Passion Project: Classic Beef Bourguignon

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There’s no getting around it… If you want to eat homemade beef bourguignon, it will take you an awful lot of time. No matter how you slice it, you will have to let the dish come together in a pot for a few hours. So this dish is definitely not a spur-of-the-moment kind of recipe. But fear not, it actually doesn’t require much time in the kitchen. Continue reading “Passion Project: Classic Beef Bourguignon”

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Passion Project: Butter-Basted Ribeye with Caramelized Mushrooms and Blistered Shishito Peppers

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Butter. Basted. Ribeye. How much better can it get?

For this second beef recipe, I went with one of the most classic cuts: ribeye. In France, you can be pretty sure that almost any local bistro will feature it on their menu. In the most typical fashion, it is served with French fries and called “entrecôte frites”. I guarantee you that’s a dish you’ll want to order if you find yourself in France one day. Continue reading “Passion Project: Butter-Basted Ribeye with Caramelized Mushrooms and Blistered Shishito Peppers”

Passion Project: Tri-Tip Steak over Miso-Ginger Broccoli Slaw

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One of my favorite brunch spots in Paris also happens to serve some of the most delicious and creative salads I have ever eaten. I know… Salad for brunch? That’s not what most people have in mind when they picture a lazy Saturday morning meal. And I’m typically that way too… Trust me, I like my go-to eggs benedict with extra ham and homefries. But every now and then, it’s good to be adventurous. Continue reading “Passion Project: Tri-Tip Steak over Miso-Ginger Broccoli Slaw”

Passion Project: Shredded Pork Tenderloin over Rice and Greens

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It all started with a craving. A pulled pork sandwich kind of craving. I don’t know where it came from, but I know that I suddenly needed one. Have you ever made pulled pork at home though? Not only does it take forever, but it also requires one of the largest cuts of meat there is: pork shoulder. I neither had the time, nor the appetite to cook a whole shoulder. So what could I do? Pulled pork is typically made from the shoulder because of its high fat content. When cooked at a low temperature for an extended period of time, the fat slowly melts and the meat strands fall apart. Could I get this result with another cut? Continue reading “Passion Project: Shredded Pork Tenderloin over Rice and Greens”

Passion Project: Spaghetti Carbonara with Pancetta

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I don’t care much for bacon… Never have, and probably never will. I didn’t grow up with it, and though I enjoy the occasional strips that come with my scrambled eggs at hotel breakfasts, I have never bought a single pack. It’s not like I have anything against it, but it simply never crosses my mind. What I do love, however, is “pancetta”. Think diced Italian bacon, a.k.a the perfect addition to any pasta sauce. The most famous of them all being “Carbonara”. Continue reading “Passion Project: Spaghetti Carbonara with Pancetta”