One of the cooking techniques that I was introduced to in my Harvard Science and Cooking MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) was sous vide. This is a method of cooking whereby vacuum sealed food is cooked in a temperature controlled water bath. It actually works equally well with eggs that have not been vacuum sealed.
Eggs, Pasta and Cheese
For the past several months, Susan and I have been experimenting with making pizza. We thought that we had discovered the perfect pizza crust until we tried America’s Test Kitchen Thin Crust Pizza.
Dinner tonight was chicken schnitzel with mustard cream sauce. A perfect accompaniment is mushroom risotto. My job was taking care of the mise en place, or getting everything ready. Susan took over from there and actually made the risotto.
One of Susan’s favorite websites is Pinterest. I have to confess that I spend a lot of time there as well! Given her passion for cooking, Susan spends a lot of time looking at different things to try. One such thing is tonight’s dinner – Chicken Mozzarella Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes.
I bought 4 pieces of pork tenderloin. Before I freeze them, I trim all of the silver skin and fat off, and vacuum seal each one individually. Invariably, I end up with 8 to 10 ounces of pieces that I use in stir fry.
Want to know the secret to the perfect soft-cooked egg? The answer is steaming the egg as opposed to boiling it in water.
The other day, I was watching a British cooking show that featured Cheese and Onion Pie. Who should walk in but the master taste tester! He commented that his mother and grandmother used to make cheese and onion pie, and that he really liked it. Therefore, I decided to give it a try.
The other day, I made some meat sauce with a view that I’d make some lasagna. I dragged my feet on making the lasagna, however, because I really don’t like the taste/texture of ricotta cheese. But, what if I could make my own?
When Susan and I were in Paris, we ate a lot of Croque Monsieurs. At one little café, the Croque Monsieurs were paired with the most incredible fries. Unfortunately, we’ve been unsuccessful in finding the fries here, or figuring out how to cut them.
How many times have you pre-baked (or blind baked) your pastry for a quiche or other type of tart, only to discover a shrunken shell? Most “authorities” on the subject seem to attribute the shrinking of the pastry to it being “stretched” as it is rolled out and/or placed in the pie or tart pan.