June 20th, 201705Ok, we admit it, while waiting for our amazing video camera to become a reality, after reviewing thousands of chef videos, we are becoming quite the chef video critics. And, while learning how to hone skills by watching cooking videos can be fun inside itself, there is something to be said for amusement value while watching. Which is, by...
June 20th, 201705Spinach and Grape Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette from Chef Scott Boswell
1 1/4 cups small spinach leaves or other fresh greens (rinsed and dried)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
20 red California seedless grapes
20 green California seedless grapes
2 tablespoons toasted half walnuts, crumbled...
June 20th, 201705Chocolate Pancakes
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into chunks, plus 2 to 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugar
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1. Melt the chocolate...
June 20th, 201706Why brine? It allows flavor and seasoning to penetrate the inside of the turkey as well as the outside, and will produce a very juicy and evenly cooked bird.
Avoid over salting, it will lead to a stringy and dry bird.
Be sure your container is large enough for the entire turkey.
Do not over brine the turkey.
Start with fresh water.
June 20th, 201705Culinary Tips: How to Cut a Pomegranate
One of the wonderful reasons to celebrate Autumn and early Winter is because of the arrival of pomegranates into our stores and markets. Grown throughout the world, in the US our pomegranates typically come from California and Arizona, and are in season from October through January.
The tangy and...
June 20th, 201706King Estate Winery’s Tomato Jam
Sous Chef Benjamin Nadolny
Recipe yields about 2 cups
1.5 lbs medium ripe tomatoes, cored and diced
1 cup of sugar
2 tbsp of freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tbsp of minced ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
Combine all ingredients in a heavy saucepan, bring to a...
June 20th, 20170111) Vintage curved refrigerators and gas stoves.
Where did we go wrong here? How did everything curvy and durable turn into a square shaped short lived mess? We heart this fridge! This one was from Crosley, and the model was Shelvador, from 1952.
2) The vintage lazy susan, complete with trays. Ikea makes a similar...
June 20th, 201705Bacon wrapped figs
12 figs, peeled
12 bacon slices
freshly ground black pepper
1. Heat toaster oven to Broil.
2. Wrap each fig in a strip of bacon, trimming the bacon as necessary, and secure with a toothpick.
3. Bake for about 8-10 minutes until the bacon is crisp and the figs are tender.
4. Season with black pepper and serve...