August 19, 2012

orecchiette bolognese


ground beef
ground pork
sweet basil
red wine
heavy cream
canned san marzano tomatoes
tomato paste
red pepper flakes
dried oregano
salt and freshly cracked black pepper


1.  prepare the mise en place.  finely mince the shallots, garlic, onion, carrot, and bacon.

2.  mix the ground beef and pork together.

3.  slowly render bacon bits in pot.  after bacon fat has rendered, turn heat on high and saute the ground meat.

4.  when meat is nicely browned, add in the carrots, garlic, shallot, onion, a pinch of chili flakes, some dried oregano, and season with salt and cracked black pepper to taste.

5.   after a few minutes, add in some red wine and the tomatoes.

6.  simmer the sauce on medium heat for 10-15 minutes.  then add a pinch of nutmeg, a splash of red wine, a dash of heavy cream, and the basil.

7.  while the sauce is reducing, cook the orechiette in salted water.

8.  drain the orecchiette and spoon into a big serving bowl.  top with the meat sauce, garnish with more basil and serve immediately.  (freshly grated parmesan optional)

fluffy eggs


green onions, thai basil, and/or sea urchin (optional)


1.  beat the eggs with a bit of water in a bowl.  add a pinch of sugar, salt, and some mirin to taste.

2.  add in green onions if preferred.  can also substitute with thai basil or sea urchin (jason's personal favorite) if desired.

3.  cook eggs in a nonstick pan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally to create the "fluffiness."

4.  serve immediately

January 23, 2012

chicken rice soup, crispy skin


one whole chicken
chicken broth
white wine
cooked rice
kosher salt
freshly cracked black pepper


1.  remove the skin from a whole chicken. set aside.  season chicken.  

2.  chop up the mirepoix. 

3.  boil chicken in half parts broth and water with some white wine.  add in a sage leaf and a bouquet garnet of thyme.  when brought to a boil, throw in the carrots, celery and onion.  

4.  when the chicken is cooked through, remove the chicken.   set aside some of the cooking liquid in a small sauce pot.  shred the meat and put into sauce pot adding some more white wine and let simmer.  season to taste.

5.  add some cooked rice into the broth and using a immersion blender, blend to desired consistency. 

6.  in a nonstick pan over medium high heat, place chicken skins fat side down and slowly render out the fat. when the chicken fat has rendered and browned, flip them over to brown the other side, and season with salt.  you can press the skins down with a spatula to get even browning. when the skins are crispy and nicely golden, remove and let drain on paper towels.  

7.  brunoise more celery, carrot, and shallot.  set aside.  reserve some of the celery leaves.

8.  using the fat rendered from the chicken skin, begin to saute carrots.  season as you go.  when carrots saute for a min or two, add in the shallot, and then lastly add the celery.  remove from heat.  you still want a bit of a crunch from the celery.

to plate:  mound some of the chicken meat in the center or a bowl.  top with the sauteed vegetables.  spoon the hot chicken rice soup around it.  top with celery leaves and garnish with the crispy chicken skin and a sprinkle of parsley.  

below is a shot of the vegetables and chicken meat before the soup was spooned around it.