Deep Fried Hamburgers

Going Keto for me includes meat snacks or make ahead meats.  A bun-less hamburger is a quick snack if the meat is already prepared. I first heard about deep frying hamburgers on Good Eats – Reloaded.  I was surprised that I had never seen this method of preparation for hamburgers.  Shortly thereafter, I was browsing my copy…

Sous Vide Buffalo Chicken Wings

I love Buffalo wings, but always have a few challenges when I fix them at home: They have to be cooked in batches, and at 12 minutes per batch, plus time for the fryer to get back up to temperature, it’s hard to keep up when feeding more than 2 people or you have to…

Philly Cheesesteak Meatloaf Sandwich

This is one of those Times when you have to try to make lemons out of lemonade.  I had the idea to make a stuffed meatloaf / meatloaf roll to mimic a Philly Cheesesteak. Ingredients 2 lbs Ground Beef 2 Eggs Bread crumbs Provalone cheese Cheez Whiz Nature’s Seasons Water Rice paper (optional and trial…

Turducken Reimagined

For several years I have been intrigued by the idea of a Turducken.  Duck is a rather exotic meat in my mind (I think I’ve only had it 2-3 times at most) and is not readily available unless you go to a specialty store. My last experience with duck was in Vietnam.  I saw a…

Smoked Buffalo Wings – New Gadget

The other day while browsing my local appliance store, I saw a “smoking gun”.  Not because it had just been fired, but because it is used as a tool for finishing food with smoke essence.  The gadget was in the $100 range so I thought it must provide a heat source for smoking the wood…

Chicken and Asparagus

I had some fresh asparagus that was close to being past it’s prime, so I was trying to think how to use it.  I ran across a recipe for chicken and asparagus and scanned it quickly.  I remember thinking, OK, I brown the chicken and add Crem of Aspargus soup and simmer for a bit….

Deconstructed Capresi Salad

These little jewels are fast and easy and are a hit with guests at a cocktail party.  They are also great in the summer because they are light and fresh. Ingredients: Cherry tomatoes Mozzarella sticks or string cheese Balsamic pearls (technique below) Agar Agar Olive oil Balsamic Vinegar Basil Pesto Method: Balsamic Pearls: Place the…

Sous Vide Broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken breast

I had been thinking about doing some sort of stuffed chicken breast, but I usually don’t like the way they come out with toothpicks sticking out all over the place and the stuffing still leaking out.  I could try meat glue once again, but I’m not real comfortable with it yet.  Then I came upon…

Sous Vide Corn on the Cobb

It’s Spring, and along with it comes fresh corn.  There are so many ways to cook corn on the cobb, but I really like cooking it sous vide.  The corn retains it’s sweet flavor and because you cook it at a lower temperature, it doesn’t get over cooked.  Awesome for a BBQ! Ingredients Corn Vacuum…

Strawberry-kiwi Blossom

I tried this when I was learning to make foams.  The foam in this dessert can be made using emulsification of kiwi purée or using a culinary whipper to foam the purée. The dessert in the photo is about 3” in diameter. Assembly Method Take a dessert dish a little larger than 3” in diameter…