Vegetarian Street Tacos

Vegetarian Street Tacos
  1. 1 ripe peeled avocado
  2. 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  3. 1/2 cup mexican cream (crema), greek yogurt or sour cream
  4. 3 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
  5. 1/2 cup red cabbage, shredded
  6. 1 lime
  7. 1 teaspoon honey
  8. 1 tablespoon adobo sauce (from canned chipotle chiles)
  9. 1 ear of corn
  10. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  11. 1 cup sliced portabella mushrooms
  12. 1 cup black beans
  13. 1 package small “street” style corn tortillas
  14. 6 tablespoons crumbled Cotija or feta cheese
  15. Fresh cilantro, chopped
  1. Place avocados in a blender; add crema, chopped cilantro, lime juice from 1/2 lime, salt and pepper, to taste, blend until smooth and creamy, set aside.
  2. Combine red onion, shredded cabbage, lime juice from 1/2 lime, and honey, salt and pepper, to taste. Toss together and set aside.
  3. Char corn on open flame of the stovetop, turning with tongs. Cool and cut off the cob, set aside.
  4. Heat heavy pan to medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add mushrooms; sauté 5 minutes, or until most of liquid evaporates. Add in corn and black beans; sauté 4 minutes or until tender. Stir in adobo sauce, and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Place warm tortilla on plate. Spread 1 1/2 tablespoons avocado mixture in center of each tortilla. Top with slaw, 1/4 cup mushroom mixture, 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese and cilantro leaves, if desired.
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Thai Chicken Flatbread

Thai Chicken Flatbread
  1. 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  2. 1/2 pound Chicken Breast - boneless skinless cut into chunks
  3. 4 Green Onions - chopped
  4. 1 Carrot - shredded
  5. 1/2 cup Mushroom slices
  6. Jade Mekong Ginger Sauce
  7. Naan flat bread or your favorite prepared pizza crust
  8. 2 cups Mozzarella cheese
  9. 2 tablespoons chopped Peanuts
  10. 4 tablespoons chopped Cilantro
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Heat oil in skillet and cook chicken cubes until cooked through - about 6 minutes. Season with 2 T Mekong ginger sauce, salt, pepper, add green onions, mushrooms and cook another few minutes.
  3. Spread a thin layer of Mekong sauce over the Naan bread. Top with chicken mixture, a generous amount of cheese, shredded carrots and a few more green onions. Cook flatbreads for about 8 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Serve with cilantro and chopped peanut garnish.
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Beet Farro Pistachio Goat Cheese Salad

Beet Farro Pistachio Goat Cheese Salad
Serves 4
  1. 4 beets - sliced into quarters
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 1/2 cup farro
  4. 2 cups fresh spinach
  5. 2 tablespoons pistachios
  6. 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
  7. Balsamic vinegar
  1. Turn oven on to 400. Prepare beets; coat in olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 15 minutes or so until done. Let cool.
  2. To prepare farro—combine 1 1/2 cups of water and 1/2 cup farro in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 10-15 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes. Let cool.
  3. To assemble the salad - place the farro and beets on the spinach. Sprinkle with pistachio nuts and crumble goat cheese on top. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
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Serrano Ginger Lemongrass Chicken Patties

Serrano Ginger Lemongrass Chicken Patties
  1. 1 pound ground chicken
  2. 1 can water chestnuts, drained
  3. 4 green onions, white and green parts
  4. 1/2 cup Serrano Ginger Lemongrass Sauce (Marshall’s brand Haute Sauce)
  5. 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
  8. 1 egg, beaten
  9. 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  10. 1 tablespoon butter
  11. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  1. Either by hand or in a food processor, finely chop the water chestnuts and green onion.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the chicken, chopped ingredients, sauce, bread crumbs, and salt and pepper together by hand.
  3. Form the mixture into patties. Dip each in the beaten egg, then in the bread crumbs, coating both sides.
  4. Heat the butter and olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. In batches, and without crowding, place the patties in the skillet. Cook about 5 minutes on the first side and 3 minutes on the second side, flipping only one time.
  1. Adapted from the marshallshautesauce website.
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Dark Chocolate Fondue

Dark Chocolate Fondue
  1. 2 cups heavy cream
  2. 1 tablespoon vanilla
  3. ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  4. 1 cup (8 oz.) bittersweet chocolate chips
  5. ¾ cup (6 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips
  6. 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier, cherry liqueur, or brandy
  1. In a med. saucepan, combine the cream, vanilla, and salt. Heat over med. heat until the mixture barely simmers. Remove from heat and stir in the chocolates and the liqueur. Stir until completely smooth. Serve in fondue pot.
  2. Serve with: fruit, pound cake, angel food cake, cookies…
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Marcel’s Cheese Fondue

Marcel's Cheese Fondue
  1. 1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch
  2. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  3. 1 cup Dry white wine (Pinot Grigio, preferred)
  4. 1 garlic clove, smashed
  5. 1 pound Raclette Mountain cheese (Marché)
  6. ½ pound Cave Aged Emmental cheese (Marché)
  7. 1 tablespoon Kirsch
  1. In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch with the lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of the wine.
  2. Place the remaining wine and garlic clove in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over moderate heat.
  3. Shred the cheeses.
  4. Slowly whisk in the cornstarch mixture and simmer, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened (1 min).
  5. Reduce heat to low and add the cheese in handfuls, whisking constantly, until each addition is melted. Whisk until the fondue is smooth. Stir in the Kirsch. Serve in a fondue pot.
  6. Serve with: crusty bread, raw or roasted vegetables, thinly sliced apple or pear, cooked potatoes, sliced salami…
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Chef Talk: Maison – Bringing The Chef To You by Paul Lindemuth

Maison is beautiful French word that, according to the Cambridge Dictionary, translates to “house, household, home.”  It is the perfect word to embody the wonderful addition to the Marcel’s and Marché family. 

Maison was launched last year, and now 4 chefs from the Marcel’s culinary team pack up their knives, pots, pans and prep gear to bring the chef experience to your home.  We also have a group of talented and professional staff working alongside us to create the perfect celebration.

Here’s how it all works:  An initial conversation with the client determines date, time and guest count as well as any specific event details. A Maison chef is scheduled and begins work on a very personal planned menu that focuses on great taste and seasonal flavors. The chef will embrace every detail of the event, assessing any dietary restrictions, the need for any rentals of tableware and linens, floral arrangements, as well as making wine and beverage suggestions.  

  On event day the chef and staff arrive early to load in, unpack, set up and complete prep and cooking.  Staff also assist with table setting, wine chilling, cocktail mixing and creating beautiful platters for passed appetizers.  Guests arrive, cocktails and appetizers flow, dinner and wine are served and dessert is presented.  At the end of the evening the chef and staff roll up their sleeves for final clean up before saying their goodbyes.   


We’ve had the pleasure of being part of milestone birthdays and anniversaries, a vow renewal ceremony and celebration, two full hands-on evenings where the guests prepped and cooked alongside us, as well as some fun and casual gatherings for family and friends. 

We’ve also had one event that began al fresco with a beautiful table set in the back yard.  Then the rain started.  Our team seamlessly moved everything indoors, shuffling furniture to accommodate tables and chairs, putting soggy linens in the dryer, polishing damp glassware and flatware, and resetting the tables – (all without missing a beat) while simultaneously serving cocktails and appetizers to the guests.  And never without a smile on their faces!

The greatest compliment we’ve received (and more than once) was “this was perfect and I was able to be a guest at my own party”.

So when you have an occasion for a celebration, whether big or small, formal or casual, call us and let us bring the party to your maison!

Salmon Poached in Escabeche
Serves 8
  1. 2 pounds fresh salmon, cut into 2” chunks
  2. 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  3. 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  4. 2 tablespoons sweet Spanish pimentón
  5. 2 cups virgin olive oil
  6. ⅔ cup cider vinegar
  7. ½ cup dry white wine
  8. 4 bay leaves
  9. 10 sprigs flat leaf parsley
  10. 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  11. 2 yellow onions, peeled, trimmed and thinly sliced
  12. 2 large carrots, peeled, trimmed and thinly sliced
  13. 8 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  1. Lay the salmon pieces in a shallow pot, large enough to keep the salmon in one layer. Sprinkle the salt, pepper and pimenton over the salmon. Toss the salmon lightly to evenly coat.
  2. Pour the olive oil, vinegar and wine into the pot. Add the thyme, parsley sprigs, bay leaves, onions, carrots and garlic.
  3. Place the pot over medium heat. Bring slowly to a boil and then turn the heat off immediately the moment the first bubble appears.
  4. Cover with a lid, set aside and let the salmon cook in the retained heat while releasing its juices, about 10 minutes.
  5. Transfer to small plates and serve with some of the poaching liquid and vegetables on top.
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Yields 24
  1. 1 cup warm water, 110 degrees
  2. 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  3. 1 tablespoon instant or rapid-rise yeast
  4. 15 ounces all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  5. 3/4 teaspoon of salt
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 2 tablespoons of canola oil
  8. Canola oil, for frying
  9. Confectioners’ sugar for finishing
  1. Combine warm water, 1 tablespoon granulated sugar and yeast in large bowl. Let sit, about 5 minutes, until foamy. In separate bowl, combine flour, 2 remaining tablespoons sugar and salt. Whisk eggs and 2 tablespoons canola oil into foamed yeast water. Add flour mixture to liquid and vigorously stir with rubber spatula until all flour is incorporated. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  2. Place a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet. Dust a separate rimmed baking sheet with flour. Add enough canola oil to heavy-bottomed Dutch oven to measure 1 1/2-inches deep. Heat oil to 350 degrees over medium high heat. While oil is heating (after dough has doubled in size), finish preparing beignets. Heavily dust clean work surface with additional flour. Place half of dough on floured work surface and gently coat in flour using a bench scraper to turn dough and to keep from sticking to surface. Pat dough in to rectangle with well-floured hands. Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness, about 12x9 inches. Using a pizza wheel, cut into twelve 3-inch squares. Place squares on floured baking sheet.
  3. Fry beignets, about 4-6 at a time depending on size of pot, until golden brown, about 3 minutes total, flipping halfway through frying. Use slotted spoon to transfer beignets to wire rack on rimmed backing sheet. Repeat with remaining beignets, being sure to maintain oil at 325-350 degrees during frying. Generously dust finished beignets with confectioners’ sugar and serve immediately.
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated
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Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

Red Wine Braised Short Ribs
Serves 8
  1. 6 bone in or boneless short ribs (about 5 ¾ lbs)
  2. Salt and pepper
  3. Olive oil
  4. 1 large onion, cut into ½ inch pieces
  5. 2 celery stalks, cut into ½ inch pieces
  6. 2 carrots, peeled and cut into ½ inch pieces
  7. 2 cloves of garlic, smashed
  8. 1-1/2 cups tomato paste
  9. 2 cups of hearty red wine
  10. 2 cups of water
  11. 1 bunch fresh thyme
  12. 2 bay leaves
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Salt the short ribs generously with salt and pepper. Coat a large pot with olive oil and bring to a high heat. Add the short ribs to the pan and brown very well, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Do not overcrowd the pan. Cook in batches.
  3. While the short ribs are browning, puree all the vegetables and garlic in the food processor until it forms a coarse paste. When the short ribs are very brown on all sides, remove them from the pan. Drain the fat, coat the bottom of same pan with fresh oil and add the pureed vegetables. Season the vegetables generously with salt and brown until they are very dark approximately 5 to 7 minutes. Now add the tomato paste. Brown the tomato paste for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the wine and scrape the bottom of the pan. Lower the heat if things start to burn.
  4. Return the short ribs to the pan and add 2 cups water or until the water has just about covered the meat. Add the thyme bundle and bay leaves. Cover the pan and place in the preheated oven for 3 hours. Check periodically during the cooking process and add more water, if needed. Remove the lid during the last 20 minutes of cooking to let things get nice and brown and to let the sauce reduce. When done, the meat should be very tender. Serve with the braising liquid.
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Dinner Table Design Dilemmas…. Done! by Deb Forkins

Recently, while preparing for holiday dinner parties, Deb Giampoli took stock of her 35 plus year old formal china. Feeling her dishes were a bit tired and out of date, Deb looked at selling them online, but was discouraged by the lack of resale value. Instead, she called Marcel’s and spoke to Jill. “I always love the tablescapes when I come into Marcel’s and I vaguely recalled hearing about the Table Design service. Jill encouraged me to come into the store and bring in my china, which I did.” Deb brought in her Christmas dishes and worked with Dana for a little over an hour. Dana pulled out runners, table cloths, napkins, centerpieces and candles as Deb gave the YAY or NAY. “ We had so much fun!” Deb left completely overjoyed and went home to prepare her holiday table (photo right).

Soon thereafter, Deb returned to Marcel’s with her formal china in tow. After a second session of frenzied designing, Deb went home with a few new items that completely changed the way she felt about her china. “Now I have a beautiful table with so many options. My old pieces were contemporized with the addition of just a few new items. I am feeling so very hip and happening!” Deb’s new table designs have also sparked her interest in the art of napkin folding. Check out this gorgeous table design featuring Deb’s china on a Marcel’s inspired table and Deb’s rosette folded napkins!

Anyone who has ever set foot into Marcel’s knows the gorgeous table settings surrounding the store. Of course, there is a lot of LOVELY in the store to work with, but our talented staff know how to pull it all together. We know about the power of layering linens, mixing metals, adding just the right amount of playfulness to a formal setting. A well designed table is really about the ability to pair the items you have and to work with, not against them. If you are struggling with this, take advantage of Marcel’s complimentary Table Styling Service. Bring in your dishes, your colors, whatever you have that you want to work with and we will you help create a beautiful table design.

You do not have to wait for a dinner party to use this service. Give the store a call and set up an appointment for the Table Styling Service. As Deb Giampoli notes, “A table is reflective of YOU. A pretty table that has been well designed invites your guests to sit there longer…” and isn’t that the whole point of getting together?