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A note on salt and soy sauce salinity ‘equivalence’

My wife recently asked the question, “if I just wanted salt instead of soy sauce in the recent ‘Steamed’ Clams With Ginger And Garlic, how much salt would you have to use?”.   It seemed to me that was more of a question of salinity.  Looking up some information on the web suggested 1/4 t of […]

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Nobu West Steamed Clams With Ginger And Garlic

My wife loves clams My wife loves pasta My wife loves vongole So this past weekend my wife and I were thinking about what to make for a weekend supper and she wondered aloud if we could make a kind of vongole.   Nobu West had a dish that claimed that “you can use this method […]

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Putting Lakanto to work

So, this weekend I wanted to try out the new Lakanto 1:1 sweetener to work. First up was making sushi vinegar and to try it out on making a bara chirashi. The sushi vinegar recipe I used was from Nobu: The Sushi Book, p. 12. The recipe called for combining: 2/3 cup of red rice […]

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The Lakanto monkfruit sweetener is here!

Time to try it out on sushi vinegar and Nobu’s Saikyo-style miso!

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Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener

Recently, I came across a surprise comment from Matsuhisa-sama regarding his use of sugar: http://www.businessinsider.com/nobu-matsuhisa-sushi-secret-ingredient-makes-healthier-sugar-taste-restaurant-hotel-2017-12   : Nobu Matsuhisa: Sushi rice is — make the steamed rice, put the rice vinegars, and the salt, and … used to be I use the sugar, but we don’t use the sugars anymore…Most sushi rice uses sugar, rice vinegar, […]

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Darphin Potatoes

So as I was thinking about the holidays meals for 2018, I was reminded of the various constraints on my menu planning. In contemplating things like meat-and-potatoes,  it had occurred to me that I maybe I could do something like darphin potatoes.  Joel Robuchon’s (The Complete Robuchon, p. 627) darphin potatoes were basically 2 lbs […]

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Roast Turkey Thighs

One of my young relatives has been after me about making some kind of roast turkey dish for the holiday season.  On arriving home after the holiday trip, my wife and I just happened to get two nice big turkey thighs to make for dinner.  I was surprised how inexpensive the ingredient was:  $.49/lb@Whole Foods […]

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