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Month: February 2009

In The Kitchen – Fish in a Bag!

Originally posted on FineDiners.ca

Fish in a bag!

This is my new favourite way to prepare fish!  FineDiner Eric turned me on to it – it’s so simple but yet so incredibly delicious, and it cuts down on the mess since you cook and eat it all in the parchment vessel.  I made this for the first time on Friday night and my girlfriend insisted that I cook it again on Sunday – and I’m sure we’ll be having it a lot more often from now on!

Acidity: The Other Seasoning

The California Cook reminds us that while salt has its place as a seasoning, sometimes a little acidity goes a long way:

When most cooks read “season to taste,” they automatically reach for the salt shaker. That’s not a bad start: A judicious sprinkling with salt will awaken many a dull dish. But if you stop there, many times you’ll be missing a key ingredient. Because just as a little salt unlocks flavor, so can a few drops of acidity.

via [Serious Eats]

Midnight Snack – Oysters Rockefeller

Originally posted on FineDiners.ca by Eric Rochon

oysters

So it’s quarter to twelve, my buddy Marc shows up with thirty or so east coast oysters. Actually from the Mallet Oyster company in New Brunswick, they were the St-Simon ones. One of his co-workers is from the east coast and has access to the supplier that ships them directly  to Ottawa. I love oysters, so we proceeded to shuck and eat a dozen RAW.  Marc suggested we cook the rest.

FineDiners.ca: Red Wine Marinated and Braised Beef Short Ribs

My latest post over at FineDiners.ca is my soon-to-be-world-famous Red Wine Marinated and Braised Beef Short Ribs (aka Dave’s HAMMERED Beef Short Ribs!).  These were AMAZING!  I can’t wait to make them again!

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In The Kitchen – Wine Marinated Braised Beef Short Ribs

Originally posted on FineDiners.ca

Wine Marinated Braised Beef Shortribs (aka Dave's HAMMERED Beef Shortribs)

Second Time’s a charm?
So this is my second go-around with braised beef short ribs – I LOVE this dish.  Last time was great, but I couldn’t stop thinking about the ways I could improve on my first attempt, now that I had a bit of experience with braising and in particular with this cut of meat.

This time around, I had spent quite a bit more time reading up on braising and different recipes, plus I’d gotten a few more tips and tricks from FineDiner Eric, and I felt I was ready to jump back in and see if I couldn’t hit this one out of the park.