Monthly Archives: May 2012

My Favorite Simple Roast Chicken

From Carol-  Today I ventured out of my comfort zone to try one of Thomas Keller’s  recipes.  I must admit that I am more of a Rachel Ray type cook and TK is very intimidating.  I didn’t know that people … Continue reading

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Coleslaw and the Grilled Cheese

from Kathy– I took some cues from Kelli’s earlier posts on The Grilled Cheese and Coleslaw this weekend. It sounded like the perfect early summer dinner so I did a little duplication! I won’t go through the details since Kelli … Continue reading

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Salad of Hericots Verts, Tomato Tartare, and Chive Oil

This is my first successful project out of French Laundry. At the beginning of the book, Keller discusses the law of diminishing returns.  You take a bite of a dish, and it’s fabulous.  Second bite, still good.  But by the … Continue reading

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Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

For Mark’s Birthday this coming weekend I am going to make an almond cake with a strawberry rhubarb compote. In an effort to stay ahead when I can, I’m making the compote now.  It can sit in the fridge for … Continue reading

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Tomato Confit

Once again, in an effort to be prepared, I’m making some tomato confit.  I have spied a few things that I want to try that call for tomato confit, so I figure I might as well get on the ball … Continue reading

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Potato Gratin

Gratin de Pommes de Terre I love a tasty potato.  Since we were already having steak, what could be better than a scallop potato? The best part is I already had all of the ingredients.  It’s like left overs kicked … Continue reading

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Steak with Caramelized Shallot and Red Wine Jus

Ready for a carnivorous delight? These are a couple of flat iron steaks (untrimmed) The actual recipe called for skirt, but I got confused.  Decided to go ahead with it anyway. Brown some butter in a pan.  Add a little … Continue reading

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Red Wine Jus

For dinner I made a delicious steak with this Red Wine Jus from the Bouchon Cookbook. This is one of those sauces that simmers a long time, takes in all flavors of the vegetables and ends up simply fabulous.  Though … Continue reading

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Beef Stock

If there is one thing I’ve learned in these first couple weeks of making Thomas Keller recipes- if you want to be able to make a variety of dishes when you want to eat them… be prepared.  Have his staples … Continue reading

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Spring Vegetable Garbure

My brother-in-law says that no food is not picnic food.  I tend to agree.  Obviously, there are some exceptions to this rule- but the over arching idea is- just because you are outside, doesn’t mean you should eat something that isn’t … Continue reading

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