Lowcountry Hoppin’ John and Cotechino

Cotechino with lentils is the classic, but in the American south eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is the tradition. So, here the Hoppin’ John stands in for the lentils and a mighty fine stand-in it is too. Making Hoppin’ John is not difficult but it does pay to have a solid recipe toContinue reading “Lowcountry Hoppin’ John and Cotechino”

Historic Heston: The Chicken Liver Parfait

I hesitate to call anything perfect or the ultimate or the best, but really this chicken liver parfait is it…at least for now. I have made rich and decadent chicken liver mousse before but this recipe (itself part of another recipe) uses a couple of techniques that result in the most luxurious pink hued chickenContinue reading “Historic Heston: The Chicken Liver Parfait”

Cotechino, Lentils, Polenta and Salsa Verde

Every year for New Year’s Day I usually have a Cotechino served with lentils on the table for dinner. I posted about this Italian sausage before here. It incorporates a good proportion of pig skin into the meat mixture and ends up with the most amazing unctuous rich texture. It’s all offset by balanced spicingContinue reading “Cotechino, Lentils, Polenta and Salsa Verde”

Modernist Cuisine: Pastrami and Bresaola

Much has been written in the blogsphere about the MC pastrami made from short rib or even better, beef cheek. Just Google it and you’ll get a lot of hits and pictures. The attention is rightfully deserved since their process produces one delicious tasting piece of cured and smoked beef. When done right,¬†Pastrami is oneContinue reading “Modernist Cuisine: Pastrami and Bresaola”

Beet and Citrus Cured Salmon

Salmon was the first meat I ever salt cured back when I got Ruhlman’s book Charcuterie. It’s one of the easiest of the cured meats because it requires little investment and very little time compared to a Bresaola or a cured fermented sausage like salami. Basically all you do is rub a salmon fillet withContinue reading “Beet and Citrus Cured Salmon”

Labor Day Bocks and Brats

We were in San Antonio this past weekend, so I did not have much time to prepare¬†a full-fledged barbecue spread. San Antonio was a fun close getaway with the family and as usual we had a great meal at Dough Pizzeria Napolitana (might be one of the best of it’s kind in the country) andContinue reading “Labor Day Bocks and Brats”