Archive for the ‘Quest’ Category

Salad Dazed

Part of recipe development is fine tuning the ingredient mix to develop the desired flavor. The initial recipe is never going to be correct the first time around.


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Mushroom for Improvement

Just as important as the inspiration to create a recipe is the evaluation of the finished product. Not every recipe works first time around and there in is the beginnings of the refinement part of the process.


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Left Over Starting Points

Leftovers can serve as the basis for recipe creation. By starting with a primary ingredient other food flavors, textures, aromas and sensations are brought in to complement and balance the final dish.


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Hash Browns: Solved

After incorporating the “wash and drain” step into the hash brown preparation I think I can call this quest solved/over. For the past several weeks I’ve used different types of potatoes (Russets, Whites, Yukons, etc) and they’ve turned out perfect every time. The secret was washing that starch off after shredding – it was never […]


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Hash Browns: Ever Closer

I think I’ve solved my texture issue with hash browns. While watching an America’s Test Kitchen episode on mashed potatoes, the cooking technique called for rinsing the sliced potato pieces in water before boiling. Washing the slices removed  the surface starch which would cause gumminess in the mashed potatoes. WHAM! Gumminess is exactly what I […]


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For 2010

I enjoy cooking but I’m not resolving to do anything in paricular about it over the next year other than to enjoy and learn more about it. On the education front I’d like to: Finish reading “On Food and Cooking“ Read a James Peterson book on a cooking subject Pick up a copy of the […]


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Hash Browns: Bacon Fat & Preheating

My current culinary quest is hash browns. I’ve tried several recipes and none seem to capture the texture I’m looking for: Crisp on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside. Eventually I’d like to be able to incorporate some onions and seasoning into the equation, but for now I’m working on texture. Most recipes call for shredding peeled potatoes on a box […]


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