Sara’s Kitchen Revelations – Don’t throw out that leftover coffee, freeze it.
After my morning cup (well, cups) of coffee all I want on a hot summer afternoon is iced coffee and what better way to ice it then with coffee ice cubes – double whammy!
or you can take it even further and throw the cubes into a blender with some milk and sugar and whiz it into your own version of that rather expensive frozen coffee drink found at many fancy coffee shops
Only your version, your Frozen Cafe… more »
Sara’s Kitchen Revelations – The Secret Ingredient to Juicy Tender Chicken
Southerners always soak their chicken in buttermilk before dipping it in flour and deep frying it – that is what I learned on my live call in show on the food network. I thought it was a just a Southern thing, I didn’t realize it was a science thing. I knew that dairy was a tenderizer in baked goods, now I have learned it plays the same role for chicken. Buttermilk is not just a tenderizer, it also adds a… more »
Sara’s Kitchen Revelations: Milk is the Great Deodorizer
Love fish but wish it didn’t smell quite so fishy? And how about gamey venison or livery calves liver? How do you turn that assertive aroma and taste down a tiny notch?
Soak that strong tasting ingredient in milk! I learned this years ago when I worked at a 3 star (NY Times awarded) restaurant on 13th street, here in Manhattan called La Tulipe. We routinely soaked fish, shellfish including soft shell crabs and scallops, calves liver and venison tenderloin… more »
Sara’s Kitchen Revelations – Watch out Beluga, there are some new caviars in town
Last Thursday I had a spectacular dish at INK in LA – Burrata with trout roe, garlic flowers, kataifi and much more
Who says that cheese and fish don’t go together? But meanwhile, this trout roe reminded me how many new choices there are in the market in the fish egg department. And then over the weekend the New York Times Publishsed this article: A Roe By Any Other Name… more »
Sara’s Kitchen Revelations – Raw Beets are Very Tasty
When I was grating my beets for a quick saute for The Husband I happened to taste a little bit of the shredded beets in the raw state
shredded gold and red beet salad
and discovered that they had a very fresh, mild beet flavor with a lovely crunch.
Beets are the new cole slaw!!
Because I’d shredded two different colors I had a few styling choices . Either “arranged” in a pattern, or tossed.
All… more »
Sara’s Kitchen’s Revelations – You Can Cook Beets in 3 Minutes
The Husband loves beets. Me, not so much. I think they taste like dirt. They take forever to cook – 45 minutes to boil or to steam, and if you steam them you have to keep adding water. They take a whopping 1 1/2 hours to roast, which is the best way to cook them, but then the whole house smells like dirt. And, when you peel a cooked beet, your hands get stained purple. My hands are already dry,… more »
Sara’s Kitchen Revelations – That artichoke stem is edible!
It is not only edible but also dense and tasty just like the artichoke heart. Last night I was preparing some monster artichokes for my son Sam’s birthday chez us,
when I decided to get out the camera and film the process of trimming the stems. I actually learned this many years ago from Jacques Pepin, the great culinary technician and teacher, who I was lucky enough to work with at my last restaurant job.
so, you simply cut off… more »
Cool Things You Didn’t Know You Could Make Part Three
The first time I ever made ricotta cheese was in my dining room at Gourmet Magazine. It was based on a family recipe from the magazine’s art director Richard Feretti. And it was amazing. Not only did it taste so much better than the supermarket version (anything homemade tastes better anyway, doesn’t it? or at least we think it does) but it was just so easy to make. Let me take you through the process.
First, if you are able… more »
Cool Things You Didn’t Know You Could Make, Part 2
I don’t know about you but I have always been vaguely suspicious about anything labeled “ground beef” or “hamburger.” I am even more suspicious since I’ve read a few articles about what a meat purveyor is legally allowed to put in to that mix. For awhile, I was recommending to my students that they buy ground meat from just one muscle – for example: ground round, ground chuck, ground sirloin. Then I read another article that said those packages were… more »
Cool things you didn’t know you could make
I love it when I figure out how to make something that seemed so out of reach, particularly if that something can be made from scratch with good ingredients and no additives. I like being in control. I have three of those kind of discoveries that I would like to share with you in the next few blogs. Let’s start with butter.
It has happened to all of us. You start beating heavy cream in a mixer to more »
My Black Thumb
My Black Thumb…
Whenever I teach a cooking class I always tell my students to read the whole recipe through from start to finish, before they begin to cook. That way they can avoid that unfortunate moment when the guests are seated and waiting at the dining room table and they come across the part of the recipe that says to “chill overnight.”
I usually follow my own good advice when making a new recipe, particularly one that is out more »
Suddenly I have noticed that there are Malaysian restaurants popping up all over New York City. I have never focused before on this particular kind of Asian cuisine and so I decided to check out a restaurant in my neighborhood (which has a woman chef!) called Laut. I tasted roti canai, crispy pancake with a coconut chicken curry, beef rendeng, wonderful spiced beef, and papaya salad so good I ordered a second. I finished off the meal with a Malaysian… more »