Sous Vide Corned Beef and Great Colcannon

For St. Patrick’s Day we had corned beef and cabbage. Not the stinky slow cooker pot of meat and mushy vegetables, but some awesome home-cured perfectly cooked beef with “The Best” Colcannon. making corned beef from scratch is time consuming but pretty easy to do. I used the recipe and process from ChefSteps.com and itContinue reading “Sous Vide Corned Beef and Great Colcannon”

Salmon, Collard Greens, Roasted Beets and Smokey Orange Dressing

Dish 2 of the “January Trilogy” of light dinners features salmon. My preferred method to cook salmon fillets by far is using low temperature sous vide. It’s a process I wrote about before that includes brining the fish for a short time, bagging it with a little olive oil and cooking it at no moreContinue reading “Salmon, Collard Greens, Roasted Beets and Smokey Orange Dressing”

Chicken, Butternut Squash, Carrot and White Wine-Creme Fraiche Dressing

It’s January, the month of resolutions, especially those diet-related ones. Most want to lose weight and get fit. To that end we got a variety of diets and fads that pick up. Some want to go Paleo or low-carb. Other misguided folks are still on the low or no fat bandwagon. Really ambitious dieters try theirContinue reading “Chicken, Butternut Squash, Carrot and White Wine-Creme Fraiche Dressing”

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”

French Laundry: Braised Pork Cheek with Yellow Corn Polenta Cakes, Glazed Vegetables and Sweet Garlic

A week before our much awaited dinner at The French Laundry (I’ll post something about that at some point…hopefully soon) I wanted to make the family a meal from one of my favorite cookbooks. I thought of it as an appetizer of sorts. Of course my meal was not a 10 course 4-hour extravaganza butContinue reading “French Laundry: Braised Pork Cheek with Yellow Corn Polenta Cakes, Glazed Vegetables and Sweet Garlic”

Fried Chicken with Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

The last few weeks at work have been (and continue to be) stressful and frustrating. I barely had time to cook proper meals, let alone take pictures and post about them. It seems like I am finally seeing a light at the end of this particular tunnel. What better dish to bring some normalcy backContinue reading “Fried Chicken with Red Potato and Green Bean Salad”

Pork Shoulder Sous Vide – Asian Flavors

Cooking pork shoulder (butt) sous vide makes this most delicious and versatile of cuts even more convenient and easy to use. The pork is cooked in two or more packages, depending on its original size and then used as needed. In this case, I decided to go with Asian flavors. I brined the pork shoulder in a salt,Continue reading “Pork Shoulder Sous Vide – Asian Flavors”