Beer Cooler Sous Vide Grilled New York Strip Steaks

Feb 24, 11 Beer Cooler Sous Vide Grilled New York Strip Steaks

Posted by in Grilling, Sous vide

*Or, as I like to call it, Bubba Sous Vide. I’ve been reading about the magic of sous vide cooking for a while now. Chefs have been using the technique for years; it lets them cook food to a very specific level of doneness, using a water bath with an immersion circulator. If they want a steak cooked to perfect medium-rare,...

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Grilled Baby Bok Choy with Lime Dressing

Feb 22, 11 Grilled Baby Bok Choy with Lime Dressing

Posted by in Grilling, Side dish

I wanted to know what else I could do with bok choy, an ingredient that always looks good at the farmers market this time of year. The answer from my loyal readers – grill it! *Why didn’t I think of that? It should have been obvious to me, Mr. Winter Grilling, Mr. Everything tastes better grilled. Recipes for grilled...

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Korean Grilled Beef Lettuce Wraps (Bulgogi)

Feb 17, 11 Korean Grilled Beef Lettuce Wraps (Bulgogi)

Posted by in Grilling

Bulgogi makes me ask: Why haven’t I heard more about Korean grilling? It is beautifully simple; thin sliced beef with a quick marinade, served in a lettuce wrap. *And then it is topped with with kimchi. I’m not sure I’m sold on the kimchi part. But the rest? Genius. For bulgogi, you want a tender cut, one that...

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Family Dinner: Topic Of The Day

Feb 15, 11 Family Dinner: Topic Of The Day

Posted by in Ramblings

I’ve been cooking dinner for my family for over ten years now. This is supposed to be a good thing for all of us. Studies done by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse show family dinners are a great way to stay connected with your kids. Regular family dinners correlate with better grades, less drug and alcohol...

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Pressure Cooker Pork Stew with Sweet Potatoes and Prunes

Feb 10, 11 Pressure Cooker Pork Stew with Sweet Potatoes and Prunes

Posted by in Pressure cooker

We’ve been pounded by snowstorms this winter. I’m in the mood for comforting braises. If it seems like I’ve been working the pressure cooker hard, well…there you go. Pork Stew with Sweet Potatoes and Prunes, made in the pressure cooker, is now a regular in my recipe rotation. I’ve made pork stew with...

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Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Pork (Pork Tinga)

Feb 08, 11 Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Pork (Pork Tinga)

Posted by in Slow cooker, Weeknight dinner

Pork shoulder and slow cookers were made for each other. Slow cookers try to overcook everything; most meat dries out during the long cooking time. Pork shoulder gets better the longer it is cooked; it needs long, slow cooking to melt all the fat and connective tissue it holds. Properly cooked pork shoulder is juicy, and shreds at...

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Frito Pie with Buffalo Chili

Feb 03, 11 Frito Pie with Buffalo Chili

Posted by in Uncategorized

It’s time for my Super Bowl chili recipe. This year I’m serving a Texas standard: Frito pie. Frito pie is traditionally made by ripping open a bag of Fritos, topping them with chili, and covering with Velveeta. It is against everything I believe as a locavore…but if Frito pie is wrong, I don’t want to be...

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What Do I Do With: The Bok Choy Issue

Feb 01, 11 What Do I Do With: The Bok Choy Issue

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My question about what to do with Celeriac brought in some great ideas.  My favorites were: Mashed celeriac (just like mashed potatoes, with or without some potato) Celeriac soup (made like potato-leek soup but substituting the celeriac for the potato) Celeriac remoulade (julienned celeriac tossed in a mayonnaise vinaigrette). I...

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