Tuesday, December 13, 2011

denny dinner

STAPLEHOUSE hosted a dinner this past weekend for our dear friends dick and marg denny and their family.  over the years we have met many great people through muss & turners and dick and marg are two of our favorites.  always kind, honest and generous, we were thrilled to host them.  below are shots of some of the amazing wines they brought and the food we made to go with them.
crab soup with preserved meyer lemon and tarragon
salad of local beets, navel orange, avocado, feta and champagne vinaigrette (not shown)
sweet potato agnolotti with bitter greens bacon and grain mustard jus
braised beef short rib with celery root puree, baby carrots, beet greens and cipollini onions  
goat cheese cheesecake with orange marmalade and walnuts

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

jezebel magazine - december 2011

page 36 of the december 2011 issue of jezebel magazine
STAPLEHOUSE is honored to be mentioned in the decemeber 2011 issue of jezebel magazine.  thank you to freelance writer, ashley hizer and her photography staff, 'Party Hearty' can be found online and on shelves now!

STAPLEHOUSE small batch program

STAPLEHOUSE small batch is underway.
what is small batch?  STAPLEHOUSE small batch is a new program where STAPLEHOUSE produces limited quantity specialty items, such as soup, hot sauces, pickles, mustards and jams -- all made scratch from local product, and all first-come, first-served.  with each email we send, we list that weekends offering and provide all necessary details about suggested donation and such.
oh, wait.  there's more.  STAPLEHOUSE also offers free delivery to certain atlanta area neighborhoods, but you need to be on our email list to see where those are!  otherwise, picking up from our grant park home is the option.

to date, STAPLEHOUSE has offered a different small batch soup each weekend for the last 6 weeks. from roasted local chicken & dumplings to pork rib & udon noodle.  below was a bowl of our smoked berkshire pork & beans that hit the spot!  a huge hunk of warm corn bread, slathered with good butter softly nestled underneath the glory of pork & beans is magic.  truly magic.  all STAPLEHOUSE small batch soup is limited to 2 quarts per person or family.  1 quart equals 2 servings. all of our soups are labeled with hand written batch numbers.
photo curtsey of a friend
small batch label for 12/3/11
STAPLEHOUSE small batch will be in addition to our prelude dinners. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

happy birthday andy!

last weekend staplehouse hosted a surprise birthday dinner for our friends andy and erika, here are some shots of the night!

north georgia apples, shaved fennel, hazelnuts, goat cheese and grain mustard vinaigrette.

white bean puree with pickled chili and rosemary-garlic oil.
roasted hudson valley duck breast with sautee of smoked mushroom and parsnip, roasted grape and taragon salad and parsnip puree.
melt in your mouth short rib that we braised in red wine and soy sauce, lacinato kale ginger-potato carrot puree.
our melting ice cream sandwich. peanut butter cookie with peanut butter gelato from honeysuckle gelato and housemade brown turkey fig preserves.
a huge thank you especially to erika, jen's great friend AND hair stylist, for organizing this surprise birthday dinner for andy!

chomp & stomp 2011 62nd place chili

so our 2011 chomp & stomp chili didn't do as well as we had hoped. in fact, it placed well below our expectations... 62nd place to be exact! and though we have questions as to how the judging goes down we still had an amazing day filled with good friends, chili and beeeeeeer!

here are some photos of what went into the staplehouse smoked brisket chili.  toasted and fresh ground cumin and peppercorns, 5 types of dried chilis and four giant angus beef briskets. the rest is a staplehouse secret, but we can tell you that there was no tomato product and we slow cooked our chili for about 8 hours, layering the flavors throughout the process.

travis and brandon unloading the car, getting ready for war!
hard to tell from the picture, but we offered five different housemade hot sauces to self medicate and garnished the top of each serving with a tiny spoon of our pickled jalapeno relish.

sister kara's 2nd year helping the home team.

a stop by the fox brothers chili stand to say hello to our dear friend luna and share a nip of bourbon.
great turn out this year, almost to good.  tons of chili eaters hit the park for some bluegrass before the chili results.
after a long day of scooping the last thing you want is a bowl of chili so greasy cheese burgers for all!
thanks again to all who helped out this year. regardless of the 62nd place, its still one of my favorite events in atlanta.  next year, chili gold!

Friday, November 4, 2011

chomp & stomp 2011

yes, fall is in the air!

the weather has taken a soft knee, the indianapolis colts have taken many painful snaps, and the jeans and fall attire replace flip flops and t-shirts (at least for a while).

one other thing happens...

Staplehouse competes in our third year of the cabbagetown chomp & stomp chili cook-off! we came out of the gates swinging our first year with a 7th place brisket chili out of 130 teams. year two, well, lets just say we vowed never to enter that - *%^!!?*% @$# - cook-off again, ahem! (26th place), BUT! as the season comes back around, we have found new passion and excitement has filled our spirit and we are ready to rock! year three is the year we bring home solid chili gold.

this is my favorite event of the year, college football in the background, arts and crafts, great food and live music all tucked into cozy little cabbagetown park. we encourage all to join with us this year, as we will be scooping this magic mix of brisket and ground chilies from heaven. who wouldn't want to be a part of this ?!

so, if anyone feels that what they are missing in their life is a warm cider and bourbon in one hand and a fresh krispy cream doughnut in the other, as the sun rises up over a steaming cauldron of spicy chili, well then, you know what to do.

any and all are welcome to visit cabbagetown park this year (no dogs though). the event is tomorrow, november 5th. chili tends to go fast, very fast!

here's to the chili!


Monday, October 24, 2011

msn.com postbox

thanks to a staplehouse friend, dana hazels seith, we were mentioned on msn.com postbox today. ryan offered a favorite fall season - celery root puree - small-batch soup recipe for all to enjoy.

For Soup:
2 heads of celery root
3 cloves garlic
1 white onion
1 bay leaf
1 quart of chicken stock
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

For Tapanade:
4 ounces good-quality pitted oil-cured black olives, chopped
2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
half bunch parsley
1 teaspoon sherry vinegar

peel and dice onion and celery root, sweat in sauce pot with chopped garlic and bay leaf and vegetable oil.

add chicken stock, and simmer till celery root is tender. remove bay leaf, and puree in blender, adding butter while spinning. season with salt and pepper to taste.

in small mixing bowl, add chopped olives, chopped parsley, olive oil and sherry vinegar. season to taste, and spoon on top of soup. sprinkle with toasted pumpernickel to finish.


Monday, October 17, 2011

dinner #37

back at it, four courses this weekend and a special visit from ben!
first up, duck confit and lentil soup with chanterelle mushrooms, housemade sour cream and scallion garlic oil.
my favorite course of the evening, hot smoked salmon with celery root puree and caperberry-parsley salad.for the main course a play on shepherd's pie. horseradish potato cake with braised hanger steak, and a local radish and carrot salad.dessert was peanut butter terrine with cookie crumble and cranberry preserves. the best pb& j ever!
thank you to (from left to right) lisa (with scarey halloween cat), ross, amanda, heather, john, stacey (with cleaver in hand), harvey (with skull head), rachel, peter and molly. oh, and the guy with the 'fro, is ryan.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

sunday, october 16th 2011 - SOLD OUT

soup of lentil and duck confit, chanterelle mushrooms, housemade sour cream and scallion-garlic oil
hot smoked salmon, celery root puree, caperberry parsley salad, lemon oil
"shepherds' pie", horseradish potato cake, braised hanger steak, candela fuoco radish salad, braising reduction
peanut butter mousse with cookie crumble cranberry preserves

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

staplehouse - small batch

thanks to all who ordered chicken and dumplings soup last weekend, we hope you enjoyed it! to those who didn't get in on it, don't worry, this was just the trial run for our new staplehouse small batch program. starting with soups this fall and then eventually bringing you all kinds of fun seasonal goodies... marmalade and fruit preserves, smoked salmon, pickled summer veggies, hot sauce and beer mustard just to name a few of our ideas! all items will be made in small batches as we feel this is the best way to bring you a high quality product made by hand that represents our philosophy and the season. another soup is slotted for next weekend so keep an eye out for the email!

Monday, October 3, 2011

our first full on fall dinner of 2011... local radish and apple salad with champagne vinaigrette, toasted walnuts and maytag blue cheese.
the lost art of soup. very few things have the ability to satisfy the soul like a bowl of soup made with love. a bowl of white bean and smoked pork shank soup with kale.
good friends anna and drew join us on date night.
roasted breast of cornish hen with hen thigh stuffing and warm mushroom salad.
spice cake with maple custard and bourbon raisins.
thank you to (from left to right) anna, merideth, stephanie, jackson, bob, laura, tim, andrew, drew, and eric.