The First Steak of Spring

Yesterday was vegan day for us, which is… fine. But today, the weather decided to give us a full preview of the upcoming spring, with high temps, sunshine, and wildlife, and I made the executive decision to reach into the strategic beef supply for our first steak of the season. We buy all of ourContinue reading “The First Steak of Spring”

Clove and Beet Pickled Eggs

#RecipeUpTop (details to follow): 1 can of sliced beets, with juice (NOT PICKLED); 12 eggs; White vinegar (varies); Salt (varies); Brown Sugar (varies); 1 tablespoon yellow mustard seeds; 1 tablespoon whole cloves; 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes; Method: Hard boil and peel your eggs. Separate the beet juice from the beets and weigh it.Continue reading “Clove and Beet Pickled Eggs”

Chicken Gyro Burgers with Peppercorn Ranch and French Bread Buns

#RecipeUpTop (details to follow): For they gyro-style chicken: 500 grams ground chicken (dark meat, with skin, preferably home-ground); 1 egg; 1/4 cup bread crumbs; 10 grams salt; Rosemary (to taste); Thyme (to taste); Black pepper (freshly cracked) (to taste); Fennel seed (to taste) (optional); Method: combine the ingredients in a large mixing bowl, cooking aContinue reading “Chicken Gyro Burgers with Peppercorn Ranch and French Bread Buns”

Vegan(ish?) Thai Coconut Curry

#RecipeUpTop (details below): 2 Sweet potatoes; 2 limes; 1 red bell pepper; 1/2 bag frozen broccoli; 1/2 bag frozen peas; 1/2 red or yellow onion; 1 tablespoon Thai curry paste (of your choosing); 1 tablespoon palm sugar (or brown sugar); 1 tablespoon soy sauce (or salt equivalent); 1 tablespoon fresh ginger; 1 teaspoon fresh garlic;Continue reading “Vegan(ish?) Thai Coconut Curry”

Crispy Tuna Cake Po’Boy

#RecipeUpTop (details to follow): For the crispy tuna cakes: 2 cans tuna, of your preference; 2 cups bread crumbs (unseasoned); 1 egg; 1/4 cup diced yellow onion; 2 tablespoons mayo; 1 tablespoon dijon or stone-ground mustard; 1 teaspoon celery seed; Salt (to taste); Black pepper (to taste); Hot sauce (to taste); Cayenne pepper (to taste);Continue reading “Crispy Tuna Cake Po’Boy”

New Orleans French Bread

#RecipeUpTop (details to follow): 1,000 grams bread flour; 700 grams warm water; 100 grams butter (or lard, or vegetable shortening); 20 grams salt; 10 grams yeast; Method: Combine all ingredients and thoroughly knead until it passes the window pane test. Form into a ball and allow to rise until doubled in size (2-3 hours). DivideContinue reading “New Orleans French Bread”

Steamed Chicken Dumplings

#RecipeUpTop (details to follow): 1/2 pound ground chicken thighs (home-ground preferable); 300 grams all-purpose flour; 200 grams warm water; 8 grams salt; 2 tablespoons soy sauce; 1 tablespoon chopped ginger; 1 tablespoon chopped green onion or shallot; 2 teaspoons chopped garlic; Cabbage leaves (optional); Schmaltz (optional); Dipping sauce (optional); Method: Sweat the aromatics in theContinue reading “Steamed Chicken Dumplings”

Corn Tortillas

This one took a while to come to fruition, and was maybe the most frustrating culinary puzzle I’ve ever tackled. These are so simple, which I think is part of the problem, but they’re also SO worth it. They’ve completely replaced store-bought flour tortillas for us, and are a completely different food from the brittle,Continue reading “Corn Tortillas”

10Chickens Sport Sausage with Fennel and Mustard Seed

It’s high school basketball tournament week here in Maine, meaning everyone is out of school and all eyes are on the arena in Bangor. That also means it’s time for some sports food, and this time of year I can’t think of anything better than some hot sausage and cold beer. I hesitate to callContinue reading “10Chickens Sport Sausage with Fennel and Mustard Seed”