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Cravings

Hit Me With The Fish Tacos

By on April 16, 2016

Can I get a fish taco and a cold Modelo please.

 

These tacos should happen to you.  The challenge: executing simple things well.  A good quick beer batter fish fry.  Balanced fixins’ – spicy guac, rough chopped ripe mango salsa.  Chili citrus crema and a lime slice.  Now hear this -…


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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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Brunch

The Bomb Brunch Bowl

By on March 14, 2016

Boom!

A little riff from BA’s great brunch idea (click here).  One of those recipes you read and need to make immediately.  Cheesy grits with wilted greens, oozy soft poached eggs and crispy bacon lardons.  A few pickled jalapeños for some heat and color.  Crusty country bread, toasted and smeared…


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Dinner party

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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Appies Brunch Cocktails

Blistered Shishitos, Chilled Oysters and the Perfect Cocktail Sauce

By on January 3, 2016

Here’s an appy course to rock your New Year.  Pour a nice glass of cold Sancerre.  Fire up some blistered shishitos, tossed with some S&P and a bit of garlic powder.  Shuck a fat icy plate of chilled oysters — maybe some Bluepoints and Montauk Pearls.   And however gauche, I’ll still…


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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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Family Meal Kids

Fresh Egg Pasta with Sage Browned Butter

By on December 13, 2015

Fresh pasta – easier than expected.  Particularly when you have the kid make it.   Flour – two cups.  Eggs – two whole plus four yolks.  A good pinch of salt.   Make a well with the flour – eggs and salt in the middle. Beat with fork, slowly incorporate.  Knead…


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Brunch

Steak Caesar

By on October 5, 2015

Seared sliced steak.  Crisp romaine, crunchy baguette croutons, shaved parm.  Anchovies.  Maybe some red onion.  And bringing it all together- the classic dressing.

Olive oil, raw egg yolk a bit of Dijon.  Worcestershire and lemon juice. Garlic smashed to a paste, grated parm, cracked pepper.   Whisk it up with…


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Brunch Cravings

Audition Plate 2015 – 2d Time’s a Charm??

By on September 26, 2015

If you remember the Audition Plate from last year, you may also recall I didn’t make the final cut for the FN show.  But I got asked back to try again for this season, and here’s what I served them today:

A huevos rancheros tower — bbq rib base, fried…


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Dinner party

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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