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Curating the 2019 Christmas Omakase Dinner

Dinner courses should be designed so that the customer finishes feeling happy and satisfied rather than uncomfortable and bloated. As a chef, I want my diners to eat and enjoy everything I put in front of them. But when they say they are full it means simply that there was too much food.  I don’t […]

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A quick dessert

Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2016/12/28/christmas-omakase-at-home-2016/ I had some leftover mascarpone from the Nobu mascarpone miso experience.My wife said that we also had some leftover raspberries and diced pineapple.  I also noticed I had a few commercial graham cracker tart crusts.  That said to me ‘dessert’.  It suddenly occurred to me that I could do a […]

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A pan sauce note when you only have dry herbs…..

Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com – * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2018/08/15/asian-chicken-demiglace/ Last Sunday night, I was helping out to make a dinner of roasted crisp skin chicken thighs. I had some chicken demiglace in my refridgerator and thought I had the rest of the ingredients to make a quick pan sauce.  I didn’t.   So I ran to my copy of […]

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Sauce Soubise, Keller-Style

I recently came across a French Laundry course item from the 11 Nov 2018 menu.  That menu had an offering of Sauteed Sea Trout, Vidalia Onion Potato Relish, potato puree and ‘Sauce Soubise’.   It inspired me to consider making Chef Keller’s Sauce Soubise to pair with roasted arctic char.   But where to find the sauce […]

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On the importance of bone stocks

Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com – * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/veal-stock/ * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/recreating-a-matsuhisa-omakase-dish/ …You can’t have a good sauce if you start with a bad stock. Too many take stocks for granted…Every step of the way, you remove impurities. Everything follows from this.                                                       […]

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Iron Chef Sakai’s King Of Iron Chefs Lobster Steamed With Wakame/Seaweed

Since the finale of the original Iron Chef series, I’ve been meaning to try and make this dish.  I really wanted to taste the dish that was considered one of the ten best dishes from Iron Chef: The Official Book (p 48,49), especially given the comments of the judges.  Was it really that good? Time […]

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Christmas Omakase At Home 2016

Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2016/08/11/6759/ * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/thanksgiving-omakase-at-home-2016/ * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2016/09/14/wonton-cornetscones/ * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2016/01/13/on-appetizer-soups/ * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/roasted-carrot-salad-with-curry-aigre-doux/ * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2016/12/09/monkfish-with-iron-chef-sakai-tomato-oil-sauce/ * https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2011/09/12/red-wine-braised-short-ribs-with-root-vegetables/ So at long last, my last major dinner of the year was here.  And what a whirlwind of preparation it was to get there.  I started making the cones a couple of days before the dinner and wiped […]

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