Flat Iron Steak with Herb Butter and Pomme Frites

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We've done a couple steak dishes, a flat iron done mojo style, and a more classic filet mignon with b√©arnaise and fried matchstick potatoes. I sorta played with both a little more this time and made a simple grilled flat iron steak, with an herb butter inspired by Thomas Keller's recipe from his Bouchon cookbook, and classic french fries as described by Anthony Bourdain in his Les Halles … [Read more...]

Happy Bastille Day!

For every modern nation, there is a line drawn in the sand at which historians believe it was impossible to reverse the course of events. For the US, the birth of our country could have been acceptably marked at the passage of the Stamp Act of 1765, or the Boston Massacre in 1770, or the Tea Party in 1773, or the first shots fired at Lexington and Concorde in 1775. Washington's final victory … [Read more...]

Sriracha Glazed Scallops with Bacon Mango Risotto

Grouper is not the only ingredient that's seasonal in Florida right now. You can't walk the neighborhood without a mango hitting you on the head. When I lived on the beach in the Tampa Bay area, my neighbor had a mango tree over the fence that divided our property. In June, I'd find dozens of mangoes (I don't personally believe that mangoes ends in 'es' -- where did that 'e' come from? Does … [Read more...]

Duck breast crepes, with apples and feta

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This is probably more of a fall or winter recipe, rather than a sunny spring one. But, I was in the mood for duck breast, and duck goes well with fruit. A lot of fruits like orange and cherry are a bit overdone, so I went with apples instead, but cooked them in butter and orange juice for a least a nod to √† l'orange. I wanted a rich, rich sauce to be able to hold up to the duck, so I used beef … [Read more...]

Blue Crab Bisque, with Shrimp Stir Fry

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We live on a canal, which in turn feeds into the mouth of a river, which then feeds into a lagoon, which makes its way to the Atlantic. Which is a roundabout way of saying I could sail around the world from my backyard and return, except I don't think our canal is deep enough to take the draft of a world-cruising sailboat, even if I could afford one. Our canal does, however, host plenty of salt … [Read more...]

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...]