Mastering the Art of Sous Vide Cooking
What’s up foodies? I am happy to announce that my new cookbook is now available! Published by Page Street Publishing and distributed by Macmillan. The book takes readers around the world with exciting recipes prepared using the sous vide method. Mastering The Art Of Sous Vide Cooking features delicious recipes such as Read the rest of this entry
Corned Beef Hash
St. Patrick’s Day in homes across America is usually celebrated with a meal of corned beef, potatoes, and cabbage. In my household there is always leftover corned beef. Besides eating sandwiches all week long, I love preparing homemade hash with the leftover beef.Read the rest of this entry
Étouffée is one of my favorite comfort foods during the colder winter months. When you prepare this Cajun/Creole dish, it’s all about making a perfect roux! Usually with a meat gumbo, I cook the roux until it is very dark and chocolate looking. This simple and easy Étouffée is made with seafood so a lighter roux is best for this dish.Read the rest of this entry
Cardamom Spiced Poached Pears (sous vide)
Happy New Year! I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday day season. I am kicking off the year with a recipe from my cookbook “Mastering the Art of Sous Vide Cooking“. This wonderful dessert is bold with winter flavors and is sure to be a hit with your dinner guest!Read the rest of this entry
Blackened Swordfish w/Coconut Jasmine Rice
This is another outstanding summertime recipe, using some delicious swordfish from Wulf’s Fish. This dish combines slightly spicy seasonings, the richness of coconut rice, and the tangy sweetness of mango salsa. The fish is also cooked sous vide for maximum flavor. Enjoy!Read the rest of this entry
Miso Glazed Black Cod
Sablefish, a.k.a black cod has always been one of my favorite fish to eat. The combination of the rich buttery flavor, perfectly white flakiness, and smooth texture is absolutely irresistible. When marinated is a sweet and spicy miso glaze, this fish launches to a higher level of flavor!Read the rest of this entry
Chicken Cutlets w/Leeks and Mushrooms (sous vide)
Summer is almost over and it’s time to get ready for the Fall! This dish is the ultimate example of comfort food. The combination of juicy chicken breast (cooked sous vide), Leeks, baby bella mushrooms, and a delicious spicy cream sauce is the perfect combination for the upcoming season. Read the rest of this entry
Antelope Spare Ribs (Sous Vide)
My love of cooking wild game meats is what led me to the sous vide method many years ago. I have prepared everything from beaver to camel using my sous vide device. Antelope meat is not new to me as I have tried tenderloin and steaks that were sent to me by friends of mine who hunt. Read the rest of this entry
Espresso-Rubbed Prime Rib Roast (Sous Vide )
I hope everyone is healthy and safe as the world is experiencing the Covid-19 crisis. We will get through this together as we practice social distancing and enjoying spending time with our loved ones at home. This can create a great bonding experience with your family as you can all share kitchen fun with each other. This is also the perfect time to learn sous vide cooking! Read the rest of this entry
Sous Vide Summit 2019
The International Sous Vide Association (ISVA) held its inaugural Sous Vide Summit this past July at the Hilton Wilmington/Christiana in Delaware. It was a very successful event full of education, entertainment and, as you can imagine, plenty of food! Many of the top experts in the sous vide world were at this event providing insightful information and yummy sous vide dishes. February of this year I was named the Executive Chef of this organization by co-founders Mike LaCharite & Jason Logsdon, so as you can imagine my hands were pretty full that entire weekend. Read the rest of this entry
Stone Chef’s Notebook: Is It Worth It?
As a chef I have learned over the years that being organized is a very necessary skill to possess. Inventory, food cost, recipes, procedures, schedules, and keeping important notes are all part of the day to day operations in the food industry. Having a good notebook has always been essential to me, especially since my memory is not a good as it once was. Read the rest of this entry
Chengdu-Style Spicy Crab
I have been a fan of authentic Szechuan cuisine since I first tried it at Z & Y Restaurant in San Francisco a few years ago. I love the bold, pungent, and spicy flavors. This recipe is my riff on the flavors from that region.
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The SteakAger: Is It Worth It?
I must admit that I have a love affair with steak, especially when it’s dry aged. I have been to some of the best steakhouses in NYC and I know that dinner in a quality steakhouse here can easily cost in excess of $200+ for two people. So I usually reserve a trip to this type of restaurant for special occasions only. The reason why these places are so expensive: dry aged steak. (plus, this is NYC)
Take a Walk On The Wild Side III: Southern Fried Python
When most people hear the word “snake”, the last thing on their mind is food. Believe it or not, eating snake in the United States is not all that uncommon.
New Orleans-Style BBQ Prawns
This simple and easy recipe is inspired by a BBQ shrimp dish I had at Mr. B’s Bistro in New Orleans many years ago. These massive prawns are tossed in a buttery Creole sauce and served with crusty french bread. It makes a great appetizer at your next dinner party! Read the rest of this entry
Madras Curry-Spiced Lamb Chops (Sous Vide)
Lamb is one of those meats that you either love it, or you hate it. Folks that don’t like it usually suggest that the meat is too gamey for their taste. This can be true in some cases, but not all. Read the rest of this entry
Cranberry & Walnut Stuffed Turkey Roulades (Sous Vide)
Thanksgiving & Christmas are both upon us. This is a time when folks from all over America are getting their holiday recipes ready so they can impress friends and family with amazing holiday dishes. The single universal dish served in most American households during Thanksgiving is turkey cooked one way or another. There is nothing like a slice of juicy turkey breast to go with all of the yummy and festive side dishes. But the one problem cooks encounter with turkey, is that the breast meat can easily become dry if over-cooked, even by a little bit. The solution… Sous Vide! Read the rest of this entry
Venison Tenderloin w/Blackberry Sauce
Venison has always been one of my favorite wild game meats. More and more these hunted animals are popping up in local supermarkets around the U.S. And while the number of hunters has declined in the last few years, farmed game is growing in popularity. National organizations representing deer and elk farmers are reporting rapid growth and substantial economic impact of their industries, indicating consumer demand. Read the rest of this entry
Herb Crusted Sous Vide Pork Chop w/Meyer Lemon Cream Sauce
The sous vide revolution is in full effect! If you have not tried this type of cooking yet, you are truly missing out! And if this method is new to you, let me explain to you what it is. Sous vide is low temperature cooking that involves vacuum sealing food items in heat safe cooking bags and placing them in a precision temperature water bath for a period of time. Your food maintains it’s nutrients and remains juicy and flavorful. Pork does particularly well when cooked with the sous vide method. In this recipe Read the rest of this entry
A Foodie Roadtrip In St. Petersburg, Fl
Happy Independence Day! The summertime is here and I know you have not heard from me in a while, but for good reason. I have some amazing news! Read the rest of this entry
Savory Veal & Pork Meatballs
This recipe is a riff on the popular dish, Swedish meatballs. The combination of lean veal and fatty ground pork will have your family lining up for seconds. Read the rest of this entry
Zoodles w/Shrimp & Grapes (The Paleo Edition)
Lately I have been experimenting with Paleo recipes at home in my effort to eat cleaner. I have never tried to add grapes to seafood because it sounds like a not so good combination. I proved myself wrong with this recipe. Read the rest of this entry
Butter Poached Lobster w/Shellfish Ravioli
Summertime in NYC will always be the season for great seafood. This recipe doesn’t skimp on it either. The combination of butter poached lobster, spicy Alfredo sauce, and shellfish ravioli (made easy with wonton wrappers) work together magically.
Spicy Crab Dip
Here is a crab dip that will have your dinner guest begging for the recipe! Read the rest of this entry
A Taste Of India… Goat Vindaloo
Living in NYC, I have access to all types of authentic food from all over the world. If you ask me what is my all-time favorite type of cuisine, I’d tell you Indian food. Read the rest of this entry
Buttermilk Fried Rabbit
While some of us view rabbits as a cuddly and furry pet, then there are those of us that view them as a food source. In fact, rabbits have been raised for food for thousands of years. I tried it for the first about 25 years ago and I’ve been hooked on it since then. Frying it is my favorite way to cook it, especially after letting it marinate overnight in buttermilk and herbs. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry
This easy bisque recipe is both flavorful and comforting for the cold winter season. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry
North African Camel Meatballs
Happy New Year everyone! We are going to kick off the year with a yummy recipe using camel meat. People always ask me, “what does camel taste like?”. I can only best describe it as slightly gamey and a cross between beef and lamb. Read the rest of this entry
Foie Gras au Torchon
One could never accuse me of being fancy when it comes to food and cooking. But there was something about the idea of preparing one of the world’s luxury food items that sounded like a good challenge to try at home… Read the rest of this entry
Sriracha & Honey Glazed Duck
There is nothing like a delicious roasted duck with a crispy skin and a tasty glaze. This recipe is right on time for the holiday season, enjoy! Read the rest of this entry
Silky Chicken In Red Coconut Curry
A black-skinned chicken? Say it ain’t so. This was my first reaction while shopping at a new Asian market in my neighborhood. I have heard that chickens like this existed, but I have never actually come across one myself. There was no way I was going to leave the store with out one! Read the rest of this entry
Homemade Chicken Pot Pie Recipe
Fall is once again upon us in the Northeast, and it is now time for comforting stews and roast. I’m gonna start the season off with one of my favorite recipes when it gets a little chilly outside, Chicken Pot Pie! Read the rest of this entry
Meatless Monday! Easy Hummus Recipe
Hummus has always been one of my favorite side dishes. This recipe is pretty easy to prepare and delivers big on flavor. Enjoy!
Turkey Meatball Sandwich w/Provolone Cheese
Here is a very flavorful recipe with some Italian flair, Enjoy!
Skate Wings à la Grenobloise
I have loved to go fishing since childhood, and as I got older I have grown to love it even more. There was a time when my father and I would catch fish that we sometimes considered, “a garbage fish” and we would throw them back. The fish we threw back would consist of small sharks, Sea Robins, and the fish highlighted in this recipe, skate or stingray.
A Taste Of The Caribbean! Swordfish Ceviche Recipe
Hello everyone, I am back from my very first trip to the US Virgin Islands. There was plenty of fun in the sun, but as usual I was excited to try the food! We were staying on the island of St. Thomas at Point Pleasant Resort and our villa was right on the ocean in Water Bay. Another cool thing, is that our unit featured a full kitchen which made me very happy. So I decided to do a combination of cooking Caribbean dishes and visiting local eateries. Read the rest of this entry
Getting Over The Hump & Sous Vide BBQ Camel Ribs…
What’s up foodies? First I would like to thank those of you who attended my first pop-up dinner at Clemenza’s Restaurant in Queens, NY. The event was sold out, the guest were great, and the food was magnificent. I look forward to doing this more often at different locations. I will keep you all posted!
Now today’s recipe features an ingredient that is not very common here in the United States… Camel meat! Read the rest of this entry
Join Me For a Pop-Up Dinner…
Come on out and join me as I host my very first public event being held in Queens NY on April 16 2016. There is a limited amount of tickets available for this exclusive event and at a low price of $85 they will sell out fast, so don’t hesitate or you will miss out on a night of great food and fun! See you there!
** It will be greatly appreciated if ticket buyers email me their entree choice for yourself and your guests in advance to help me calculate inventory and food cost for the event: Justiceserved7@yahoo.com. Thank you everyone!
6PM dinner (seating begins 5:30pm)
8:45 PM dinner (seating begins 8:30pm)
Pan-Fried Catfish w/Shrimp Diane Sauce
This is a dish I had at a restaurant some years back during a trip to New Orleans. There is something about Cajun/Creole food I absolutely love. Maybe it’s because the flavors are big, bold and comforting at the same time. Some think that all Cajun food is spicy, but that is not completely true. Like other cuisines, you can always adjust the spice level to your liking. The Creole seasoning recipe given here I would say the level of spiciness is medium. Feel free to use red snapper or drum fish for this recipe if you do not have catfish. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry
Caribbean-Style Chicken Curry
What inspired me to cook this dish? Last year I had the opportunity to attend the Jamaican Jerk Festival in NYC. I was invited by my a good friend of mine Chef Eddie G of “Coast To Coast Cuisine’. He was doing food demonstrations throughout the day with fellow celebrity chef, Chef Irie of “Food on Fiyah!”. With about 40,000-50,000 people expected to attend including the mayor of NYC, how could I turn that down? Read the rest of this entry
Thai-Style Chicken & Kale w/Red Coconut Curry
I really love the all of the different types of curries from all over the world, such as Indian, Jamaican, Middle eastern, and Asian. I especially love Thai cuisine so this easy to make recipe is my version of this Southeast Asian dish. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry
During my childhood, the salmon cake was always one of my favorites. These tasty patties can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and it’s also an inexpensive meal that can feed up to 4 people per can. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry
Thai-Style Crispy Shrimp w/Sweet & Spicy Dipping Sauce
Once I learned to cook shrimp this way, it was over for me ordering take out, enjoy! Read the rest of this entry
Meatless Mondays! Jalepeno Cheddar Cornbread
Great way to enjoy spicy homemade cornbread, and drizzled with honey for good measure… Read the rest of this entry
Have A Veggie Merry Christmas
This was a Christmas side dish experiment that turned out really well. The sweetness of the squash, savory chard, crunch of the nuts, and some holiday spices make this veggie dish a winner, enjoy! Read the rest of this entry
Hot & Sour Shrimp Curry
This quick and easy dish hails from the south-west region of India, enjoy! Read the rest of this entry
This is a warming comfort food especially popular in the Northeast, enjoy! Read the rest of this entry
This is another comforting winter stew that can also be prepared with chicken if rabbit is not available. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry
Venison w/Chanterelles & Fettuccine Rigate
A few years ago I became friends with legendary chef Jeremiah Tower via social media, and every now and then I would seek his advice on food and cooking. There was one time I came to him to seek his advice on the best way to cook dried chanterelle mushrooms. Read the rest of this entry
Slow Cooked Chicken, Guinness Stout, And Leek Stew
Brrrr. The cool air has finally moved into NYC this weekend. The weather sucks but it’s perfect for cooking those one pot comfort foods. I have not used my crock pot in ages and almost forgot how great they are. The chicken was fall apart tender and the stew itself rocked! So many layers of flavor with the leeks and stout, and don’t worry about the alcohol in the stout, it will burn off during the cooking process. This recipe should warm you up, Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry
A Foodie Road Trip Part II (The Northern California Edition)
What’s good everyone? I recently traveled back to California to enjoy more of its beautiful scenery, the wine, and most of all, the FOOD! Plus I wanted to be able to brag that I drove the entire length of the State and visited every county, lol. My last visit here we covered 1230 miles from San Francisco to San Diego visiting different cities over a 2 week period (read about it HERE). This time we are heading to see what Northern California has to offer. Read the rest of this entry
Mediterranean Seafood Paella Risotto
Summertime in NYC is here! I want to bring seafood back to my blog during the season. I love risotto and I love paella, so why not combine the two? Ok seriously, I could not find Spanish short grain rice (Bomba Paella Rice) so I used the next best thing, Risotto. I also did not have a paella pan handy (I recommend one), so I used my 16 inch cast iron pan to get the job done. Enjoy!
With this recipe I poached the lobster in a sous vide bath. If you don’t have a sous vide device, you can simply just steam or boil your lobster with a bit of lemon juice and skip the first step. Sous vide is a method of cooking in which food is sealed in airtight plastic bags then placed in a water bath or in a temperature-controlled steam environment for longer than normal cooking times. Read the rest of this entry
A wonderful and authentic gumbo recipe ” Str8 Outta The Bayou”! Read the rest of this entry
Jamacian-Style Curry Shrimp
Living in Brooklyn, NY I have had my fair share of great island food, since we have a huge Caribbean population here in the Boro. Here is my spin on Jamacian curry shrimp, enjoy! Read the rest of this entry
Cajun Style Fried Frog Legs
I’m Back! I have not been posting for a little bit due to computer issues(burnt out Laptop). I am officially back up and running with a new and better PC. I will be posting a whole lot more, because we have so much catching up to do! Lets get back into the flow with another Cajun dish straight out of the bayou, Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry
Shrimp and Grits
One of my favorite dishes breakfast, lunch, dinner! Read the rest of this entry
Llama, Alpacas, and Elk…Oh My! An Evening at the Exotic Meat Market
If you read my last blog post, you would know that Emily and I just returned from a 2 week California road trip. It was a great trip that took us to many destinations in the Golden State. One of the more memorable stops along the trip was the Exotic Meat Market in California. Those of you that know me personally, or follow this blog are also aware that I am an adventurous foodie and I am willing to sample different types of foods. I may not be as extreme as Andrew Zimmern, Read the rest of this entry
My Great West Coast Road Trip!
Hello everyone, I’m back! I’m fresh off a two-week road trip down the coast of California. My girlfriend and I rented a convertible and drove from San Francisco to San Diego on highway 1, better known as “PCH” or the Pacific Coast Highway. It was my first time to California and we covered 1200+ miles and visited an astonishing 21 cities on our way down! (talk about a grand tour) Some places were on the beaten path and some were off. Read the rest of this entry
Salmon En Croute w/Creamy Watercress Sauce
This dish is one I had in a French restaurant years ago. I have always wanted to make it and I think I nailed it! Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry
The Perfect Rack Of Lamb
I have had my problems cooking lamb racks in the past. They turned out either too rare, or overcooked. Then, finally after a lot of trial and error my last 3 attempts at cooking lamb rack were very successful. I got the result I wanted; perfectly cooked juicy medium-rare rib chops and a nicely seared crust. One of the keys to success was using a cooking thermometer the last few times to keep tabs on the doneness of the meat (I hardly ever use one). My target temperature was 135 degrees Fahrenheit, and using a thermometer helped me achieve the perfect results. Here is my recipe for a perfectly cooked rack of lamb, enjoy! Read the rest of this entry
Meatless Mondays! Easy Honey Glazed Carrots
Simple sweet and delicious baby carrots, enjoy! Read the rest of this entry
Take a Walk On The Wild Side II (“Leave It To Beaver” Edition)
By now, you know I am a very adventurous cook & foodie who is willing to try all types of cuisines and ingredients. But I really love cooking and eating wild game meats as explained in previous posts such as Take a Walk On The Wild Side pt.1 & It’s All In The Game. Read the rest of this entry
Lobster Fra Diavolo
Three 1-1/4 lb boiled or steamed lobsters (chix) de-shelled and meat removed
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 red chile peppers, thinly sliced
2 peperoncini peppers, thinly sliced
3 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs tomato paste
1 medium shallot, chopped
1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
3/4 cup dry sherry
1 1/2 lb heirloom or plain cherry tomatoes halved (leave the small ones whole)
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, roughly chopped
1 cup fresh basil leaves roughly chopped
cooked pasta of your choice to serve
Salt and a dash of black pepper (to taste)
Heat the oil in a pot with a lid over medium to medium-high heat. Add the chiles, peperoncini, garlic, and shallots. Cook, stirring, for 5-7 minutes. Season with salt and red pepper flakes (optional) and stir in the sherry and tomato paste. Cook until it is reduced by half. Add the tomatoes and oregano, cover and cook until the small tomatoes burst, about 12-15 minutes. Stir in the basil and parsley and cook an additional 8-10 minutes. Add the lobster meat and simmer until meat is heated through, do NOT overcook or the meat will be rubbery. Remove from the heat and serve with your favorite pasta or rice, I chose to use some store bought crab stuffed ravioli. Bon Appetit!!
Meatless Mondays Are Back! Greek -Style Stuffed Tomatoes
This dish was inspired by my good friend and fellow blogger Rena from Athens, Greece Read the rest of this entry
Vietnamese-Style Roasted Pompano
The Florida pompano is a species of marine fish that is considered the tastiest of the species. It also is a valued commercial food fish of the American Atlantic and Gulf coasts.Enjoy!
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Grilled Rib-Eye w/ Bourbon Marinade
Summer is here! That means it’s time to dust off those BBQ grills and get out to the parks and beaches. I love grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, but there is nothing like a steak grilled to perfection. Sirloin, porterhouse, and rib-eye are amongst my favorite cuts to grill. I believe a good marinade is key to a tasty, tender, and juicy grilled steak. This marinade is one of my favorites , especially since it is easy to prepare. Read the rest of this entry
This easy to make blackened seasoning can be used on a range of foods such as chicken, steak, fish and vegetables. Read the rest of this entry
Shrimp Po’ Boy w/Spicy Remoulade Sauce
For the shrimp
3 cups large peeled and deveined shrimp
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper Read the rest of this entry
Cajun-Style Seafood Boil
Spring is here, and it’s time to pump out the seafood dishes! Living in NYC I do not get to eat Crawfish aka “Mudbugs” a lot here. After a trip to Louisiana a few years back, I have come to love these fresh water crustaceans. Recently I found some at my local market and decided to do a tasty seafood boil. Read the rest of this entry
Oriental-Style Sesame Chicken
3-4 boneless chicken breasts
For the sauce:
3 Tbs toasted sesame oil
1 tsp ginger, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp chili paste
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 Tbs sherry vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbs soy sauce
Peanut oil, for deep-frying
1-2 Tbs toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
2 Tbs chopped scallions, for garnish
For the marinade/batter:
4 Tbs cornstarch
6 Tbs low-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tsp kosher salt
4 Tbs all-purpose flour
4 Tbs water
1 tsp baking powder
Wash the chicken under cold running water, and pat dry with paper towels. Cut the chicken into 1-inch cubes/strips and put into a large mixing bowl. Add the marinade ingredients to the bowl and stir to combine. Set aside to marinate while you prepare the sauce.
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Shrimp & Broccoli In Black Bean Sauce
1 1/2 lb large shrimp in shelled and deveined
1 – 1 1/2 lb broccoli florets
3 tablespoons rice wine Read the rest of this entry
It’s All In The Game… Are Roo Ready?
If you have been following this blog, you know that I love preparing different types cultural cuisine and experimenting with game meats. I have prepared more than a few dishes consisting of game that were made available to me from my good friends at Fossil Farms. Read the rest of this entry
Venison Osso Buco
This tasty Osso Buco dish can be served with risotto, polenta, or pasta. I chose to pair it with Orecchiette pasta with black truffle oil, garlic and rosemary, which perfectly complimented this dish. If you cannot get your hands on venison, feel free to use veal or wild boar osso buco. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry
Easy Shrimp Scampi
This quick and easy to make shrimp dish is a great option for a weeknight dinner. You can even add seared scallops, which go really well with this dish as seen below. Enjoy 🙂 Read the rest of this entry
Citrus & Rosemary Cornish Hen
two cornish hens 1 1/2 lbs each
2 medium carrots sliced
8-10 small new potatoes Whole (or buttercream potatoes which are used here)
1 lemon quartered Read the rest of this entry
A Taste Of Sweden…. Baked Salma Salmon w/ Creamy Parmesan Sauce
I hope everyone had a great time bringing in the New Year. I will kick off 2013 with a great tasting and easy to prepare salmon dish. It actually ended up being a Swedish/Italian fusion of flavors. But before I give you the recipe, let me tell you about some of the fun things I did last month and what inspired me to cook this dish. Read the rest of this entry
Sweet & Spicy Walnut/Chili Chicken
2 lbs boneless chicken breast cut into 2-3 inch strips
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup vegetable oil Read the rest of this entry
4 grouper filets 6oz each
2-3 large garlic cloves crushed
2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
3/4 cup of quality olive oil
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice Read the rest of this entry
Loco Moco….With A Veal Twist!
I am really not big on breakfast. It’s not that i don’t like eating it; it’s more the fact that I like to keep breakfast simple. Turkey bacon and eggs, waffles, simple omelets, and sometimes I even make pancakes. Today I wanted something a little different, and as usual, it needed to be relatively easy. Read the rest of this entry
Seafood, White Bean & Vegetable Chili, well sort of…
So far it has been a stormy fall season in the northeast. I mean 8 days ago we were hit by Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the tr-state area. As I write this blog we are currently being walloped by a Nor’easter that rolled in this afternoon bringing snow to NYC in early November. So as you can imagine I have been stuck at home the past week, which I don’t mind because that means more kitchen time! With this kind of weather rolling in, it is time to roll out the comfort food. I am a big fan of seafood of all types, and I also love comfort foods such as chili. So the idea of combining the two in a comforting Fall/Winter chili made my stomach growl. The funny thing about this dish is that it was made with ingredients I never intended on using, this is why I call this “sort of chili”. I accidentally added too much heat to my sauce, and although I love spicy foods, this had a bit much. (oh no!)
It was a mean and spicy sauce which consisted of chili powder, black pepper, cayenne, green chiles, and jalapeno peppers, Whew! I needed to find a way tone the spices down without hurting the flavor in order to save my sauce. I added a tablespoon of sugar which did not have much affect, and I decided not to add anymore because it would suck if I were to end up with a sweet chili “dessert” instead of dinner! What I did next was dice up a small potato and a one medium sized green zucchini into small pieces and added them to the sauce to absorb some of the heat. Not only did this work, it surprisingly added another dimension of flavor and texture to the dish. The chili sauce maintained some of the heat, but it was much more tolerable. After a 90 minute simmer I added the seafood which consisted of shrimp, whole baby clams, calamari, sliced octopus and other goodies. Overall, this meal was a hearty, surprisingly good, and a really comforting seafood chili, well sort of a chili… Bon Appetit! *My prayers and support go out to all the victims of Hurricane Sandy*
Honey Roasted Breast Of Lamb
2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp ground cloves
1 pound of the meatiest lamb breast you can find.
5 tablespoons honey, divided
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp canola oil
1 small onion sliced thinly
Preheat the oven to 300°F. In a large Ziploc bag, shake together the pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, garlic powder, and clove. Add the ribs to the bag, and shake to coat. Marinate in the fridge for 6-8 hours or overnight. In a small pot, heat 3 tablespoons honey with the vinegar and oil, until the consistency is runny. Line a baking pan well with foil. In a large bowl, toss the ribs with salt, sliced onion, and the honey mixture. Arrange the ribs in a single layer on the baking sheet, and cover tightly with foil. Bake for 2 hours, turning twice during cooking. After 2 hours, take off the foil, and bake an additional 30 minutes until nice and browned. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons honey in a small pot until runny. Brush the finished ribs with the hot honey, and serve. Bon Appetit!
Easy Crab Cake Recipe
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup small finely diced red onion
1 large stalk of finely diced celery
1/2 cup finely diced red bell pepper
1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon of Old Bay
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1 pound lump crab-meat, drained and cleaned of shells
1/2 cup panko or finely crushed saltine crackers
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup olive oil
Place the 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons oil,hot pepper sauce, Worcestershire sauce, onion, celery, red bell pepper, parsley,old bay seasoning, salt, and pepper in a large saute pan over medium-low heat and cook until the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes, Cool to room temperature. In a large bowl, break the lump crab meat into small pieces and toss with the bread crumbs, mayonnaise, mustard, and eggs. Add the cooked mixture and mix well. Cover and place in the refrigerator for about 45 minutes to an hour. Shape into medium-sized crab cakes.
Heat the butter and olive oil for frying over medium heat in a large saute pan. Add the crab cakes and fry for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, until browned. Drain on paper towels; keep them warm in an oven and serve hot with your sauce of choice. Bon Appetit!
Slow Cooked Goose With Cranberry Beans
With the Fall season upon us and school about to start, It is about time to shift gears in the kitchen. This is the time of year when we begin baking and preparing stews more often. The comforting aromas of roasting poultry, pot roast, stews, pies & cakes fill most households. My kitchen will be no different, that is why I am kicking off this Fall with an easy to make stew prepared in a slow cooker. I was out shopping this past weekend and decided to pick up a slow-cooker to make chili dishes during the upcoming football season. When I returned home with it, I decided “why not use it tomorrow?”. I had Half of a young goose in the freezer that I have been dying to cook for a couple of weeks, so that would be my protein.
I also had some fresh cranberry beans still in the pods handy. Now cranberry beans have no relation to cranberry the fruit. Upon doing a little research, I learned that cranberry beans originated in Columbia as cargamanto beans. The variety I am using with the crimson stripes are a relatively new cranberry bean. I found these beans similar to pinto beans but milder in taste. Another thing I noticed was that it did not take long during the cooking process for that beautiful crimson stripe to disappear, oh well.
My only experience with cooking goose was a couple of years ago when I roasted one for Christmas dinner. The meat is red and similar to duck, and it also has that thick layer of fat like its cousin. So you really want to trim it good before sticking it in your slow-cooker. I decided to cut the meat from the bone(with a very sharp knife), and cube it like beef stew. I also decided to use some French spices and garden fresh herbs for this stew. The good thing about this recipe is that you can just throw everything into your slow cooker walk away for 6-8 hours, and come back to a delicious comforting meal. The end result= Goose that melted in my mouth and beans cooked to perfection. Bon Appetit!
1 1/2 – 2 pounds of goose breast cubed
1 cup of fresh cranberry beans
2 medium potatoes quartered
1 medium onion thinly sliced
2 medium carrots chopped
2 Tbsp butter
2 cloves garlic chopped
2 tsp of Herbes de Provence spice
2 cups chicken stock
1 cup red wine
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 sprig of fresh savory herb
salt & pepper to taste
First, season the goose meat with the Herbes de Provence spices and a little salt and pepper. In a large saucepan melt the butter under medium-high heat and saute the garlic and onions until translucent. Add the goose meat and brown on all sides then remove from heat. Add the potatoes, carrots, and the contents of the goose pan into the slow cooker. Pour the red wine and chicken stock into the slow cooker(be sure to submerge the meat and vegetables) and set the timer for 7 hours and the crock pot to high setting. After 3 hours add your cranberry beans.When there are 2 hours left add your fresh herbs. When finished, add to bowl and serve with rice or crusty bread. **When using a slow cooker, I recommend that you not add fresh herbs until there is only 1 1/2 – 2 hours cooking time remaining. This is because fresh herbs can lose flavor if they cook to long. Enjoy!
Mid-Summer Coolness… Orange/Mint Ceviche & Shrimp Salad
1 lb cooked shrimp
1 lb cod or other firm white fish, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 cloves minced garlic
1 red chilli pepper, minced
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
juice from 6-8 limes
juice from 2-3 juice oranges
salt/pepper to taste
3 Tbsp of fresh mint leaves roughly chopped
1/2 Navel orange, peeled and segmented
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp cilantro roughly chopped
Add the fish, garlic, chilli pepper, and onion to a medium bowl, and then add the lime and orange juice on top. Be sure to submerge the fish completely into the citrus juice.
Cover and Allow the fish to marinate in the refrigerator for about 2 hours or until the fish is white and opaque and no longer translucent.
Toss in the cooked shrimp, cut up oranges, mint leaves, cilantro, then add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well drain the juice into a bowl. Refrigerate the seafood for an hour.
Plate your Ceviche, and whisk the olive oil with the strained juice citrus juice and pour it on top of the ceviche and served garnished with mint leaves or edible flowers for the ultimate summer feel:)
Hawaiian Papaya, Kiwi, and Shrimp Salad!
My inspiration for this dish came from a recent trip to the Hawaiian islands. The fresh sweet papaya and slightly tart kiwi complimented each other so well. I seasoned the shrimp with some local organic spices I purchased during my visit to the islands.This seasoning mix consisted things like Organic Nori (seaweed), Hawaiian sea salt (which is sea salt & ‘Alaea Hawaiian red clay). I then quickly pan-seared the shrimp in a little canola oil before tossing them up with the salad. This dish is quick and easy and makes for a perfect healthy summertime meal. It is also sure to be a hit at your family barbecue. Bon Appetit!
1 Lb of large shrimp shelled and deveined
1 Tbsp canola oil
1 Tbsp of organic Aloha seafood seasoning*(for shrimp)
1 small papaya, seeds removed and cubed
4-5 fresh kiwis peeled and cubed
1 small red onion roughly chopped
1 small yellow bell pepper diced
1 small tomato diced
1 Tbsp freshly minced ginger
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
juice of one lime
*Note: you don’t necessarily need to use this seasoning. You can use your seasoning of choice for the shrimp.
Heat the canola oil over medium-high heat in a skillet. Season the shrimp and sear them for about 3 minutes or until no longer translucent. Set them aside and allow them to cool down to room temperature. In a large bowl add the papaya, kiwi, red onion, tomato, ginger, cilantro leaves, and bell pepper. Add the cooled shrimp and lime juice and toss well. You can serve it immediately or refrigerate it for a couple of hours if you want a refreshing, chilled salad. Enjoy
Middle Eastern-Style Lamb Necks w/ Saffron Cous Cous
While in the market last week I came across an interesting cut of meat, lamb necks. Now I know every part of the animal is used in the food world, but this was new to me. I decided to challenge myself and cook this part of the lamb, so I grabbed a couple of packages of it. Also it didn’t hurt that this cut of meat was quite inexpensive. This is not uncommon with unusual cuts of meat such as necks, shanks, liver, and tongue; all are usually cheaper. With cheaper prices comes the challenge of cooking these items properly because the meat is usually tougher.
The great thing about this meal is that you can turn $10 ingredients into a restaurant quality meal! I decided to cook the neck the same way I would prepare shanks. The dish I decided on had a Middle Eastern flair with spices such as cumin, coriander, and turmeric. Since I’m a fan of the bold flavors from the Middle East. I then paired it with a bright saffron cous cous cooked with golden raisins. The verdict = Thumbs up! You should try this recipe at home and tell me: Should I pay for this in a restaurant or cook it myself? Bon appetit!
1 tbsp olive oil
2 pounds of lamb necks
1 onion, halved, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp turmeric
3 cups chicken stock
1 can diced tomatoes
fresh coriander leaves, to serve
greek-style yogurt, to serve
2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
First season the lamb necks with the salt & pepper. Heat the oil in a stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the lamb necks and cook, turning, for 5-7 minutes or until brown. Transfer to a plate. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, for 4-5 minutes or until soft. Add the cumin, ground coriander, cinnamon and turmeric and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds or until aromatic.
Return the lamb necks to the pan with the stock and tomato. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 1:30 – 2 hours. Uncover and cook, stirring, for 30 minutes or until the lamb is tender. Transfer the lamb necks to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Increase heat to high and bring the stock mixture to a boil. Boil, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Skim any fat off the top and discard. Plate the lamb with the cous cous and drizzle with the pan sauce. Serve with Greek style yogurt and garnish with Coriander or parsley leaves.
Saffron Cous Cous
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon crushed saffron threads
1 medium onion, sliced into crescents
1/4 cup golden raisins
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chicken stock (you can use reduced sodium if you prefer)
One 10-oz. box couscous (1 1/2 cups)
1/3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
In a medium frying pan (with sides at least 2 in. high) over medium heat, melt butter. Add saffron and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add onion and salt and cook for 3 minutes. Add the raisins and cook, stirring often, until onions are translucent, about 7-8 minutes.
Add chicken stock and 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Add couscous, stir, cover, and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes.
Fluff couscous with a fork, then gently stir. Garnish with parsley or coriander leaves and serve.
Meatless Monday! Jicama & Cannellini Bean Salad
1 large jicama (1 1/2 pounds), peeled & cubed
1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
1/2 yellow bell pepper, finely diced
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1 14 oz can of Cannellini Beans (drained & rinsed)
1 large fresh nectarine sliced into small squares
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2-3 mint leaves finely chopped
1/3 cup lime juice
1 Tbsp olive oil
dash of cayenne
dash of paprika
Simply toss all ingredients together (except lime juice, salt, and olive oil) and refrigerate for about 1 hour. Remove and add lime juice and olive oil and toss well. Salt to taste and enjoy. Bon Appetit!
Later Gator! My valiant effort at cooking Creole-style food…
Cajun & Creole cuisine are a couple of my favorite types of food to eat. These cuisines are similar to each other but also quite different, which is something I learned a few months back from my friend, ex-Army veteran, Derrill Guidry. He is a great cook from Louisiana and should know such things, so I trust him. Also on his food page, The “G” Spot, he displays his skills in the Cajun and Creole arena. Both of these cuisines have roots stemming from French cuisine, along with influneces from Africa, Spain and to a lesser degree a few other countries. One of the major differences between Creole and Cajun food is in the type of roux (pronounced “roo”) used as the base of sauces, soups, stews, and other savory dishes. Creole roux is made from butter and flour (as in France), while Cajun roux is made from lard or oil and flour. Most people have the misconception that all Cajun food is spicy, which is not the case. There are a few more differences, and I hope to cover this subject in more detail in a later post, but right now let’s get on with tonight’s dish: Alligator & Shrimp Creole!
Now most of the people I know (excluding chefs) hear the word “alligator” and run for the hills! They wont go anywhere near it, even when it is cooked — and no longer baring teeth. The fact is, alligators have been hunted and consumed by humans for centuries. The tenderloin I purchased looked no different from boneless chicken cutlets (certainly not green and slimy like some of you think). There are two different species of alligators, one in North America and the other in China. The Chinese alligator is listed as a critically endangered species, while the American alligator is plentiful, and can be found throughout the Southeastern United States. Louisiana and Florida have the most alligators: over one million wild alligators in each state with more than a quarter million more on alligator farms. Obviously, I will use farm raised alligator, and obviously an alligator from Louisiana since it’s Creole. The meat yielded a mild taste somewhat like chicken, and unlike its wild counterpart, which I am told tastes a tad bit more like frog legs or fish. The soft texture is sometimes compared to veal. While this wasn’t my first time cooking gator, it was my first try at a Creole-style dish and it was just absolutely delicious! The Creole flavors where exciting to the taste buds and the alligator and shrimp cooked to perfection. Bon Appetit!
3/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground white pepper
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 cup butter
1 cup peeled chopped tomato
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 whole chopped green bell pepper
1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 1/4 cups chicken or fish stock
1 cup tomato sauce
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp white sugar
1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce
2 bay leaves
1 lb alligator tenderloin cut into 1 or 1 1/2 inch sized cubes
1 lb large/jumbo shrimp, shelled (tail on is optional)
3/4 lb smoked chicken sausage, sliced (Traditionally, you’d use Andouille sausage, which a more heavily spiced sausage, but I used chicken since I don’t eat pork)
Mix together oregano, salt, white pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, thyme, and basil in a small bowl; set aside. Brown the sausage slices is a small frying pan and set aside.
Melt butter in a large saucepan oven over medium heat; stir in tomato, onion, celery, green bell pepper, and garlic. Cook and stir until the onion is almost translucent, about 4 minutes.
Stir in chicken or fish stock, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, hot pepper sauce, and bay leaves. Reduce heat to low and bring sauce to a simmer. Stir in seasoning mix and simmer until the flavors have blended, about 20 minutes.
Gently stir in shrimp and alligator; bring sauce back to a simmer add sausage and cook until the shrimp and gator are done, about 20-30 more minutes. Remove bay leaves and garnish with yellow celery leaves or parsley. Serve with a crusty bread or rice.