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Hey Brûlée

By on December 26, 2016

Here’s a dessert classic for your holiday week…

7 egg yolks, mixed with 2/3 C sugar, whipped up until lightened — “blanchir”
3 C heavy cream
1 C whole milk
Scrape in 1 vanilla bean, throw in scraped pods
Mix up with a whisk, let sit for a while, overnight if you can wait
Remove…


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Everybody likes intermezzo

By on December 4, 2016

A frozen treat halfway through dinner.  What’s not to love-


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Dinner party Holiday Meal

The Thanksgiving Menu 2016

By on November 17, 2016

And here’s the plan….  


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Dinner party Holiday Meal

Lamb Roast Dinner

By on April 3, 2016

Settle on in for a spring Sunday dinner.  Roasted boneless leg of lamb, rainbow baby potatoes and roasted broccoli.  Pinot and cracked pepper pan sauce.  That’s about right.  

Let the lamb come to room temp, rubbed with smashed garlic, olive oil and fresh chopped rosemary + thyme.  Into 500º oven…


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Olive Oil Poached Baby Potatoes

By on March 6, 2016

Baby potatoes, just covered in good olive oil.  Fresh thyme, peppercorns and sliced shallot.  A bay leaf or two and a few cloves smashed garlic.   Slow and low until tender, click here for the video.

Drain, saving the oil for another use (now infused with the aromatics).   Lightly crush…


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Dinner party Holiday Meal

Standing Rib Roast with a Cabernet Peppercorn Sauce

By on December 26, 2015

The same cut that rib-eye steaks come from, with the bone and left in one big piece.  “Standing” because it stands on the ribs when cooking- no rack required!  There’s controversy over how best to cook  – low and slow vs. high and fast.  I had a smaller cut…


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Short Rib Fall Preview

By on September 6, 2015

Coming soon to a season near you – meltaway short ribs.

Coat ribs with a bit of oil, season generously with S&P and garlic powder. In a heavy pot, sear until nicely browned on all sides.  Remove ribs, add chopped onion and celery with a bit more oil if needed….


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Dinner party Man Meal

Righteous Frites

By on June 12, 2015

Soak, poach, crisp.  Three steps to righteous frites.  

Slice up your russets and soak in fridge, preferably overnight.

Pat dry and poach in 325º peanut oil until tender through.  Drain and set aside until just before service.

A crispy browned finish with a quick dip into 375º oil.  Salt them just…


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Dinner party General Side dish

Spring Asparagus Soup

By on April 19, 2015

Here’s an easy Spring soup.   Tough to mess up, tasty and make-ahead. Great for a dinner party or, as here, a holiday meal.

Two asparagus bundles, rinsed and chopped.  Reserve some tips- blanche briefly, shock in ice bath and set aside.  Slice and rinse a leek, sauté in a…


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Jo’s Crispy Skin Salmon

By on March 1, 2015

Crispy skin salmon filets, over garlicky hummus and sautéed greens.   Some toasted slivered almonds for another layer of crunch.  And that flavor-of-the-moment, smoked paprika….   Courtesy of good friend Jo, who nailed this dish in all of 18 minutes.   Pic below is a tribute re-make at our…

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