Summer on a plate.

Sometimes you don’t need a lot of “cooking”…

This plate looks and tastes like pure summer! Tomatoes from a local farm called Laughing Dog. Goat’s Milk Feta from Blue Heron Creamery — where the goats are fed a local beer daily. Boxwood basil (and flowers) came from my garden. Texas olive oil, black falk salt, and a touch of balsamic complete the dish. Go find some GREAT local ingredients and try this dish!

Using local ingredients reminds me of my dear friend Tracy Kontos. Chef Kontos is about to host her first pop up dinner. Too bad it’s sold out, you should have bought a ticket.

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Summer Italian Chicken… In a Circulator!

Immersion circulators and sous vide cooking are just starting to make their ways from high end restaurants into the homes of the “average” foodie. Although I’ve been fortunate to be “in the know” about sous vide cooking for a couple of years now, I was recently loaned a Sous Vide Professional from PolyScience… full review is coming but the spoiler is that it’s a dream to use. Sous vide cooking has many benefits for the home cook, from low fat cooking to huge service windows to results unavailable with traditional cooking methods.

Pho… Salad

I like Pho. I grew up on the national dish of Vietnam. If you’ve never had it, I feel sorry for you. It’s got a light but flavorful beef broth flavored with five spice, lemongrass, ginger, and garlic. When you order it you get a side plate of lime wedges, thai basil, cilantro, jalepeno, and bean sprouts. If you’re at a proper Pho selling establishment, you’ll quickly receive a big bowl filled with broth and rice noodles topped with raw thinly sliced beef. The heat from the broth cooks the raw beef perfectly. I always order Pho with the beef raw and on the side to ensure that the kitchen dosen’t pre-blanch the meat for the american pallete. If your Pho shop won’t serve you this way, find another pho shop.