Szechuan Broth with Duck and Goose Dumplings

Duck season is almost here and I still had a few teal in the freezer. The kids have been asking me to make some dumplings at home. They love steamed dumplings at Chinese restaurants and wanted to see if I can make a version at home. Not one to shy away from a started lookingContinue reading “Szechuan Broth with Duck and Goose Dumplings”

Chicken Roulade, Tomato Gravy and Crispy Roast Potatoes

Free range chicken like the ones I get from Yonder Way are delicious. These are birds that were never caged and are free to roam around and be as active as they like. The result is tasty chicken but not one as tender as the fryers you can get from the grocery store. These areContinue reading “Chicken Roulade, Tomato Gravy and Crispy Roast Potatoes”

Historic Heston: The Meat Fruit Mandarin

Historic Heston is chef Heston Blumenthal’s tome to historic British recipes. It is really a gorgeous book, hefty and lushly bound, illustrated and photographed. Chef has been fascinated by old recipes dating as far back as the 14th century that he finds in old British cookery (cookery, love that word for some reason!) books. HeContinue reading “Historic Heston: The Meat Fruit Mandarin”

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”

Apple Mille Feuille with Buttermilk Waffle Ice Cream

The fourth and final course of our Valentine’s Day dinner is one I am very proud of. It worked so well and was a delight to make, look at and eat that I could not have been happier with how it turned out. Well, like everything, it can be improved upon and perfected some more,Continue reading “Apple Mille Feuille with Buttermilk Waffle Ice Cream”

Salmon, Sauce Bois Boudran and Crushed Potatoes

I have a lot of cookbooks. By some measures too many but compared to others really not that much. If a book adds one or two recipes to my rotation that everyone loves in my family then it has done it’s job. Better books add more to the mix like a new technique, ingredient orContinue reading “Salmon, Sauce Bois Boudran and Crushed Potatoes”

Striped Bass and Oyster on an Edible Beach

This dish came about because of the edible stones from Mugaritz that I posted about recently. I did not want to spend a good bit of time making the potatoes to look like stones just to serve them as is, a bite or two of food. So, why not spend much more time and incorporateContinue reading “Striped Bass and Oyster on an Edible Beach”

The Fat Duck: Pot-Roast Loin of Pork, Braised Belly, Gratin of Truffled Macaroni

I will kick this off by saying that this is every bit as delicious and as satisfying as it looks. It’s a great comforting combination of a cured piece of pork belly, a perfect impeccably cooked portion of loin, tart cabbage cooked with onions and bacon, seared marinated mushrooms and a rich flavor-packed pork sauceContinue reading “The Fat Duck: Pot-Roast Loin of Pork, Braised Belly, Gratin of Truffled Macaroni”