Appetizer and Light Fare Recipes, Fish Recipes, Food, Technique

Shrimp Scampi (revised)

Shrimp Scampi with Deli Sautéed SpinachMy shrimp scampi recipe was posted years ago. But I always thought something was a bit off about it. I finally figured out that it was the Worchester Sauce. Worchester Sauce and shrimp are not flavor pals, so I’ve taken it out.This recipe below is tried and true but I …

Fish Recipes, Potato Rice and Grain Recipes

PAELLA A LA MCLEAN

PAELLA A LA  MCLEAN Serves 8•  7 cups    chicken stock or broth (low salt)•  BG        satchel (parsley stems, pepper corns, thyme and bay leaves)• 2 lbs      small mussels•  2 oz      white wine•  1.5 lbs   sea bass or monkfish, cut to serving size•  20         medium shrimp•  ½  lb     squid , cut …

Food

Thanksgiving Dinner

The menu:2 10-12 pound turkeysChicken stock (for gravy, stuffings and carrots) Day ahead gravy (your recipe, my stock)Cranberries with roasted jalapenosTwo stuffingsMashed potatoes (your recipe)Glazed CarrotsBrussels sprouts with bacon lardons or Spicy sproutsPies and Gelatos CHICKEN STOCK If you worked for French or Italian chefs in high-end kitchens, they had you made stocks a couple …

Fish Recipes

Cioppino

The origin and the essential ingredients of cioppino (chuh-PEE-noh) remain obscure even after reading Thorne, McClane, Herbst and others in the bibliography.   For sure, it ain’t La Bouillabaisse De L’Atlantique, but rather an unpretentious fish stew, resident of San Francisco, with probable origins in the galleys of fishing boats operating out of San Diego, Monterrey …

Tools

Two Very Different Knives Designed For the Same Purpose

We’re all familiar with the western style boning knife. This one by German Wustof is 5 inches long, machine-forged from 2 mm thick stock. and double edged. It’s a classic because it is light and nimble and very well designed to break down and debone poultry. The Japanese boning knife is called a garasuki. This …

Technique, Tools

Overpriced, but there is not a better, more versatile or higher quality multi-cooker out there.

The Vermicular multi-cooker ($600) is comprised of two parts: The “musui” a cast iron pot with a machined tight-fitting cover and the “kamado” a cradle for the pot with interior induction heaters bottom and sides and an exterior control panel. Everyone is familiar with slow cookers and multi cookers and what they do, so I’ll …

Spices, Technique

Knowledgably Inventive Spice Blends

I chanced upon LaBoite’s website and got a couple jars of their spice blends out of curiosity since I don’t need more spices. Their selections come with exotic, though not helpful, names such as Shabazi, Safrito, Marrakesh and Oz. But thankfully, each label lists ingredients and suggested uses. For Shabazi its “A Yemenite blend of …