Shepherd’s Pie

Ingredients 1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef 2 tbsp. plus 2 teaspoons water 1/2 tsp. baking soda 2 1/2 lb russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1″ chunks 4 tbsp. butter, melted 1/2 cup milk 1 egg yolk 8 scallions, green parts only, sliced thin 2 tsp. vegetable oil 1 onion, chopped 4 oz. white mushrooms, chopped 1 tbsp. … Continue reading

Tacos al Pastor

Ingredients 16 tortillas de maiz 800g (1.5 lbs) pork butt 1/2 pineapple 1 lg. onion 1 bunch cilantro 8 limes salt For the axiote marinade: juice of 2 oranges 300g ground axiote (powder) 10 dry chiles guajillos 1 medium size onion 3 cloves of garlic 1 tbsp white pepper 1 cup white vinegar 1 stick … Continue reading

Salsa Taquera

Ingredients 10 tomatillos (green ones) 2 small roma tomatoes 6 chipotle chiles in adobo (3 if you’re not used to spicy food) 1 chile serrano 2 cups water (maybe less, control thickness here) 1 tbsp dry oregano 1 tbsp salt 1 tbsp black pepper 1/8 cup white vinegar 2 cloves of garlic Preparation Boil the … Continue reading

Gravlax

Ingredients 2 tbsp. white peppercorns 1 tbsp. fennel seeds 1 tbsp. caraway seeds 2⁄3 cup kosher salt 1⁄3 cup sugar 2 lb. center-cut, skin-on salmon filet 1 cup dill sprigs, plus 1⁄3 cup chopped dill 1⁄4 cup aquavit (optional) Preparation In a small food processor, pulse peppercorns, fennel seeds, and caraway seeds until coarsely ground; combine with salt and sugar. … Continue reading

Oven-Baked Buffalo Wings

Ingredients 4 lb. chicken wings 2 tbsp. baking powder 3/4 tsp. salt Preparation Before you begin, uncover the chicken wings and leave them in the fridge for a few hours to dry out. Adjust oven racks to upper-middle and lower-middle positions. Preheat oven to 250F. Line a baking tray with foil, then place a rack on the … Continue reading

Vodka-Spiked Cherry Tomatoes

Ingredients 3 pints firm small mixed cherry and grape tomatoes 1/2 cup vodka 3 tablespoons white-wine vinegar 1 tablespoon superfine granulated sugar 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest 3 tablespoons kosher salt 1 1/2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper Preparation Cut a small X in bottom of each tomato. Blanch tomatoes, 5 at a time, in … Continue reading

Squash Gratin with Poblanos and Cream

[CP: This recipe is really flexible. I made it with zucchini and summer squash (sauteeing rather than baking), and substituting the farmer’s cheese for crumbled feta, and it came out great.] Ingredients 6 large poblanos (about 1 1/2 pounds) 2 large butternut squash (4 pounds total)—peeled, halved, seeded and sliced 1/2 inch thick 1/2 cup … Continue reading

Simple Lemony Linguine

Ingredients 500 g dried linguine 3 lemons (zest and juice) 6 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 100 g. parmesan cheese, grated salt and freshly ground black pepper Preparation Cook the linguine according to the instructions on the packet – in a generous amount of boiling, salted water. Drain and return to the saucepan. Mix the … Continue reading

Strawberry Pie

Ingredients 4 pints (~3lb) fresh strawberries 3/4 c.sugar 2 tbsp. cornstarch 1 1/2 teaspoons Sure-Jell low-sugar pectin (pink box) pinch salt 1 tbsp. lemon juice 1 pie shell, baked Preparation Select 6 oz. of less pretty berries. Blend to smooth puree. Whisk sugar, cornstarch, Sure-Jell, and salt in medium saucepan. Stir in berry puree. Cook over … Continue reading

Bacon Fat Biscuits

Ingredients 2 Cups of All Purpose Flour 8 Tablespoons (1/2 c) of Bacon Fat (or Butter) (Melted) 1 Cup 2% Milk or buttermilk 2 Tsp. Baking Powder 1 Tsp. Salt 1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda Preparation Pre-heat oven to 425F Mix your dry ingredients together Mix the melted butter and milk together until clumps of fat … Continue reading