Caviar Sauce — Cream of Ocean

Sea scallops are probably the most winning seafood ingredient to serve with this sauce. They can be made using different cooking methods, including searing, steaming, and simmering, etc. This sauce is good with fresh pasta. And, of course, any combination of pasta and seafood are perfect. My favorite dish with this sauce is sea scallop dumplings.

February 7, 2019
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Smoked Chicken Breast Stuffed with Seasoned Cherries

Hot smoked chicken breasts make any meal exciting! Salads, sandwiches, soups, pasta dishes — you name it! — will benefit if you add some smoked lean chicken. But cooking skinless and boneless chicken breasts is easy and challenging at the same time. To make them tender and juicy we need to protect their moisture and to make them uniformly thick. Usually, a combination of pounding and brining is a solution. In this recipe, we make a pocket to stuff it with moist and/or fatty ingredients instead of pounding. As a bonus, different stuffings add interesting flavors to otherwise mild-tasting chicken.

November 28, 2018
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Gratin Dauphinois | Potato Gratin

I love this side dish for being so simple to make, yet extremely attractive. Similar to lasagna or moussaka, potato gratin should be cooked in advance, refrigerated to set, removed from the pan, sliced to portions while cold, and reheated before serving. If all steps are done in that order, a humble potato makes an eye-catching side dish, a beautiful element of any plated dinner.

November 9, 2018
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Kumiage Yuba | Fresh Soy Milk Skins

I say those are lucky who have never tasted certain delicacies because they don’t know what they are missing. If you didn’t enjoy eating fresh creamy and dreamy melt-in-your-mouth soy milk skins in Kyoto — kumiyage yuba — you obviously don’t miss it. With a tiny drop of freshly grated wasabi and diluted with dashi soy sauce for dipping, it is something to crave for. Fortunately, it is easy to make at home.

April 26, 2018
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Meringue Roll with Mascarpone Creme and Raspberries

This meringue roll is barely sweet, very moist, highly delicate — an entertaining combination of silky meringue and dense cream with sparks of tart raspberries and crunchy hazelnuts.

February 25, 2018
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As American As: Oysters

It’s amusing to read historical recipes and observe how the perception of foods changes over time. At first, all those stories about delicacies we highly value today being served as dog or prison food in old times seem shocking and funny. On the second thought, it’s logical. It’s in human nature to praise what is not easily available and disregard what is more abundant. Oysters are different. “There were always oysters, and there were those to praise them.” Are oysters to be admired forever?

November 24, 2017
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Glace au Beurre Noisette | The Best Ice Cream Ever in the Whole World

I kept this recipe unpublished for so long because it is part of my favorite party trick. I let my guests taste the ice cream and ask them to name four ingredients they think were used to make it. I hear all kind of answers — caramel, toffee, some say vanilla bean seeds because they see tiny black dots, etc. Everybody is genuinely surprised when I name them — milk, sugar, eggs, and butter.

October 23, 2017
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Simple Healthy Breakfast: Steamed Eggs

If you follow the recipe step-by-step never skipping a single instruction, it’ll work for you like magic! You will get perfectly steamed eggs with runny egg yolk and easy to peel shell every time.

August 7, 2017
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Baked Milk | Pryazhene Moloko | Toplyonoye Moloko

Eastern European immigrants miss the taste of baked milk. Do you know how easy it is to make baked milk at home using either slow or pressure cooker?

July 6, 2017
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My Hawaii: Smoked Potatoes

The Canoe House’s smoked potatoes were so good that we nearly leaked the serving bowl. I asked our waiter about the cooking method. He said they are cooked and mashed first and then placed into a continuously running smoker at the back of the restaurant. The level of smokiness was as delicate as a reminder of a campfire and charcoal roasted potatoes from my childhood. There was just enough butter and seasoning to emphasize natural flavors of potato. The texture was a combination of creamy fluffiness and chewable morsels. No wonder I wanted to recreate these smoked potatoes at home!

June 23, 2017
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