting pan until it reaches three-quarters of the way up the of springform pan. Bake until center of torte is almost set, but still wobbles just slightly, about 45 to 50 minutes.

Transfer torte to a wire rack to cool completely. Refrigerate, covered, for 8 hours or overnight.

For Ganache: Place chocolate in a medium bowl set over a medium saucepan of simmering water (do not allow bottom of bowl to touch water). Stir occasionally until melted. Set aside to cool slightly, 3 to 4 minutes. Add butter by the tablespoonful, stirring until combined and glossy. Use immediately.

To Serve: Run a thin knife along edge of chilled torte, and remove springform pan ring. Set torte on a wire rack set over a sheet pan. Pour ganache over torte, a bit at a time, spreading with a rubber or offset spatula to cover top. Allow excess to drip down sides, if desired. Place torte on a platter or sheet pan lined with parchment paper, and refrigerate until set, approximately 2 hours. Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

For Miniature Heart-Shaped Tortes: Cut individual tortes from large torte using a heart-shaped cutter. Carefully dip each heart into ganache using two forks, letting excess drip off. Set hearts on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper, and refrigerate until set, approximately 2 hours. Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

This recipe has been converted from a larger quantity in the restaurant kitchens. The flavor profile may vary from the restaurant’s version.

All recipes are the property of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc., and may not be reproduced without express permission.

Trivia Tuesday – Cobb Salad at Hollywood Brown Derby

Every year 31,000 Cobb Salads are served at the Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The original recipe for the dressing was created in 1926 and still tops the salad.

Here’s the official story – or legend, if you will – as recorded by the Brown Derby itself:

    “One night in 1937, Bob Cobb, then owner of The Brown Derby, prowled hungrily in his restaurant’s kitchen for a snack.  Opening the huge refrigerator, he pulled out this and that: a head of lettuce, an avocado, some romaine, watercress, tomatoes, some cold breast of chicken, a hard-boiled egg, chives, cheese and some old-fashioned French dressing.  He started chopping.  Added some crisp bacon — swiped from a busy chef.

“The Cobb salad was born. It was so good, Sid Grauman (Grauman’s Chinese Theatre), who was with Cobb that midnight, asked the next day for a ‘Cobb Salad.’  It was so good that it was put on the menu.

“Cobb’s midnight invention became an overnight sensation with Derby customers, people like movie mogul Jack Warner, who regularly dispatched his chauffeur to pick up a carton of the mouth-watering salad.”

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Cobb Salad with French Dressing from the Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios 

Serves 6

Ingredients:

1/2 head iceberg lettuce

1/2 bunch watercress

1 small bunch chicory

1/2 head romaine lettuce

2 medium tomatoes, blanched & peeled

1 1/2 cups cooked turkey breast, diced

3 eggs, hard-cooked

1/2 cup blue cheese, crumbled

6 strips crisp bacon, crumbled

2 tablespoons chopped chives

Method:

Chop all greens very fine (reserve some watercress for presentation) and  arrange in salad bowl.

Cut tomatoes in half, remove seeds, and dice fine.

Also dice the turkey, avocado, & eggs.

Arrange the above ingredients, as well as the blue cheese and bacon crumbles, in straight lines across the greens.

Arrange the chives diagonally across the above lines.

Present the salad at the table, then toss with the dressing. (below)

Place on chilled plates with a watercress garnish.

Brown Derby Old-Fashioned French Dressing

1/2 cup water

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1 1/4 tablespoons salt

1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 clove garlic, chopped

1/2 cup red-wine vinegar

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon English mustard

1/2 cup olive oil

1 1/2 cups salad oil

Blend all ingredients except oils, then add olive oil and salad oils and mix well.

Blend well again before mixing with salad.

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Limited Time Magic: The Monstrous Eye-Scream Sundae Returns

The Monstrous Eye-Scream Sundae Returns

July 29 to August 4, 2013

Disney has announced new Limited Time Magic!!!  And it involves ice cream!!!  What could be better?!?!?  So if you are in the Magic Kingdom or Disneyland Resort next week be sure to stop in The Plaza Restaurant of the Plaza Ice Cream Cone in Orlando or the Gibson Girl Ice Cream and Clarabelle’s Ice Cream in Anaheim for a sweet magical treat.

Monstrous Eye-Scream Sundae
Monstrous Eye-Scream Sundae

Prepare yourself for the return of a monster-sized pleasure! Courtesy of a little Limited Time Magic, you can enjoy the reappearance of the Monstrous Eye-Scream Sundae at Magic Kingdom park. Stop by The Plaza Restaurant and Plaza Ice Cream Cone to discover this chilling treat, which comes complete with 2 scoops of mint chip ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, cookie horns, a chocolate eye and sprinkles, all inside a crunchy waffle cone. Don’t miss your opportunity to scare up some summer fun—dig into this delightful dessert before the offer melts away!

Prepare yourself for the return of a monster-sized pleasure! Courtesy of a little Limited Time Magic, you can enjoy the reappearance of the Monstrous Eye-Scream Sundae at Disneyland Park. Stop by Gibson Girl Ice Cream and Clarabelle’s Ice Cream to discover this chilling treat, which comes complete with 2 scoops of mint chip ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, cookie horns, a chocolate eye and sprinkles, all inside a crunchy waffle cone. Don’t miss your opportunity to scare up some summer fun—dig into this delightful dessert before the offer melts away!
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