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[24 Jan 2009 | No Comment]
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Shimp Lahaina

While in Maui recently, we were excited about the types of fresh seafood available, but had to exercise caution, as Jane is still nursing Emmet, and she must carefully watch her seafood intake due to mercury contamination in most large fish. Fortunately, shrimp are generally considered “safe to eat” for nursing mothers if wild-caught, and we found a store that had a large selection. We considered making Shrimp Scampi, but I was out of garlic. Fortunately, I had some sweet Maui onions and created this variation. We both agreed it …

[25 Dec 2008 | No Comment]
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Wet Roast Chicken with Mushroom Sauce

This recipe was discovered after a search for something to cook in a brand-new Staub cast-iron pan I picked up at a steal from Amazon. The little recipe booklet that comes with the pan has a great many photos of whole chickens being roasted inside, but the recipes all in the end called for chicken parts. Staged photos indeed! Fortunately, I ran across this fantastic recipe from the site Meathenge for “Wet Roast Chicken” perfect for my cast iron pot. Here is the recipe with minor modifications, and many thanks …

[9 Oct 2008 | No Comment]
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Roast Beef Au Jus

There is no better sandwich than a French Dip. Making one requires a well-cooked roast beef, with a dark flavorful “jus” in which to dip the sandwich. Growing up, Ingo would often ask his dad to make the roast beef, slice it thinly, and then pile it high on two slices of San Luis Sourdough bread for a special French Dip treat. This recipe for roast beef comes by way of the Culinary Institute of America’s The New Professional Chef. The method is fairly foolproof, and yields a good roast with a large …

[1 Oct 2008 | One Comment]
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Lamb Chops with Cherry-Port Reduction

We recently picked up a package of frozen lamb chops from Trader Joe’s and tried this recipe. It was a definite winner. The tart cherries, balsamic vinegar and port combined together to make an exceptionally tasty dressing. The sauce is not complicated, and the whole dish comes together relatively quickly.

[1 Oct 2008 | No Comment]
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Pan-Roasted Chicken Cipollini

This dish is inspired by a recipe from Tyler Florence on a show featuring one-dish meals. It’s very easy to do, relatively quick to prepare, and requires only a single pan. We use cipollini onions, but shallots work just as well. You can use any mushrooms you like for the recipe. We’ve tried crimini, shitaki, and chanterelles. If changing mushrooms, you may wish to alter the fresh herbs to suit. Rosemary can overpower chanterelles, so thyme might be more appropriate.

[25 Sep 2008 | No Comment]
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Chicken-Filled Blintzes

In America, we think of blintzes as crepes filled with cheese served best in old-fashioned Jewish delis. In Russia, the word blintz refers to the crepe itself. A traditional meal at any Russian table, blintzes are a special treat that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, whether served by themselves, paired with caviar, or filled with a sweet or savory stuffing. This recipe takes a traditional chicken stuffing and adds an ingredient our family discovered in California, the “Mexican Turnip” or jicama to add a nice texture to …

[15 Sep 2008 | One Comment]
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Stuffed Bell Peppers

Bella Veitzman learned this colorful, joyful recipe from her mom and aunt in Ukraine. It was served (vegetarian-style) at her wedding. Bella’s special trick is to use buckwheat rather than rice for a fluffier stuffing with a wonderful taste.

[15 Sep 2008 | 6 Comments]
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Tvorog (Russian-Style Farmer’s Cheese)

This cheese was a large part of the Veitzman diet in Ukraine, but there was no need to make it regularly, since it was readily available. Unable to buy the kind of Farmer’s Cheese they were accustomed to once the Veitzman family came to the United States, making it has become a staple around the family household.
Resembling ricotta in texture, it can be used in a similar fashion. You can whip it into a smooth paste with a food processor, or use it as a stuffing for blintzes, pastas or …

[5 Sep 2008 | 2 Comments]
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Turkey Sandwich with Cranberry Relish

Our favorite after-Thanksgiving sandwich. The main virtue is that it uses all of the leftover ingredients sitting around from the main Thanksgiving feast. Some people tire of turkey sandwiches quickly, but usually the turkey’s gone long before we’d like it to be.

[5 Sep 2008 | No Comment]
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Ingo’s favorite dim sum. Takes a little while to make, but is well worth it.

[5 Sep 2008 | No Comment]
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The smoked turkey of Ingo’s Dad.

[5 Sep 2008 | No Comment]
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Salmon Burger

When made with fresh, wild salmon, these burgers are heavenly, but it works well with frozen salmon too. Err on the side of chopping the pieces smaller rather than larger, and make sure the salmon is very dry, as if it’s wet, the burgers won’t stick together well.

[5 Sep 2008 | No Comment]
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Our traditional roasted turkey, when smoking it is not an option.

[5 Sep 2008 | No Comment]
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Char Siu is akin to “barbecued pork.” A great filling.

[5 Sep 2008 | No Comment]
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A wonderful stuffed chicken. The chicken roasted for a Pugliese Sunday lunch will be a plump, young farmyard bird, a pollo ruspante, or ‘free-range’ chicken. The stuffing speaks decisively of the Italian South and could be adapted for use with capons or even a small, fresh, free-range turkey. Slip a few slivers of garlic and some parsley leaves beneath the skin of the breast to make a handsome presentation. If the chicken you buy comes without giblets, buy a few chicken livers to add to the stuffing.

[5 Sep 2008 | No Comment]
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A favorite dish that Roland would make on the BBQ at Spooner’s Cove in Montana de Oro.

[5 Sep 2008 | No Comment]
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This recipe comes via Victor Sodsook. It’s Ingo’s favorite ways to make this dish.

[5 Sep 2008 | No Comment]
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Roast pork to use with a Cuban Sandwich

[5 Sep 2008 | No Comment]
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Lamb Sliders with Peach Chutney

Very tasty hamburgers

[5 Sep 2008 | No Comment]
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A Korean BBQ recipe similar to Korean BBQ restaurants in San Diego.

[5 Sep 2008 | No Comment]
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A tasty way to make Hungarian Goulash.

[5 Sep 2008 | One Comment]
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A great way to use leftover roast ham

[5 Sep 2008 | No Comment]
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A more recent find, cooked with great success. Save the bone when done for use in soups. Cooking ham this way (as opposed to using a pre-sliced ham with ore-packaged) glaze is not only much cheaper, but much tastier as well.

[5 Sep 2008 | No Comment]
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Ingo’s favorite version of a French Dip sandwich

[5 Sep 2008 | No Comment]
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A great Cuban sandwich.

[5 Sep 2008 | One Comment]
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Chicken with Paprika Sauce

A chicken with paprika sauce, often served with Hefeknoedel

[5 Sep 2008 | No Comment]
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An Italian specialty, especially good when prepared on the grill. This requires some heavy object to weigh the chicken down. A cast-iron frying pan, or several bricks placed on top of an old jelly-roll pan, works well.

[5 Sep 2008 | No Comment]
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Chicken on a Throne

This BBQ recipe starts with an awkward (for the chicken) cooking technique, but ends up with a smoky flavor that’s difficult to beat. the meat is moist and juicy with a great mahogany hue. It’s delicious by itself, but also particuarly great in a chicken salad.

[5 Sep 2008 | No Comment]
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A favorite recipe of Ingo’s Dad, after Daniel Bouloud.

[5 Sep 2008 | No Comment]
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A very typical southern german recipe, a favorite of Ingo growing up. Great with Hefeknoedel.

[5 Sep 2008 | No Comment]
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These tamales truly benefit from the addition of fresh corn kernels to the masa mix. Although originally the recipe calls for the cheese to be mixed in, we prefer the cheese to be used as a filling. Modified from the Coyote Cafe cookbook by Mark Miller.

[4 Sep 2008 | One Comment]
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A favorite lunch-time dish of Tante Traudl.

[4 Sep 2008 | No Comment]
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Gravlax

Smoked salmon, as prepared by Ingo’s dad

[4 Sep 2008 | No Comment]
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A fantastic way to make carnitas. Recipe originally from La Taqueria in San Francisco.