Saturday, May 29, 2010

Simple and Delicious Fruit Crumble

This is my mom's (shout out Mama Dumke) go to recipe for a fruity dessert.  It is classically made with frozen strawberries mixed with rhubarb, but any berry/apple/peach/other fruit combination works great!  Topped with a warm cake-mix topper, a pat of butter, and a scoop of vanilla ice!!!!!  So easy and so good!

Roast Vegetable Sandwich with Arugula Pesto and Goat Cheese

Summer weather has just arrived in Boston...perfect for a sunset sail in the Boston Harbor complete with a harbor tour (courtesy of Captain John), mimosas (courtesy of Skipper Blasko), and a warm roast vegetable sandwich (courtesy of 51 Porter). This picnic-friendly sandwich boasts our own homegrown arugula (courtesy of Miss Tammen) and provides the perfect take-along meal for any summer outing!

PB & J Cupcakes

Peanut Butter and Jelly... a classic combo...perfect for a sandwich, toast, ice cream flavor, Boston Marathon fuel, and now a cupcake.  This post is dedicated to the Tufts PMC Boston Marathon Team and Coach Don.  Congrats to all the PMC marathon finishers and to Coach Don for always providing support and of course...pb & j's! 


A chilled, flavorful, vegetable-packed soup perfect for hot summer days paired with a piece of crusty bread.

Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

After spending some time in the San Francisco bay area, we here at 51 Porter have a soft spot for It's It Ice Cream Sandwiches. Now that we're living on the East Coast, we've taken it upon ourselves to recreate the warm and fuzzy feeling an oatmeal cookie ice cream sandwich can bring. If you've had the real deal It's It, you'll notice that ours isn't chocolate dipped, but to make up for this lack of chocolate the oatmeal cookies have chocolate chips baked into them, and chocolate chips are added as a garnish to the ice we think we've covered the chocolate front. 

Monday, May 17, 2010

Chocolate Macarons with Nutella Ganache Filling

WOW...51 Porter may have crossed into chocolate heaven with these classic French meringue cookies. A crisp chocolate meringue outside with a gooey, brownie-like center dipped in a velvety chocolate/nutella ganache...introducing the macaron...a chocolate paradise.

Roasted Shrimp & Parmesan-crusted Tomatoes

First attempt at shrimp... a seemingly daunting task. Shrimp are actually quite easy to prepare, but you just have to be cautious not to overcook these little crustaceans. Perhaps the most simple and one of the most flavorful methods is to roast shrimp...a drizzle of olive oil, a dash of garlic, and 8 minutes in a hot oven. Pair with roasted parmesan-crusted tomatoes for a savory, summery supper!

Puffy Apple Pancake

Try this recipe the next time you wake up thinking that you could really go for some delicious pancakes but don't want to put in the effort of going to that fancy, over-priced breakfast joint. It will surely fulfill your longing for something sweet and full of butter, and it's so easy to make that you'll be eating this pancake before you'd even get a seat at the restaurant. 

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Think a buttery, flaky, warm crust.  This basic galette dough recipe serves as a canvas for any filling from savory to sweet.  Perfect as an appetizer or main meal paired with a simple salad.  Here is the basic dough and filling ideas:

Simple Sauteed Tomatoes

So simple, so quick, but so delicious.  A handful of cherry tomatoes, a bit of garlic, a dash chopped spinach, and a splash of balsamic  Literally bursting with flavor!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Veggie Burgers with Parmesan Parsnip Fries & Avocado Pesto

What do you get when you take leftover ingredients from Cinco de Mayo and a 51 Porter Guac-off? ...Perhaps one of the most delicious veggie burgers with a Mexican twist.  White beans and sweet potatoes combine with cilantro, garlic, broccoli, and corn to make the base of a fantastic vegetable patty.  Half an avocado blended with cilantro, garlic, lime juice, and feta combine to make the perfect dipping sauce.  A side of crisp roasted parsnip and sweet potato fries with a special dipping sauce serve as the perfect accompaniment.

Tapas & Sangria

Tapas refers to small dishes often served in Spain. They may be cold or warm, fried or sauteed.  Classic combinations include chickpeas, spinach, and garlic; roasted potatoes and tomatoes; or simply cold olives or cheeses.  51 Porter goes for a tapas twist complete with a pitcher of homemade Sangria and a sunset over Porter Road.

Monday, May 3, 2010

51 Pad Thai

This sizzlin’ sensation is chock full of vegetables and is the perfect combination of sweet and savory.  Sautéed broccoli, Brussel sprouts, onions, and carrots are tossed with rice noodles in a lime peanut sauce.  The dish is finished with sweet sautéed pineapple and crunchy baby corn.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Quarter Life Crisis Cake - Funfetti Ice Cream Cake

Nothin' like a throwback to childhood for a quarter life crisis party.  Funfetti cake was jazzed up for this milestone with a layer of vanilla ice cream mixed with hints of raspberry jam and waifs of nutella.  Topped with a whipped cream raspberry fool icing and dancing Renee's!  Take that 25!

Lemon Cake with Lemon Curd and Cream Cheese Frosting

A zesty cake for a zesty gal!  Fluffy lemon cake, filled with layers of tangy lemon curd, and topped with a classic cream cheese frosting...Happy Birthday Miss Reynolds!


Strawberry Ice Cream Cake with Raspberry Fool Icing

Nothin' like ringing in the big 2-5 with a strawberry ice cream cake complete with a raspberry fool whipped cream frosting and chocolate dipped strawberries. Happy Birthday Miss Tammen and Mr. Mizell!

Vegetable Pizza with Eggs

Crack an egg on top of roast vegetables on a warm, crispy crust.  Finish off the cooking in the oven for a warm and savory protein-packed pizza!


Warm Sauteed Plum Salad with Lemon and Goat Cheese

Warm plums sauteed with lemon zest and a dash of cinnamon is a delicious addition to a bed of spinach.  A drizzle of your favorite vinaigrette  and a sprinkling of goat cheese makes the perfect combination of sweet and savory.  Try it this summer!


Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce

If you've never tried a poached egg, you've been missing out!  The poaching method is simple, just water and a dash of vinegar.  Finish off the poaching in a sweet and savory tomato bath, add a dash of balsamic, and serve atop a crusty slice of bread...simple, delicious, incredible!


Coconut Macaroons

A crisp outside,  soft warm inside...It only takes 5 ingredients to get to coconut heaven!

Avocado Egg Rolls with Orange-Honey-Lime Dipping Sauce

These crunchy, savory bites are made with phyllo dough!  No frying or grease...just creamy avocado, bright cilantro, and some Mexican flare.  Try the orange-honey-lime dipping sauce for a a tangy kick!


Around the Table

Around the Table
We love good food, get excited for Market Basket & Trader Joe's, serve salad out of a pasta pot, marvel in food photography, and love to laugh. You're always welcome at our table. Click on this photo to view our "People Around the Table" album.