The real reason that ignited my recent passion for Sous Vide was seeing Chef John’s recipe for duck breast right as I was wondering what to do with the Grow and Behold duck breast in my freezer. Not only did he make it look easy without any expensive equipment, but the finished product looks so amazing that you just have to check out the video yourself. I’ll wait..
While we haven’t spoken about sous-vide cooking on this blog before, it has been on my mind for years. If you’ve never heard of it, Sous Vide is a method of cooking sealed food in a temperature controlled water bath, letting it slowly rise up to its desired serving temperature. It is one of the main weapons of the precision cooking movement where instead of asking if you want that steak medium rare or medium, they might ask if you’d like it at 125 or 130 degrees. Furthermore this method allows for cooking that is much more even, such that the food is not only perfectly cooked in the center and well done on the edges but consistent throughout. The last and most important feature of sous vide is that it completely removes the stress/guessing involved in cooking food to desired temperatures.
Check out this super simple recipe for corned beef that will impress your friends! Chef John over at Foodwishes has really done a great job with this recipe. It has that same corned beef that you love, but with a built in side dish! Warning: Gratuitous picture after the break…
During the holiday season Chinese food can be quite popular, but have you ever wondered what goes into those tasty dishes from the store? The best way to figure it out is to make some yourself! I saw this great video recipe for General Tso’s chicken and had to try it out. The best part … Continue reading Homemade General Tso
This first post in a 2 part series is less of a recipe and more of a challenge: Homemade pita is so vastly better than store-bought, and Chef John’s recipe makes it a piece of cake. Make this right now! Preparation takes some time, but not that much. Most of the time is letting the pita … Continue reading Pita Perfection
“Don’t panic.” It’s on the cover of one of my favorite books for a reason, and I needed that advice badly tonight. I had just spent an hour preparing one of my earlier recipes from scratch and had taken my first bite of my steaming hot Sloppy Joe Tacos™. Expecting a sweet and juicy bite, I was overwhelmed … Continue reading Accidental Abundance or “Oops, was that Tbsp or Tsp?”
If you have some of those friends who think that vegan food is all about salads and Grateful Dead songs, make them this dish and you will change their collective worldview. This vegan Asian style stir fry tasted as good as any beef dish I’ve had at an Asian restaurant and it was way healthier (less fat, … Continue reading Vegan Beef-Tip Stir Fry
Recently I stumbled upon this intriguing tweet: Some background – Vim is a powerful text editor that is mostly used from a command prompt/terminal by programmers or other IT professionals. It is notorious for it’s steep learning curve because its simplest operations (like moving the cursor or even exiting the program) are not immediately obvious. After … Continue reading Break Those Barriers
Last week, NPR released NPR One as the official National Public Radio mobile app (Android and iphone). I’ve become a big fan of theirs (David has too!) as I now spend much more time in a car than I did in Manhattan and don’t always want to hear the same five songs on repeat on the … Continue reading NPR One Review
It’s almost cliché for me to post another stew recipe but I really can’t help it, it’s a (delicious) disease! Any day can be a stew day, especially in New Orleans where it is hot all year round. A good stew does not require lots of fancy meats and ingredients, just some basic ingredients that can be easily swapped for others depending on what’s in the pantry. The protein is usually the most obvious differentiator; I’ve had great experiences with chicken, seitan, beef, sausage, and many combinations.
This particular recipe was easy to make and had a sweet/spicy thing that I really loved. Try it out below!