Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sloppy Joe Slider

Serve  24 sliders    Prep: 30 min   Cook: 30 min


  • 3 lbs ground turkey
  • 3 Tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp steak seasoning blend ( I used McCormick brand Montreal Seasoning )
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 green bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 (28oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (14oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2-3 Tbsp Tomato paste
  • 24 slider buns, split, toasted, and lightly buttered
  • 1/2 red onions, chopped
  1. In a large skillet set over medium-high heat. Heat the oil, add the ground turkey, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika, steak seasoning powder, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook breaking up the turkey with a wooden spoon, until browned through about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, bell peppers and onions, and cook until the vegetables soften, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and 2 Tbsp tomato paste. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally, cook until the sauce thickens, 10 to 15 minutes. (Add 1 or more Tbsp of tomato paste to control the consistency). 
  5. Serve on the toasted buns top with chopped red onions. 
Adapted from "Kitchen Confidence" by Kelsey Nixon. Copyright Clarkson Potter 2014. Provided courtesy of Kelsey Nixon. All rights reserved.

Asian Spicy Tuna Cakes

make 8-10 small patties
  • 3 (5 oz.) cans Tuna, drained well - I used Wild Planet Wild Albacore Tuna No Salt -- 5 oz
  • 1 Jalapeno, seeded, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 3 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp chili oil (optional)
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • For binder: 5-10 crackers (I used Trader Joe's Multi-Grain and Flaxseed water crackers), finely crushed  or 1/4 cup or more breadcrumbs, or 2-4 Tbsp any types of flour.
  • 2 tbsp oil to cook in

  1. In a large bowl, stir together tuna, green onions, cilantro, ginger, garlic, crackers, and jalapeno. Mix gently until ingredients just hold together.
  2. Add the fish sauce to the bowl and mix everything together with a fork. (I started with 1/2 tsp of fish sauce, gave the mix a taste, then added another 1/2 tsp.)
  3. Drizzle a little chilli oil (optional) over the top and  add eggs to the tuna and mix it all well.
  4. Using a packed 1/4-cup measure of tuna mixture per patty, shape into 8 to 10 cakes. (Don’t pack the mix too hard. Instead with a loose hand, simple shape the patties till they barely stick together. You want them light and airy not dense.)
  5. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium. Working in batches if necessary, cook cakes until golden brown and crisp on the outside, about 3-4 minutes per side. Serve hot, accompanied by Thai dipping sauce, and garnish with cilantro sprigs.

Dipping Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Sriracha or 1 tsp red-pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
Mix all the above ingredients together and serve as a dipping sauce with the fishcakes.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Garlic sauce-Toum

Fluffy toum sauce is delicious with any type of barbecued meat, particularly chicken, beef, or lamb, and grilled vegetables. Try it spread on thick slices of crusty bread and broiled for some of the finest garlic toast around. My recipe is an adaptation from Chef Kamal. Be sure to use a food processor, spatula, and measuring cup that are completely dry—water can cause the emulsion to break. Choose garlic that is firm and fresh.
1 cup very fresh garlic cloves, peeled
2 teaspoons salt
½ cup lemon juice
4 cups neutral oil (like canola or soybean or grapeseed)
Cut the garlic cloves in half lengthwise and remove the green center sprout. Even if the sprout is barely there or mostly white, remove it, as it causes a bitter flavor.
Place the garlic and salt in the bowl of the food processor and pulse until it is finely minced, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl between pulses.
In a very thin, slow stream, pour about ½ cup of oil into the running processor with the garlic. Then add slowly add two teaspoons of lemon juice while the processor is running. Turn off the processor and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Continue in this manner, alternating oil and lemon juice in slow, steady streams and stopping occasionally to scrape down the bowl. The mixture will turn fluffy and white.
Scrape into a bowl or container with an airtight lid, but don’t put the lid on yet. Cover the toum with a paper towel and refrigerate for about 12 hours, chilling the sauce completely and removing some of the moisture which would cause the toum to separate if covered immediately with the airtight lid. Then cover with the airtight lid and refrigerate for up to one month.
If your toum tastes ‘hot’ from the garlic, let it rest for a few days in the refrigerator, which will soften the flavor. Makes 4 cups of toum.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Apple Puff Pastry

Serve 6   Prep: 10 minutes   Cook: 20 minutes


  • Parchment paper, for baking
  • 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, defrosted and ready to use 
  • 1 -2 small Granny Smith apples
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup apricot jelly
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp butter, cold unsalted butter, small diced


  1. Allow the sheet of puff pastry to thaw on the cutting board for about 10-15 minutes, then cut the sheet into desired sizes and refrigerate while preparing the apples.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degree F. Line a baking sheet with with parchment paper.
  3. Cut the apples in half through the stem. Remove the stems and cores with a sharp knife and a melon baller. Slice the apples as thinly as you can. Put them into a bowl, and squeeze lemon juice over. Mix well.  Mix brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl, set a side.
  4. Place the apple slices in a straight line on top of each pastry, overlapping them as you go. Sprinkle about a 1/2 tsp of mixture of sugar and cinnamon over each pastry, then dot them with the butter.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the pastry is browned and the edges of the apples start to brown.  
  6. In the microwave or a small saucepan, heat the apricot jelly together with water and brush over the baked tarts completely.
  7. Loose the tarts with a metal spatula so they don't stick to the paper. Allow to cool and serve warm or at room temperature. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Montreal Steak Marinade

Serve 2


  • 2 beef rib-eye steaks (about 1 inch thick and 8 to 12 oz. each)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp Montreal Steak Seasoning (McCormick's)
  • 2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp minced garlic
  1. Mix ingredients together in a ziploc bag. Marinade steaks for about an hour.
  2. Broil steaks in oven for about 15 minutes, flipping every five minutes.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce

This is a great way to make a big batch of homemade Bolognese sauce and freeze it to have on hand for months. The slow cooking process really allows the flavors to develop and creates an incredible pairing for pasta.

Serve 8-10                      Prep: 20 minutes       Cook: 7 hrs


  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup dried porcini, soaked, drained and finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme or 2 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil or 2 tsp fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 (28oz.) cans crushed tomatoes - San Marzano brand
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 lb ground sirloin
  • Pasta, for serving
  • Torn basil leave for garnish
  • grated Parmesan cheese for topping


  1. Heat the oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, carrots, celery, porcini and onions. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook about 3 minutes. Add the tomato paste, thyme and nutmeg, and continue cooking until the vegetables have softened and started to brown, about 2 minutes. deglaze with the wine, pulling up any bits from the bottom of the pan. Season with salt and pepper. 
  2. Carefully transfer to the slow cooker. Stir in the cream and tomatoes. Mix the pork and sirloin together in a separate bowl, using your hands, until combined. Stir the meat into the slow cooker, spreading out evenly and avoiding any large clumps. Cover and cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or on low 8 to 10 hours. Skim the accumulated grease from the surface before serving. 
  3. Serve over pasta top with Parmesan cheese and basil with crusty bread for soaking up the sauce.
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Monday, December 23, 2013

Maple Glazed Roasted Acorn Squash

Serves 4 to 6
1 acorn squash, seeded and sliced
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
¼ cup maple syrup, warmed
salt and pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Place squash sliced onto a baking sheet and drizzle with oil. Season with alt and pepper and gently toss together.
3. Sprinkle tops of squash with brown sugar.
4. Roast squash for 35 to 40 minutes occasionally tossing around, gently, to avoid sticking.
5. 7 to 10 minutes before roasting is completely, brush a small amount of maple syrup over each piece of squash and finish roasting.
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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Korean Radish Soup (Muguk)

Serve 6       Prep: 10 minutes         Cook: 30 minutes


  • 8 oz. lean beef (brisket), cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 small Korean radish (about 1 lb), peeled, cut into 1 to 1 1/2-inch square, about 1/4-inch thick
  • 10 cups water
  • 20 dried anchovy
  • 2 pieces of 2 inch square dried kelp (dashima)
  • 1-2 Tbsp Guk-ganjang (soysauce for soup)
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 daepa or 2 scallions, cut diagonally into thin slice.
  • salt and black pepper
  • a dash of sesame oil (about 1/4 tsp)
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced for garnish


  1. In a medium pot, pour about 10 cups of water and add the dashima, dried anchovy and bring up the heat to high.
  2. Remove the dashima when the broth starts to boil, then reduce the heat to medium high and cook the broth 10 more minutes with anchovy. 
  3. Remove the anchovy; add sliced radish into the broth and boil, covered, until the radish turns translucent and soft, about 15 minutes. 
  4. In a mean time, cut the meat into bite size pieces and rinse them with cold water.
  5. Stir in meats, minced garlic, Gukganjang, cook for another 4-5 minutes;scoop out the brownish foam from the surface of the soup until it gets a clear broth; then taste for salt and pepper, daepa or scallions; cook for a couple of minutes.
  6. freshly cracked black pepper and a dash of sesame oil at the end and garnish with green onion. serve with a bowl of rice.