Food & Recipes

TopMasterChoppedIronChef #3

2014.Aug.01 Friday

It was lonely on the ‘net that night. Back from vacation and mi compadre Kevin and I had planned out another evening video “competition”. Our two previous stabs at this had gone well – we both had fun cooking, we had a few folk join us to chat, and this time there was even the […]

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First Stabs at Sous Vide

2014.Jul.30 Wednesday

It seems like forever ago that I first heard about this ingenious, inexpensive sous vide circulator that was being touted based solely on a Kickstarter presentation (it was actually just over two years ago). Whether it would ever happen, whether enough people would be interested, was up in the air, though given the general fascination […]

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Meat and Milk

2014.Jun.29 Sunday

“Do not seethe (boil) a kid in its mother’s milk.” Oh, the conundrums that this passage from the Torah has created. I’m no scholar of the subject, though I certainly studied a fair amount of it growing up. At its heart, this is one of the three kosher laws (the other being the prohibitions against […]

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Coloring Outside the Lines

2014.Jun.24 Tuesday

Following last week’s little whinge on the artistry of plates, it seems that the internet responded with a little counter-slap. First, The Guardian presents the results of an Oxford study that shows that not only do people like their plates to look pretty, but subjectively, they’re perfectly willing to pay more for artistically arranged plates, […]

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The Ramen Bowl

2014.Jun.21 Saturday

Throw out everything you know about making pasta. That was pretty much the advice given to me when I started looking into making my own ramen noodles. And, it’s more or less true. In fact, as I was making these favorite slurpable noodles, all I kept thinking was, this is all wrong, it’s never going […]

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TopMasterChoppedIronChef #2

2014.Jun.09 Monday

Ding, Ding, Ding! It’s on to Round Two of the great TMCIC challenge! (Somebody please come up with a better name for this thing.) For those who missed it all last time, the gist of it all is that a friend of mine, Kevin, and I, take on a sort of “invention test” with four […]

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Tweaking, not Twerking, the Dinners

2014.Jun.02 Monday

While twerking was the topic of conversation on two of the nights this last week (was there something in the news that I missed?), tweaking was the way we went. All of this last week’s menu consisted of plates that I’ve prepared before, and my focus was adjusting them, replating them, making shifts here and […]

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TopMasterChoppedIronChef #1

2014.May.23 Friday

A friend of mine, Kevin, who used to live here in BA and now lives in the Florida Keys, proposed that we come up with a sort of online cooking competition. But not really a competition, because we’re more than a few kilometers apart, and no one can really do much more than judge how […]

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The Weekly Dinner Roundup

2014.May.20 Tuesday

I’m just going to jump right into the dinners from this last weekend, without any long commentary. All went smoothly, a nice change of pace from recent weeks. Our heart of palm tart with manchego cheese and chipotle chili. Balsamic glaze underneath, arugula salad with mustard and smoked balsamic vinaigrette above. Minestrone d’Asti – potatoes, […]

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