04/11/17
Traeger Peach Ginger Ham

Traeger Peach-Ginger Smoked Holiday Ham

Traeger Peach Ginger Ham

I love just about any combination of spicy and sweet, and this peach-ginger glazed ham recipe is no exception.

My wife has informed me that this is the only ham recipe I am to use for Easter, from now on! :)

Chef Perry
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Smoked Holiday Ham with Peach-Ginger Glaze

1 (10 pound) fully-cooked, sliced, bone-in ham
2 cups peach preserves
2 Tbs Dijon mustard
2 Tbs soy sauce
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tsp. fresh ginger root. minced
1/2 cup apple juice

Unwrap the ham and place it, cut-side down, on a flat roasting rack.

When you’re ready to cook, turn Traeger to the “Smoke” setting, with the lid open, for 5 minutes or until the fire is established.

Preheat to 300F (lid closed).

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Place the ham (on the roasting rack) on the Traeger grill grate and smoke for 1 hour.

While the ham is smoking, mix together the mustard, brown sugar, cider vinegar, soy sauce, apple juice and peach preserves in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a low boil and then stir in the ginger.

Reduce heat, and simmer until the sauce has thickened, 25 to 30 minutes. Set aside and keep warm.

Place the ham, rack and all, on a foil lined baking sheet, and return to Traeger.

Glazed ham on Traeger recipe

Baste ham with the peach glaze. Continue basting every 30 minutes until the ham is richly glazed and the internal temperature has reached 140 degrees, 1-1/2 hours more.

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30-45 minutes before the ham is done, turn the heat up to 400, to “set” the glaze.

Remove ham from smoker and bring it (on the rack & pan) inside. Carefully turn the ham on it’s side, allowing the sliced to fan, and brush liberally with the remaining glaze.

Tent loosely in foil, and let the ham rest for 15 minutes before carving.

 

04/10/17

An elegant (and easier) Easter Dinner!

Easter leg of lamb dinner


 

Easter dinner should feel like a special occasion, one might even say a holiday!

So why should you have to spend hours and hours slaving away in the kitchen, while the rest of your friend’s and family are hangin’ out?

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could start cooking a little on Thursday, and spread the work out over the next three days?

Well…you can!


 
The Menu: Reverse Seared Garlic and Rosemary Leg of Lamb Potato, Leek, and Asparagus Gratin Strawberry Spinach Salad Petits Pots de Crème au Chocolat

This SimplySmartDinnerPlans special menu features a succulent roast leg of lamb with a simple, savory, and delicious pan-reduction sauce, a decadent gratin that bakes alongside the lamb, and a bright and beautiful spinach and strawberry salad.

 A sumptuous (and fun to say) Pots de Crème au Chocolat finishes off a meal that sure to impress, while still allowing you to spend more time with the ones you love. Just remember, these ingredients (see list below) were not included in your weekly shopping list, so you’ll need to swap out a meal if you want to do this.

Okay, here’s the plan…(all recipes, below…) Garlic and Rosemary Leg of Lamb (Prep on Sunday, Cook on Sunday) The leg of lamb takes just over two hours to cook but doesn’t require much attention during that time. Put it in the oven in the afternoon, and you’ll be free to go about other tasks until you take it out and make the sauce just before dinner. Potato, Leek, and Asparagus Gratin (Prep on Saturday, Cook on Sunday) The gratin can be assembled up to one day ahead. Cover and chill it, then take it out of the fridge when you put the lamb in the oven (so it can stand at room temperature for one hour). When the lamb has roasted for one hour and it’s time to uncover it, place the gratin in the oven alongside the roasting pan so both dishes can cook at the same time. MY KITCHEN Outreach ProgramBy the way, if you’re enjoying this recipe, please subscribe to our free newsletter! We’ll send seven amazing dinner recipes and a shopping list to your inbox each Friday. Plus, you’ll be helping us teach nutrition, shopping, and hands-on cooking classes to at-risk kids, in our MY KITCHEN Outreach Program.

Strawberry Spinach Salad (Prep on Thursday, Assemble on Sunday) The base for the vinaigrette—the vinegar, sugar, and oil—can be mixed together up to three days ahead. Chill it, covered, then let it stand at room temperature for about 15 minutes before tossing it with the salad.

Petits Pots de Crème au Chocolat (Cook on Friday) Before our present obsession with chocolate mousse, lovers of French cooking were filling individual porcelain pots with intensely rich, dense chocolate custard.

Oh, and if you’re looking for simply (and simple) stupendous make-ahead breakfast/brunch for Easter morning, check out Nana’s Chili Egg Puff!

SUNDAY SCHEDULE (We always serve around 4pm, adjust this schedule to your own liking.)

12:30pm Rub lamb and leave on counter to come to temp 1:30pm Lamb in oven 2:30pm Potato Gratin in oven 3:30pm Lamb out of oven to rest, make pan sauce 3:40: Assemble toss, and chill salad 3:55pm Slice lamb and plate 4:00pm Serve

RECIPES

Reverse grilled leg of lamb Easter

Reverse Seared Garlic and Rosemary Leg of Lamb Serves up to 12, with leftovers. 1 leg of lamb, bone in (about 6 pounds) 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 8 cloves garlic, minced 3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves 1 tablespoon salt 2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper Sauce: 1/3 cup chopped fresh rosemary 1/3 cup chopped fresh chives 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley 2 cups diced onions 2 cups chicken stock 1 cup red wine

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Using your hands, rub the lamb all over with the lemon juice. Pat the garlic and rosemary evenly all over the surface of the meat. Season the meat with the salt and pepper and place the lamb in a roasting pan. Place the lamb in the oven and roast for 30 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue to cook for about 1 hour longer for medium-rare, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the center of the roast registers about 145 degrees F to 150 degrees F (be careful that the thermometer does not touch the bone.)

If possible, pull from the heat at around 140F, and finish on the grill over hot coals (toss a few springs of rosemary on the fire, for an extra punch.)

Remove lamb from pan, or grill,  and allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before carving.

Position the roasting pan over your stove burners. Add mixed herbs and onions to pan, and stir to combine with pan drippings. Add chicken stock and wine to deglaze the pan, scraping the bottom with a wooden spoon to release any fond (that’s a fancy chef word for those yummy brown bits that stick to the bottom of your roasting/frying pan). Reduce over high heat until sauce consistency. Strain before serving, if desired.

Slice lamb and serve with sauce drizzled over the top.

Serve with warmed soft rolls (I like potato rolls) and plenty of sweet cream butter.

Potato, Leek, and Asparagus Gratin Potato, Leek, and Asparagus Gratin 4 Servings 1 pound Yukon Gold or russet potatoes, sliced very thinly 1 leek, white parts only, well-washed and cut into thin rings 1/2 pound asparagus spears, tough ends snapped off, cut into 2-inch pieces 1 1/2 cups cream salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste pinch freshly-grated nutmeg 1 cloves garlic, finely minced 1/2 cup grated good-quality Gruyere cheese

Preheat oven to 400F. In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, place the potato slices, leek rings, and asparagus pieces. Add the cream, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally and very gently with a rubber spatula so the potato slices don‘t fall apart, over medium-high heat until the cream boils.

Pour mixture into a 2-quart baking dish. Wrap tightly in foil and refrigerate until ready to cook. (at 400F)

Removed foil, Sprinkle with the grated cheese. Bake in preheated oven around 40 minutes until top is bubbly and golden, and potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife. Remove from oven and let sit for about 15 minutes. The dish will thicken slightly as it cools.

 Strawberry Spinach Salad Strawberry Spinach Salad 4 Servings 2 tablespoons sesame seeds 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon minced onion 10 ounces fresh spinach – rinsed, dried and torn into bite-size pieces 1 quart strawberries – cleaned, hulled and sliced 1/4 cup almonds, blanched and slivered In a medium bowl, whisk together the sesame seeds, sugar, olive oil, vinegar, and onion. Cover, and chill for one hour.

In a large bowl, combine the spinach, strawberries and almonds. Pour dressing over salad, and toss. Refrigerate 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Pots de Creme Petits Pots de Crème au Chocolat 4 Servings

Although this marvelous dessert looks very sophisticated, there is no great secret to success. Just start with the right kind of small, heatproof cups and a good-quality French, Swiss or Belgian bittersweet chocolate.

Mix the ingredients following the recipe instructions precisely, then strain the mixture to rid it of any lumps. Baking the filled pots in a water bath provides the gentle, moist heat the custard needs to thicken properly.

1 cup heavy cream 2 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces 3 egg yolks 2 Tbs. sugar 1 to 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat an oven to 325°F. Have a pot of boiling water ready.

In a saucepan over medium heat, warm the cream until small bubbles appear around the edges of the pan. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate until melted and well blended. Let cool slightly.

In a bowl, combine the egg yolks and sugar. Using a whisk, beat until pale yellow and thick enough to fall from the whisk in a lazy ribbon, about 5 minutes.

Slowly stir in the warm chocolate cream and add the vanilla extract, to taste.

Place six 1/4-cup pot de crème pots with lids or ramekins in a baking pan. Pour the chocolate mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into the pots or ramekins, dividing it evenly. Pour boiling water into the baking pan to a depth of 1 inch. Cover the pots with their lids or the ramekins with a single sheet of aluminum foil. Bake until the custards are just set at the edges, 15 to 20 minutes. They should still tremble slightly.

Remove the baking pan from the oven. Place the pots or ramekins on a wire rack, remove the lids or aluminum foil and let cool at room temperature. When cool, cover again and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 2 days before serving.

SHOPPING Meat 1 leg of lamb, bone in (about 6 pounds) Produce 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 8 cloves garlic, minced 1 cloves garlic, finely minced 3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves 1/3 cup chopped fresh rosemary 1/3 cup chopped fresh chives 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley 2 cups diced onions 1 pounds Yukon Gold or russet potatoes, sliced very thinly 1 leek, white parts only, well-washed and cut into thin rings 1/2 pound asparagus spears, tough ends snapped off, cut into 2-inch pieces 1 tablespoon minced onion 10 ounces fresh spinach – rinsed, dried and torn into bite-size pieces 1 quart strawberries – cleaned, hulled and sliced Seasonings/Baking 2 Tbs. sugar 1 to 2 tsp. vanilla extract 1 tablespoon salt 2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste pinch freshly-grated nutmeg 2 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces 2 tablespoons sesame seeds 1/2 cup white sugar 1/4 cup almonds, blanched and slivered Canned/Boxed/Bottled/Other 2 cups chicken stock 1 cup red wine 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar Dairy 2 1/2 cups cream 1/2 cup grated good-quality Gruyere cheese 1/4 lb sweet cream butter, softened Other 3 egg yolks 8-12 potato rolls Easter Wine and Beef Pairings Beverage pairings: A subtle Merlot or a firm, acidic Sauvignon Blanc would be nice wine options with this menu. For beer, look towards an American pale ale. Enough hops to cut through the fat without overpowering, and the fruitiness will go well with the gaminess of the lamb. A Belgian pale would bring more sweetness, and spicyness from the yeast and hop.

Personally, I like a thick, inky porter, with just about any red meat…but that’s just me.

04/9/17

Chef Perry’s Favorite Leftover Easter Egg Recipes

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Okay, Easter is coming to an end and, if your house is anything like mine, you have some happy egg-dying junkies, and a whole heap of hard boiled eggs.

So, what to do with all those eggs?

Sure, you can eat a few, straight-up, with a salt shaker; take a couple outside and play with your new driver, and maybe feed a few to the dog (However, I REALLY don’t recommend this…)

OR…you can use them to make some delicious lunches and snacks this week.

Here are three of my personal favorite recipes for that pile ‘o eggs…

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Egg Salad BLT Pitas

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I’m a big egg-salad fan, but the traditional white bread presentation is both bland, and a little too messy for me. I like keeping my gooey egg and mayo mixture self contained (and off my shirt), so I use whole-wheat pita pockets.

1/4 cup olive-oil mayonnaise
3 tablespoons chopped shallot
2 stalks crisp celery, diced
3 tablespoons Mexican crema (sour cream)
2 teaspoons deli-style mustard
dash or two of hot sauce (optional)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 hard-cooked large eggs
4 large whole-wheat pita pocket halves, warmed
4 center-cut bacon slices, cooked and coarsley chopped
8 (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato
4 large Boston lettuce leaves, whole or shredded

Combine first 7 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring well.

Coarsely chop the eggs, and add them to the mayonnaise mixture; stir gently to combine.

Arrange warm pita pockets on your work surface. Spread 1/2 cup of the egg mix inside each, then divvy up the bacon pieces, tomato slices (two each), and lettuce between them.

Serve immediately.

Of course, as go-to hard-boiled egg recipes go, good old fashioned deviled eggs are pretty freakin’ awesome….

151_deviled_eggs_p27My Mama’s Deviled Eggs

As I’ve mentioned before, Mama wasn’t a big fan of cooking, but the few dishes she made, she did very well. One of these was her Deviled Eggs, usually reserved for church pot-licks, and “covered dish” parties.

Oh, how I loved them.

Click here for the recipe.

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Cigar del pinar with Yellow Sriracha Sauce

Lastly, here’s an awesome appetizer to keep the zombie hordes away from your grill (or kitchen) at the next cook-out. I’ve made this recipe a couple of times last year, first for a big foodie dinner, and – because it was so good – again for an appetizer for our hautemealz  Easter feast.

Eggs, ground meat, olives, onions, all rolled in a wonton wrapper and fried.

Cuban egg-rolls, baby…how could that not be amazing?

Click here for the recipe.

How about you? Any good old-fashioned, or new and hip, hardboiled egg recipes you’d care to share?  Always looking something fun and tasty…if only to keep them away from this dang dog!

Enjoy!

Chef Perry

 

04/8/17

Steak Tips with Mushroom Pan Sauce

Steak Tips with Mushrooms

Beef steak cubes browned with garlic, and served in a mushroom sour-cream pan sauce. This dish is amazing over buttered noodles, or white rice.

Steak Tips with Mushroom Pan Sauce

2 Tbs olive oil
4 Tbs butter, divided
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 pounds NY Strip, or Ribeye
16 oz fresh white mushrooms, halved
salt to taste
freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/2 cup white wine
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbs red wine vinegar
1/2 cup sour-cream

Mise en Place
Cube the beef, season with salt and pepper. Halve mushrooms. Mince garlic. Combine wine, Worcestershire, and vinegar.

Directions
In a large skillet over medium/high heat, heat the olive oil and 1/2 of the butter, and brown beef cubes on 2 sides, with the garlic. Remove beef and garlic and set aside (keep warm.)

browning steak tips

Deglaze the pan with wine mixture, scraping the bottom of the pan. Reduce liquid by half, and then add the mushrooms. Cook until the mushrooms are cooked through, but still firm.

sauteing mushrooms

Remove the pan from heat and whisk in sour cream. When smooth, whisk in the remaining butter.

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Add steak tips (along with any juices), to the pan, and stir to coat.

Taste for seasonings and adjust as needed.

Serve over buttered egg noodles, or white rice.

Steak Tips with Mushroom Pan Sauce

04/7/17

Chicken Georgia with Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

 

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This is one of my favorite comfort-food dishes.  Creamy, umami, and enough veggies to keep the guilt away. I’m not, typically, a big fan of boneless, skinless, chicken breasts…but this is the kind of recipe that’s the exception to the rule!

Enjoy,

Chef Perry

Chicken Georgia with Garlic Mashed Cauliflower & Green Salad

Chicken Georgia (4a)
Active Time: 5 min.                                                   Total Time: 35 min.


  • 4 chicken breasts, skinless, boneless
  • 4 tsp. butter
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 pinch ea. salt & black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. minced shallots
  • 4 tsp. flour
  • 2 oz. grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 pre-bagged salad

Toss the salad with dressing, and set aside.

Melt butter over medium heat. Add mushrooms and shallots and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook 10 minutes. Remove vegetables with slotted spoon.

Dust chicken with flour and add to the pan. Cook 10 minutes on each side, or until tender. Transfer chicken to platter and sprinkle with grated cheese. Return the veggie mixture to the pan with drippings, add a teaspoon or two of hot water, and whisk to create your pan sauce.

Let stand 5 minutes before serving or just until the cheese has melted, top with mushroom sauce.

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Garlic Mashed Cauliflower (4b)
Active Time: 15 min.                                                     Total Time: 21 min.


  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 3 tsp. cream cheese, softened
  • 6 tsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 dash ea. salt & black pepper
  • 3 tsp. butter

Clean and cut cauliflower into small pieces.

Place rinsed cauliflower in a microwave-safe bowl. No additional water is needed! Cover the bowl with microwave safe plastic wrap, leaving one corner open to vent. Microwave on high for four minutes.

In a food processor (or with a good old fashioned potato masher), puree the hot cauliflower with the cream cheese, Parmesan, garlic, salt, and pepper until almost smooth.

Serve hot with pats of butter (opt.)

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04/5/17

Easy Oven Pulled Pork: Good to Great in 4 Steps

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I’m going to un-rein my ego for just a moment to say…I make great pulled pork.

In fact, I make amazing pulled pork, and it’s always hugely popular at our cook-outs (not as popular as Chef Chris’ smoked brisket, but let’s not get into THAT, right now…)

That said, I cringe every time see these recipes for “Amazing Pulled Pork in the Crock-pot!”…um, I don’t think so.

Not to diss anyone’s favorite recipe, ’cause I’m sure it’s good, but I don’t understand the whole crock-pot thing. You’re not roasting, you’re steaming, and steaming won’t create that awesome brown bark that’s so loaded with the flavor that makes pulled pork so amazing!

There’s also some technical differences in the cooking temp and times involved that effect how the collagen in the meat becomes gelatine, and creates a completely different texture in the finished product…but I won’t get all Alton Brown on you in this post.

I think you can get GOOD pulled pork from a slow cooker, but I’ve tried many, many of these recipes, and honestly? I have a sneaking suspicion that anyone who thinks they’re “amazing”…has never had amazing pulled pork.

That’s 20 years of doing old-fashioned pit-smoked bbq, talking!

(…and, no…what I’m talking about here isn’t as good as that, but I’ll swear on my favorite sauce recipe that it’s the next best thing!)

The crazy part it, it’s just not that much harder to make it this way… but the end result is so much better!

Amazing Pulled Pork in the Oven!
Perfect oven pulled pork(Above: your perfect pork shoulders, about 8 hours in.)

Here it is, so easy…

  1. Coat 1 boneless pork shoulder heavily in rub, and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Mix 1 cup each hot water, apple juice, and cider vinegar, with 1/4 cup mesquite liquid smoke, and pour into the pan with the shoulder.
  3. Roast, uncovered, fat side up, in a 225 oven for 14 hours (overnight works great). Remove from oven and allow to rest 30-45 minutes.
  4. Drain off the juices, shred the meat (two forks work great) and mix back in the broth. Let rest another 15 minutes, and serve.

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Again, I hope I’m not offending anyone, but if it doesn’t have bark, it isn’t pulled pork.

If you disagree, try this recipe and then tell me so!

– Chef Perry

PS – Lookin’ for an awesome pork dry rub? Check out the one we use on our Perfect Oven Pork Ribs…just as tasty on pork shoulder, believe me…I know! :)




04/1/17

It is done

The Home Chef Book

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IT’S DONE.

How do you write a book on how to save the world?

When I started this project, over two years ago, I had no idea how all-encompassing it would become. Unlike my blog, or the “Caja” cookbooks, which practically write themselves, this was more than just how-to’s and recipes (though, rest assured, there are plenty of those), this manuscript included deep, wide, unpredictable rivers of philosophy and conviction, unexplored dark chasms of learned opinion, personal bias, and (often cynical) worldview, as well.

It was easy to get lost. The sheer volume of hubris, alone, required to assume such a goal is exhausting.

Every idea, it seemed, birthed two more, and each of those two more again, growing exponentially into a fertile rabbit-warren of thoughts, questions, arguments, and hundreds of hours of research, fact-checking, testing, photography, formatting, and more than a dozen re-writes (In fact, I ditched the whole damn thing, twice, as just being too much of an information dump.)

The toll on myself and my family was much higher than I could have expected in the beginning, but it would have been impossible without their amazing patience, support, and occasional kick in the ass.

But here we are. Today, the book releases, it is done…

Consummatum est.

So, how do you write a book on how to save the world?

As someone once said, it’s a bit like watching hippos have sex. Scary in places, hilarious in others, a little awkward, and once it gets going, you want to stay out of its way.

Most of all…you’ll know when it’s done.

It’s done.

Enjoy…

~Chef P

03/29/17

Just Two More Days to Order “The Home Chef!”

Heads up!The Home Chef: Transforming the American Kitchen

Just TWO days left to pre-order “The Home Chef: Transforming the American Kitchen” and get the discounted shipping, and guaranteed ship date!

Here’s the order link: https://www.gofundme.com/home-chef-pre-orders

Help a brutha out!

~ Chef Perry

Today the average American spends a mere 27 minutes on food prep each day (another four minutes, or so, cleaning up); that’s less than half the time that we spent in the kitchen when Julia Child arrived on our television screens.

It’s also less than half the time it takes to sit through an episode of “Chopped” or “Cutthroat Kitchen.” As Americans, we’re are spending considerably more time watching cooking than they are cooking ourselves — an “old fashioned” activity that today’s hustle and bustle world will tell you they no longer have the time for.

We are standing at the edge of a cliff.

Our health, our finances, even the very fabric of our families are poised to plunge over the brink. At our backs is the home kitchen, the family…time.

Before us nothing less than total destruction.

We have an obligation, a moral imperative if you will, to regain control of our children’s health, our planet’s sustainability, even our nation’s greatness.

And I believe it starts in the kitchen.

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Part syllabus, part autobiography, part call-to-arms, The Home Chef is about the rapidly evolving landscape of cooking in America, and how to cook real food, the best food possible, in your own kitchen, and more importantly…why you should.

Filled with insider tips and tricks from the professional kitchen, hundreds of links and resources to (free) professional level education, and easy to follow instructions from a professional cooking instructor, The Home Chef: Transforming the American Kitchen is culinary school for the home cook.

Everything you need, and nothing you don’t, to take your own culinary creations to the next level, while saving time, money, and waste doing so.

This collection of dozens of “real food” recipes, hundreds of professional cooking tips and free educational video links, includes topic to take the home cook (or the never-have-cook) to a professional level of food preparation with topics like: The Adventurous Chef, Real Food, The Problem with Farm to Table, Using Organic Ingredients, The Secret to Kitchen Success, The Home Chef’s Pantry, Stocking Your Kitchen Toolbox. Knife Handling & Care, Tips & Tricks from the Restaurant Kitchen, What is a Chef, Corporate Food, GMO Labeling, Grocery Shopping Tips, How to Shop for Fresh Vegetables, The Flavor Profiles, The Truth about “Super-Foods”, Veganism, Food Safety, Mise en Place, Kitchen Organization, Spices, Gourmet Cooking, How to Read (and Write) a Recipe, Common Cooking Methods, Broths & Gravies, The Mother Sauces, How to Cook Vegetables, “Food Porn”, Layering Flavors, Grilling & BBQ, Paying it Forward, and more.

Resources include a Printable Fridge & Pantry List, Vegetable Cooking Charts, Meat Marinating Charts, Weights & Measurements, Wine Pairing Tips, Glossary of Cooking Terms, Favorite YouTube Cooking Channels, Pay-to-Play Online Resources, and links to hundreds of Chef Perry’s own Recipes.

Peppered with true stories and humorous anecdotes, “hands on” homework assignments, and inspirational quotes from the best chefs in the world, The Home Chef gives the reader everything they need to begin or advance their home cooking to the next level.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Perry P. Perkins is an award-winning third generation professional chef, culinary instructor, cookbook author, a professional food blogger, and member of the International Food Blogger’s Conference Advisory Board. Chef Perry has appeared on “Little People, BIG World” with Amy Roloff, “RibFest Chicago” with Ty Pennington, and writes regularly for Kenmore Grills, La Caja China, and Latin Touch.

He operates SimplySmartDinnerPlans.com, which is a free weekly recipe and meal-planning service that’s designed to help consumers maximize their grocery dollars by preparing budget-friendly healthy meals, while reducing food waste.

Perkins also runs the non-profit My Kitchen Outreach Program, which teaches the basics of nutrition and money-saving shopping, as well as no-cost hands on cooking classes for at-risk and special needs kids.

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03/24/17

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The Home Chef: Transforming the American KitchenPraise for THE HOME CHEF:

This cookbook is about much more than just cooking. Chock full of how-tos, meal planning tips, and tasty recipes, its purpose is to teach our current and future generations to appreciate and enjoy the benefits and importance of cooking for themselves and their families, and how eating healthy can effect the length, quality, and impact of their lives. And that, changes destinies. ~ Amy J. Roloff, Little People BIG World

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This is the book I have been waiting for! I am thrilled and love the countless incredible recipes featured. Perkins writes with a calm and reassuring manner. He is precise in his description of cooking time, internal temperatures, thermometer readings, and detailed profession-level techniques to achieve the best results.

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Perkins is a chef with both skill and passion. I am sure whoever reads and tries the recipes and tips in “The Home Chef” will embark on an amazing culinary adventure, just as I have.

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Today the average American spends just 27 minutes on food prep each day (and another four or five cleaning up); that’s less than half the time that we spent in the kitchen when Julia Child first appeared on our TV screens.

It’s also less than half the time it takes to sit through an episode of “Chopped” or “Cutthroat Kitchen.” As Americans, we’re are spending considerably more time watching cooking than we are cooking ourselves — an “old fashioned” activity that today’s hustle and bustle world will tell you they no longer have the time for.

We are standing at the edge of a cliff.

Our health, our finances, even the very fabric of our families are poised to plunge over the brink. At our backs is the home kitchen, the family…time.

Before us nothing less than total destruction.

We have an obligation, a moral imperative if you will, to regain control of our children’s health, our planet’s sustainability, even our nation’s greatness.

And I believe it starts in the kitchen.

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Part syllabus, part autobiography, part call-to-arms, The Home Chef is about the rapidly evolving landscape of cooking in America, and how to cook real food, the best food possible, in your own kitchen, and more importantly…why you should.

Filled with insider tips and tricks from the professional kitchen, hundreds of links and resources to (free) professional level education, and easy to follow instructions from a professional cooking instructor, The Home Chef: Transforming the American Kitchen is culinary school for the home cook.

Everything you need, and nothing you don’t, to take your own culinary creations to the next level, while saving time, money, and waste doing so.

This collection of dozens of “real food” recipes, hundreds of professional cooking tips and free educational video links, includes topic to take the home cook (or the never-have-cook) to a professional level of food preparation with topics like: The Adventurous Chef, Real Food, The Problem with Farm to Table, Using Organic Ingredients, The Secret to Kitchen Success, The Home Chef’s Pantry, Stocking Your Kitchen Toolbox. Knife Handling & Care, Tips & Tricks from the Restaurant Kitchen, What is a Chef, Corporate Food, GMO Labeling, Grocery Shopping Tips, How to Shop for Fresh Vegetables, The Flavor Profiles, The Truth about “Super-Foods”, Veganism, Food Safety, Mise en Place, Kitchen Organization, Spices, Gourmet Cooking, How to Read (and Write) a Recipe, Common Cooking Methods, Broths & Gravies, The Mother Sauces, How to Cook Vegetables, “Food Porn”, Layering Flavors, Grilling & BBQ, Paying it Forward, and more.

Resources include: a Printable Fridge & Pantry List, Vegetable Cooking Charts, Meat Marinating Charts, Weights & Measurements, Wine Pairing Tips, Glossary of Cooking Terms, Favorite YouTube Cooking Channels, Pay-to-Play Online Resources, and links to hundreds of Chef Perry’s own Recipes.

Peppered with true stories and humorous anecdotes, “hands on” homework assignments, and inspirational quotes from the best chefs in the world, The Home Chef gives the reader everything they need to begin or advance their home cooking to the next level.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Perry P. Perkins is an award-winning third generation professional chef, culinary instructor, cookbook author, a professional food blogger, and member of the International Food Blogger’s Conference Advisory Board. Chef Perry has appeared on “Little People, BIG World” with Amy Roloff, “RibFest Chicago” with Ty Pennington, and writes regularly for Kenmore Grills, La Caja China, and Latin Touch.

He operates SimplySmartDinnerPlans.com, which is a free weekly recipe and meal-planning service that’s designed to help consumers maximize their grocery dollars by preparing budget-friendly healthy meals, while reducing food waste.

Perkins also runs the non-profit My Kitchen Outreach Program, which teaches the basics of nutrition and money-saving shopping, as well as no-cost hands on cooking classes for at-risk and special needs kids.

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THE HOME CHEF” TRANSFORMING THE AMERICAN KITCHEN

By Perry P. Perkins

Elk Mountain Books * April 1, 2017 * 410 pages

Price: $19.95 paperback * ISBN: 1533350337

03/16/17

Chef Perry’s Perfect Pot-Roast

Perfect Pot Roast

I’m all about the comfort food and, let’s face it…it doesn’t get much more comforting that a rich, beefy, unctuous beef pot roast.

Now, you can train a monkey to flop a hunk of cow in a crockpot and douse with with French onion soup mix, but for a next-level roast, prepared with a refined French-style layering of flavors you need to do a little more work, a little more attention to detail…a little more love.

Little things like using two steaks instead of a single, thicker roast, allow a better marriage of beef and veggie flavors. Roasting your mushrooms, and sauteing the shallots and garlic allow them to maintain their own distinct flavors, a little acid cuts the rich fattiness of the meat, and cooking your ingredients at varying times allows for a consistent texture, nothing too tough and nothing too mushy. Perfection isn’t easy, but it’s so, so worth it.

And, let’s face it…a cow died for your dinner, you owe him that.

Here’s what I’m talking about…

Chef P’s Pot Roast

1 teaspoon olive oil
2 tsp bacon drippings
2 boneless chuck roast steaks, trimmed (3-pounds total)
2 Tbsp coarse sea salt
2 Tbsp freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp porcini mushroom powder
2 cups coarsely chopped shallots
8 garlic cloves
3 cup beef stock
1 bay leaf
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 cups peeled baby carrots
12 oz white mushrooms, halved and roasted
2 pounds russet potatoes, unpeeled and cut in half
1/4 cup soft butter + 1/4 cup flour
Sea salt to taste
Fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped

Roast your mushrooms and set aside.

Heat olive oil and bacon drippings in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle steaks with salt, pepper, and porcini powder, dredge in flour.

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Add shallots and garlic cloves to the skillet; sauté 8 minutes or well browned and crusted, remove solids, and set aside. Add steaks to pan; cook 5 minutes, turning to brown on both sides. Remove meat from pan.

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Return one browned steak to slow cooker. Layer onions and garlic, then cut potatoes over the top. Dust with more mushroom powder, and top with second steak.

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Add beef broth, vinegar, Worcestershire, and bay leaf to pan; bring to a simmer. Cover slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours.

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Carefully remove potatoes and set aside. Add the carrots and roasted mushrooms. Cover and cook 2 more hours. Remove bay leaf from cooker, discard.

Defatting beef stock
Pour off juice and defat, heat the resulting broth in a medium saucepan to simmer. Combine flour and butter to make a smooth paste.

Thickening with butter and flour

Whisk the mixture vigorously into the simmering broth until thickened. Taste for seasonings, adding salt and pepper, vinegar or Worcestershire sauce as desired.

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Shred meat with 2 forks, return to slow-cooker along with broth and all veggies. Stir and allow to warm through. Garnish with cilantro leaves, sprinkle with coarse black pepper, smoked paprika, and serve with hot dinner rolls.

BTW, like most roasted meals, this dish impoves with age. It’s better the next day, it’s divine on day three.

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