Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Hen eggs are most commonly found in the West and come in a range of colors from white to light brown, dark brown or speckled dark tan. Hen eggs are great for baking and young children dishes.
Quail eggs are only about ¹/₃ the size of an hen egg and are the smallest of the commercial eggs found in stores and on farms today. Quail eggs have a delicate, light flavor with a creamy texture and dark speckled, pale shells. Often used as an attractive garnish, quail eggs can also be boiled an served on a half shell.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
There are several different types of stock, here are a few of them I use.
*Simple stock- combine flavoring ingredients with water and simmer for a specific amount of time (cooking times may very according to the type of stock your making). Chicken stock, vegetable stock and fish stock are examples of simple stocks. They are normally used to prepare soups, grains and vegetables. Skim often.
*White stock- a neutral flavored stock made by blanching the bones in water before marrying them with water, vegetables and herbs. The most common whites stocks are made from beef or veal. White stocks are great for adding body to certain dishes without changing the flavor much.
*Seafood stock- made from shrimp and lobster shells, some fish heads or bones. The remainder of the ingredients may include different types of vegetables, herbs and cold water.
*Brown stock- cook on stove top or roast bones and vegetables until deep in color before adding cold water and aromatics. For more flavor and color you may add tomato paste to the bones before roasting and/or you may add a oignon brûlé (burnt onion) for additional flavor and color.
*Fumet- a white stock typically made of lean, white flat fish bones, such as flounder or sole. Cooked gently with vegetable aromatics typically a white mirepoix (onions, celery, parsnips, leeks and mushrooms). For added flavor you may also add a small amount of white wine after the vegetables have been cooked. Cover the pot in order to capture as much flavor as possible, creating a liquid that is not normally as clear as other stocks.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Gathering and making sure you have the right equipment and ingredients (mise en place) is very important when making a good stock. The size and shape of the pot used to cook the stock plays a major role in assuring that your stock is rich in flavor, full-bodied and have a great color. The stockpot used should hold all of the ingredients and the liquids and still have at least 3 inches of space left over at the top of the pot. Stockpots are always taller than they are wide because the shape helps to create a good stock. The smaller suface area helps to better extract the flavors from the ingredients and it encourages convection by bringing all of the impurities to the top of the stock to be skimmed away more easily.
The best selection of the ingredients determines if you are going to have rich flavorful, full-bodied stock or not. There is nothing like having a delicious stock to flavor soups, stews and sauces.
Friday, April 1, 2016
Sunday, March 27, 2016
⅔ C Extra Virgin Olive Oil
5 Whole Garlic Cloves
5 Sprigs fresh Thyme
1 Tbsp Salt
1 Tbsp fresh Cracked Black Pepper
Once peppers are cooled, remove from pan and place peppers in a bowl. Remove stems, seeds and outer skin from the peppers and discard. Place peppers in a tightly sealed container along with any oil in the bottom of the bowl. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Saturday, March 26, 2016
2 Garlic Cloves (chopped)
4 C Spinach (chiffonade)
2 oz White Wine
1 tsp Salt
½ tsp Black Pepper
6 Soft Flour Tortillas Shells
20 oz Enchilada Sauce (previous recipe)
10 oz Mozzarella Cheese (shredded)
10 oz Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
Bake enchiladas in preheated oven for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until cheese has melted nicely over the enchiladas.
Remove from oven and serve.
Friday, March 25, 2016
1 Red Bell Pepper (medium dice)
1 Yellow Bell Pepper (medium dice)
1 medium Yellow Onion (medium dice)
1 Jalapeño Pepper (small dice)
4 Garlic Cloves (chopped)
3 oz White Wine
1 C Water
1 gl Tomato Sauce (previous recipe)
⅔ C Cumin Powder
⅔ C Chili Powder
¼ C Paprika
⅛ C Garlic Powder
⅛ C Onion Powder
2 Tbsp Salt
1 Tbsp Black Pepper
¼ C Fresh Basil (chopped)
¼ C Green Onions (chopped)
Sauce is ready for use or refrigerated for up to 4 days.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
2 Whole Crabs (cooked and cleaned)
1 oz Red Onions (small dice)
4 Green Onions (finely chopped, discard stems)
¼ C Green Bell Peppers (small dice)
¼ C Yellow Bell Peppers (small dice)
¼ C Red Bell Peppers (small dice)
½ C Mayonnaise
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Black Pepper
½ C Bread Crumbs
½ gl Buttermilk
1 C A-P Flour
1½ C Panko Bread Crumbs
Let crab cakes rest for about 5 to 7 minutes or until they are cool enough to eat, before serving. Serve with a side of remoulade sauce (my choice) or any sauce you would like for dipping.
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Basic Aïoli Recipe
2 Garlic Cloves
1 tsp Dijon Mustard
1 cup Olive Oil
2 tsp Lemon Juice
¹/₂ tsp Salt
TT Ground White Pepper
In a food processor, combine garlic cloves, Dijon mustard and egg, process until mixed for about 10 seconds. With food processor still running, slowly add olive and lemon juice until smooth and creamy. Add salt and pepper, season to taste. Let sit for about 30 minutes and refrigerate immediately.