Mise. En. Place.

Today’s inspiration from a busy lifestyle:  Mise en place.  In French it means “put in place.”  In the professional kitchen it refers to all the product a cook needs to wash, cut, chop, portion or cook ahead of time to be able to prepare your meal in a half hour or less.  At home itContinue reading “Mise. En. Place.”

Pork Bahn Mi Lettuce Wraps

Today’s lunchbox of Bahn Mi Lettuce Wraps, includes a wheat-free, slow roasted variation of Sam Sifton’s Vaguely Vietnamese Slow Cooker Pork Tacos.  Sifton’s recipe calls for hoisin sauce, which contains wheat, so we substituted tamari (gluten free soy sauce), brown sugar, and some fruit preserves.  Since we don’t have a slow cooker, I also modifed the preparation forContinue reading “Pork Bahn Mi Lettuce Wraps”

Pan Seared Scallops, Haricot Vert, Easter Radish, Bacon, Sorrel

  When it comes to seafood, very few things can compare to eating plump fresh diver scallops. Perfectly prepared, they need nothing more than a simple sprinkle of salt and pepper to bring out their subtle salty, sweet flavor.  To get that crispy sear on the outside and barely cooked pearly white texture on the inside isContinue reading “Pan Seared Scallops, Haricot Vert, Easter Radish, Bacon, Sorrel”

Creamy Breakfast Risotto with Soft Scrambled Eggs

Revive leftover risotto with custardy soft scrambled eggs and crispy bacon to make this warm and comforting Sunday breakfast. Butter, rice, onions, chicken stock.  Because they are so few, the ingredients you use for your risotto make a huge difference in texture and flavor.  I think the most important key to delicious risotto is the stock.  It isContinue reading “Creamy Breakfast Risotto with Soft Scrambled Eggs”

Peach Blueberry Galette

  Me: “What if it leaks all over the place?” D: “It always leaks.  Even the galettes [the James Beard award nominated pastry chef I used to work for] made always leaked.” Galette is a French term for a free form tart or cake.  With my qualms about leakage calmed, D. and I tuned intoContinue reading “Peach Blueberry Galette”