Casa SaltShaker

Legend of the Priest Strangler

2014.Oct.28 Tuesday
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A look back at last week’s dinners and a story about pasta. Textures of Corn – Corn and grilled onion cheesecake over a polenta and manchego cheese crust; roasted corn, red onion, rocoto chili, lime salad; deep-fried corn kernels; nira oil. Timbuche – Our version of the traditional Amazonian freshwater fish soup – thickened cilantro […]

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Lime Jello Salad

2014.Oct.21 Tuesday
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When Kevin and I first started talking about the idea of our online cooking challenges, one of the things we spent a fair amount of time discussing was the re-creation of classic dishes. Now, we were thinking, for the most part, of things like the challenges we’ve already done, classics like Sole Veronique and Pad […]

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Snapshots of Dinner

2014.Oct.16 Thursday
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Every now and again (probably more often than that), I have email conversations with diners, or potential diners, that leave me mystified. Earlier this week a couple reserved for dinner for this week, only to cancel. Now in and of itself, that’s not unusual, but their reason – they didn’t like two ingredients that were […]

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From Tentacle to Ear

2014.Oct.08 Wednesday
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Just a quick look back at last week’s menu. A bit of playing around with past dishes and a couple of completely new ones. A Humboldt squid and sand perch causa – layers of potato with ají amarillo and lemon, and green onion and lime; spiced olive oil poached squid tentacles (jibía), sauteed sand perch […]

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Fennel & Chocolate

2014.Sep.26 Friday
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No, I’m not combining those two flavors in one dish, at least not yet…. Simply, the new dishes on the menu last week. We started off with our “vegetables a la tahitienne“, and moved swiftly into this new soup – a base of lots of fennel, with onion, garlic, allspice, salt and pepper, all simmered […]

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Cabbage Flower Dumplings

2014.Sep.17 Wednesday
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In the scheme of things in the dumpling world, potato gnocchi are a relatively recent entry. If you stop to think about it, the potato is a new world crop, brought back to Europe by explorers sometime during the 16th century, and they didn’t catch on right away. Gnocchi, traditionally, were made from flour, eggs, […]

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Focus On… Dinner Prep

2014.Sep.01 Monday
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Recently I’ve gotten a bunch of suggestions to create some videos around what we do at Casa SaltShaker. It’s a bit of a logistical nightmare – during the day, while prepping, I’m solo, which means I also need to do whatever camera or video work is going to happen. During the dinners themselves, we’re just […]

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It’s the shrooms, man.

2014.Aug.26 Tuesday
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Seriously, it was all about the ‘shrooms. Except for the one person who wouldn’t try them because the smell of mushrooms makes her nauseous. Not to be cliche, but I think she’s just never tried them the way I make them. And we’ve had some hits on the mushroom front here at Casa S – […]

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Top-Master-Chopped-Iron-Chef #4

2014.Aug.22 Friday
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Dan: Dark Meat Chicken and Celery Kevin: Potatoes and Cilantro Dan: It was time for round four of our online cooking competition, and we’d just simultaneously tossed off our picks for the challenge ingredients. This one was hard. It doesn’t look like it should be – no weird ingredients, nothing out of the ordinary. But, […]

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