Jonathon Sawyer’s …
CHICKEN WITH A TWIST
A signature dish from the Cleveland chef who wowed the crowd at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
ROAST CHICKEN IN PUFF PASTRY
• 1 whole chicken (3 lbs.), rinsed and patted dry
• ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
• 1½ tsp. white wine vinegar
• ½ cup fresh herbs, chopped (mixture of sage, thyme, parsley)
• 2 cups mushrooms, sliced (mixture of shiitake and cremini)
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 1 package frozen puff pastry sheets (17.3 oz.)
• 1 egg
• 1 tbsp. water
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Season bird with salt and pepper.
3. Beat together butter, vinegar, herbs and mushrooms in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.
4. Roll out puff pastry sheets into a circle, 1/8–in. thick. Combine egg with 1 tbsp. water and brush along edges of pastry. Center chicken in middle of pastry. Put mushroom mixture on top. Working clockwise, wrap chicken in dough, leaving about an inch of leg sticking out. Make sure there are no holes in the dough. Brush with additional egg wash. Place wrapped chicken on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes, until crust is golden brown.
5. Allow bird to rest for 15 minutes. Carve chicken in half, down the middle. Then carve into 4 pieces and drizzle with natural juices.
THE LATEST SCOOP ON ICE CREAM
Cool off with these treats favored by Gwyneth Paltrow, two Obamas and D.C. chef Spike Mendelsohn
DARK CHOCOLATE TOFFEE SUNDAE
Makes 1 serving
• 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
• ¼ cup dark chocolate sauce
• 2 tbs. crushed dark chocolate almond toffee
• 2 tbs. whipped cream
• 1 tbs. chopped salted peanuts
• 1 Maraschino cherry
1. Take a tall glass sundae dish and drizzle half the chocolate sauce down the sides. Put 1 tablespoon toffee on the bottom. Add ice cream.
2. Top with remaining chocolate sauce and a little more crushed toffee. Cover with whipped cream.
3. Sprinkle chopped peanuts and remaining crushed toffee over all.
4. Garnish with cherry.
She created this sundae at Mike’s Ice Cream in Nashville, where she filmed Love Don’t Let Me Down this winter. Now the dessert will be offered through this summer.
TOASTED MARSHMALLOW SHAKE
• 1 16-oz. bag jumbo marshmallows
• 2 cups whole milk
• 2 cups creamy vanilla ice cream
• 1 tbs. sour cream
1. Preheat the broiler.
2. Reserve 4 marshmallows for garnish. Spread out the remaining marshmallows on a baking sheet in a single layer. Place the sheet under the broiler and cook, stirring once or twice, until completely charred, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
3. Repeat with the remaining 4 marshmallows but cook until just toasted slightly golden, about 1 minute. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
4. Add the milk, ice cream, sour cream, and burnt marshmallows to a blender. Blend for 5 minutes.
5. Pour into four 8-oz. glasses and garnish with a golden marshmallow.
“It’s a campfire in your mouth,” says the D.C. chef, who opens his new restaurant We, the Pizza this month.
FIRST SISTERS’ B-DAY DESSERT!
Sasha Obama (left) celebrated her ninth birthday by dipping into a CPKids M&M’s Sundae at California Pizza Kitchen with big sis Malia last month. Here’s how to make the treat at home:
Your favorite flavor
+ hot fudge
+ whipped cream
+ mini M&M’s
+ a cherry
Chef’s Favorite Toppings
Hot fudge and caramel sauce. It’s like eating a candy bar.
Chocolate honeycomb. It’s absolutely delicious.
Fresh strawberries on vanilla ice cream.
Shop Like the Stars
A peek at the most popular treasures on the go-to site for celebrity antique lovers: 1stdibs.com
Pieces with this silvered finish “are sexy and popular,” says 1stdibs.com founder Michael Bruno, who favors items like these 1940s bottles that can serve several purposes: Either group them together on a table, or “one can be quite beautiful on its own as a vase.”
While Marcia Cross bought an early-20th-century floral shop sign from the site, “subway and street signs are in too,” says Bruno.
“People are using botanicals because they are very graphic,” says Bruno, who suggests hanging pieces “together, like a garden.”
“I have spent hours on 1stdibs.com, looking at furniture,” the actress has confessed.
“I’m nuts about antiquing. That’s my passion,” says the Cougar Town star, a fan of the e-bazaar.
SURPRISING SUMMER THRILLS
The daredevil host of Bert the Conqueror shares his offbeat picks for the ultimate adrenaline rush
SHEIKRA ROLLER COASTER
TAMPA BAY, FLA.
“They take you up 200 feet in the air and dangle you over the drop for four seconds, the longest four seconds of my life!”
SCORPION’S TAIL WATERSLIDE
WISCONSIN DELLS, WIS.
After standing on a trapdoor in a clear enclosure, “you fall six stories in one second, only to then be thrown into a looping loop,” says the host.
PIGEON FORGE, TENN.
“The zip-lines take you around the park, 10 stories above people walking” he says. “It’s the most beautiful way to sightsee.”
Bert the Conqueror airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on the Travel Channel