Pizza Meatloaf

It’s time for our weekly meatloaf, but I wasn’t finding anything that piqued my interest, so when I saw some green peppers and pepperoni in the refrigerator I decided to make a pizza meatloaf. Ingredients 1 lb ground beef (about 15% lean) 1/4 lb pepperoni (finely chopped) 1 green pepper diced 1 small onion (diced)…

Saltimbocca reimagined

On The Mind of a Chef season 1, Chef David Chang did an updated version of a “hot brown” that involved meat glue and sous vide cooking.  I find modernist cooking techniques and the chemistry behind cooking to be fascinating, and I had previously made a reimagined buffalo chicken wing using similar techniques, so it got…

Cricket Spring Rolls

On my tour to see the Coo Chee Tunnels outside of Saigon, we stopped at a cricket farm.  You can get an amazing quantity of crickets by investing in some larvae, egg cartons and banana leaves! When the crickets reach maturity, they are harvested, and then processed by squeezing out the guts (sorry….I couldn’t think of…

Mexican Swiss Steak

Many people are trying to cut down on carbohydrates so I had originally thought about making a beef roll stuffed with riced cauliflower that had been made into “Spanish rice” and smother the roll in red enchilada sauce. The round bone steak that I had turned out to not be suitable for a roll so…

Cream of Asparagus Shooters

One day I was troubled by the waste from the stems when I make steamed asparagus.  I tend to serve primarily the tips, so effectively my asparagus is costing about twice what I think it is when I am shopping.  After a few minutes, I thought, what about cream of asparagus soup? I broke the…

Leslie Bruni’s Sweet Nostalgic Meatloaf

This is my first destination on the journey through “A Meatloaf in Every Oven” by Frank Bruni and Jennifer Steinhauer. This is a good basic meatloaf with a surprise tang to the glaze that is reminiscent of Carolina BBQ. Ingredients This recipe in the book calls for 1 1/2 pounds of ground chuck.  I went…

Vietnamese Nachos?

There is a small beer bar called Bia Craft in the Thao Dien area of District 2 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam that is very popular with American expats.  They have about 15-20 American beers on tap and snacks adapted to the local market. I saw Vietnamese Nachos on the menu and had to…

Caprese Salad Re-imagined

I was looking for a way to use Balsamic vinegar pearls and I came up with this easy appetizer. Ingredients: Cherry tomatoes Mozzarella cheese Your favorite pesto Balsamic vinegar pearls Make balsamic vinegar pearls by dissolving 1.5 grams of agar-agar in 100 ml of hot balsamic vinegar in bring to a boil stirring continuously.  Form…

Breakfast for Dessert

Illusion and playing with the mind are always fun when cooking.  I call this creation “breakfast for dessert”.  Can you guess what it is? The toast is pound cake.  The egg is made from yogurt and spherified mango puree.  When we served this at a dinner party, the guests were skeptical because they thought they…

Tale of two meatloaves

I decided to start out my meatloaf journey with a creation of my own.  Somehow I got Meatloaf Wellington stuck in my head and I thought I would try it.  We’ll call this the feasibility test. I had never heard of Meatloaf Wellington, but I thought … Beef Wellington is beef, duxelles and a pie…

Kitchen Stuff

While I agree that versatile kitchen items are best, I’m a sucker for gadgets.  My spouse accompanied me to Sur La Table the other day and we came home with these fun items. The egg poacher was of interest because I recently taught my friend how to make classic poached eggs, but he couldn’’t quite…