6 posts from month 10/2014

Brussel Sprouts with Meyer Lemon Sauce

Let's talk brussel sprouts.  I used to hate them.  I went so far as to say I was allergic to them, which I don't think is even possible.  Anyway, the problem for me was they were big and mushy and lacked any flavor.  Until....one day I tried them at Tom Douglas's restaurant 'The Palace Kitchen' in downtown Seattle and I was transformed instantly into a brussel sprout lover.  They were crunchy and bite sized and oh-so-packed with flavor.  Yes, ... Continue Reading

Steak Crostini with Shallot Butter Compound

This is the perfect appetizer for entertaining.  It's quick and easy with a do ahead component (the compound butter) and it's decadent.  A little bite of steak heaven.  If you don't like blue cheese you can omit that from the butter compound or just replace it with gated Parmesan.  When I serve these at any event they the first to go.  It is important to buy the best quality steak you can afford and look for a thick even cut.  The good thing ... Continue Reading

Pear Crisp with Vanilla Bean Cream

Apple crumble is a delicious traditional dessert this time of year.  I thought it would be a nice twist to try using pears instead and then try adding in some almonds into the traditional oats, butter, flour, sugar mixture for some extra crunch.  I'm all about texture and the pear is especially tender so I think the extra crunch is a great contrast.   That is why it is critical to cut it right; otherwise, the pear's sharp glochids or thorns can injure you if not ... Continue Reading

Apricot Glazed Pork Bites

Pork and apricots are a classic combination.  A nice pork loin crusted in herbed breadcrumbs with an apricot chutney comes to mind as fall favorite. I wanted to try to make something that could use that flavor combination and was quick and easy and would work well for entertaining.  I think these little bites of pork are full of flavor and have a nice Asian flare to them with the sticky rice and a sauce that has a bit of soy sauce and rice wine vinegar in it. ... Continue Reading

Fall Caesar Salad

Caesar salad is a crowd favorite anytime of the year.  A creamy, tangy dressing on top of crunchy romaine with fresh homemade breadcrumbs......mmmmm.  But this version really brings the season to the plate by using toasted pumpkin seeds sweetened and spiced  with a little brown sugar and chile powder for added crunch.  And I like to add a touch of cumin to my classic Caesar dressing for an added twist on an old favorite. This salad is beautiful in a ... Continue Reading

Carrot Ginger Soup

Ingredients3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, divided 2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil 10 carrots, peeled and roughly diced ½ inch fresh ginger, peeled and roughly minced 1 leek (light green and white parts only), diced and rinsed 1 fennel bulb (fronds reserved), diced 1 small yellow onion, roughly diced 1 large clove garlic, roughly chopped 1 bay leaf 4 1/2 cups chicken stock Salt Pepper ¼ cup crème fraiche 2 oz pancetta or ... Continue Reading