I have been trying to find a great German Pancake (also known as a Dutch Baby) recipe for years. I found several but I generally got mixed results. Recently I adapted this recipe from America’s Test Kitchen and found that it worked perfectly every single time. An added plus is that you don’t have to remember to preheat the oven. The only caution is that you need to make sure you leave enough room above the oven rack as the edges will puff up at least four inches above the edge of the skillet.
Posted in breakfast, recipe
Tagged dutch_baby, flour, lemon zest, lemon_juice, nutmeg, pancake, powdered_sugar, sugar, table_salt, unsalted_butter, vanilla_extract
This recipe was featured in the 2009 Napa Rose Cooking School at the Grand Californian Hotel at the Disneyland Resort.
I have a confession to make: I have not been very good about cooking rice. It either comes out watery, gummy or scorched. Those days are now over since I have found this recipe on the New York Times cooking site. I have made it many times and the rice comes out perfect every time.
Note: To get the lid on the pot to fit tightly, I take two lengths of aluminum foil, fold it a few times and wrap it around the lid of the pot before I put the cover on.
Back in the 1970s there was a prime rib chain called Lord Charlie’s that had the best glazed carrots. I asked them how they cooked their carrots that made them taste so good. They told me the secret ingredient: 7-Up. More than 30 years later I found a recipe from Alton Brown for glazed carrots and was able to adapt it to recreate the Lord Charlie’s recipe.
Note: The easiest way to cut 1/4 slices of carrot is to use a food processor with the medium (6mm) slicing disk. If you don’t have a food processor, a mandolin will work.
Posted in recipe, side dish
Tagged 7-up, alton_brown, carrot, food_processor, glazed, kosher_salt, lord_charlies, mandoline, seven-up, side_dish, unsalted_butter
This recipe makes the perfect white bread for sandwiches (especially grilled cheese). Because it has butter and sugar, it takes almost a week before it goes stale if you keep it wrapped in plastic. It is based on a Martha Stewart recipe and won a 2nd place ribbon at the San Diego County Fair in 2013.
Note: A Pullman loaf pan has a lid so that each slice is a perfect square. You can also make it in a standard loaf plan.
Posted in bread, recipe, san diego county fair
Tagged bread_flour, dessert, food, kosher_salt, nonfat_dry_milk, sugar, unsalted_butter, vegetable_oil_spray, water, yeast
This is an appetizer you would pay for in a restaurant (and I have) but can make at home. I learned the techniques for this dish in the Napa Rose Cooking School and the recipe is in the cookbook you get when you take the class.
See my page on Demi Glace for the best chicken stock you can get.
Posted in appetizer, dinner, recipe, Sauce
Tagged butter, chicken_stock, dinner, food, lemon_juice, lemon_zest, lobster, lobster_stock, napa rose, saffron, scallop, shallot, thyme, tomatoes, unsalted_butter, vanilla_bean, white_wine