Monday, November 26, 2012

Slippery good stuff

I like to give a shout out when I try something new and different, and recently I came across a tasty product here locally that really rocked my world (and my salads).
I shop locally here in Dayton at the second street market where I can source great local foods, and while on an egg run I came across a new vendor selling some fantastic Balsamic and flavored oils. The Olive Tree has a well put together kiosk featuring a plethora of tantalizing flavors blended together at reasonable pricing. I bought a Cinnamon pear balsamic, and a White coconut oil, both were very good!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Seafood with Coconut milk

Oh yeah I've been gone forever,,, rehab is such a drag,, here's dinner,,

Sautee onion, garlic, beans, Jicama, carrots, cucumbers, and Nappa cabbage with coconut and sesme oil. Add vegetable broth, fish sauce and coconut milk. Season and ad fish (Salmon and Tilapia here).
Fifteen minutes total time. :-)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Slow Food at the Flying J

Wow what a visit we had to the Flying J Farm yesterday where the annual Slow Food event was held for the 5th year (1st for us). The mighty chef's at Skillet Rustic Urban Food were back to whip up serious chow and they let me jump in and help make the night a success as only they can. Thanks to them for letting me play with knives!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Light Salad Lunch

Howdy campers, today we did a tasting for a group coming here in December. The menu consists of a "family style" salad which is a plate of salads with toppings to be passed around the table. For the tasting I plated all of the toppings individually. The purple cauliflower is blue to match the colors of the client's company.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Heart to Heart Gala

Hi all,
What a busy weekend, spent my birthday makin money for th man,,, and we did some really nice work shown below. Many thanks to my chef Bill Wood for making this a smooth night! Pics include an app station and 3 dinner lines,,,

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fake it

 I think that's a 4-letter word to just about everyone, even vegetarians. Of course they won't admit it but they spend a lot of time trying to sugar coat (sometimes literally) vegetables to get you to stay away from evil meat,, tasty tasty evil meat. Truth be told you will find except for said meat product we really have a lot in common with our vegetables, we eat a ton of them because they are good for us, and one thing I have found is I have gone hog wild over the greens since I have gone Paleo, an unexpected plus. I mean I really can't get enough salad and sides in my daily diet, and dammit you should too. Big, juicy, colorful, fresh locally grown produce, cause winter is coming and you'll be buying your fresh produce from Brazil before you can say "No Bueno".
So low carb, with plenty of veggies you say? My response sir is Mashed Cauliflower. That's right you too can dine on the spit upon cauliflower and enjoy, yes arm in arm with vegetarians we will find a way to pretend
 we are eating the nightshades without the terrible Lectins and chemicals from the ground..

Look a recipe,..

8 cups bite-size cauliflower florets (about 1 head)
4 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
1/3 cup Coconut milk
4 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Look, pictures,, 

Cauliflower is cheap, and tasty done this way,, it doesn't have to be minced but I thin cut is a must

Boil water and drop in salt, then cauliflower

You can use heavy cream but I prefer coconut milk and for god's sake get some good butter, not the cheap stuff dyed yellow, KerryGold rocks!

Duh da duh da da,, I say whip it,,, whip it good

Garlic and pepper and you are there my friend,,

We had the last of our farm raised pork loin tonight, very sad, still a lot of ground and a couple this and thats, time to visit the farm and talk about our next visit to the butcher, he fed us well..

Monday, August 13, 2012

Dragon spice Shrimp and Chicken stir-fry

Hey campers! Trying out a new plate for photos today,, I sauteed up some vegies and added last night's chicken and some yummy shrimp from Earth Fare. I bought a tin of "Dragon spice" a while back, it has some great flavors including five spice, but isn't too overwhelming,, took me 20 minutes from start to finish,,,