Luxury hotel helping children with cancer

October 29, 2008 4:58:22 PM PDT
Do you have any loose foreign change hanging around? The Fairmont San Jose wants it for its new Coins program benefiting children with cancer. Leigh Glaser stopped by to learn about the program and to taste a delicious vegetarian dish.

RECIPE:

Eggplant, bell pepper and spinach involtini

2 large eggplants
1 large roasted, peeled and julienned red bell pepper
1 cup sautéed spinach
12 oz buffalo mozzarella cheese
1-cup tomato sauce
Salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil

Slice the eggplant thinly and arrange on oiled baking tray. Brush with extra virgin olive oil, season and bake in a medium oven until done.

Place a tablespoon of sautéed spinach and bell pepper strips on each eggplant slice and roll tightly.

Place the eggplant rolls on a baking tray, cover with a slice of buffalo mozzarella and bake until warm.

Serve with tomato sauce and garnish with fresh basil.

Yukon Gold Potato Gnocchi with Bell Pepper Coulis and Parmesan Cheese

Gnocchi
2 lbs. large Yukon gold potatoes
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 egg
2 table Spoons. fresh sage (chopped)
2 oz butter

Bell pepper coulis
2 each red bell peppers (diced)
1 large shallot (diced)
3 garlic cloves
2 cups chicken stock or water
2 table Spoon extra virgin olive oil

Sauté the bell peppers, shallot and garlic for a few minutes in olive oil, add chicken stock, salt and pepper and cook until tender. Blend until smooth, check seasoning and keep warm.

Cook the unpeeled potatoes in salted water until tender but still firm. Drain, peel and rice. Add about ½ of the flour and knead lightly, add the egg to the mixture and more flour until the mix is light to the touch and no longer moist or sticky (do not overwork).

On a lightly floured board, shape small portions of the dough in ¾ inch rolls. Cut the rolls into ¾ inch pieces. Roll each piece one by on a fork to make ridges and reserve.

When ready to serve cook the gnocchi in salted boiling water until they rise to the top (3 to 4 minutes), drain and sauté in a hot sauté pan with butter and finish with fresh sage.

Serve immediately with bell pepper coulis and garnish with Parmesan cheese.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Fairmont San Jose Coins Campaign

Back from vacation or a business trip? The hotel is encouraging their global traveling guests as well as the visitors to San Jose to kindly empty their pockets and donate leftover foreign currency to benefit the Courageous Kids of American Cancer Society. American dollars are also welcome and greatly appreciated, as well. Courageous Kids was founded 20 years ago by a volunteer group of the American Cancer Society to provide services for children with cancer and their families.

From now through November 19, 2008, The Fairmont San Jose will be collecting donations. Money raised will be presented to Courageous Kids on November 20, 2008 as a Thanksgiving gift, just in time for the holidays.

The Fairmont San Jose
170 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: 800-441-1414 OR 408-998-1900
Website: www.fairmont.com/sanjose


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