Key Lime Shrimp and Scallops

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One of my seafood stores had nice big scallops for sale, 8 to a pound, and I knew I already had key limes and cilantro at home, so I kinda went with a Latin/Caribbean feel. … [Read more...]

Cajun Chicken with Risotto

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Last night, I finished work late and didn't want to go to the store, so I kinda whipped something up based on what ingredients I just happened to have in the house. It worked out in the end, but there were a few back-and-forth ideas, and one side that just didn't work out.  I had: boneless-skinless chicken breasts, celery, onion, roasted red bell peppers (in a jar), a single egg, olive … [Read more...]

Braised Beef Shortribs

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So. Braising.I've hit a lot of classical cooking in the last few months or so, trying to add some knowledge to my cooking improv. However, most of my experimentation has been in sauces, from mother- to derivative-, with just a bit of French technique.  I recently bought Tom Colicchio's Think Like a Chef (he of the Top Chef hosting). Colicchio, though a four-star chef, started from no … [Read more...]

Salt Crust Pompano

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I've been wanting to try a salt-crust meal for a few years now. Iron Chef (the original Japanese version) used the technique often, and several of my latest cookbooks mentioned the technique, but at 9am this morning as I was keeping my 14 month old daughter from banging a toy into my 4 month old son's soft-spot, Tyler Florence was doing a salt-crust steak on the Food Network, and it got me … [Read more...]

Feta Shallot Strip Steak

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It's been warm lately. Unseasonably so. From Christmas Eve to now, it's been pretty much low-80s in the day (mid-to-high 20s C). That'll end tonight when it'll dip near freezing, and tomorrow night when there's a hard freeze warning for Central Florida. Since we're right next to the ocean, I doubt we'll see freezing, probably a couple degrees above (a couple degrees above in C). But, for … [Read more...]