Ingredients: 24 oz pizza dough, room temp 1 cup grated parmesan cheese 6 oz fresh mozzarella, shredded 1/2 large onion, sliced thin 1 fennel bulb, shaved or thinly sliced 4 apple sausages, chopped Garlic cream sauce Seasonal herbs, I used: basil, ground fennel, and oregano. Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste Sheet of baking paper Preparation: Place pizza dough in a bowl cover with olive oil and aluminum foil. Leave outside for two hours or until it doubles its size. Shave fennel. Ok, so I’m using a cooking gadget called mandolin, which looks more like a guillotine, a torture device from the 18th century. It’s a bit dangerous if you dont use the guard, but it is amazingly useful in slicing vegetables paper-thin or for making evenly cut fries. If you don’t have…
Back to Basics: Roux In the section Back to Basics, I want to revisit many of the building blocks of culinary arts, such as basic French Cuisine, the flavor profiles and combinations of spices, tools and everything that comes to mind in terms of having a solid culinary foundation. For me, cooking is like building a house, you need to have a sound structural foundation, but also you need some degree of creativity to make the house a home. Though I’m not going to get all Alton Brown on you, I will also explain a bit of the science behind cooking. I believe this section would give my readers the tools and the understanding on how to create stunning and delicious dishes! I…
Ingredients 6 ounces chocolate, chopped 3 ounces white chocolate, chopped 1 pound strawberries with stems (about 20), washed and dried very well Directions Put the semisweet and white chocolate into 2 separate medium bowls. Fill 2 medium saucepans with a couple inches of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off the heat; set the bowls of chocolate over the water to melt. Stir until smooth. Once the chocolates are melted and smooth, remove from the heat. Line a sheet pan with parchment or waxed paper. Holding the strawberry by the stem, dip the fruit into the dark chocolate, lift and twist slightly, letting any excess chocolate fall back into the bowl. Set strawberries on the parchment paper. Repeat with…
Hi Friends, I’ve been working a lot and have not had any time to cook. But I’ve been watching tons of Master Chef with ultimate culinary babe Gordon Ramsay and idea came to me! What if, I make a poll and let people decide what I’m going to cook. This is going to push my epicurious boundaries because I only cook what I’m confortable cooking! So lets turn the heat up in Madame Croquette’s kitchen and help me decide what I’m going to cook next! I chose the dishes from the top hardest dishes to cook! Thanks!!
Ingredients 1 can, black beans, rinsed and drained 2 ears of corn 1/2 red onion, chopped 1 bunch of cilantro 1 ancho chille 2 avocados 2 tomatoes 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander 1 1/2 teaspoons ground hot paprika 2 teaspoons Tapatio (optional) 1 lime, juiced 2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil, eyeball it Salt and pepper 2 tablespoons sour cream 1 can chipotle peppers in adobo Queso Fresco, for sprinkling on top. Directions Preheat oven in to 300 degrees. Clean ears in husks and put them in a half sheet pan. Bake for 3o minutes. Remove husks and butter the ears, place in salamander and roast until golden brown. Trim the kernels with a knife and set aside. Roast ancho chille over open flame.…
Sometimes I might drop some food in other people’s houses when I style my dishes the windows of my apartment because my home is too small to take them inside! I’m sorry first floor neighbor!
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