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Ribs to Spare

No #RecipeUpTop today. Like our prior BBQ posts, this one is all about technique and intuition. But, we do have a grocery list: Pork Ribs – Spare or St. Louis Cut (I’ll explain this later); Brown sugar; Kosher salt; White or apple cider vinegar; Grenadine (trust me); Worcestershire; Cayenne pepper; Corn starch; Your favorite BBQContinue reading “Ribs to Spare”

Char-Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower with Bacon and Balsamic

#RecipeUpTop (details below): 1 head of cauliflower; 1lb of fresh brussels sprouts; 4 rashers of bacon; 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar; Salt and black pepper (to taste); Method: Render the bacon in a large cast iron skillet, and remove. Split the sprouts in half, and break down the cauliflower into florets. Add to the bacon fat,Continue reading “Char-Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower with Bacon and Balsamic”

‘Wich-Craft

I’ve written too much here about the relationship the people of Maine have with the weather. Be it a gallows-glee at an incoming storm, or the quiet spite reserved for warm and muddy spring days. I won’t belabor those points here, beyond a simple reiteration that springtime in Maine amounts to two (2) weeks ofContinue reading “‘Wich-Craft”

Gumbo.

This is a process. There cannot be a #RecipeUpTop. There can, however, be a shopping list: 1 whole chicken; 1 medium yellow onion; 1 red or green bell pepper; 3 stalks of celery; 3 bay leaves; 4 tablespoons butter or veg oil; 4 tablespoons flour; Okra (to taste); Andouille (or smoked sausage) (optional) (to taste);Continue reading “Gumbo.”

First-Born Dinner

No #RecipeUpTop for this one; it’s all about the timing of putting together a full meal. In this case: crispy-skin salmon with lemon garlic pasta and caramelized-onion corn. But you do probably need an ingredient list, so: For the salmon: Salmon fillet(s), SKIN ON (amount varies by number of desired servings); 1 tablespoon veg orContinue reading “First-Born Dinner”

Cheesy Chicken and Spinach Roulade (or The Joy of Stunt Cooking)

#RecipeUpTop (details below): 2 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless); 1 large package frozen spinach, drained; 1 tablespoon veg oil; Shredded mozzarella (varies); Salt and pepper (to taste); Method: Separate the tenders from the breasts, then butterfly the latter. Pound everything to about 1/4 inch thickness, and overlap on plastic wrap. Stuff with mozzarella and spinach, thenContinue reading “Cheesy Chicken and Spinach Roulade (or The Joy of Stunt Cooking)”

Vegan Red Pepper Pesto with Zucchini “Noodles”

#RecipeUpTop (details below): 1 Red Bell Pepper; 1 Tomato; 2 cloves of garlic; 1/4 cup of olive oil; 2 tablespoons pine nuts; Salt (to taste); Balsamic vinegar (to taste); Sugar (optional; to taste); Crushed Red Pepper Flake (optional; to taste); 4 zucchini (for the noodles, optional) Method: Quarter the tomato, keeping the seeds and gelatinContinue reading “Vegan Red Pepper Pesto with Zucchini “Noodles””

Stormy Beef Stew

#RecipeUpTop (details below): 1 large chuck roast; 4 waxy potatoes; 4 carrots; 2 ribs of celery; 1 medium yellow onion; 2 TBS veg oil; 1/4 cup dry vermouth; Salt (to taste); Black pepper (to taste); Cornstarch slurry (to taste – see note) Method: Cut the chuck roast into bite-sized cubes, and brown in the bottomContinue reading “Stormy Beef Stew”

“Colby Cove” Cheesy Buttermilk Biscuits

#RecipeUpTop (details below): 350g all-purpose flour; 1 cup shredded cheese; 1 cup buttermilk; 50g lard or vegetable shortening; 25g butter; 4 teaspoons baking powder; 2 teaspoons garlic powder; 2 teaspoons onion powder; 2 teaspoons dried oregano; 1 teaspoon salt; 1/4 teaspoon baking soda; Cracked black pepper (to taste) Method: in a large mixing bowl combineContinue reading ““Colby Cove” Cheesy Buttermilk Biscuits”

Coal-Roasted Chicken Wings with Buffalo Sauce and Blue Cheese Dressing

#RecipeUpTop (details below): Chicken wings, separated into “drumettes” and “flats” Salt and sugar for brine (depending on amount of wings); For the buffalo sauce: 1/2 cup Frank’s Red Hot sauce; 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce; 1 tablespoon pickled jalapeno juice (optional); 1 teaspoon cayenne (optional); For the blue cheese dressing: 1/2 cup blue cheese (crumbled); 1/4Continue reading “Coal-Roasted Chicken Wings with Buffalo Sauce and Blue Cheese Dressing”

Poor Man’s Brisket

No #RecipeUpTop today because this is a BBQ post, and, well, it’s literally all technique. Were I to summarize: season several chuck roasts with salt and cracked black pepper, then cook over coals and woodsmoke until 205F internal. Rest and serve. The end. But there’s more to the story. Oh, so much more. In theContinue reading “Poor Man’s Brisket”

Keepers of the Arcane

In my youth in rural Maine, when my parents would travel out of town on business, my brother and I would frequently stay with our next-door neighbors; an elderly couple. I cannot say enough nice things about these people. They were the consummate New England neighbors, but more than that, they seem to have beenContinue reading “Keepers of the Arcane”

Injection Renaissance

#RecipeUpTop (details below): 1 unassuming chicken; 300 grams cider vinegar; 200 grams water; 100 grams sugar; 50 grams salt; 5 grams onion powder; 5 grams garlic powder; Method: Combine the injection ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, then cool. Spatchcock your chicken, and start your grill, aiming for a “ring ofContinue reading “Injection Renaissance”

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