01/12/18

Our first Advanced Class in Carson, WA

Advanced Cooking Class in Carson WA

Here’s a quick update video of our first “Advanced Class” for the graduates of our 6-Week program in Carson WA.

The kids wanted to learn how to make pot-stickers, and they nailed it!

100% of the ad-revenue from this video goes to support our non-profit outreach program, teaching hands-on cooking, shopping, and nutrition skills for at-risk and special needs kids, and after-school programs like this one…so PLEASE share!

Thanks!

~Chef Perry
MY KITCHEN Outreach Program
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04/29/17

Next Level Ingredients: Butter Poached Garlic Cloves

Garlic Poached in Butter

Today we’re going to look at two of my all time favorite ingredients, garlic…and butter! And I’m going to show you one of those little restaurant kitchen secrets that can elevate a great dish into the range of freakin’ amazing.

Slow poaching in butter brings out all the sweetness of the garlic, without any bitterness. Creating  silky smooth, buttery soft garlic cloves, and a rich, deeply infused roasted garlic butter.

To make your Butter Poached Garlic, you’ll need:

1 cube Sweet Cream Butter (for some reason “sweet” means it has salt added…go figure)
10-12 fresh whole garlic cloves, peeled
1/4 tsp. fine sea salt

Cooking time: 1 hour on Medium Low

Here’s how I do it…

02/1/16
Olive Oil Egg

French-Style Eggs in Olive Oil

Olive Oil Eggs

Saw this recipe prepared yesterday and had to try it…delish!

Chef Perry
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12/14/15
Simple Sausage Gravy Video Recipe

National Biscuits & Gravy Day!

Simple Sausage Gravy Video Recipe

5 ingredient Sausage Gravy!


 

That’s right…today is “National Biscuits & Gravy Day!”

One of my all-time favorite breakfast dishes, biscuits and gravy, especially homemade sausage gravy is crazy easy to make from scratch, and SO much tastier than anything you’re going to find in a bottle or can!

Sausage Gravy Recipe

Sometimes we make a LOT of Sausage Gravy

In fact, it’s so easy that I put together a quick video to show you, step-by-step, how simple this 5-ingredient dish really is!

As for the biscuits, no one does it better than Jeff Smith…the Frugal Gourmet!

Best biscuit recipe

Best biscuit recipe

Here’s Jeff’s famous 3-part video series from YouTube, on Sourdough Bread & Biscuit Making.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

 

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08/28/15

Bohemian Rhapsody: Star Wars Edition

Bohemian Rhapsody: Star Wars Edition

We take a momentary pause from our regular food-related programming to share the greatest YouTube Video ever…

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12/20/14

How to Roast Chestnuts in the Oven

How to Roast Chestnuts in the Oven

Let’s roast us some chestnuts!

Chestnuts come from the European Chestnut tree, which is related to oak and beech trees, and we’re all familiar with Nat King Cole’s Christmas song about roasting chestnuts on an open fire.

Roasting chestnuts is something I’d never done until yesterday…turns out I’ve been missing out on something completely awesome!

By the way, “water chestnuts” are a completely unrelated food that comes from a water-based plant.

Chestnuts have an amazing food history, but I want to keep this video short, I’ll just say, if you want to read about them, go type “Chestnut” into Wikipedia.

The flavor of these oven-roasted chestnuts is very mild, slightly sweet, and completely addictive.

Oven Roasted Chestnuts
2 pounds fresh un-shelled chestnuts
2-3 sprigs rosemary
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons (or more) kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat you’re oven to 425 degrees, and give the chestnuts a quick rinse.

SCORING

Cut a little X on the round side of the husk, and I like to use a small serrated knife for this.  this is called “scoring”, which will let steam release during the roasting process. Set each chestnut flat-side down, and just cut a shallow X across the top.

I’m use a small hand-towel or bar-mop down on my cutting board, this can help keep things from sliding around while you’re cutting.

The chestnut doesn’t really have a shell, per say, buy more like a thick outer skin, and a thinner inner skin.

SOAKING

Next, soak your chestnuts in a bowl of very hot water. This will softens the husk some, and add some moisture for the steaming process.

By the way, Chestnuts are much lower in calories that other nuts, they have no cholesterol, are very low in fat, and they’re gluten free! They’re also the only nut that contains vitamin C, and lots of it.

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SPICES

Place your scored chestnuts in a large bowl and, for two pounds of chestnuts, pour in 1 stick of melted butter.

Remove the leaves from 2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary, and add to the bowl.

Next, sprinkle with two teaspoons of salt and one teaspoon of pepper. If that seems like a lot of salt, remember that most of it is going on the husks, which we’re going to remove.

Mix well to combine the seasonings and evenly coat the chestnuts with butter.

ROASTING

Next, we’re going to pour out our chestnuts in a SINGLE LAYER (that’s very important) on a foil-lined baking sheet. Gather up the edges of the foil, on all four sides, leaving a small opening in the top for steam to escape.

Roast between 45-60 minutes, until the cut edges of the husk begins to curl up, and then remove them from the heat, and let them rest another 15 minutes, still covered in foil.

PEELING

Once the edges have curled up, they shouldn’t be TOO difficult on the thumbs to peel. I’m not going to lie to you, the husks toughen up while roasting, and those edges get sharp. It might not be a bad idea to wear some kitchen gloves for this part.

After you’ve removed the husk, and the inner skin, everything left is sweet, edible meat.

Transfer your chestnuts to a plate or platter, use a spatula to scrape in any butter and spices left in the pan over them, season with more salt, if desired, and toss them a bit to coat.

Serve hot or warm.

Enjoy!

Chef Perry
SimplySmartDinnerPlans

12/17/14

How To Make A Roux, Bechamel, & Cheese Sauce

Cheese Sauce from scratch

So our friend Jon wrote us asking, “How do you make a proper roux? I tend to end up with a mess of lumps and clumps!”

Well Jon, a classic roux is a pretty simple thing to make…as long as you know a couple of VERY important techniques to avoid that lumpy mess.

Here are my step-by-step instructions on cooking a classic roux, developing it into a bechamel (white sauce), then into a cheddar cheese sauce, and finally into my favorite mac & cheese!

See also: 5 Tips for Perfect Pasta

Enjoy!

Chef Perry
MY KITCHEN Outreach

Home Chef Cookbooks

11/25/14

Perfect Roast Turkey in 90 Minutes

Fast Roast Turkey

Just in time for Thanksgiving…perfect roasted whole turkey in just 90 minutes!

Every year we cook up a bunch of turkeys (11 this year, a new record!) and take them to a local homeless shelter for their annual Thanksgiving dinner.

This year I wanted to try a new technique I’d heard about, and it turned out great…all six times! :)

Here’s a video I put together during the roasting…

The highlights:

  • 12-14lb turkey, spatchcocked
  • Preheat oven to 450F
  • Roast 90 minutes, rest 20 minutes

Oh, and if you really want to amp up the flavor and juiciness of your bird, brine it! You can check our our post My Best Brined Turkey Recipe, over at our BBQ site, Burnin’ Love BBQ.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Chef Perry
SimplySmartDinnerPlans.com

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