Our best desserts of 2011

Fabulous desserts are a hit all year round, especially here at Blue Mountain Bistro-to-Go! We are so proud of our fabulous baker, Melinda Champagne for her heroic efforts in putting out desserts of the highest quality! Enjoy these images from the sweetest year on record! (and thanks to Roy Gumpel for the first two images).

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Wild Mushroom Lasagna with black truffles

Some dishes are carefully planned and executed and others just seem to happen by themselves.  Yesterday was an example of the latter.  Wild mushroom and black truffle lasagna an accident!!  Let me explain.  Several days ago a salesman left some pasta samples from Italy, paper thin sheets of egg pasta, absolutely gorgeous!!  My first comment was I’d like to do a different type of lasagna with this, not really knowing what that might be.  The next day, a local forager came by with beautiful chanterelles, black trumpet mushrooms, some boletes, and one I’ve never heard of, “cinnabar”, a brilliant orange cousin of the golden chanterelle.  The wheels were starting to turn…last night after a long Friday preparing for weddings and keeping the storefront filled with food it all came together.  A quick canvas of the walk-in turned up the perfect amount of bechamel, nice fresh ricotta, and a small wheel of sublime black truffle cheese.  Some fresh thyme, Portobello stems and truffle oil and it was happening. Within minutes onion and chopped mushrooms were sweating on the stove and the ricotta was being whipped with bechamel and grated cheese.  A layer of pasta, a layer of mushroom-cheese mix, and so on…and finally a shower of the sautéed mushrooms on top and bam, in the oven!  I’ve never put together a lasagna so quickly.  There it was and here it is! Just out in the store and going fast!

Good to Go!

You may hear something familiar on the radio – its Blue Mountain Bistro-to-Go coming at you on Oldies 98.5FM!   Our radio spot  reminds you that your Blue Mountain Bistro take-away gourmet is food to feel good about as it is made from farm-fresh produce and cooked in the “slow food” tradition.

“Feels good, tastes good and is good for you!”

Listen for yourself!

Eggplant Okra Bhadji


Our friends at Gill Farms in Hurley, New York keep surprising us with beautiful, tasty, healthy vegetables. Life is too short to only eat broccoli! So come on in and try some of the wonderful vegetables we have been preparing. Expand your mind and your palate!


Today’s delivery included multicolored mini-eggplants and gorgeous okra.  There is definitely much more to do with okra than making gumbo, (which we love) so to highlight these fascinating vegetables I made an Indian inspired dish, called a “bhadji”, delicately seasoned with ginger, tamarind and chili for today’s plat du jour.


The fresh cranberry beans we cooked yesterday are another late summer treat, truly amazing!  I folded these into a clove, cardamon scented rice, sort of like an Indian version of the Cajan “dirty rice”.

To finish the dish we’ve paired  a nice cool cucumber yogurt raita, with cucumbers from Gill Farms, of course, and some fresh herbs from our garden out back. We’re loving the bounty of the harvest in August, come share it with us!

Farm-to-table Gardiniera

We were just asked to provide a “farm-to-table” recipe for a local magazine called VISITvortex and of course we knew that we had to create something with the fresh produce we’re getting in every day from our local favorite Gills Farm in Hurley, New York. I turned around to ask our chefs what they had in mind and Jonathan had just put out our plat du jour today, Fresh Trout with Olive Salad (inspired by Muffuletta Olive Salad Recipe from New Orleans).

We make our own version of “Gardiniera” with the beautiful tri-color (purple, green, and white) cauliflower from Gills Farm. Cut the cauliflower into similar sized florets and blanch. Then lightly toss with red wine vinegar and cool. Insert this simple version of Gardiniera in the following recipe to create the topping you see for the trout.

Muffuletta Olive Salad
1 1/2 Cups Picholine Olives, Pitted
1/2 Cup Calamatta Olives (or Black) Pitted
1 Cup Gardiniera (Pickled Cauliflower, carrots, celery, Pepperoncini)
1 Tbsp. Capers
3 each Fresh Garlic cloves, chopped
1/8 Cup Celery, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp. Italian Parsley, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. Fresh oregano (from our garden) or 2 tsp. dried
1/4 Cup Pimientos (Roasted red peppers)
1 Tbsp. Green Onions, thinly sliced
1 finely diced jalapeno pepper
Kosher Salt & Freshly Ground pepper to taste
1 tsp. Crushed red pepper flakes
3 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar
Extra Virgin Olive Oil about 1 – 1 1/2 Cups
Finely mince first 11 ingredients and then combine with the red pepper flakes, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly, let stand for one hour for flavors to marry.

This is a great condiment for grilled fish, steak, chicken or as in New Orleans – on a sandwich – Muffuletta or otherwise!

The Blue Mountain Bistro is the GO TO place for TO GO food!

WHERE DO YOU GO WITH YOUR BISTRO-TO-GO?  WE WANT TO KNOW!

We’re having a CONTEST – and we would love YOU to ENTER!!!!

Many of our customers have told us that we are the ‘GO TO’ place for ‘TO GO’ Family posing with their Bistro-to-Go take out at Harriman State Park.food in the Kingston / Woodstock / Shandaken neck of the woods – and that brings us great joy!

We also found out that folks often take our take away far away – they sometimes end up enjoying our Moroccan Chicken Wrap on a Trans-Atlantic flight, our Antipasti Platter at The Bronx Zoo, and our Frittatas in the Holland Tunnel!

In the Historic Hudson Valley community, it is summertime – and that means picnic time! Our personally prepared picnic to go food is ready in a flash for you to put in the car and take to any Hudson Valley happening, event, activity and attraction. What is YOUR destination?

A couple enjoying a picnic lunch to go.And then there are the ‘secret’ spots! The swimming hole nobody knows about, the hammock under the pine trees in your back yard, the grown over mountain trail long forgotten.

And sadly, there are the boring places our food travels to. The icky basement office in Kingston, the employee back room at the mall shoe store, and behind the Honda lawn mower you push on a hot August day when you’d rather be at the beach!

So pick up your ‘big old’ or ‘mini new’ camcorder, your Flip, your iPhone, or your waterproof Nikon, and take a fun video of – you, your friends, your family – that answers our question: Where Do YOU go with your Bistro-to-Go?

We want to know!! Your video will be judged on creativity (25%), originality (25%) and most interesting place (50%).  TECHNICAL QUALITY DOES NOT COUNT – so just do it!

Simple Instructions:

WHERE DO YOU GO WITH YOUR BISTRO-TO-GO?

1) Make your short video and save it on your computer

2) Go to our Facebook Contest Page:

http://on.fb.me/WhereDoYouGo

3) Click on the Enter Contest Button Enjoying a cookie from the Bistro-to-Go at CitiField.

4) Fill in the simple entry form

5) Upload the video

6) Fantasize about winning the Grand Prize!!!

THE GRAND PRIZE FOR OUR FAVORITE VIDEO IS A PICNIC-TO-GO THAT’S BIG ENOUGH FOR EIGHT HUNGRY FOLKS TO FEAST ON!!!!!

(If anything above seems too technical for you – just get your own (or a friend’s) kid to do it all for you in under 2 ½ minutes!!!)

We love all our customers – so we look forward to see where you eat our food!

Outfield view of the NY Mets CitiField.

Opera! Jazz! R&B! Classical! Choral! World! Childrens! Gospel! : It’s a World Class Opera Festival / Music Festival – in Upstate New York!!!

Live From (Phoenicia) New York – It’s Saturday Night (Live) Opera in the Park!!!!

It’s almost here! One of the Ulster County region’s most awaited summer event – the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice. Mother father son and daughter having a picnic and chatting.

At Blue Mountain Bistro, if we have a day off, our favorite thing to do is to go to an outside event.  This summer is so full of concerts, festivals and theater – from Woodstock’s Bird-On A- Cliff Shakespeare outdoor productions, to the Belleayre Music Festival, to the second season of Phoenicia’s 4-day town wide International Festival of the Voice – and it is inspiring to be able to enjoy art and music in the Catskills.  All these events create delicious opportunities to bring along a gourmet al fresco picnic!

Since Blue Mountain Bistro-to-Go is located on the way to the fun on Route 28 in Kingston, it’s easy to phone ahead and order a delicious entrée, drink and yummy dessert to take with you. The Bistro-to-Go is the Go-To place for take away!

For a relaxing time wherever your day takes you – Woodstock’s beautiful Comeau property or Opus 40, Phoenicia’s Parish Field or kid-time at the Empire Train Museum – we have created a variety of box lunches and dinners that will be freshly made and ready to eat under the twilight stars or sparkling sun.

Made Especially For the Phoenicia Voice Fest – Your ‘Opera Box’ Dinner To-Go

On August 4th, Thursday evening, consider a concert by R & B and gospel artist Roz Morehead along with a picnic of steak kabobs, Israeli couscous salad roasted patty pan squash, a giant gourmet cupcake and refreshing drink.

Patrons enjoying the Phoenicia Festival OperaOr on August 6th, a night at the opera underneath the shooting stars of summer, listening to Mozart’s Don Giovanni or the voice of Lauren Flanigan echo off the encircling Catskill Mountains while dining on grilled salmon with summer salsa, bistro potato salad, green beans vinaigrette, delicious dessert and a beverage.

Kids have concerts to go to as well – Ralph and Ralph August 5th & 6th @11:30am & Uncle Rock August 6th @4:00pm – and if you are in a rush to get there, you will want to order a few boxed lunches to bring before they get on the Esopus stream side train that follows the shows!

We have a breaded chicken cutlet (or grilled tofu), pasta salad with cherry tomatoes and mozzarella and a huge cookie along with a bottled drink all ready for when hunger strikes!

Don’t forget the day concerts with the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Choir, Mid-eastern ‘oud master Simon Shaheen and concert pianist Justin Kolb!

For a hot day, we have created a cold plein air dish of cold sesame noodles, spicy Asian slaw, grilled tofu, choice of Melinda’s giant cupcake and bottled water, ice tea or lemonade.

How Do I Get My Food?

Your orders need to be placed early enough so we have time to prepare them just for you – It’s easy and convenient – pick out your delicious ‘Opera Box’ take away choices (below) and phone us at:

845-340-9800Romantic opera picnic with wine.

Please order by 4:00 pm the DAY BEFORE the event you are picnicking at!

Put your portable gourmet dinner order in – then swing by on your way from the NYS Thruway to Phoenicia – and pick up.  It will be like having a personal restaurant cater your outdoor summer concert fun! (The folks sitting next to you will be really jealous!)

Here is a complete list of our offerings:

Box #1
Grilled salmon with summer salsa
Bistro potato salad
Green beans vinaigrette
Choice of Melinda’s giant cupcake
Bottled water, ice tea or lemonade
$18

Box #2
Steak kebobs
Israeli couscous salad
Roasted Gill Farms patty pan squash
Choice of Melinda’s giant cupcake
Bottled water, ice tea or lemonade
$18

Box #3 (Vegetarian)
Cold sesame noodles
Spicy Asian slaw
Grilled tofu
Choice of Melinda’s giant cupcake
Bottled water, ice tea or lemonade
$16

Box #4 (kids)
Breaded chicken cutlet (or grilled tofu)
Pasta salad with cherry tomatoes and mozzarella
Cookie
Bottled water, ice tea or lemonade
$8.95

…and for tickets and concert schedule, please go to Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice