Sunday, September 6, 2020

Gordon Ramsay's Huevos Rancheros Sauce

 Olive oil

Red & green peppers 1 each, diced

Onions 1 medium, diced, 

Caramelize onions and peppers in olive oil


Salt & Black Pepper

Garlic cloves

Cumin 1 tsp

Smoked chipotle puree 1-2T

Pork chorizo 1/2 lb pre-cooked and drained

stewed tomatoes (10 oz)

Puree with an immersion blender after fully cooked, and serve over tortillas and eggs with cheese, avocados, black beans, etc.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Purportedly KFC

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon onion salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons Accent (MSG seasoning)
  • 1 can lard (enough to cover chicken in the fryer)

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Jacques Pepin's basic Bechamel

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the flour and cook over low heat for about 1 minute, stirring with a whisk; do not let the mixture brown. Add the milk and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly to prevent scorching, then simmer over low heat for 1 minute. Add the cream, salt, white pepper, and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat.

I've seen other bechamel recipes that add spices. M. Pepin seems to only add the particular spices necessary for each dish that he is creating, when he makes a small batch like this, such as nutmeg, or thyme. 

If one is making a larger quantity for general purpose use in a couple different sauces, I believe this basic recipe should do the trick. 

Note: I haven't made bechamel since I trained with Cordon Bleu chef, Peter Rideout, back in 1980. But this looks very similar to my basic country gravy.

Miscellaneous Musings

I just discovered there is a blog with almost the same title and address as mine. Just leave out the "s" in books and you'll find it. I think I may have to spend some time out there.

Insomnia strikes, so I spent a little time applying labels to blog posts here.

A while back, I had to pack up all my recipe books that I had out festooning the cupboard tops above the range and counters. There were probably 150 to 200 of them. I kept out a few I wanted to do some research for seafood ideas (we live at the beach in the heart of some great fisheries, with crab, salmon, razor clams, cherrystone clams, oysters, halibut and various bottom fish freshly available). That research being somewhat complete, now I need to get back into the boxes and see if I can dig out my books by Jacques Pepin - my hero. Probably the only celebrity who I'd really like to meet. I guess Emeril would be cool, too.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Smash seasoning

  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp salt

Chili Sauce ingredients for Tamales

  • 15large dried chilies (such as Anaheim, New Mexico, California, or pasilla)
  • 4 -5garlic cloves
  • 2teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1teaspoon salt
  • 2teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 2teaspoons olive oil or 2 teaspoons melted shortening

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Gaspacho a la South Beach

1 cup tomatoes
1/2 cup celery
1/2 cup cucumber
1/2 cup green bell
1/2 cup green onion
3 T white vinegar
2 T olive oil
1 large garlic clove
2 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Worcestershire
1/2 tsp pepper