Now that’s a chocolate cake

A Restaurant Insider recipe Cake ingredients 2 1/2 cups cake flour, unbleached and organic 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon sea salt or fleur de sel 1 1/2 sticks unsalted organic butter, room temperature 2 cups sugar 3 3/4 ounces semisweet fair trade dark chocolate, melted 1 teaspoon vanilla seeds 2 eggs 1 1/2 […]

Grilled swordfish tacos

8 two ounce pieces of swordfish, 1.5”x3.5” 2 ounces lime juice 4 tablespoons Cajun seasoning, use your favorite brand 4 ounces red cabbage, shredded 8 ounces salsa fresca, se recipe below 8 ounces ranch salad dressing 8 corn tortillas 4 lime wedges, for garnish 2 ounces grated cheddar cheese This is a very easy recipe […]

Three cheese mac and cheese

2 cups heavy cream (or milk) 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons flour 1 yellow onion 2 bay leaves 2 each whole cloves or pinch of ground cloves Pinch of nutmeg 1/2 pound mascarpone cheese 1 pound cheddar cheese 1/2 pound aged white cheddar 1/2 cup shredded parmesan Salt to taste Place onion, bay leaves, nutmeg, […]

Soaking your meat (and fish)

Marinating food is the key to getting more intense flavors in the finished product at the table. While all kinds of foods can be marinated, the process is usually associated with meats and fish. The one thing about marinades is that you need to plan ahead. Meats usually require a minimum of two hours for […]

Chilled roast vegetable salad

8 ounces fresh mozzarella pearls (no liquid) 6 ounces shelled, blanched edamame 6 ounces sliced roasted or canned artichoke hearts or bottoms 2 ounces sliced red onion 4 ounces roasted, seeded yellow tomato wedges 4 ounces roasted, peeled red bell pepper strips 2 tablespoons lemon juice 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 ounces olive oil 1 […]

Thai one on

The San Diego food scene has quite a few Thai restaurants. I would say more than most cities, which is an indication of our large Asian/Pacific Islander population and more importantly, how great Thai food tastes. Thai cuisine is from the country of Thailand and is known for its strong aromatic components like basil. Thai […]

Thai crispy calamari

2 clean tubes squid, sliced 2” by 2” Gogi flour (Thai tempura flour) 2 tablespoons sweet Thai chili sauce 1 tablespoon vinegar Fried red onion (thin sliced) First, make the sauce by mixing the Thai chili sauce with the vinegar. The Thai chili sauce has a sweet and spicy flavor while the vinegar adds some […]

Pistachio bread pudding with warm caramel sauce

Great for a dinner party. (Serves 12) For the pudding 1 quart manufacturing cream 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 cup granulated sugar 5 whole eggs 3 egg yolks 1 cup coarsely ground pistachios 1 brioche bread loaf Pinch of salt In a pot bring the cream, vanilla and half the sugar to a boil. […]

Seared macadamia nut-crusted ahi tuna

For the tuna 4 ounces ahi tuna Handful of salted macadamia nuts Press crushed nuts into filet and sear evenly. For the yam 1 sweet yam boiled, ice bathed For the salsa 1 mango, diced 1/4 cup of julienned red onion 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped 1 habanero chile, finely julienned sliced, use half […]

Slow roasted lamb with Moroccan couscous

Serves 6 For the lamb 2 boneless lamb loins (preferably domestic) tied with butchers twine 6 teaspoons fresh peeled garlic finely chopped 6 teaspoons fresh peeled shallots chopped 2 tablespoons toasted cumin seeds 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 3 stalks fresh rosemary rough chopped 3 stalks fresh thyme de-stemmed and rough chopped 1 pepper […]

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