September 15, 2014

Accidental Panna Cotta

This was completely made and cooked in the blender, which can generate heat with the friction of the blades on the liquid. I was actually trying to make vanilla pudding, but it ended up being too stiff and gelling like a gelatin-based panna cotta. The cherry sauce is just blended cherries and sugar (but later I added some vitamin C powder because I noticed it oxidizing). Proportions are off - should've been much smaller with more sauce.

September 14, 2014

Carrot Carbonara

A bit too rich. Needs tomato. Using some cauliflower soup as sauce improved it too.

September 13, 2014

Smoked Cauliflower Soup

Leftover BBQ cauliflower (that didn't soften on the grill...) whizzed up in the Vitamix with onion and cream.

September 12, 2014

Vitamix Cherry Ice Cream

Deal of the year: scored a Vitamix for $300.
Also, the frozen cherries that Costco sells are pretty awesome.

September 06, 2014

Steak and Tortellini 2

So good, I made it again, this time with sous vide steak.

September 03, 2014

Pancake Dinner

Good excuse to have maple syrup but sadly lacking in bacon :((((

September 02, 2014

Kale Tortellini and Steak

Kirkland 4-cheese tortellini is almost TOO cheesy! They got me with an in-store sample with the Kirkland pesto as well. Definitely better than the Olivieri stuff. Kale, garden tomatoes and pan seared steak round out the meal.

August 29, 2014

Hickory BBQ Chicken with Green Coriander Seed

This was my first time using green coriander seeds - it's not available in stores so these are from the garden cilantro plants. I put them on the chicken and from the (neighbor's garden) tomato salad - they have a distinctive citrus flavor that's pretty strong and not at all similar to cilantro leaf.

August 28, 2014

Pan-seared Spinalis

Pan searing can actually give a better crust than grilling, because of the increased contact surface area. The modern 15-second flip gives a better cook than the traditional steakhouse flip-once technique as it prevents the outer layer of meat from overcooking. Not practical in a restaurant because of the constant attention required.

I was going to BBQ but the pineapple was horrendously under-ripe and I had to toss it. On the plus side, pan-searing = mushrooms!

The spinalis muscle is the super tender and super flavorful muscle between the rib eye and the rib cap. Best part of the animal.

August 22, 2014

Soup and Ham Sandwiches

Steamed picnic ham stock goes into the split pea soup and doubles as sandwich meat. I made a lot of this for the parents and froze the rest for a day when I didn't feel like cooking.

August 20, 2014

Tomato Bocconcini Salad

Mini-bocconcini was on sale, as were some variety tomatoes that actually had distinct flavors. I marinated the non-authentic cheese to give them some more flavor and added some garden tomatoes. Delicious, but not light... I ended up eating all of the cheese. Basil and parsley from the garden.

August 16, 2014

Cherry Wood Grill

The cauliflower didn't really soften... maybe I need to par-cook it a bit - other than that, things were good. Two chickens for $10.

August 14, 2014

CB Sandwich and Salad

Beef tenderloin was on sale. After trimming and slicing steaks for the parents, I sous-vide-ed the chateaubriand to medium rare, seared and sliced. Great for sandwich meat. Crazy amounts of croutons were on sale from Costco ($3). English muffins at Freshco ($1). Tomato from the neighbor's garden and salad greens from Jen's fridge after she went camping.

August 10, 2014

Beet Salad

Pretty, but bland. A rare America's Test Kitchen failure - braising the beets made them easier to peel but less flavorful than roasting them.

August 01, 2014

Steak and Bacon

Whenever I have bacon on hand and hot coals, I put some strips on the BBQ. Bacon without the mess.

July 15, 2014

Smoked Potato Soup

When BBQing, I usually throw whatever I can on the grill to collect smoke. In this case, it was some leftover baked potatoes which were then pureed with cream to make a tasty and interesting cherry smoked soup. This was actually a while ago - I just found it on my HDD.

July 11, 2014

BBQ Prime Rib

I finally managed to cherry smoke and then sear off a steak perfectly, without overcooking it. This was really good.

July 06, 2014

BBQ Burgers

This is the first time I've actually done burgers on the BBQ. I find burgers a pain because I have to have all the toppings on hand.

July 05, 2014

Chicken and Roasted Pepper Sauce

Another sous vide chicken breast, 140F for 2 hours. And a sauce made from roasted peppers and herbs from the planter.

July 04, 2014

Lobster on Sale

When lobster goes on sale, I usually get a couple, cook and shell them all, and eat them with melted butter and pieces of toasted bread.