Category Archives: From the Chef’s Table

Apple Braised Pork Shoulder with Sausage and Peppers

 

 

 

A few different things motivated my approach to this dish. One of my biggest desires was to do something different with a cut of meat that I have smoked outdoors or slow roasted countless times in the oven and I simply wanted to alter the presentation and method of preparation. Call it boredom or experimentation, but I didn’t want to go down the same road I had traveled so many times before and end up with a huge, super tender hunk of meat which would fall apart the first time you probed it with a fork… Though there is something to be said for that. Everything has a time and a place. Much more, I wanted something that I could slice into, lay out as medallions and serve as whole pieces with a reduction of the braising liquids as well as the remaining mirepoix and apple additions.

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Sunday Morning Breakfast – Lumberjack Eggs to the rescue.

Sunday Morning Lumberjack Eggs

Sunday Morning Lumberjack Eggs

At least two Sundays a month we wake up to a dish I’ve started to call “Lumberjack Eggs”. I guess I got the lumberjack part from the fact that we use smoked North Pacific Salmon such as Sockeye in the dish.

We usually start by sweating some yellow onions in the pan with about 3 tablespoons of olive oil. We also cut 1 sweet potato and 1 Idaho white potato into half inch cubes. We drop the cubes into seasoned boiling water for about 6 or 7 minutes. The water is seasoned with garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.

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Fire Roasted Chicken with Summer Squash and Campanella Pasta

Fire Roasted Chicken with Summer Squash and Campanella Pasta

First, let’s start with chicken.

Start by dressing the chicken with your favorite seasoning. We use a secret blend of spices which we won’t tell you here; but salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder will get you close enough. Because we use chicken breast which can dry out if they stay on the grill too long, we sear them and mark them on both sides and allow them to par-cook for a while.

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Basic Recipe for Simple Fresh Crepes

Smoked Salmon Crepes

Where to find the basic recipe for simple  fresh crepes? This recipe is gathered from Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker.

Combine in a blender or food processor until smooth: (Ingredients verbatim from the book)

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup lukewarm water

2 large eggs

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

Pinch of salt

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Mediterranean Inspired Mixed Olive Tapenade Provencal

Mixed olives for tapenade

Mixed olives for tapenade

It starts with a selection of four different types of pitted olives; Piri Piri stuffed green colossal olives, Greek green olives, Greek black olives and Kalamata Olives which I scooped up from the local Wegmans olive bar. They’re prepared, seasoned and oil or brine soaked. Be sure to strain off the juice whatever it happens to be. You can see from the picture that the majority of the mix consists of the green variety.

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