Monday, August 23, 2010

Foie Gras Topped Kobe Sirloin with Creamed Corn Polenta, Brussels Sprouts, and a Cabernet Sauvignon Mushroom Reduction

For Jen and Mango (my unofficial siblings)... who tortured me with pictures from their decadent dinner at Animal while I was trying to get some R&R last week. Revenge, my friends... is indeed sweet. But don't worry, I thought about the both of you while I indulged in my meal. ;)









Sunday, July 4, 2010

Cinnamon Roll... Buns...

I'm really running out of words here... It's quite possible that I'm being distracted by the oozy melt in my mouth brown sugar and cinnamon pastries I just baked!!! Yes, I said it-- I BAKED!





Please excuse me while I eat 50 gabillion more of these... Happy July 4th, everyone!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

White Truffle & Herb Turkey Meatball on Linguine Arrabiata



Is it strange that I've been daydreaming about meatballs? Not that strange, right? I mean, come on... have we met?!

For reasons unknown, the wind and airborne allergens have been off the charts this year. I've spent the majority of my weekends hiding indoors to avoid sneezing my nose off since Zyrtec doesn't seem to work its magic anymore. It might have something to do with the 11/09 expiration date on the bottle, but I'm convinced my nose has mutated into an allergy-medicine-resistant-pollen-hating-sniffing-machine... On with it, Judy! Yes, yes...

I decided to make some comfort food for lunch today to comfort my poor nose from allergies. Since I had been craving meatballs all week, I decided to brave the cruel outdoors and run to the market for some ingredients. Please forgive me, I never measure...

White Truffle & Herb Turkey Meatballs:
96% lean double ground turkey breast
Italian bread crumbs
Fennel seeds
Thyme
Parsley
Parmigiano reggiano
White truffle paste
Finely minced garlic
Sea salt
Black pepper

Arrabiata:
Diced tomatoes
Capers
Olives
Crushed red peppers
Olive oil
Cote du Rhone
Pressed garlic
Italian parsley
Basil
Yellow onion

Friday, May 14, 2010

Fresh Abalone Sashimi

My friend Tae from Amakara Japanese & Sushi Bar in Dublin gifted me a 9 inch live abalone yesterday from his abalone dive trip... Dish #1, sashimi.







Thursday, May 13, 2010

It's ALIIIIIVE!!!

Very rarely do things intimidate me in the kitchen. I can scale, gut, and fillet a fish... boil live lobsters... peel membranes off brains... devein livers... but I'm staring at this live abalone, and I have to admit, I'm a bit daunted by the task of prying this abalone from its shell. I've never shucked a gastropod mollusk before, and the thought of cutting through its writhing adductor muscle has me a bit flustered...

I've given Abbie the abalone shelter in a dish of water in the refrigerator for the evening, but shall tackle the sucker tomorrow... Pictures to come!!!