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Plate by Plate: All Prawn All the Time

2015.Jul.27 Monday

Pretty as a picture, no? Basically, prawns/shrimp, five ways. Risotto of shallots and dried baby shrimp, made with broth from some prawn shells. Finished with a little butter. Ají de langostinos – the same yellow chili sauce we use to make ají de gallina, with prawns sauteed at last moment and then tossed with the […]

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Ay Sea Phood

2015.Jul.21 Tuesday
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Several people have complained that I no longer do full write-ups of our Casa S dinners, having opted for a scattering of more detailed, individual recipes of dishes that have been particularly successful. On the other hand, when I was doing full write-ups, roughly the same number of people (possibly the same people, now that […]

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Plate by Plate: Mushroom Ficelle “al Ajillo”

2015.Jul.06 Monday
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A ficelle, or really, a ficelle picarde, is a type of stuffed, rolled crepe, coated in grated cheese and broiled. Since a ficelle is also a type of bread loaf, similar to a baguette but much thinner, I assume the etymology of the name relates to the shape. Literally, I guess, the word means “string”, […]

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Plate by Plate: Thistle Me a Tune

2015.Jun.22 Monday
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We’re calling this our “Textures of Artichoke” plate, a very modernist sort of name, no? But it goes along with past “textures” plates of tomatoes, beets, mushrooms, and corn. This could almost count for one of our lexographic vegetable cookery posts, given that it approaches the vegetable in four different ways – “A” is for […]

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“N” is for Nabo (Japonés)

2015.Jun.13 Saturday
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We all know the daikon, or, as it’s generally called here, nabo japonés (japanese turnip), from the shredded stuff that comes with our sushi. Most of the time we just ignore it and it goes back to the sushi bar or kitchen, hopefully being discarded and not rinsed and reused. I’m just sayin’. On and […]

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Plate by Plate: Amazonia in the Soup Bowl

2015.Jun.12 Friday
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Although I’ve given this soup a bit of a write-up in the past, I’ve never really laid it out step-by-step. It’s one of our favorites, and it’s actually quite simple to make, and you can vary it quite easily. It’s our version of Timbuche, a traditional soup of the Peruvian Amazon basin. Variously, it’s described […]

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Plate by Plate: Lemme Smoke a Clam

2015.Jun.09 Tuesday
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A private party this last week for a friend of mine celebrating his 80th birthday. Some spectacular wines from Spain that he provided for his guests. And a request that we, more or less, suspend our usual style of cooking and go more with inspirations from classic Spanish dishes. It was kind of fun to […]

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Plate by Plate: Starring, Chocolate

2015.Jun.04 Thursday
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Chocolate Star Anise Tart Crust: 150 gm pastry flour, 120 gm butter, 90 gm sugar (5:4:3, a ratio I learned years ago), pinch of salt – all rubbed together until it’s the texture of crumbly, slightly wet sand. Add 1 egg yolk and knead briefly, just long enough to get it to come together. Chill […]

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Plate by Plate: The Whole Onion

2015.Jun.02 Tuesday
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You may remember our roasted leek and onion salad and the various iterations it went through, and it’s a dish we’ve served up several times since. But it was time to move on and try something new. The weather has turned chill, and I wanted to make it a hot dish, but that sort of […]

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