Category Archive: Appetizers

Apr
27

Tears of the Sun Pork Belly

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Pork belly braised in cider, pears served with a pea puree, cucumber pear salad, chicharones and yogurt foam. If you’ve never made pork belly before – be warned, its a lot of work. When done properly its a three day long labor of love that you’re either going to find so rewarding you’ll be making …

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Mar
21

Rogue Black Bean Soup with Chorizo and Kale

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I’ve loved black bean soup since I first had it as a kid. There’s something very comforting about it, the texture, the spices, the heat – to me its real comfort food. I’m giving this recipe with two options, dried or canned black beans. The soup will good no matter which way you go but …

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Jan
09

Hellacious Beef Jerky

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I was lucky enough to get a dehydrator for Christmas this year, sure there are lots of awesome things you can do with them but is there really any better use for it other than homemade beef jerky? You don’t have to think about it, there isn’t – and how can you make this even …

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Mar
13

Cryin’ Collards

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When you think of collards what do you get? Some brownish green slop that, although delicious, has been cooked to death for hours, has lost all of its textural integrity and is, lets face it, pretty damn ugly.  This recipe is completely different. Because we’re going to remove the stems from the greens, we don’t …

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Dec
21

Potato Leek Soup

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All right, so maybe if I live the rest of my life without ever eating, making or seeing tomato soup ever again, I will be perfectly happy; however I do love a good soup. Generally I can’t get enough of them, especially in winter when oil prices are high and thermostats are set low. This …

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Dec
11

Fennel and Satsuma Salad

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Seedless and easy to peel, the satsuma is the mandarin orange equivalent to the clementine. Satsumas will probably be one of the most juicy and flavorful citrus fruit you’ll ever sink your teeth into, so what better to with all that juice than to use it in a vinaigrette and make a kick ass salad, …

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Nov
08

Creamed Leeks

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Talk about an underrated vegetable, leeks are often neglected when people are cooking. I’m hoping that this easy to make and very versatile side dish will help change that. If you’re not familiar with leeks, they look like huge scallions, when raw they are very onion like and stringy, but once you cook them they …

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Nov
08

Roasted & Curried Butternut Squash Soup

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After the pumpkin, butternut squash is the most recognizable culinary sign of the fall. The sweet and slightly Earthy flavor of the squash pairs amazingly with the spice of curry. I love this soup because its incredibly simple to make yet very complex to the taste .

Aug
28

Greek rock Shrimp Salad

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Rock shrimp are primarily used in stuffings, you know -applications where they’re ground up and mixed with tons of flavorless bread crumbs before they are rolled in some flavorless flaky white fish-like meat that some chef at a dinner will overcook and serve for $12 as the blue plate special.  Its a shrimp that really …

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Aug
13

Tomato Tartare and Arugula Caprese Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette

Tomato Tartare and Arugula Caprese Salad

This dish really is a celebration of the tomato. It really brings to light the complexity of the fruit as well as its flavor. This dish will always be best in the height of the summer when tomatoes are at their freshest, sweetest and most vibrant in color. Musical Pairing: Kvelertak – Self Titled. I …

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