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Sweet Potato with Thai Red Curry, Black Garlic, and Myoga


Sweet Potato with Thai Red Curry, Black Garlic, and Myoga

“Twist on Thai”

Want a new and exciting sweet potato dish that is not only delicious but healthy too? If you are like my wife and not the biggest fans of sweet potato this is a recipe bound to convert all those haters into believers. Not only is it easy but it is absolutely delicious!

This recipe could be served as an appetizer or an entree. This was a huge hit with Jp and his guests that I served recently. This dish has everything from sweet, to spice, to crunch and acid. A great balance of flavors and textures that is bound to make any guest extremely please. This is a fantastic vegetarian recipe that could easily be a whole meal in itself. This a not a time consuming recipe as well and the sauce can be made ahead of time and just reheated when you need it. Here is the recipe on a asian inspired sweet potato. I hope you enjoy it!

Red Curry Sauce

1 finger of ginger sliced

1 lemongrass stalk sliced

1/2 onion sliced

4 garlic cloves

1 star anise, 1 cinnamon stick, 3 limes Kaffir lime leaves (if you have them)

2 red peppers chopped

2 cans of coconut milk

4 oz of red curry paste

2 1/2 oz of palm sugar or granulated sugar

1 tsp of fish sauce (optional)

2 tsp of sesame oil

1/4 cup of each fresh thai basil, mint, cilantro leaves

4 white sweet potatoes roasted

1 cup of wild rice fried (see recipe)

Pickled Myoga Ginger

6 myoga ginger cut in quarters

1/2 cup of rice wine vinegar

1/3 cup of sugar

Black Garlic Mayo

2 bulbs of black garlic peeled

1 cup mayo


micro cilantro

For the Red Curry,

In small sauce pot on medium heat add sesame oil, onion, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, cinnamon stick, red pepper, star anise and kaffir lime leaves.  Cook for 10 minutes without browning.  Then add sugar and red curry paste and cook for 1 minutes or until the sugar dissolves.  Then add the coconut milk and bring to a simmer.  Cook for 5 minutes and then turn off the heat, add fish sauce and your herbs to steep for 10 minutes.  Strain through a fine mesh strainer, keep warm until ready to use. You might need to adjust the seasoning with a pinch of salt.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Take sweet potato and drizzle with olive oil and salt.  Place the sweet potatoes in a roasting and place in the oven.  Cook sweet potatoes for about an hour or until tender.  Take out and let them rest. 

For the black garlic mayo,

Add all the ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Adjust the seasoning with salt. Place into a squeeze bottle until ready to use.

For the pickled myoga,

Place vinegar, salt, and sugar into a pot. Bring to a boil, place sliced myoga in a heat proof bowl. Pour the hot vinegar over the ginger. Cover and allow to come to room temp.

To Finish,

Simply take the sweet potato and cut it into 1 inch thick pieces. Place it in the bottom of the bowl. Add some hot red curry sauce around the sweet potato. Take the black garlic mayo and place dots of the sauce around the bowl. Add the fried wild rice on top along with myoga, and cilantro sprigs. Serve and enjoy this sweet and spicy vegetarian dish!

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Jicama Rose with Black Garlic and Avocado


Jicama Rose with Black Garlic and Avocado

Healthy Snack

Here is a great appetizer that will quench any craving. A guiltless snack that packs a big punch in the flavor face. This is a great raw, vegetarian dish that can be eaten anytime of the day. It is only a few ingredients and anyone can make it. This is a great, healthy bite after a hard workout to get your body recovering after all those calories you burned. The great thing about this recipe is people who don’t like this “healthy” kind of food will immediately be hooked. This recipe has everything from crunchy, to salty, to spicy, to creamy with the good fats from the avocado.

Another great thing about this recipe is that you can make it in about 20 minutes if you have all the ingredients on hand. An easy recipe that can be made before your guests arrive and can leaving you feeling stress free about entertaining for your dinner party. This is definitely one that will be a go to. Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it!

1 Jicama peeled and sliced 1/16-thick

1-2 avocados

4 red radishes sliced thin

4 oz ssamjang paste

1 cup of fresh mint leaves

1 oz of micro cilantro

Black Garlic Mayo

3 black garlic bulbs peeled

1 cup of mayo or veganaise

salt to taste

For Jicama,

Peel and slice the jicama thin on a mandolin.  Lay down 7 slices of jicama in a row, slightly overlapping each slice. Add a tsp of ssamjang paste to the row of jicama slices. Then add the sliced avocados on top of the row of jicama with ssamjang paste, season them with salt. On top of the avocados add a row of the sliced radishes and season them lightly with salt. Then starting at one of the jicama roll the long row up into a a cylinder or rose shape. You might have to trim up the bottom with a sharp knife so it can stand easily. Continue the process until you have 4-6 orders.

For the black garlic mayo,

Add all the ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Adjust the seasoning with salt. Place into a squeeze bottle until ready to use.

To Serve,

Simply place one jicama rose on a plate. Using squirt bottle add dots of black garlic mayo on the inside of the rose. Then garnish with some of the micro cilantro and herbs. Serve and enjoy this wonderfully healthy snack!

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Pici cacio e pepi


Pici cacio e pepi

“Cheese and Pepper”

There is nothing more basic and easy then this classic pasta recipe that is nothing more than black pepper and parmesan cheese. The secrete to making this easy pasta recipe is making the “sauce”. With the addition of butter, and a little pasta water added to the cheese; the whole things comes together as one of those sauces that hangs on to each individual piece of pasta. The French have a sauce called buerre monte. This “sauce” is simply prepared with a touch of water while you whisk in cold butter to make an emulsion, its not really a sauce. It really is melted butter that has been emulsified when its still warm and hasn’t separated from the milk solids. But you can add this warm emulsified butter to any protein or vegetable and it glazes and stick to whatever you add it to without separating. This is basically the same principle that you would use to make this cacio e pepi sauce with the addition of parmesan cheese and black pepper to the water and butter. This is the secrete to have a “sauce” stick to the pasta without having your pasta covered in a mound of sauce (like how all american pasta is cooked with loads of sauce”, I’m guilty at times doing this, I love sauce! )

Using the pasta water gives you a little salty pasta flavor that is traditional Italian cooking. Now you can use any noodle that you prefer. This recipe was one that was inspired by my recent trip to Tuscany. I have never had Pici pasta before, I don’t think I have ever seen it, before spending a week in Cortona, Italy. I had Pici on three different occasions during that week. Once was with squab that was amazing and the other two were with ground veal which was equally amazing. I was in love immediately with Pici. All three dishes had this basic butter sauce, maybe a touch of cream added, but typically what you would see in northern Italian pasta cuisine. Pici noodles are a mix between spaghetti and bucatini except the noodle aren’t hollow like bucatini. It is a basic eggless or dried pasta dough that is rolled out into ropes. Not too thin, the noodles should be a little bigger/thicker than spaghetti. I didn’t take the time to completely dry these noodles out so I used them more like a fresh pasta. Here is the easiest pasta recipe, I hope you enjoy it!

Semolina Pasta

2 cups semolina

1 cup 00 flour

1-1/4 cup warm water

salt optional

3/4 cup pasta water

4 oz of shredded parmesan cheese

1-1/2 sticks of butter

12 oz of pici pasta cooked

1-2 tsp of fresh cracked pepper

salt to taste

For the Pasta,

In a bowl with both flours mixed well. Make a hole or well in the center of the flour. Add the warm water and mix with your hands until you make a dough. Knead the dough for 10 minutes until smooth and then wrap and allow it to rest for 30 minutes. Then using a bench scrapper or knife cut the dough in half. Then cut the dough into 5 equal slices. Cut those slices in half again so you should have 10 small pieces of dough about an inch long or so. Take one piece and start rolling them with your hands into long ropes. You don’t want to stretch the dough but the pressure from your hands should lengthen the pici pasta. Continue rollin until you have long noodles ( you might have to cut them in half if they are really long) that a touch bigger than spaghetti. Then place on a sheet pan lines with parchment and lots of semolina flour. Try not to add a lot of flour when your rolling out the pici (this might dry out and crack your dough)

To Finish,

Fill a large pot with salt water and bring to boil. Add the pasta to the water and cook for 3-5 minutes until tender. Meanwhile in a large sauté pan add 3/4 cup of the reserved pasta water, the grated Parmesan and Butter. Swirl the pan around so that the butter and cheese start to melt and become a sauce like consistency (1 minute). Add the drained pasta, toss to coat the pasta well and season with salt. Garnish with black pepper and more parmesan cheese. Serve and enjoy this fantastic, easy pasta dish that will quickly be a go to, in your recipe book!.

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Pine nut Custard with Matsutake and Wasabi


Pine nut Custard with Matsutake and Wasabi

Here is a little appetizer I made a few weeks ago utilizing some matsutake mushrooms which are very limited and normally very expensive because of the lack of abundance in the wild. It sometimes can be called a pine mushrooms because they normally grow at the base of a variety of pine trees. The matsutakes have a firm, meaty texture with a earthy flavor. In this recipe I thought it would be fun to pair the matsutake mushrooms with pine nuts. I thought a warm savory custard with cooked and raw matsutake would go great with a smoked beef/mushroom broth. Topped with a little fresh wasabi. This was a fun dish that was loved by Jp and Eloise. Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it!

Pine nut custard

1 1/2 cup cream hot

2 eggs plus 2 yolks

3/4 cup toasted pine nuts

Salt to taste

Smoked bone broth

5 smoked beef rib bones

4 oz mixed mushrooms dried

1 leek

1 garlic bulb

10-12 cups of water

Salt to taste

6 matsutaki mushrooms quartered

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp olive oil

2 matsutaki mushrooms sliced raw

1 wasabi fresh grated

Opal basil and cilantro

For the Smoked beef broth,

Place all the ingredients into large stock pot and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and cook until you have about 4 cups left. Strain and season with salt. Set aside and keep warm

For the Pine nut custard, Preheat oven to 300 degrees

Place cream and roasted pine nuts in a pot and bring to a boil. Once it has come to a boil place in a vita mix and puree until smooth. While the blender is on add the eggs one at a time. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Strain (if desired) and pour into 6 small ramekins that have been sprayed or buttered. Place the ramekins into a baking dish and fill the dish half way up the sides of the ramekins with hot water. Cover with foil and bake 17-19 minutes or until the custard has just set. Take out and let it cool.

To Finish,

Place the custard back in the oven just for a 3-4 minutes to warm back up. Meanwhile in a small sauce pan add olive oil, butter, and quartered matsutake. Cook for 4-5 minutes and season with salt and pepper. Using a paring knife run your knife around the the inside wall of the ramekin. Flip the pine nut custard into the bowl. Add the cooked and raw mushrooms to the dish. Add a small fresh grated wasabi on top of the custard. Add the smoked bone broth and some herbs. Serve and enjoy!

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Legume Salad with Truffle, Pistachio, and Butter Beans


Legume Salad with Truffle, Pistachio, and Butter Beans

I was looking to make a vegetarian dish for dinner this evening and didn't get a chance to run to the market.  I had these ingredients on hand so this is what came out.  I love these types of salads where you have different textures and flavors with lentils, quinoa, and beans. Mix in some vegetables and other bold flavors and you have yourself a wonderful starter for dinner. Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it!

1 cup of cooked italian butter beans (see merguez)
1 cup of beluga lentils cooked with leek tops
1 cup of cooked quinoa with leek tops
1 cup of diced cucumber
2 cups of roasted quartered brussel sprouts
2 red radishes sliced thin

1/4 cup of pistachio mint pesto
1 cup of mint leaves
2/3 cup of roasted pistachios
2 tbsp of parmesan
1 garlic clove
3/4-1 cup of olive oil

Chanterelle Truffle aioli
1 cup of cooked chanterelle mushrooms (cooked in olive oil and butter for 10 minutes)
1 tbsp of fresh black truffles
splash of truffle oil (if desired)
3/4 cup of veganaise or aioli (mayo)
splash of sherry vinegar
salt and pepper to taste 

Australian black winter truffles
chervil and amaranth 

Mint Pesto,

Place all of the ingredients except for the oil in a food processor. Turn on and puree, while the processor is still on slowly add the olive oil. Stop and scrap the sides if need by, season with salt and pepper once all the oil has been added. Pour out into a bowl and set aside for later.

For the Chanterelle aioli,

In a vitamix blender add all of the ingredients and puree until smooth. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper. Set aside for later.

To Finish,

In a large bowl add equal parts, of lentils, beans, and quinoa. Add the roasted brussels and cucumbers. Add 1/4 cup of pistachio mint pesto and mix well. Add a touch of salt if need be. Add sliced radishes to the salad. Place a spoonful of aioli on the plate. Add the salad on top. Top the salad with truffles, herbs, micro greens. Serve and enjoy!

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Tomato and Gala Melon "Terrine" with Blis Solera Vinegar


Tomato and Gala Melon "Terrine" with Blis Solera Vinegar

This was a simple dish using just a few ingredients and take a little extra time to present it in a "fancy" way.   This is what summer eating should be about, less time in the kitchen and more time outside with friends and family.  I served this recipe for dinner guests late this summer as tomatoes were still in full swing and melons become ripen.  The garden had some amazing varieties of heirloom tomatoes that I normally wait until they are just ready to pick.  Tomatoes really only need salt and olive oil when they are that fresh.  Melon and tomatoes are a perfect combination that go together seamlessly with little added flavors to compliment one another.  In this case basil, olive oil, a really good aged vinegar and salt.  Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it.

Galia melon sliced 1/8 inch thick  (Mold)
4 large heirloom tomatoes 1/8 inch thick
Blis aged Solera sherry vinegar (here)
Olive oil

1 oz of sunflower sprouts
3 tbsp of sunflower seeds
3 tbsp of fresh basil leaves
Olive oil

For the Terrine,

You will need a square pastry mold  or something similar to have the shape of the terrine.  I peeled and cut the melon into slices and then used the mold to cut perfect squares.  I continued until the majority of the melon was cut into squares (Set the scraps of the melon aside to eat later or maybe use in a gazpacho for another recipe).  Repeat the same process for the tomatoes insuring that you use only the center cuts of the tomatoes and not the skin.  Once you have the perfect squares of each melon and tomatoes, alternate melon and tomatoes inside your pastry mold until you reach the top.  Then carefully holding on the top remove the mold.  I then carefully wrapped them in plastic wrap somewhat tight and placed them in the refrigerator until I was ready to serve later that evening. Repeat the same process until you have 5 terrines.  You should have something that looks like this picture.

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To Finish,

Simply take all the ingredients for the salad and place them in a bowl.  Drizzle lightly with olive oil and salt and set aside.  Take the terrine out of the refrigerator and slice the terrine in half right down the middle keep the plastic wrap on to help keep the shape (continue with the others).  Then after the terrine is cut place each half on a plate carefully removing the plastic wrap (should have enough for 10 servings).  Drizzle the top with olive oil and salt.  Place the salad next to it.  Then add some of the age blis solera vinegar to finish the dish.  Serve and enjoy!

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Artichoke and Black Truffle


Artichoke and Black Truffle

Here is a summer artichoke and truffle recipe.  This is a fantastic vegetarian recipe that uses just a few ingredients.  Artichokes can be a intimidating ingredient but it really just takes a little time taking the outer leaves away and peeling the green stem.  Once you have done that you can remove the hearts on large artichokes.  Depending on how big the baby artichokes are, you can sometimes leave the heart intact because of the maturity of the vegetable.  This recipe is really simple in concept. You cook the artichokes in a flavorful broth, add some truffle and fat to the dish and that's basically the recipe.  Jp absolutely loved this dish and hopefully you will too.  Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it!

Artichoke Baragouile
3 large artichokes and 12 small baby artichokes
4 lemons
1 cup of white wine
7 cups of water
1 onion
6 garlic cloves
1 sprig of thyme , 1 bay leaf
1 tbsp salt 

Artichoke and Black Truffle Puree
6 small artichokes cooked from above
1/3 cup of cream heated  
2 tbsp of black truffle (winter Australian)
splash of truffle oil (if desired)
1 tbsp of butter
salt and pepper to taste

Fresh black Australian truffle slices
Tarragon leaves and amaranth

For the Baragouile 

Take the artichokes and pull off the outer tough leaves of the large and small artichokes (wearing gloves helps you not to get pricked). Then take a pairing knife, cut off the tops and trim the bottoms of the green outer skin trying to keep the stem intact.  Trim the stems as well of all the green tough skin.  Immediately take one half of a lemon and wipe the artichoke all over to stop the oxidation process.  Place in a pot filled with water, white wine, and 1 lemon juiced.  Continue until you have all the artichokes peeled; the large artichokes should just be the bottoms and the small artichokes should have some of the inner leaves intact and you can cut them in half. Then add the rest of the ingredients along with salt to the pot.  Take a piece of parchment paper and cut a large square.  Then fold it over in half and then in half again.  Then fold it diagonally into a triangle.  Then fold two more times continuing the triangle.  Then cut the point of the triangle off and cut around the outer edge to fit the size of the pot. Open the paper up (This is called a Cartouche), the paper should be a round circle that fits inside the pot with a whole in the middle of the paper.  This is basically a lid for the artichokes to keep them submerged under the water.  Bring the pot up to a slowly to simmer, where the water is just barely bubbling.  Cook the artichokes until they are just tender all the way through.  Test the artichoke with a cake tester to check the doneness.  Take off the heat and let the artichokes cool to room temp.  

Take half of the small artichokes and place in a vitamix with cream, truffle, and oil.  Puree until smooth and add butter salt and pepper.  Take out and keep warm.  

To Finish,

Take the large artichoke bottoms and slice in 1/8 inch thickness.  Place them in the pan with a little of the artichoke cooking liquid, butter, and olive oil.  Take the baby artichokes and quarter them and add to the pan as well.  You are just heating the artichokes up and seasoning them with a little salt if need be.  Once hot, then add truffle puree to the plate.  Add the sliced large artichokes on the bottom.  Then add the quartered baby artichokes on top.  Add sliced fresh truffles, tarragon, and amaranth to garnish.   Drizzle with a little extra olive oil if desired.  Serve and enjoy!




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Tomato "Salad" with Porcini, Hearts of Palm, Chrysanthemum


Tomato "Salad" with Porcini, Hearts of Palm, Chrysanthemum

June, 2018 in California was a busy time for the Dejorias, with dinner parties nearly every day. That makes it a busy time for me, too, and a challenge to think of a variety of menus. It also happens to be the month of JP and Eloise’s 25th anniversary.  A few guests were invited for the evening. What to fix? JP was not eating red meat, and I had served fish many times in the week already. I didn’t want to serve chicken or run to the store for some other protein. Earlier in the week I had visited a local organic farm. I bought all kinds of vegetables and fruit, more than I actually needed, but summertime in California means abundance of fresh produce. Depending on the weather and month, you have many wonderful varieties of vegetables and fruit, week after week: berries, stone fruit, melons, squashes, blossoms, greens, peas, beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, citrus, onions, carrots, beets, salsify, corn, broccoli, asparagus, artichokes, potatoes, and I could go on. With so much to choose from, sometimes the hardest thing is actually deciding what to make. So I decided not to run to the store and buy a protein for the main course.  This was one of the 5 courses I served that evening for the special anniversary dinner. Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it!  


Tomato “salad” hearts of palm, porcini and chrysanthemum

1 cup of cherry tomatoes roasted
4-5 large heirloom tomatoes roasted (for tomato water see below)
1 yellow heirloom tomato sliced
1 large red radish sliced thin
1/2 cucumber shaved on mandolin
1 cup of sourdough croutons
1 porcini shaved
Mint leaves, radish flowers, chive flowers

8 1 inch pieces of hearts of palm
2 1/2 cup water
4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tsp salt

Chrysanthemums oil
1 large bundle chrysanthemum blanched
1 1/4 cup oil
Pinch of salt

Tomato water here

For the Hearts of palm,

Place all the ingredients into a pot and bring to a boil.  Turn down to a simmer and cook for roughly 20 minutes or until the hearts of palm are tender. (Time really depends on how thick and big the palms are).  Once tender allow to cool to room temperature and you can pour all the liquid into a container to keep and preserve the hearts of palm.

For the Chrysanthemum oil,

Place blanched chrysanthemum leaves and oil together in a vita mix and puree for 45 seconds.  Then pour into a chinos and let it strain without pushing the pulp through the chinos ( let it drip that way you don't get any of the pulp in your oil).

To finish,

Take a one slice of yellow heirloom tomato and place in the bottom of each bowl.  Season with a  pinch of salt.  Add slices of hearts of palm around the bowl.  Add the roasted cherry tomatoes, the sliced porcini, and radish the bowl.  Ladle 2 oz of tomato water to the bowl.  Finish with herbs, flowers, and croutons.  Serve and enjoy! 


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Porcini with Morel, Asparagus and Sunchoke


Porcini with Morel, Asparagus and Sunchoke

Here is a very rich mushroom dish perfect for the spring.  This was one I did a week ago and it was amazing.  Not the cheapest dish because of the high costs of both porcini and morels but never the less delicious.  Great food needs great ingredients and in this case that meant paying for expensive mushrooms.  

Porcini with Morel and Sunchokes

8 sunchokes peeled and medium diced
1 bunch of asparagus sliced 1/8 thick
3 tbsp of olive oil 

12 oz of morel mushrooms
2 shallots sliced thin
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp of olive oil
1/2 cup of white wine
1 cup of cream
3 tbsp of butter
1 tsp of each chopped tarragon, chive, 
2 isi charges

1 lb of porcini mushrooms
2 tbsp of butter
2 tbsp of olive oil

2 hard boiled egg yolks
chopped chives 

For the Morel cream,

In a medium sauce pot on medium high heat, add 1 tbsp butter, olive oil, shallots, and morels.  Season with a little salt and pepper.  Saute for 5 minutes and add the garlic.  Cook for another 2 minutes and then add the white wine. Reduce until almost all gone then add the cream. Reduce the cream just for 5 minutes and then add everything to the blender and puree until smooth.  Finish with a little butter and herbs.  Adjust with salt and pepper.  Pour into a isi container and charge with 2 chargers.  

For the Sunchokes,

In a small sauce pot add olive oil and diced sunchokes.  Cook medium low heat for 10 minutes, caramelizing the sunchokes slowly.  Add the asparagus slices and cook for 1-2 minutes.  Set aside and keep warm.

To Finish,

Add oil and 1 tbsp of butter to a saute pan along with the porcini mushrooms.  Cook for 5 minutes on the stove and then place in the oven and cook for 7 minutes at 400 degrees until tender and caramelized.   Place a spoonful of the sunchoke and asparagus in the bottom of the bowl.  Then siphon the morel cream on top.  Add the roasted porcini mushrooms on top of the morel cream.  Finish with grated hard yolks, chives, and drizzle of olive oil.  Serve and enjoy!




Egg, White Asparagus, with Morels, Ramp Gribiche


Egg, White Asparagus, with Morels, Ramp Gribiche

Here is a great lunch recipe I made for Eloise and a few of her friends a few weeks ago.  This takes the wonderful spring-summer ingredients of morels, asparagus, and ramps and weaves them together for a light lunch.   Simple recipe executed perfectly.  That's what good food is all about.  

2 bunches of White Asparagus peeled stems and blanched
4 eggs poached 

Ramp Gribiche
8 oz of ramp tops blanched
4 hard boiled egg yolks
1 egg yolk
1/2 tbsp of dijon mustard
1/2 cup of oil
3 tbsp of pickle juice
1 tbsp of parsley
salt and pepper to taste

8 oz of morels washed 3 times and air dried
4 oz of beef stock
2 tbsp of olive oil and butter
salt and pepper

2 oz Arugula
2 red radishes
Olive oil and splash of vinegar

Pickled Red Onion
1 cup of red onion
3/4 cup of rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup malt vinegar
1/2 cup of sugar
1 tbsp of coriander
1 tbsp of mustard seed
2 garlic cloves
1 tbsp of salt

For the ramp gribiche,

Place hard boiled yolks, yolk, blanched ramp tops, and mustard in a blender.  Puree until smooth, while running add in a smooth, slow, steady stream until the sauce emulsifies.  Add parsley, pickle juice, and season with salt and pepper.   Set aside for later.  

For the pickled onions,

In a small pot add all the ingredients except for the onions and bring to a boil. Once the pickling liquid boils, pour it over the onions, making sure they are submerged in the pickling liquid. 

For the Morels, 

In a saute pan add butter, olive oil, and morels.  Cook for 6-7 minutes and then add the beef stock.  Cook for 3 more minutes season and then finish with a little more butter

For the Poached egg,

Place a pot of water on the stove with salt and a splash of vinegar. The water shouldn't being simmering or boiling. It should be just under the simmering or bubbling point.   Using a spoon swirl the water in a circular motion to create "whirlpool".  Then crack the eggs into the water and cook for roughly 4 minutes.

To Finish,

Place gribiche sauce down on the plate.  Place a few blanched asparagus down on the plate and season with salt.  Place poached egg next to the asparagus. Place arugula, pickled onions, and radish on top. Drizzle with oil.  Season egg with salt and pepper.  Finish with morels around the dish.  Serve and enjoy!

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Wood Roasted Rutabaga with Béarnaise


Wood Roasted Rutabaga with Béarnaise

Here is another dish I serve the other night to Jim Belushi and Peter Finkbeiner.  This was one of the 6 courses I served.  I had found these baby rutabagas that I thought would be great on the big green egg with with lots of apple and hickory notes.  Simply paired that with bearnaise sauce and some crispy sweet potato skins.  A lot of the times great food comes from great product and great execution.  You cook the rutabagas nice and slow on the egg and you make a delicious bearnaise sauce.  It really comes down to that with this recipe.  Here it is I hope you enjoy it! 

Rutabaga with bernaise

1 lb of baby rutabaga
2 tbsp of olive oil salt and pepper

Apple chips
Hickory wood

4 egg yolks
Splash of white wine
1-2 tbsp sherry vinegar
1 stick of butter
1 1/2 tbsp chopped tarragon
Salt to taste

Skins of white sweet potato fried
Micro radish or celery 

Heat the big green egg up to 325 degrees,

Place rutabagas on aluminum foil, season rutabagas with olive oil salt and pepper.  Place in the egg with wood chips.  Cook for 45 minutes roughly until the rutabagas are soft and cooked through.  

For the Béarnaise ,

Place egg yolks and white wine into a stainless steel bowl.  Place over a double boiler or a pot with a little water in it simmering.  With a whisk continuously stirring, whisk the egg yolks until they are thick and a airy but not scrambled.  Take the bowl off the heat.  Make a ring with a towel and place the bowl in the ring (this allows you to pour the butter with one hand and stir using the other hand without holding the bowl).  Slowly pour in the butter, a ladle at a time stirring constantly.  Season with salt, tarragon, and vinegar.  Keep in a warm place.  

To Finish,

Place rutabagas on the plate, spoon over the béarnaise sauce.  Finish with fried sweet potato skins and micro radish.  Serve and enjoy!



Wood Roasted Beets with Tarragon and Quinoa


Wood Roasted Beets with Tarragon and Quinoa

This was a lunch dish I served a week ago for some guests in Austin.  They absolutely loved this dish and I was very happy the way it turned out.  It is quite simple and the flavor is coming from the grilled beets with tarragon sauce.  The key is using the wood oven to get a well roasted and smokey beet. You don’t have to peel the beets as long as you wash them really well. Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it!

Wood roasted beets

2 bunches of each medium size beets red and yellow
1 candy striped beet sliced thin
2 radishes sliced thin
4 tbsp of beet powder
4 tbsp of olive oil
salt and pepper

Tarragon dressing
3 tbsp of fresh chopped tarragon
1 cup of mayo or veganaise
1-2 tbsp of sherry vinegar
salt and pepper to taste 

Puffed Quinoa (see recipe)
Hearts of celery leaf 

For the Beets,

Turn your grill on medium heat.  Take 2 tbsp of olive oil and drizzle the red and yellow beets.  Season with salt and place them on the grill.  Grill for 45 minutes roughly until they are tender all the way through. Use a cake tester to check the doneness  Don't worry about the outside of the beets getting a little burnt.   Take the beets off the grill and allow to cool.  Once cool you can peel some of the burnt outer skin off if desired.  If not leave it on, don't worry it will taste really good with the aioli. 

For the Aioli,

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. 

To Finish,

Quarter the cooked beets, drizzle with the remaining olive oil and season with salt.  Place a spoonful of the aioli on the bottom of the plate.  Place the beets on top of the sauce.  Then add sliced candy striped beets and radishes on top.  Dust with beet powder, puffed quinoa , and celery leaves.  Serve and enjoy! 

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Asparagus and Fresh Sheep's Milk Cheese Panna Cotta


Asparagus and Fresh Sheep's Milk Cheese Panna Cotta

In Malibu at the Sunday's farmers market there is a vendor who sells three different flavors of fresh sheep's milk cheese with jalapeño, sundried tomato, and olive.  All 3 are absolutely amazing.   This cheese is so creamy and smooth, yet subtle in flavor.  I used this wonderful ingredient to make half of the my flavor profile for my panna cotta, the other half was this seasons best asparagus.  This was an appetizer I served at a dinner party a few weeks back.  Everyone absolutely loved it.  One of the guests ended up staying the night and he loved this dish so much he asked for it again the next day for lunch.  Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it!

Asparagus pana cotta

1  3/4 heavy cream
4 oz of fresh sheeps milk cheese (2 oz olive, 2 oz  jalapeño)
2 tsp gelatin
2 tbsp water
Salt to taste

2 cups asparagus juice
8 leaves of basil
2 1/8 tsp gelatin
Salt to taste

Olive tapenade
2 cups kalamata olives
3 tbsp capers
2 garlic cloves
2 anchovies
2 tbsp of chives, oregano, parsley chopped
1/2 cup-1 cup olive oil 

1 cup of Blanched asparagus tips

2 radishes sliced and julienne
1 lemon zested and 2 tbsp of olive oil
Mache and basil leaves and  brassicas flowers
2 tbsp of white balsamic 

For the panna cotta,

Place cream and sheep's milk cheese into a pot.  Bring to a simmer then turn off the heat.  Allow the cream to cool slightly.  Then in another bowl mix water and gelatin and allow it to bloom for 3 minutes.  Then take some of the warm cream and pour it over the bowl of gelatin.  Once melted you can add all of the gelatin mixture back into the cream mixture and stir well.  Then strain the pana cotta onto a sheet pan and place into the refrigerator until set ( at least 2 hours).

Cut off the very tip ends of the asparagus for the salad. Juice the rest of the stalk in a vegetable juicer.  You need 2 cups of asparagus juice.  Mix half of the asparagus juice with the gelatin.  Allow the gelatin to bloom for 5 minutes. Heat the remaining asparagus juice to a boil, and pour it over the gelatin mixture. Stir well.  Puree in a vitamix with basil leaves, season with salt, taste and adjust the seasoning.  Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes, then pour on top of the sheep's milk panna cotta.  If it is too hot it will melt the cheese panna cotta

for the Olives

For the olive tapenade place olives, garlic, anchovies, capers, and herbs into a food processor.  Puree adding the oil during the process.  No need to season because of the saltiness of all the ingredients.

To Finish

Place blanched asparagus in a bowl mixed with radish, white balsamic, lemon zest, olive oil, mache.  Season with salt and pepper.  Take a ring a small ring mold and cut out a mold of the asparagus panna cotta and place it on the plate.  Place the asparagus salad next to it.  Garnish with basil leaves and flowers.  Place a quenelle of olive tapenade on top of the panna cotta.  Serve and enjoy!



Gnocchi with Blue cheese, grilled grapes and walnuts


Gnocchi with Blue cheese, grilled grapes and walnuts

Gnocchi, the classic Italian potato dumpling that is found all of Italy.  I remember being in the town of Sperlonga and eating at restaurant their with my wife.  I ordered one the most basic gnocchi's on the menu which was gorgonzola gnocchi.  Perfect pillows of potato dumplings topped with a gorgonzola cream sauce.  Simple but yet absolutely delicious.  The recipe I played off that a bit and then added seasonal fresh walnuts, grilled grapes and blue cheese.   Finish the dish with a few fresh basil leaves and you have a great little dish with only a few ingredients.  Here is my Italian inspired gnocchi recipe, I hope you enjoy it! 

2 small potatoes steamed, peeled, and riced
1 lb of fresh ricotta homemade  ( not the cheap stuff)
1 egg
3/4 cup of flour plus more for dusting
1 1/2 tsp of salt 

Blue cheese béchamel
2 tbsp of butter
2 tbsp of flour
3 1/2 cup of milk
2 oz of point reyes blue cheese 

1 cup of grilled grapes
1/2 cup of fresh halved walnuts
basil leaves and crumbled blue cheese to garnish


For the gnocchi,

Get a steamer prepared by getting a stock pot with water and an insert ready.  Place whole potatoes in the steamer and cook until they are tender all the way through.  Then take the lid off and let them dry out for 3-5 minutes.  While still hot peel off the skin and discard. Then place the potatoes in a food mill or ricer, and rice them into a mixing bowl.  You can let potatoes cool slightly if they are too hot to work with.  Then make a well in the middle of the potatoes and add the ricotta cheese and egg.  Then take a cup of the flour and pour around the outside of riced potatoes. Then with a fork mix the egg into the cheese and potatoes working from the middle then slowly working your way out into the flour.  Once the dough starts to form get rid of the fork and use your hands.  You want incorporate the flour until a smooth dough forms but you don't want to knead or over work it.  You might need more flour if the dough is too sticky.  Once the dough has formed you can cut the dough into 5 slices using a dough cutter or knife.  The take each slice and roll with your finger into a rope.  You might need to add a little flour if the dough is too sticky.  Once a uniform rope of dough has been achieved cut into uniform bite size dumplings.  Then using a gnocchi paddle (board) roll the gnocchi by flicking them into a lightly floured sheet pan lined with parchment paper.  Continue until all the dough is finished. Set aside until ready to cook

For the Blue Bechamel 

In a medium sauce pot on medium heat melt your butter in the pan and then add the flour to make a roux once all the butter has completely melted.  Stir with a whisk for 1 minute.  Then add your warm milk stirring constantly.  Bring the milk to a boil and turn down to a simmer.  Cook for 5-10 minutes.  The milk should thicken.  Once the milk has been thickened to a heavy sauce consistency add cheeses stirring with the whisk until completely melted.  Season with salt and pepper. Set aside and keep warm.  

To finish,

On a hot grill take a your grapes and place in the hottest part of the grill.  Char the grapes for a 2 minutes on each side.  Take off the grill and set aside.  In a pot of salted boiling water add your gnocchi to the pot.  Meanwhile in a hot saute pan add 2 tbsp of butter and olive oil, along with walnuts.  Toast the walnuts for 2-3 minutes.  Once the gnocchi float to the top skim them out of the water and place them in the pan with the walnuts.  Cook for a minute and then add 1-2 cups of the blue bechamel to the pan.  Add the grapes, season everything with salt and pepper, then turn off the heat.  Pour into 4 different bowls.  Finish with blue cheese and basil.  Serve and enjoy!

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Persimmon Salmon and Avocado with Yuzu Kosho


Persimmon Salmon and Avocado with Yuzu Kosho

This is a great amuse or appetizer using one of my favorite fall-winter fruits, persimmon.  In california the farmers market is filled with fuyu and hachiya persimmons.  The fuyu are supposed to be eaten while crunchy and firm.  The hachiya persimmons you normally wait until they are completely soft almost like jam unless you are going to dry them to preserve them.  In this recipe you take a basic salmon poke and pair it with yuzu kosho and persimmon.  Yuzu kosho is a spicy citrus condiment that is very strong and little bit goes a long way.  Typically you will see this condiment in sushi houses to elevate the fish.   This dish is a great starter to any meal.  Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it!

Persimmon salmon avocado 

Salmon poke 

8 oz of small diced salmon

3 tbsp of chopped green onion

1 tbsp chopped cilantro 

2 tbsp of sesame seeds

1/4 tsp of sansho pepper

1/2 tsp of salt

1 tbsp of sesame oil 

1 tsp of sirracha 

1 tbsp of soy sauce


1 fuyu persimmon sliced paper thin

1 oz of salmon roe

1 avocado sliced


Yuzu kosho

3 yuzu zested and juiced

2 limes zested

2 oranges zested

2 Thai chilies chopped fine

Pinch of sugar

1 tsp of salt 


Fried garlic and micro cilantro for garnish

For the yuzu kosho,

In a small mixing bowl add all the ingredients and let it marinate (if possible a day in advance).  

For the salmon poke,

In a small mixing bowl add all the ingredients and let it marinate for at least 30 min

To finish,

Take the persimmon and slice thin on a mandolin.  Place about 6-8 sliced on a small piece of plastic wrap slightly overlapping each piece.  Then take a round cookie cutter and cut into a round disk.  Fold the plastic over the round persimmon and continue the process until you have about 6-8 disks. Place a small slice of avocado on the bottom of the plate.  Then add the salmon poke on top of the avocado.  Take the persimmon disk out of the plastic wrap and place on top of the poke.  Add a teaspoon of kosho on top of the persimmon, along with roe, fried garlic, and cilantro.  Serve and enjoy!


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Potato Truffle Fondue


Potato Truffle Fondue

Here is a dish that is simple in concept, flavors, and it is really all about execution.  Potato in a cheesy sauce is nothing new; but you can add a little twist but putting the fondue in the a isi canister and foaming it to add texture and air.  The result is the fondue has a wonderful light and airey mouth feel to it undestead of a heavy cheesy gut bomb.  The potatoes I roasted with hay and garlic to give a bit of smokey earthy flavor.  Black truffles never hurt to have and little fresh horseradish rounded of the dish.  Simple but delicious that's what great cuisine is all about.  Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it!

Potato truffle fondue

3 tbsp of butter
3 tbsp of flour
3-3 1/2 cups of milk
2 oz shredded fontina
1 oz of shredded Parmesan
2 oz of shredded petit basque
Pinch of nutmeg
Salt and pepper

1 lb purple potatoes
2 cups of hay
3 garlic cloves
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

Black truffles
Petite mizuna
Truffle oil or olive 

For the potatoes 

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.  In a roasting pan lay hay down in the bottom of the pan.  Drizzle potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Then place the potatoes in the roasting pan on top of the hay.  Add the garlic to the roasting pan and place in the oven.  Cook in the oven for 45 minutes until the potatoes are just done.  Take out and let them cool to room temperature.  

For the fondue,

In a sauce pot on medium heat add butter to melt. Once the butter has melted add the flour to make a roux.  Once the roux has formed add the milk one cup at a time stirring constantly with a whisk.   Keep adding the milk until a thick sauce has formed.  Cook for 5-7 minutes on medium-low to cool out the flour.  Then add the cheese and melt completely.  Finish the bechamel with nutmeg and salt.  Once it has been seasoned and melted all together pour into an isi canister and charge with 1-2 charges.  Keep in a hot water bath to ensure the fondue will be hot.

To finish the plate.

Take the potatoes and peel them if desired.  Slice them 1/8 inch thick, season them with salt and place back in the oven to get hot.  Meanwhile take fresh truffle and slice them thin.  Take four bowls and foam the fondue in the bottom of the bowl.  Take the potato slices out and place a truffle slice in between each one.  Place on top of of the potato fondue.  Grate a little of the fresh horseradish on top of each potato.  Finish the dish with mizuna, and truffle or olive oil around.  Serve and enjoy!

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Beef Cheek Dumplings with Black Soy Bean


Beef Cheek Dumplings with Black Soy Bean

Here is a little appetizer I made recently that was a big hit.  Braised beef cheeks, stuffed in a dumpling, and topped with its braising liquid as a sauce.  The twist to this recipe was the black soy beans that were cooked with the beef cheeks.   A typical ingredient in chinese cooking is fermented black beans, which easily can be used but I used the non-fermented dried ones for this recipe.  I really like this recipe because of the soybeans.  They really add another nuance and depth of flavor.  I also served these for my last pop up dinner.  Here is the recipe, I hope you enjoy it!

Buy wonton skins or make your own

Beef Dumplings
2 cups of flour
3/4 cup of water
1/4 tsp of salt

2 1/2 lbs of beef cheeks cleaned of fat and sinew
1 finger of ginger
1 onion
1 jalapeno
8 garlic cloves
2 tops of leeks
2 carrots
1 bunch of green onion
1/2 cup of orange juice
1/4 cup of mushroom soy
1 cup of soy sauce
1 tbsp of sambal
1/2 cup of dried black soybeans
6 cups of chicken stock or water
3 tbsp of sesame oil

Ponzu see recipe
green onion sesame seeds to garnish

Chive oil
2 large bunches of chives blanched
2 cups of vegetable oil
pinch of salt

For the Beef Cheeks,

In a large braising pot add oil, season beef cheeks lightly with salt and add to the pot.  Sear each side for 5 minutes.  Then add all the vegetables and aromatics and cook for another 5 minutes.  Then add orange juice, soy sauces, sambal, chicken stock.  Bring to a boil and then turn down to simmer and cover.  Cook for 2 hours or until the meat falls apart.  Let the meat cool for at least 45 minutes in the braising liquid.  Then take the meat out and place in a bowl and shred.  Take the braising liquid including all of the vegetables and place in vitamix.  Puree until smooth.  Pour some of the sauce into the shredded meat so it is moist, just enough to coat.  Season with salt if need be.  If you want a little more spice to the meat filling feel free to add a little sriracha or chili. Cool to room temperature for filling.  Keep the sauce warm.

For the dumpling dough,

In a bowl add flour and salt.  make a little well and add water into the well stirring with a fork or chopped sticks until it forms a rough dough.  Dust your hands and knead the dough for 10 minutes until smooth.  Let the dough rest for at least an hour.  You can knead the dough for another 3-5 minutes and then let it rest again for another 45 minutes.  Then divide the dough into quarters and roll each quarter into a tight rope.  Slice the rope every quarter inch and dust each slice with flour.  Then roll out each skin to 1/8-1/16 thick and fill with the meat filling.  Brush the outer skin with eggwash and fold over.  Then pinch the ends together to finish the dumplings.  Place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper dusted with corn starch. 

Chive oil,

Blanch the chives in salted boiling water for 10 seconds. Then place in an ice bath. Allow to cool and then drain well.   Squeeze the chives of any excess water and place in a vitamix with oil. Puree for 30-45 seconds and then strain through a fine mesh sieve.  Allow the oil to drip through, do not push the pulp through the strainer, this will keep the oil clear.  

To finish,

Bring a pot of water to a boil.  Place the dumplings in the water and simmer for 2-3 minutes until they float to the top of the water.  Strain out and drizzle lightly with ponzu.  Then place a spoonful of sauce down in the plate.  Add the dumplings to the plate and drizzle the outside with chive oil.  Add the green onions and sesame, serve and enjoy!





Indian Duck "Nacho" Coconut Finger Limes


Indian Duck "Nacho" Coconut Finger Limes

Here is a great hors' d'oeuvre I served last night.  A great little bite to start the night off.  What I love about this recipe is the chip.  The chip gives a big crunch, it has lots of spice, and it is really easy.  I cooked the duck legs in the big green egg with tons of spices which turned out smokey and spicy.  Finished this dish with some yogurt, and a cucumber relish.  Perfect light nacho for the end of the season cucumbers.  Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it!

Indian nacho chip
3/4 cup garbanzo flour
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/3-1/2 cup of water
1 tbsp of tandoori spice and 1 tbsp of ras al hanout
1 tsp of salt  

4 duck legs
2 tbsp Coriander seeds
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp curry powder
1 tbsp paprika
1 tsp turmeric
3 Kashmir chilies
1/2 tsp cardamom 

Mint - cilantro chutney recipe here

1 cup mayo (veganaise)
2 tbsp curry powder
1 lime juiced
1 tsp salt

1/4 cup of cucumber relish recipe here
3 tbsp cilantro
Chives flowers and finger limes

Aerated Yogurt recipe here

Oil for frying

For the Chip,

In a mixing bowl add flours, spices, and salt.  Stir to incorporate everything.  Then pour in the water until a smooth dough is made.   Then portion into 1 oz balls and cover with plastic wrap to rest the dough for 25 min.  After the dough has rested using a rolling pin and roll the dough out thin into a tortilla like thickness and shape.  On a plancha or in a saute pan on medium high heat add a tsp of olive oil.  Add 1 or 2 tortilla's to the pan depending on the size and cook for 1 min on each side.  Then take out and allow to cool.  Continue until all are cooked.  

Then add some oil to a fry pan for frying.  Bring the oil up to 315-325 degrees.  Cut the tortilla into 6-8 pieces depending on size.  You want like a one or two bite chip.  Place a few tortillas in the oil and fry until golden brown and crunchy.  Take out and drain on a paper towel.  Season with salt.  Continue until all are done.  

For the duck leg

 Place all of the spices into a spice grinder or coffee grinder and grind until coarse.  Then season the duck legs aggressively along with salt on both sides of the legs.  Then place on your big green egg with the temperature between 350-400 degrees.  Cook for 30-45 minutes until the duck legs are cooked through and tender (It might take a little longer depending on your hot spots on the grill.   I like to put my meat in the lower heat areas of the egg so it slowly cooks and gets a little more smoke flavor.  This could take more like an hour or more to cook ) Once done take out and rest.

For the curry mayo,

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  Adjust with salt and place into a squeeze bottle.  

For the yogurt and cucumber relish see recipes

To finish 

Take the meat off the bones of the duck legs and dice into bite size pieces.  If wanting to serve room temperature take a few spoonfuls of the cilantro chutney and toss the meat with the chutney.  (If you want to serve the meat hot simple place the diced duck in a pan with a few tbsp of cilantro chutney and warm up until the duck is hot. )  Then take you chips and place a little dollop of the curry mayo onto the chip.  Add a piece or two of the duck leg.  Add a little cucumber relish on top.  Take the isi charger and place a little dollop of aerated yogurt on top.  Finish with chive flowers, finger lime, and cilantro; serve and enjoy! 



Broccoli and Cheese Croquettes


Broccoli and Cheese Croquettes

Here is a great appetizer to please any crowd.  I recently served this one of my pop up dinners.  Takes an american classic combination of broccoli and cheese and put it into a bite size portion.  This can easily be prepped ahead of time so when your guests arrive you can simply fry them or bake them if you desire.  For the recipe you basically make a thick bechamel with broccoli and cheese (the second time I made these I added some fresh chopped herbs for a little more flavor).  Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it.

Broccoli and Cheese Croquettes 

2 tbsp of butter
8 tbsp of flour
2 tsp of garlic minced
3 cups of milk
1 head of broccoli shredded in a food processor
4 oz of petite basque grated
salt and pepper (optional chopped fresh herbs like: basil, tarragon, chives, oregano)

Yellow Romanesco
1/4 cup of almonds roasted
1 garlic clove
1 oz of parmesan cheese
2 bulgarian carrot chiles
1 large yellow tomato
1/4 cup of veganaise or mayo
1/4 cup of olive oil
salt to taste 

2 cups of flour
egg wash (egg and milk)
4 cups of panko

For the croquettes,

In medium pot on medium heat add butter and minced garlic.  Cook for 1 minute until butter has melted and garlic has released its aroma.  Add the flour to the pot and stir to make a roux.  Add 1 cup of the milk and stir until all has been incorporated.  Then add the rest of the milk and repeat the process.  Bring the everything to a simmer and add all of the shredded broccoli.  Cook for another 3-5 minutes until the milk is fairly thick.  It should really stick to the back of a spoon.  Once it is the consistency of a really thick gravy add the cheese (and optional herbs).  Season with salt and pepper.  Then pour out onto a sheet pan to cool evenly. Place into a refrigerator for a few hours so the mix is completely cold.  Then take a small ice cream scoop and scoop out bite size portions.  In 3 separate bowls place one with flour, the next one with egg wash, and the final bowl with panko bread crumbs.  Make sure you season each bowl with salt and pepper.  Then bread each portion first into the flour, second into the egg wash and third into the panko crumbs.  Place on a sheet pan until you have all the portions breaded.  Keep in the refrigerator until ready to use or in the freezer if done a day or two ahead of time.  

For the Romesco,

Place all the ingredients into a vitamix except for the olive oil and salt.   Puree all the ingredients for 30 seconds and then drizzle in the olive oil.  Season with salt and set aside.

To finish,

Heat up frying oil to 325 degrees.   Place a few croquettes in the oil and fry until golden brown.  Strain off and season with salt.  Top each croquette with romesco and micro broccoli leaf.  Serve and enjoy!



Eggplant "Parmesan"

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Eggplant "Parmesan"

Here is a little modern take on eggplant parmesan.  Instead of breading the eggplant I simply grilled it.  There is something so delicious about charred eggplant. There isn't an easier way to prepare eggplant then simply charring the outside completely and then allowing it to steam until soft.  When eggplant is charred the inside becomes this creamy, smoky, and this wonderful luscious texture.  The flavor is one that is hard to describe and beat.  Simple, but it goes a long way.  Once it is charred you peel the outside and cover with a rich tomato-butter sauce.  It really is that simple.  Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it.  

10 medium size eggplants grilled (completely charred) 

Yellow tomato butter 

3 yellow tomatoes
1 garlic clove
4 basil leaves
1/4 cup of champagne or white wine(leftover)
1/4 cup cream
1 stick of butter
salt to taste

1 cup of tasted bread crumbs
1/4 cup of fresh grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup of basil leaves
3 tbsp of chive flowers and basil flowers
1 tsp of espelette pepper
Salt to taste

For the eggplant,

2 ways to do this.   First is you place your eggplant directly on the hot spot of your grill and just let all sides get black or if you have a gas stove you can put the eggplant directly on the flame of your gas burner and do the same.  The eggplant should begin to release its juices.  (approximately 3-4 minutes on each side.)  You want to char the eggplant really good but not burn the eggplant so much that there isn't any "meat" left inside the eggplant.  If you cook your eggplant for about 15-20 minutes and it is charred on every side and feels pretty soft then place the eggplant in a bowl (while hot) and cover with plastic wrap.  Allow to cool completely Basically you are steaming the eggplant at this point to insure that the eggplant will be cooked all the way through.  Once cooled the eggplant should be very soft all the way through.  Carefully peel the eggplant leaving the stem on and set on sheet pan lined with parchment paper.

For the tomato butter

Chop yellow tomatoes with garlic and place in a small sauce pan with white wine or champagne.  Season with a pinch of salt and turn on medium heat.  Cook for 10-12 minutes until all the wine is almost gone and then add the cream.  Cook for another 10-12 minutes and then place in the vita mix with basil.  Puree until smooth and then slowly add the butter piece by piece until a smooth consistency is formed.  Adjust the seasoning with salt and set aside and keep warm.  

To Finish,

Simply add a small spoonful of sauce on top of each eggplant and place in the a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until completely hot.  Then take out and place one on each plate.  Spoon over another ladle of sauce over top.  Garnish the eggplant with toasted bread crumbs, esplette pepper, fresh parmesan cheese, basil leaves and chive flowers.  Serve and enjoy!

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