Corn and Flounder: Maque Choux and Meuniére

It’s a cool name for a dish. Not sure what the origin is or why it is called that. I did not want to even research it. The name is definitely French-Creole and this makes sense. Corn Maque Choux is a popular dish in Louisiana and you can find it in various iterations. Some very…… Continue reading Corn and Flounder: Maque Choux and Meuniére

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Quinoa Salad with Peas, Parsley and Mint

It’s great having a recipe for something easy and requires very little cooking in this hot weather but that is also immensely satisfying in their own. Lots of salads fall in this category and I am partial to a few recipes I have learned from Michael Solomonv’s book “Zahav” that he creates as variations on…… Continue reading Quinoa Salad with Peas, Parsley and Mint

Reverse Seared Pork Loin with pumpkin, greens and cane syrup

I love cooking proteins gently in a perfectly temperature-controlled water container (sous vide). It’s a method that’s very difficult to replicate for certain preparations. It is convenient. It hits that nerdy tech-loving precision oriented part of my brain. However, it requires in most cases the use of plastic bags. It bothers me a bit every…… Continue reading Reverse Seared Pork Loin with pumpkin, greens and cane syrup

Miso Cured Fish on the Grill, Japanese Rice and Salad

Impatient? Skip to the Recipe This simple easy process results is an outstanding way to season and flavor fish. I think it best works with fattier fish like salmon, steelhead trout and the like. However, it works great with meaty white fish too. One of the most famous renditions is by chef Nobu Matsuhisa where…… Continue reading Miso Cured Fish on the Grill, Japanese Rice and Salad

Lebanese Okra and Beef Stew

This one is not going to win any beauty contests, that’s for sure but it is a delicious and very emblematic of many Lebanese home-style stews that I grew up eating. Funny enough this one, really any okra based dish, was never my favorite when I was a kid. Yet, now, along with eggplant okra…… Continue reading Lebanese Okra and Beef Stew

Grilled Sous-Vide Tri-tip, Kale Salad, Double Baked Potatoes

Combining grilling over charcoal with sous-vide precision cooking is the ultimate best-of-both-worlds approach. This is especially true for cuts of beef that are a little tricky to get right like the tri-tip. It has an uneven shape and thickness, it can also come out tough or dry if not cooked and sliced right. In this…… Continue reading Grilled Sous-Vide Tri-tip, Kale Salad, Double Baked Potatoes

Burnt Eggplant Salad

We avoid burning things in most of cooking. It produces acrid, bitter and unpleasant textures. Yet, for some things, under certain circumstances “burnt” is good, very good. Heating sugar to just the point of smoking makes for amazing caramel. Those leopard dark spots on Neapolitan pizza give it a wonderful taste and texture. I do…… Continue reading Burnt Eggplant Salad

Cod Almondine, Spinach in Almond Cream and Lemon Sauce

Fish Almondine is a classic dish. Usually made with trout. The fish is floured and sauteed in brown butter with almonds. The sauce is finished in the pan with lemon juice and parsley. It’s delicious and that’s what was for dinner tonight…sort of. This dish loosely based on one from the Rich Table restaurant book…… Continue reading Cod Almondine, Spinach in Almond Cream and Lemon Sauce