Sunday, May 11, 2014

Update: Christmas to May

Here is a recap of a few things we've made over the past few months. Bigger pictures and names follow after the jump.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

 Smoked Salmon and Yukon Gold Blini

 Butternut Squash Soup with Maple Bacon and Apple
 Thomas Keller's Pickled Oysters with Cucumber

 Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

Turkey Pot Pie

Mascarpone and Fig Pie

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Cailles à la Bonne Femme

  • Make the sauce:
    • Saute slices of button mushrooms in butter. Add cream and reduce to 1/2.
    • When quail is done browning in the pan deglaze with brandy and ignite.
    • When the flaming is over add the cream mixture and reduce by 3/4, or until desired thickness is obtained.
    • Keep warm until service.
  • Make the quail:
    • Follow the basics of Daniel Boulud in this video.
    • Stuff with a 50/50 mix (by your eyes) of ground pork/meatloaf mix and mushrooms/shallots cooked in butter. (Make sure both are cold when you mix.)
    • Brown the quail in the pan and roast in the oven.
    • When done, remove and keep warm.
  • Finish:
    • Wilt spinach in olive oil and butter.
    • Slice quail and plate.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Côte De Boeuf and Chimichurri with Creamy Onion, Corn, and Potato Hash

  • Make the Chimichurri. (Recipe here.)
  • The Hash:
    • Peel Yukon gold potatoes and chop into a rough dice. Cover with cold water and salt it well. Cook the potatoes until fork tender. Drain. Return this to the same pan after cooking some red onions* in butter. Add cream and corn and heat through. When this is warm whisk vigorously to slightly mash the potatoes. Add salt, pepper, and fresh basil, then keep warm until ready to serve.
  • Meat:
    • Temper a Côte De Boeuf then cook directly on coals (see Dirty Steak) for a few minutes. Transfer to a hot oven and cook until the center reaches 120F. Let them rest for 8 minutes and serve.
*The onions can also be charred in the coals beforehand. Remove the charred parts before cooking them in the butter though.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sugo all'Amatriciana

Well it looks like I will be posting my first recipe in months. I've been developing my French repertoire and all that, but writing and organizing a new post here or there just isn't paying the dividends it used to. So, with that said here is a recipe that I think is worth keeping in mind for future use. (Actually, if I remember correctly I make this about twice a year, especially when I want a simple red pasta dish without all the heavy lifting.) Usually it is nothing to go crazy about, but I did make a pretty good version of it this weekend.
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