Friday, November 17, 2017

Fall Dinner Party

I recently catered a six course dinner party; for which I devised the menu, composed the dishes, and did all of the cooking and plating myself. In the following days I will share the dishes and recipes. The menu, featuring a fall theme, is as follows:

MENU
Cranberry & Baked Brie Tartlets
Roasted Baby Potatoes with Mustard Aioli & Onion Jam
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Crescent Biscuits, Maitre d’Hôtel Butter
Irish Soda Bread, Ginger Butter
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Butternut Squash Ravioli, Spiced Roasted Chickpeas, Sage Brown Butter Sauce, Herb Foam
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Seared Fillet of Beef cooked to your preference, Pommes Duchesse, Carrot Puree, Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Beurre Rouge, Balsamic Pearls
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Dark Chocolate ‘Fondue’, Caramel, Spiced Poached Pear, Citrus Cake, Salted Almond Crumb, Vanilla Cream
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White Chocolate Pistachio Ganache, Blueberry Madeleine Cakes, Chocolate Espresso Brownie

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Dijon Beef Jus

Dijon Beef Jus
roast drippings
red wine
stock
cornstarch 
water
salt
pepper
dijon mustard

Strain the roast drippings into a saucepan and add the wine and stock. Bring to a boil. Make a cornstarch slurry with the cornstarch and water and whisk in. Boil until thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then add the dijon. Do not boil after adding the dijon.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Roasted Spaghetti Squash

Roasted Spaghetti Squash
spaghetti squash
butter
salt
pepper
nutmeg
minced garlic
chopped parsley

Cut spaghetti squash in half and wrap in foil. Place cut side down on a baking sheet and roast at 425F until just tender. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and discard, then use a form to pull the flesh into strands. Toss the strands with the remaining ingredients. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Caramelized Onion and Old Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

Caramelized Onion and Old Cheddar Mashed Potatoes
large white onions, thinly sliced
oil
salt
cracked black pepper
potatoes
butter, melted
cream
grated old cheddar cheese

Heat a little oil in a large, wide pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring often, until onions are caramelized. Season with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, boil the potatoes until tender, drain, and mash. Stir in the onions along with some melted butter and cream. Stir in the cheese, then additional salt and pepper to taste.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Roast Beef


  • Roasted hip of beef
  • Caramelized onion and old cheddar mashed potatoes
  • Wilted spinach
  • Roasted cherry tomatoes
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Dijon sauce
  • Watermelon radish

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Lemon Herb Aioli

Lemon Herb Slaw

1 cup mayonnaise
zest of two lemons
juice of three lemons
2 Tablespoons grainy mustard
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 cup chopped dill
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Whisk together.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Quick Pickled Radish

Quick Pickled Radish
3 parts water
3 parts apple cider vinegar
2 parts granulated (white) sugar
1 part kosher salt
pickling spices, as desired
shaved radish slices

Bring all ingredients except radish to a boil. Add the radish, ensure they are submerged and leave to cool.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Roasted Sweet Corn and Cherry Tomato Salad

Roasted Sweet Corn and Cherry Tomato Salad
fresh sweet corn, husked and on the cob
halved cherry tomatoes (red, orange, yellow)
olive oil
balsamic vinegar
salt
pepper
lime juice
lime zest

Place the corn on a baking sheet and drizzle with oil, salt, and pepper. Roast at 450F, turning every s often, until corn is cooked and beginning to color.
Meanwhile, do the same with the cherry tomatoes, drizzling with balsamic vinegar as well, roasting until tomatoes are blistering and beginning to soften. 
Remove the corn from the cobs using a sharp knife and toss together in a bowl with lemon juice and zest. Taste and add any additional oil, salt, or pepper as needed.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Crab Cakes Take Two


  • Crab cakes
  • Roasted sweet corn and cherry tomato salad
  • Pickled watermelon radish
  • Lemon herb aioli
  • Microgreens

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Best Easiest Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Best Easiest Vegan Chocolate Mousse
1 cup aquafaba
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 cup granulated (white) sugar
300 grams vegan dark chocolate

Beat the aquafaba, salt, and lemon juice together either in a stand mixer or in a bowl with a handheld mixer. I highly recommend a stand mixer if you have one; as you will be able to multitask a the same time. If not wear some earplugs and be prepared to mix for awhile. This beating process can take up to fifteen minutes, especially with larger batches, though I find it starts to get quite thick around five.

Beat until it forms the equivalent of soft peaks of egg whites, then gradually beat in the sugar until stiff peaks form.


Meanwhile, while whipping mixture, melt the chocolate until smooth and allow it to cool slightly. Gently fold the cooled chocolate into the stiff whipped mixture. Mousse is now ready to eat However, the mousse will actually set more and thicken after being chilled in the fridge (individual ramekins or parfait glasses work great for this). The mousse will actually keep quite well for a few days.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

  • Vegan dark chocolate mousse
  • Vegan dark chocolate sauce
  • Vegan meringue
  • Fresh fruit garnish
Vegan chocolate mousse and meringue are so easy to make, and you'd be surprised at their secret ingredient! Also shocking is the richness of the mousse and how well it holds up But you have to try it to believe it!

Monday, November 06, 2017

Garlic Dill Toasts

Garlic Dill Toasts
day old baguette, thinly sliced on the diagonal
salted butter
minced garlic
fresh dill springs
cracked black pepper

If you plan ahead, soften the butter then blend with the garlic, dill and pepper and spread on the baguette.
If not, just melt the butter, stir in garlic, dill and pepper and brush on the baguette.
Then toast in the oven until crisp.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Tomato Herb Broth

Tomato Herb Broth
fresh tomatoes, peeled
water or vegetable broth
minced garlic
tarragon, chopped
dill weed
smoked paprika
cayenne pepper
salt and pepper, to taste
butter, to serve
reduced cream, to serve

Cook the tomatoes until tender and falling apart. Blend until mostly smooth. Add water or broth to thin out consistency and blend. Strain mixture. Season with herbs and spices.
To serve, bring required amount of broth to a boil and add in ingredients (blanched yellow beans and baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, cod pieces). Finish with a little reduced cream and a dab of butter.

The tomato broth should be slightly over seasoned, because adding the cream will mellow it out. The cream is optional but adds richness. 

For this recipe I used small (plum or roma sized) fresh local orange tomatoes. They peeled easily and did not need to be blanched in order to peel them.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Tomato Based Hodgepodge


  • Homemade garden tomato and herb broth
  • Reduced cream
  • East coast cod fish pieces
  • Fresh local cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, yellow beans, celery
  • Garlic dill toasts

Friday, November 03, 2017

Whiskey Green Peppercorn Sauce

Whiskey Green Peppercorn Sauce
butter
minced shallots
minced garlic
green peppercorns, drained
Irish whiskey
cream
salt and pepper

Melt the butter in a sauce pan. Add the shallots, garlic, and peppercorns and saute without coloring until softened. Pour in whiskey and cook until almost dry. 
Meanwhile, reduce the cream in a separate saucepan. Add the cream to the reduction and bring to a boil.
Season to taste with salt and pepper, and adjust flavor with a little additional butter and/or whiskey as needed.
If sauce is not thick enough, it can be thickened with some more really reduced cream or a cornstarch slurry.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Roasted Baby Carrots

This hardly requires a recipe, but when you have really nice, fresh, local baby carrots they don't need much adornment. I trim the ends of the baby carrots, then halve them lengthwise. Toss in a little oil, coarse kosher salt, ground nutmeg, and ground white pepper. Then simply roast until tender and caramelized!

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Horseradish and Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes

Horseradish and Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes
boiled potatoes, drained
prepared horseradish
sour cream
salted butter, melted
sour cream
salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste

Mash all ingredients together. Amounts depend on your personal preference, how nice your potatoes are, and how much potato you have. You should be able to just detect the horseradish, it should not be overpowering. You should also get a hint of sour cream. The texture should be creamy and a little buttery with just the right seasoning.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Maple Balsamic Glazed Purple Radish

Maple Balsamic Glazed Purple Radish
purple radish, quartered or wedged
oil
one part maple syrup
one part balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper, to taste

Toss the radish in some oil and arrange in a baking pan. 
Place the syrup and vinegar in a saucepan and boil until reduced and thick.
Pour over radishes, then season with salt and pepper.
Roast until tender.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Sauteed Patty Pan Squash

Sauteed Patty Pan Squash
patty pan squash, halved or quartered
salted butter
vegetable stock
fresh thyme
salt
pepper
nutmeg

Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the squash and sautee until they just begin to cover Pour in some vegetable stock, cover, and allow to simmer for a few minutes until squash are tender. Season to taste with thyme, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Rosemary and Thyme Buttered Roast Beef

Rosemary and Thyme Buttered Roast Beef
1 large hip of beef roast
2 pounds unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup fresh rosemary
1/4 cup fresh thyme leaves
1/4 cup minced garlic
1 Tablespoon cracked black pepper

Blend the butter with the rosemary, thyme, garlic, and pepper. 
Rub the roast all over with the compound butter mixture, allowing the butter to coat the entire surface of the roast.
Cover the roast and slow roast, basting occasionally with the pan drippings.
The compound butter mixture melts and enrobes the beef with flavor as it roasts. The result is a moist, tender, flavorful roast and plenty of rich, tasty pan drippings than will make an excellent gravy.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Roast Hip Of Beef


  • Roast hip of beef, rubbed in rosemary thyme butter
  • Horseradish and sour cream mashed potatoes
  • Sauteed patty pan squash
  • Roasted baby carrots
  • Maple balsamic glazed purple radish
  • Whiskey green peppercorn sauce

Friday, October 27, 2017

Lightly Spiced Whipped Cream

Lightly Spiced Whipped Cream
cream, whipped to stiff peaks
icing sugar
ground cinnamon
ground ginger
ground nutmeg
drop vanilla or almond extract, optional

Fold all ingredients into the whipped cream. If you only have granulated or brown sugar on hand, it can work, but it must be incorporated as soon as the cream is at soft peaks so that the final mixture will not be grainy. Really good accompaniment to apple or pumpkin pie or a cheesecake or sticky toffee pudding.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Quick Dinner Break


  • Basmati rice
  • Salsa
  • Chickpeas
  • Spice mix: chili powder, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, curry powder, cumin, garlic powder, black pepper
  • oil
  • 1/2 avocado
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Heat the rice and mix in the salsa.
Toss the chickpeas in the oil and the spice mix and roast in an oven until beginning to crisp. Add to rice. Add avocado. Season to taste.

This quick meal is the perfect balance of spicy and salty, protein, fat, starch, and vegetables. It satisfies without over filling.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Caprese Salad


  • Five slices red roma tomatoes
  • Ten slices fresh bocconcini cheese
  • Three leaves green basil
  • Three leaves purple basil
  • Red, orange, and yellow cherry tomato halves
  • Arugula dressed in balsamic and olive oil vinaigrette
  • Microgreens
  • Balsamic reduction

Monday, October 23, 2017

Easy Butter Pastry

Easy Butter Pastry
1 1/2 cups all-purpose (plain) flour
1 Tablespoon granulated (white) sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup ice water

Mix together the flour, sugar, and salt. Blend in the butter until the mixture begins to clump together. Add the water and blend to form a dough. Gently knead into a ball.
At this point the dough can be wrapped and chilled to be used later, or used immediately.
You can use a rolling pin on this dough, but it's really not necessary. It's an easy dough that can just be pressed into the pan.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Apple Tart Filling

The secret to making this filling look impressive, rather than a brownish-mushy mess like a typical apple pie filling, is to cut the apples into long, thin slices and not too add too much liquid. 

Apple Tart Filling
6 medium cooking apples (I've had success with MacIntosh, Cortland, Paula Red, etc)
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
juice of one lemon

Peel the apples, quarter them, and remove the core and seeds. Then slice them thinly. Place in a bowl and toss with the sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice.
That's it!

The mist time-consuming is just slicing the apples. Thinner apples create more layers, cook more quickly, and looks more impressive. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Apple Tart

THIS is your new favorite apple pie recipe. Well, technically it is a tart because it only had a bottom crust and no top crust. But you don't need a top crust. It's just extra fuss and we all know the best part of a pie is the filling anyway. This tart recipe is fairly quick and easy, no-fuss, and looks pretty impressive. Oh, and did I mention it tastes really darn good? 
  • Apple cinnamon tart
  • All butter pastry crust
  • Brown bread ice cream
  • Spiced whipped cream
  • Maple sauce

Friday, October 20, 2017

Crescent Roll Biscuits

Crescent Roll Biscuits
4 cups all-purpose (plain) flour
8 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold butter or hard margarine, cut into cubes
2 cups milk
2 egg yolks
1 Tablespoon milk

Stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the butter until crumbly. Stir in the milk to form a soft dough and knead briefly until it just comes together. Divide dough into four pieces.
Roll each piece into a thin circle on a lightly floured surface. Cut each circle into eight triangles.
Starting from the wide edge, roll each triangle toward its point. Arrange crescents on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
Beat together the egg yolks and milk and brush over the tops of the crescents. Bake at 425F for about 20 minutes until golden.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Tarragon White Wine Cream Sauce

Tarragon White Wine Cream Sauce
white wine
shallots
garlic
dry tarragon
cream
butter
salt
pepper

Place a small amount of white wine in a saucepan along with some shallots and garlic Reduce until almost all liquid is gone. Add in some tarragon. Add some cream and reduce until thick. Add some butter, salt, and pepper. 
This sauce can be made in  one large batch or in individual small batches - it is just as easy either way.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hake En Papillote

Hake En Papillote
tomatillos, thinly sliced
hake fillets
lemon juice
lime slices
chopped cilantro
chopped dill
basil chiffonade
halved cherry tomatoes

Start by preparing large rounds of parchment paper that will form the "en papillote" package. Half moons and heart shapes work well too. An easier way is to use foil, but it won't puff up during baking, which is the indicator of when the food is cooked. You can also serve foods en papillote directly out of the parchment, but not so much directly out of foil.
Set up and assembly line. Either plan to do one at a time and line up all the ingredients or spread out and do several at a time, placing only one ingredient at a time in each package.

Place a few slices of tomatillo on the bottom, then the hake on top. Sprinkle hake with salt and pepper. Drizzle with lemon juice. Top with a lime slice. Sprinkle with some of each herb. Place tomatoes around the hake. Then seal the package up tightly.

Bake in a hot oven until the package puffs up and fish is cooked through. Then you can serve directly out of the package or transfer contents to a plate.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Roasted Patty Pan Squash

Roasted Patty Pan Squash
patty pan squash, cut into bite-sized pieces
oil
salt
pepper

This hardly qualifies as a recipe and hardly needs an explanation but here it is.
Toss the squash in oil, salt, and pepper, arrange on a baking sheet and roast in a hot oven until tender.

Pattypan squash are a type of summer squash, kind of similar to a yellow zucchini but looks more like those little gourds you get around Halloween/Thanksgiving time. They are small, round, and yellow with scalloped edges and sometimes called "spaceships" or "flying saucers".

Monday, October 16, 2017

Brown Sugar Apple Cider Gastrique

A gastrique is a caramelized sugar deglazed with an acid and reduced to form a sauce.
So essentially sugar + acid, reduced over heat = delicious sweet and sour sauce.
The sugar can be white, brown, honey, maple syrup, molasses, etc.
The acid can be apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, orange juice, etc.
Gasteiques pair particularly well with fatty dishes as both the sugar and acid help to counteract some of the fat.

Brown Sugar Apple Cider Gastrique
brown sugar
water
apple cider vinegar

Put the brown sugar in a pot with a little water. The water just helps to melt down the sugar smoothly without it burning. Put over medium heat and melt, shaking the pan often, until the sugar liquefies. Add an equal amount of vinegar as sugar and reduce over high heat until the mixture thickens just enough to coat a spoon. That's it! 
Trickiest part is ensuring it doesn't burn, reduces enough, but not too much!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Caramelized Apple and Red Onion

Caramelized Apple and Red Onion
oil
red onion, thinly sliced
apples, peeled, cored, thinly sliced
salt
pepper
nutmeg

Heat the oil in a shallow pot over medium heat and add the onion. Cook slowly, covered, stirring occasionally until onions are very soft but ensure not to let them brown. Add the apples and cook until softened but not mushy. Add in seasonings.
It seems very simple but is incredibly delicious - it makes a great condiment or side dish or pork, blue cheese toasts, toast, aged cheddar, etc. Add some honey, molasses, brown sugar, or maple syrup to make more of a "jam" or compote, and add extra spices and seasonings as desired. 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Honey Glazed Carrots

Honey Glazed Carrots
carrots, peeled and sliced into rounds
honey
butter
fresh chopped thyme
salt
white pepper

Cook the carrots in boiling water until just tender. Drain, leaving a little excess water which will help form the glaze. Stir in honey and butter until melted and the carrots are shiny and coated. Season to taste.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Sour Cream and Grainy Mustard Mash

Sour Cream and Grainy Mustard Mash
mashed potatoes
sour cream
grainy mustard
minced garlic
brown butter
heavy cream, optional
salt
ground black pepper

Mash the potatoes with the sour cream and mustard and garlic to begin with. The sour cream should make the potatoes a smooth enough consistency to be easily able to stir them, and the mustard and garlic should add some flavor. Taste and ensure all three flavors are present but none overwhelms the others. Drizzle in some butter for extra richness and to adjust the consistency. Cream may be added as well for a thinner consistency and slightly richer flavor. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

I often use brown butter for making mashed potatoes as I find it just adds another depth of flavor. Brown butter is simply butter melted, and then continue cooking until it turns a golden brown and becomes quite aromatic.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Roast Pork Loin

For my roasted pork loin, I began with two pretty big pork loins. I'm talking like, industry standard sheet pan length. Times two. I made a quick spice rub with garlic powder, cracked black pepper, paprika, ground oregano, summer savory, and fresh finely chopped rosemary and thyme. I rubbed this all over the meat side of the loin, then flipped it over so the fatty side was on top. I roasted this quickly at a high temperature. Although low and slow is typically better, the high heat here helps to melt and render down some of the fat, which then bastes the meat. At 450F, the roasts took less than two hours to reach 140F. I then let them rest for nearly an hour before slicing them. 
I served them with their own juices along with a sweet-sour brown sugar and apple cider vinegar gastrique sauce. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Roast Pork Loin Dinner


  • Spiced roasted pork loin
  • Sour cream and grainy mustard mashed potatoes
  • Honey glazed carrots
  • Caramelized apples and red onion
  • Roasted patty pan squash
  • Brown sugar apple cider gastrique

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Lemon Herb Slaw

Lemon Herb Slaw
1 large green cabbage, thinly sliced
1 medium red cabbage, thinly sliced
1 cup mayonnaise
zest of two lemons
juice of three lemons
2 Tablespoons grainy mustard
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 cup chopped dill
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Toss together the two cabbages. Then whisk together the remaining dressing ingredients. Toss the cabbage in the dressing. Can be served immediately or allowed to marinate and blend flavors to soften the cabbage. Great with fish and chips!

Monday, October 09, 2017

Homemade Tartar Sauce

Homemade Tartar Sauce
mayonnaise
chopped capers
chopped dill
chopped cilantro
fresh lime juice
fresh lemon juice
lemon zest
salt
pepper

Blend all ingredients together well. If you prefer a smooth sauce, do this in a blender or food processor. If you prefer a chunky tartar sauce, it can be mixed by hand. Great with fish and chips!

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Home "Fries"

Home "Fries"
baby red potatoes
canola oil 
salt

Wash the potatoes. Halve them, then slice each halve into thin half moons. Place cut pieces in a bowl of cold water.
Drain potatoes well. Arrange on an oiled baking sheet, being careful not to crowd them.
Drizzle with some more oil and sprinkle with salt.
Bake at 425F until potatoes are cooked and crisp.
They can also be baked until soft and cooked, then rebaked in the oven later until they are crisp.
This is really the easiest, fastest way to prepare potatoes that resemble fries without a deep-frier and a lot less work.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Panko Crusted Cod Fillets

Panko Crusted Cod Fillets
boneless, skinless cod fillets
all-purpose flour
old bay seasoning blend
eggs
milk
panko bread crumbs
oil

Set up a "pane" station - flour, egg and breadcrumb station meant for breading foods.
Have your fish fillets at one end.
Mix together the flour and seasoning and set in one container.
Beat the eggs with a little milk and set in a second container.
Place the panko in a third container.
Have any empty container or tray at the other end for the breaded fish.
I like to use shallow, long containers for pane, especially with fish fillets. This allows you to oat multiple fillets at once time and evenly coats them. It is particularly handy if you have containers with lids. This does take up a lot of counter space, but it the most efficient way to do it.
Place several fillets in the flour and shake to coat the flour to cover the fillets (this is when you can slap a lid on the container and gently shake back and forth. Don't get too crazy though, fish is delicate).
Shake the excess flour off the fillets before placing them in the egg mixture.
Turn the fillets to coat completely in egg (I don't recommend the lid method here).
Allow excess egg to drip off before placing fillets in the panko, and again, shake to coat the fillets with the crumbs, turning them over as needed.
Place fillets on prepared tray.

To cook: Heat the oil in a pan until smoking, then sear fillets (do not crowd them, cook in batches, if needed) on both sides. They will only take a minute or two on each side until they are golden.
Transfer to a baking sheet and finish in the oven until cooked through.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Fish And Chips - Baked-Style


  • Old Bay and Panko coated cod fillets
  • fish pan fried then baked, served on a bed of greens with a lime wedge
  • Home fries - thinly sliced baked baby red potatoes
  • House made tartar sauce
  • Lemon and herb slaw

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Balsamic Marinated Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes are in abundance now, and as nice as they to eat plain, straight from the garden, sometimes you want a little extra flavor along with them. Cooking them can be tricky, because the skin tends to separate from the fruit and become chewy. Marinating them is a great way to penetrate them with flavor, and the acid in the vinegar breaks them down to make them softer, without cooking the life out of them.
Balsamic Marinated Cherry Tomatoes
cherry tomatoes, red orange and yellow, halved
balsamic vinegar
olive oil
granulated sugar
salt
ground black pepper
microgreens

Place the tomatoes in a bowl. Whisk together equal amounts of vinegar and oil, then whisk in a pinch each of sugar, salt, and pepper. Pour over the tomatoes and toss, allow to stand for several hours to let flavors blend. Do NOT refrigerate. Stir in microgreens.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Warm Potato Salad

Warm Potato Salad
whole red potatoes
green onions, thinly sliced
canola oil
lemon juice
salt
pepper
minced garlic
grainy mustard
smoked paprika

Boil whole potatoes until tender, drain and cool slightly until cool enough to handle.
Slice into chunks, place in a bowl.
Whisk together the remaining ingredients to form the dressing. Pour over the potatoes and toss to coat. 
Serve warm, or reheat gently in the oven before serving.
This is a super easy potato salad to do, a nice addition to hot foods, and not as heavy as a traditional mayonnaise-clad potato salad. The grainy mustard, onion, and smokey paprika add some real kick to it! I think the flavor and texture are best with red potatoes with the skin left on.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Lemon Herb Crusted Bass

Lemon Herb Crusted Bass
thin striped bass fillets
freshly squeezed lemon juice
chopped parsley
panko bread crumbs
lemon pepper

Place the bass fillets on a baking tray and drizzle the top side with lemon juice.
Place the parsley, bread crumbs, and lemon pepper in a food processor and pulse until well combined, and mixture is light green, but still dry and not moist.
Sprinkle crumbs liberally over the fish, pressing it to stick to the fish.
Bake at 425F for about ten minutes until cooked thoroughly.
This is a really easy recipe to bake any kind of white fish. It adds a great punch of flavor and some texture; and is quick, easy, and convenient to do!

Monday, October 02, 2017

Baked Crusted Bass


  • Herb and lemon crusted baked striped bass fillet
  • Warm mustard and green onion potato salad
  • Balsamic marinated cherry tomatoes
  • Microgreens

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Seared Scallops and Oysters (Mushrooms)

Searing scallops can seem daunting at first, but is super simple and easy once you get the hang of it. The keys are to have dry, properly seasoned scallops, and a really hot pan. That's it!
  1. Choose nice, whole scallops, shape them into a rounder form if necessary.
  2. Season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper on all sides.
  3. Heat enough oil to cover the bottom of a pan (cast iron is great, but any pan will do) You want the pan practically smoking.
  4. Gently place the scallops in the pan on one flat side. Cook for 30-90 seconds, depending on the size of your scallops and the temperature of your pan.
  5. Gently use a spatula to flip the scallops and sear the other side.
  6. Drain on a piece of paper towel and serve!
After searing the scallops, I used the same pan to quickly saute a
few slices of beautiful, pink oyster mushrooms!

Tips and Tricks:
  • This works with frozen scallops just as well as fresh, as long as the scallops are fully thawed and patted dry.
  • Do not overcrowd the pan or the temperature of the pan will lower too much and steam the scallops rather than sear them.
  • Do not over cook the scallops. The secret behind a really hot pan is to get a beautiful sear on both sides of the scallop without cooking the center too much.
  • Scallops can be a little underdone in the center. This is much preferred to rubbery scallops!
  • If you don't want the appearance of black flecks on your scallops, skip the pepper or season them at the table.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Sage Mushroom Risotto

Sage Mushroom Risotto
2 Tablespoons canola oil
1 large red onion, minced
1 leek, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
6 cups arborio rice
2 cups white wine
12 cups chicken or fish stock, heated
1/4 cup finely chopped sage
salt and pepper, to taste
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
2 pounds shitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
salt and pepper, to taste
In a large pot or wide saucepan, heat the oil. Add the onion, leek and garlic and cook over low heat, covered, until vegetables are soft but not colored. Stir in the rice until coated with oil and toasted, about three minutes Turn the heat up to high and stir in the wine until almost all liquid is absorbed. Then add the stock, 2 cups at a time, stirring often until liquid is almost absorbed before adding more. Once all liquid is added, add the sage, salt, and pepper to taste. Ensure the rice is the proper consistency.

Meanwhile, in a large frying pan, heat the butter. Add the mushrooms and cook over low heat until softened and cooked. Season to taste, then stir them into the risotto. Finish with a little extra butter or cream, if desired. 

This makes a very large batch and can easily be scaled down.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Mushroom, Oyster, Scallop Risotto


  • Sage risotto
  • Sauteed shitake mushrooms
  • Pink oyster mushrooms
  • Seared scallops
  • Spicy greens
  • Fresh dill
  • Lemon twist

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Spicy Orange Tarragon Greens

Spicy Orange Tarragon Greens
shallots
garlic
finely chopped fresh tarragon
finely chopped parsley
orange juice
apple cider vinegar
olive oil
canola oil
salt and pepper, to taste
spicy greens

In a large bowl or pitcher, blend together the first six ingredients. Slowly stream in the oils until blended, then season to taste. Drizzle over spice greens for a sweet-spicy, citrusy and herby refreshing combo.