Robuchon Mashed Potatoes

Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com – * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2019/11/24/considering-mashed-potatoes-puree-de-pommes-de-terre/ Like last year, I needed to stay put and prepare to share the workload with my teammates on websites all through the Thanksgiving/Black Friday/CyberMonday shopping period. Since I was going to be working overnight between Thanksgiving dinner into Black Friday again, I didn’t want to over do it and […]

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Morimoto ‘Tofu’ Cheesecake

Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com – * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2019/11/04/no-bake-cheesecake-mechanics/ Over the years, a local Japanese eatery at Chestnut Hill had served a ‘tofu’ cheesecake dessert that was not overly heavy and not cloying sweet.  Unfortunately, they stopped serving it a few years back and I was really in the mood to have that dessert again.  I did notice […]

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A note on Yaki Onigiri

Previously, on tastingenu.wordpress.com – * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/category/omakase-menus/kamakura-boston/ * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2019/10/19/planning-the-christmas-2019-menu/ On recent visit to Kamakura for dinner, our last course was Onigiri yaki ikura, kizame nori, wasabi dashi Since I was planning to on doing a version of this as my last savory course for 2019 Christmas meal, I needed to learn the technique for  crisping onigiri […]

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Considering mashed potatoes/puree de pommes de terre

I recently had the experience of helping out to cook a dinner serving 22+ diners for a charity shelter. The dish I chose to do with the volunteers was Gordon Ramsay’s Shepherds Pie. The difficult step in making this dish was turning 15 lbs of yukon gold potatoes into a mashed  potato topping. For years […]

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No Bake Cheesecake: Mechanics

Not being gifted in making desserts, I’d been meditating on how I would approach making Iron Chef Morimoto’s ‘Tofu’ Cheesecake (The New Art Of Japanese Cooking, p.236-238).  I was first intrigued by that dish from the Iron Chef Tofu [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qp8ImnpXobY at time index 30:46 ] and Iron Chef America Tofu battles.  While I did […]

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World Of Nobu: Salmon Hummus, Nobu Mexico City

Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com – * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2011/07/05/steamed-lobster-with-nobu-sauces/ In looking for a new recipe to try I came across: Salmon Hummus in World Of Nobu (p. 300-301).  In reading through the recipe, I realized I would be making hummus on my own for the first time, So the hummus ingredient list from the recipe  combined with the […]

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Ming Tsai’s Blue Dragon Buttermilk Tempura Chicken

Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com – * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2019/10/20/ming-tsais-asian-slaw/ A while back, my wife and I had the opportunity to have dinner at Chef Ming Tsai’s gastropub in the Fort Point Channel district in Boston.  Who doesn’t have memories of having deep fried chicken growing up?  So my wife and I ordered the  Buttermilk Tempura Chicken platter to […]

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