Mar. 7th, 2015

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1 butternut squash
1 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp maple syrup
salt & pepper

Preheat the over to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and lightly coat with cooking spray.

Halve the squash lengthwise, scooping out the strings and seeds with a spoon. Place cut side down and bake for 45-55 min (until a skewer goes through easily).

Meanwhile, melt butter in a small pot or pan, and stir in maple syrup, salt, and pepper. Turn off the heat.

When squash is done, turn over so the cut sides are facing up, and spoon on the butter/syrup mixture. Return to the oven for about 5 minutes, to set the glaze.

from Jack Bishop's Vegetables Every Day




Photo also includes our chicken francese.
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160g egg yolks (10-12 yolks)
90g granulated sugar, plus more for dusting
1/2 tsp salt
600g heavy cream
Berries for garnish (optional)

Equipment:
Sous vide setup
Wide mouth canning jars
Blowtorch
Fine-mesh strainer

Heat water bath to 176° F (80° C).

Combine yolks, sugar, and salt. Whisk until smooth.

In a pot on the stove, heat cream to 158° F (70° C). Then slowly (very slowly: a thin drizzle) whisk this into the egg mixture. Pour too fast, and you'll curdle the eggs.

Strain the mixture, then allow to rest for 20-30 minutes so that most of the bubbles dissipate. Gently skim away any remaining bubbles with a spoon.

Cast ~150g of mixture into each jar, pouring in a slow, low, steady stream to avoid creating more bubbles. I used these 4 oz Ball jelly jars, and filled them nearly full (a couple cm of space at the top, where the threads are). Note: you may want to pre-warm the jars with a dip in some hot water to reduce the chance of cracking in the sous vide.

Close with lids and bands, but only finger-tip tight: place the lid on top of the jar, then twist the band to tighten using just your fingertips. When you begin to feel resistance, twist once in the opposite direction, then once more to tighten. (This is necessary to let the trapped air escape when submerged, otherwise the air will crack the jars as it expands.)

Sous vide for an hour. If you are using an Anova circulator, turn it off while you are placing the jars in the pot: this will keep them from jostling before they settle.

After removing the jars, let them sit on a trivet for 10-15 minutes to cool a bit, then place into an ice bath to chill completely. (If you go straight from the sous vide to the ice bath, the jars may crack.) Once the jars are cold they will last up to a week, sealed, in the refrigerator.

When ready to serve, let them warm a few minutes, then remove the lid from the jar. If condensation has pooled on the surface of the custard, gently dab with the corner of a paper towel to remove.

Using a small sieve or your fingers, dust a layer of sugar over the surface of the custard. The more sugar you use, the more crunchy and caramelized your top layer will be.

Set blowtorch to a low gas-release setting. Holding the torch in your dominant hand, and the jar in the other, focus the flame on the custard, while rotating the jar. Once you have achieved the color you want, allow the sugar to set for five minutes.

Top with berries, mint leaves, or whatever you desire. Then lick clean.

from Chef Steps


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Steak (I used 1lb flank steak for 3 people)
Bell peppers (tricolor is very pretty!)
Onion (I used 3/4 of a large Spanish onion)
Fajita seasoning (I used the pre-mixed McCormick packet)
Rice or fajitas
Toppings, such as shredded cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo

If serving over rice, get your rice cooker set up and going in advance.

Prepare the steak. I cooked it sous vide at 130 F for 45 minutes, then sliced into strips. Alternatively, slice first and stir fry in a pan with a tablespoon of oil.

Set aside the steak. In a large skillet, heat a tablespoon of oil, and sautee the onions and peppers for 3-5 minutes. Add the steak, seasoning, and about 1/4 c. of water. Stir and simmer for 3-5 minutes.

Serve over rice, or in tortillas. Top with cheese, sour cream, and salsas.


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Since you've got all those egg whites left over from making the creme brulee, let's make some meringues!

1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
5 egg whites (from large eggs), at room temperature
1/2 tsp cream of tartar (or a bit of lemon juice -- something acidic to set the egg whites)

Preheat oven to 200° F (95° C), and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Heat over high heat, stirring occasionally but gently (you don't want it to splash up the sides and solidify). Cook until the syrup hits 240° F (115° C).

Meanwhile, combine the egg whites and cream of tartar. You can be awesome and do this the traditional way with a whisk and a lot of elbow grease, but I cheat and use a stand mixer. Mix until you have soft peaks (about 3 mins on medium speed).

With the mixer running on low, slowly drizzle in the hot sugar syrup. I recommend a gravy spoon or a ladle, rather than trying to handle a hot pot over a moving appliance. Increase speed to high and whip until it's nicely thickened.

Now, you can do these the pretty way, with a piping bag and fancy tips, or you can do it the ugly-but-still-delicious way with a ziplock bag with the corner snipped off (as seen in the photo below). Doesn't matter! Just spoon your meringue into the bag, and portion out onto the baking sheet. These don't really spread while baking, not like your usual cookies.

In my oven, I bake at 200° F for two hours, until they're slightly golden, then I turn off the oven and leave them in there for another hour. I've seen recipes that say bake for 45 mins, then leave in the warm oven for two more hours, but I find they're still a little gooey in the middle when I do that. Depends on the oven! If you try one, and it's sticking to the parchment paper, or it's still chewy inside, then turn the oven back on and give it more time.




Meringue recipe from Serious Eats, and a concordance of baking times and temps from all over the interwebs.

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