The Basics: Mayo and Aioli

The Basics: Mayo and Aioli

    One of the most magical techniques in cooking is the emulsion. An emulsion is the creation of a semi-stable suspension between oil and water which may be fairly loose, like a vinaigrette, or a thicker consistency, like Bearnaise. The mayonnaise may be the thickest in the group, and one of the trickiest to master -- I make mayo and aioli often, and I still … [Read more...]

Pork Schnitzel with Feta Mashed Potatoes

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Christey's birthday was last Monday, and one of her favorite meals is my Dad's pork schnitzel, with mushroom gravy and mashed potatoes. Dad was born and lived his pre-teen years in Germany, and I don't know where he picked up his schnitzel recipe, but I think you almost have to be German to fully pull this recipe off. I've asked him several times about the mushroom gravy, and he's always been … [Read more...]

Fried Grouper Sandwich, with Cajun Aioli

Christey and I met in St Pete Beach, Florida. We both lived in the area and a friend of a friend of both of us was in town, and we all met for drinks and dinner at Sloppy Joe's, on the beach. Yeah, it's Hemingway's Sloppy Joes, except the one in Key West that's named Sloppy Joes isn't the one Hemingway went to. Sloppy Joes either moved, or got bought out, I don't remember which, nor do I know … [Read more...]

Flat Iron Vaca Frita Grande with Red Onion Mojo

Before I get to the food, there's a lot of buzz in the foodie blogsphere about the experience Melissa at Alosha's Kitchen had recently concerning recipe copyrights, especially when it comes to adapting, or being inspired by, someone else's recipe. The whole post is here: http://aloshaskitchen.blogspot.com/2008/07/illegal-or-not.html It's an interesting read. Many of us foodies, as well as … [Read more...]

Apalachicola oysters with sesame oil and cilantro

This is July's entry for The Royal Foodie Joust, from Jenn, The Leftover Queen. Last month, Peter over at Kalofagas won the joust and selected the ingredients: Seafood, Cilantro, and Sesame in any form. I could think of a few Latin seafood/cilantro recipes, or Asian seafood/sesame recipes, but the cilantro and sesame together made me scratch my head a bit. I definitely wanted to skip sesame … [Read more...]

Espresso Pineapple Pork Loin

This is a pork-only weekend. We haven't posted any food in a week, life and work getting in the way. So I wanted to do as much as I could over the weekend, and if we're doing a double header, why not concentrate on pork? I have wanted to do a pork loin dish for a while, and there are a lot of marinades using Coke and fruit juices, but Christey found an espresso maker at a garage sale for $2, … [Read more...]

Apricot and Ginger Duck Breast with Duck Fat Potato Crisps

Jenn, The Leftover Queen, has a monthly Royal Foodie Joust. This month, the ingredients are: apricots, ginger, butter. I made a pan seared duck breast, served it over stewed apricot slices, and made a ginger and apricot sauce with shallots and chives. When the duck breast had finished cooking, I fried long potato crisps in the duck fat to serve as a garnish. … [Read more...]