The Barron Park Association

Jan 172018
 

The winning Chakraborty family has generously shared their appetizer recipe. Serves 4 appetizer portions.
Feel free to try it at home! 

Soy-Garlic-Honey NY Strip Steak and Sesame Grilled Asparagus with Pumpkin “Wasabi” 

Soy-Garlic-Honey New York Strip Steak (2 Day Preparation) 

1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
4 cloves garlic
1 New York strip steak 1/3-1/2 lb.

Day 1
Crush, peel, and mince garlic. Whisk together soy and honey. Place steak in a Ziploc bag, pour soy sauce and honey over, and add garlic. Squeeze out excess air, seal, and marinate overnight in the fridge.

Day 2
Complete Pumpkin “Wasabi” and Sesame grilled asparagus (see instructions below), then remove the steak, being careful to reserve the remaining marinade. Add marinade to a pot and bring to boil, then lower heat and condense to a glaze. Grill the steak to medium rare. Allow to rest for 5-7 minutes. Proceed to assembly.

Pumpkin “Wasabi”
(measurements are approximate)
1 sugar pumpkin
2 Tbsp. horseradish mustard
1 Tbsp. honey
Dash of soy sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Slice pumpkin in half, remove seeds and stringy, spongy innards. Place halves cut side down on a baking sheet with sides; fill the baking sheet with 1/2-inch water. Bake until the flesh softens, so that the pumpkin is easily dented when the skin is pushed (approximately 1 hour). Let cool, and then scoop out 2 cups of pumpkin flesh. Mash with a fork and gradually blend in horseradish mustard, soy sauce, and honey to taste (one should not consciously taste the soy sauce or honey; the salt and sweetness enhances the flavors of pumpkin and horseradish). Proceed to assembly.

Sesame Grilled Asparagus
1 bunch asparagus
2 Tbsp. sesame oil

Wash asparagus and break off hard ends. Place in a wide bowl or ceramic container. Boil water and blanch asparagus for 3-5 minutes depending on thickness. Asparagus should remain crisp; start checking once the green becomes more vibrant under the boiling water. Do not overcook. Drain and dry asparagus, place on grill, and brush with sesame oil. Remove when asparagus skin has blistered. Proceed to assembly.

Break out “Chakraborty Chef’s Wine” (optional): California Cabernet or Pinot Noir, or Martinelli’s Apple Juice (if employing underage sous-chefs). Open bottles and pour glasses, being careful to match libations to intended recipients. Sip throughout the cooking process (to taste). Proceed to assembly.

Assembly

Set out 4 plates and place 1/3 cup of the pumpkin “wasabi” in the center of each. Slice the NY strip steak on the bias, and arrange 3 slices along with 3 asparagus spears on top. Drizzle or brush glaze on the steak and asparagus, then around each plate.

 

Dec 042017
 

There will be a senior lunch on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at Cibo’s restaurant at 1 :00 PM.
PLEASE NOTE THIS ONE TIME DATE CHANGE FROM SECOND TUESDAY TO SECOND
WEDNESDAY..

The cost is $20 and includes tax, tip and a drink. Menu choices have to be pre ordered, so anyone interested in getting the details, please contact Julie Spengler at 493-9151 or email at 94306s@gmail.com.

Reservations have to be in by Friday, Dec.8th, so let us know your plans as soon as possible.

As usual, we will be in the private room at Cibo’s and our neighborhood couple, Gary and Jena, will entertain us with accordion music and lead us in a Christmas sing along. We always look forward to this event to get into the Holiday spirit.

Hope to see many of you there.

Oct 122017
 

Fall is celebrated throughout many cultures around the world for its harvest and bounty and we have a lot to be grateful for in Barron Park.  Please join your local community friends and neighbors at the Barron Park Association Fall Foodie Festival with cooking competition and Taiko cultural entertainment.

Date: Sunday, November 12th

Time: 1pm to 5pm

Location: Barron Park Elementary School multipurpose room

Theme: Fall festival food and entertainment from different cultures around the world

Entertainment:

Special Taiko drum and music performance by the highly talented and respected Kristy Ohsiro.

  

Cooking Competition:

Inspired by the popular Food Network TV show Chopped, we will have a cooking competition where individuals or teams will receive a basket of secret ingredients typically used in fall cultural dishes around the world.  They will take those ingredients to combine with their own and have up to one week to prepare a three course meal (appetizer, main course, dessert).  The contestant dishes will then be brought to the event and evaluated by judges to determine a winner.

Other Activities:

– Multicultural pot luck
– High end foodie samples from local vendors

It is going to be loud, proud, optimistic and fun.  Show off your cooking skills and enjoy some great food and festivities.  Everybody is welcome but please consider supporting the BPA with donations, membership or volunteering.  It takes a lot of resources to make these events happen so if you would like to participate or help out as a contestant, judge, planner, food contributor or event staff please register on the event sign up sheet.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Oct 082017
 

The next Senior Lunch will be on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Corner Bakery Cafe. It is located at 3375 El Camino Real at the corner of Fernando where the Boston Market used to be, with plenty of parking either in front or behind the restaurant.

The Corner Bakery Cafe is cafeteria style so you will each pay for your own selection at the counter, and they will deliver your order to the table when it is ready. The prices are modest, there are no tips involved, and we even get a senior discount. You can look at the menu in advance by going to www.cornerbakerycafe.com.

If you are interested in joining us, please email Julie Spengler at j94306s@gmail or call 493-9151 so we can make a name tag for you.

Changes in plans can be made up until 10 AM the morning of the lunch by calling Rosemary Jacobsen at 493-9152. As usual, if anyone needs a ride, let us know and we will try to arrange one for you.

Looking forward to seeing many of you there.

Aug 232017
 
Please join us for the annual Barron Park Movie Night and End of Summer Party in Bol Park on Saturday, August 26th.
The festivities will kick off at 6pm and the movie will end a little after 10:00pm.
Summer Party Activities Begin
6:00pm to 7:30pm – Yoga in the park – Miniature golf and kids games – Gunn High School Robotics Demonstration – Donkey Showings – Highly rated Mamacitas Food Truck
Movie and Cartoons
7:30pm to 8:00pm – Pink Panther Cartoons
8:00pm to 10:00pm – Marry Poppins Main Feature
Come out early and get a good seat, try your luck at some games, eat some great food, interact with your community and enjoy all that Barron Park has to offer. Sponsored by your Barron Park Association and supported by your local friends, partners and establishments. We hope to see you there!