Shrimp Fried Rice

#RecipeUpTop (details to follow): 4 cups leftover cooked rice (white or brown); 2 large eggs; 1/2 bag frozen peas and carrots; 1 medium red bell pepper; 5 cabbage leaves; 1 small yellow onion; 1/2lb shrimp (or other protein of choice); Vegetable oil (varies, but less than a 1/2 cup) Sauce: 2 cloves garlic; 1 tablespoonContinue reading “Shrimp Fried Rice”

Garlic Chili Edamame

I’m not putting the #RecipeUpTop for this one because it’s so absurdly simple. It’s also quick, cheap, and profoundly delicious, and has become a go-to staple of pre-dinner snacks in this house. It’s spicy, salty, and full of garlic, and will leave you licking your fingers. Ingredients: 1 large bag of frozen edamame, SHELL ON;Continue reading “Garlic Chili Edamame”

Sweet Potato-Stuffed Ravioli with Brown Butter and Sage

#RecipeUpTop (details to follow): 5 large eggs (4 for pasta, one for egg wash) ; 3 medium sweet potatoes; 300 grams all-purpose flour; 4 tablespoons butter (total); 1/4 cup whole milk (optional); Fresh sage (to taste); Salt (to taste); Black pepper (to taste); Freshly ground nutmeg (optional); Method: Beat the eggs with six (6) gramsContinue reading “Sweet Potato-Stuffed Ravioli with Brown Butter and Sage”

Lemon-Thyme Vinaigrette, or: The Dirty Secret of Citrus and Vinegar

First things first: this is not a salad dressing recipe. The internet is littered with those, full of micro-managed ingredient lists that always seem to produce disappointing results. That isn’t to say that I blame the recipes themselves, necessarily, but salad dressings (particularly those involving citrus) are kind of a moving target from a culinaryContinue reading “Lemon-Thyme Vinaigrette, or: The Dirty Secret of Citrus and Vinegar”

Caraway-Cognac Apple Turnovers

#RecipeUpTop (Details below): Puff pastry (recipe here); 3 small apples; 1 egg; 1 tablespoon cognac; 1 tablespoon whole caraway seed; 1 teaspoon grains of paradise; Salt (to taste); Sugar (to coat) Method: Peel and dice your apples, and add to a medium mixing bowl with a pinch of salt. Crack the spices with a mortarContinue reading “Caraway-Cognac Apple Turnovers”

Microclimate of the Crystal Palace

When I quit my job after more than a decade as a trial attorney to move my family to rural Maine and focus on a life of reduced cost, reduced consumption, and more focused living, I had the same conversation on loop for about three months. I would tell a contemporary about my plans, maybeContinue reading “Microclimate of the Crystal Palace”

Cinnamon-Sugar Puff Pastry Treats

#RecipeUpTop (details below): Puff pastry scraps (recipe here); 2 tablespoons butter; Cinnamon-sugar, to taste; Method: place the scraps on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat. Melt the butter, and brush the strips, then apply cinnamon-sugar to taste. Bake at 400F for twenty (20) minutes, and remove to a cooling rack. TheContinue reading “Cinnamon-Sugar Puff Pastry Treats”

Pot Roast Dinner Turnovers

#RecipeUpTop (details below): Blitz-method puff pastry; Leftover pot roast dinner; 1 large egg; Kosher salt (to taste); Method: Roll out the pastry, and trim into squares. For each square, dock half in a triangle pattern. Add your pot roast dinner. Egg wash half of each square, then fold over and seal. Crimp with a fork.Continue reading “Pot Roast Dinner Turnovers”

Blitz Puff Pastry

#RecipeUpTop (details below): 2 sticks butter; 339 grams all-purpose flour; Ice water (roughly 100 grams, depending on relative humidity); Method: Cube the butter and add it to the flour, then freeze for at least an hour. Remove from the freezer, and slowly add the water just until the dough comes together, then return to theContinue reading “Blitz Puff Pastry”

Slow-Braised Pot Roast with Mashed Maine Potatoes and Green Peas

#RecipeUpTop (Details below): For the pot roast: 1 Large Beef Chuck Roast; 1 carrot; 2 stalks celery; 1 small yellow onion; 1/4 cup dry vermouth (optional); 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce; For the gravy: 4 tablespoons unsalted butter; 4 tablespoons four; 1/4 cup cream or half and half; For the mashed potatoes: 4 Maine potatoes; 1/2Continue reading “Slow-Braised Pot Roast with Mashed Maine Potatoes and Green Peas”