Musky Country Salad

Musky Country Salad with bratwurst

Serves 4 hungry eaters

Ingredients:

For the Bratwurst:

  • 8 Bratwurst
  • 12 small red potatoes, golfball size
  • 2  12 oz cans Scotch lager or Amber beer
  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ bunches spring onions or scallions
  • 4 pretzel buns (optional)

For the salad:

  • 1 lb. small snap peas
  • ½ lb. English shell peas
  • 1 ½ bunch spring onions or scallions
  • 1 – 12 oz. jar mild Kimchi (available in Korean specialty stores)
  • 1 cup pickled beets , sliced and cut in half

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Chili Rellenos

Chili Rellenos by the Au Sable River

We cooked this recipe alongside the Au Sable river in Michigan | Read about the adventure on American Rivers Tour 2017!

Inspired by chef Matt Haley, Gates Au Sable Lodge, Grayling, Michigan.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 8 poblano peppers
  • 1 pound fresh chorizo, cooked and drained
  • 12 oz Mexican melting cheese, (shredded Cotija or Monterey Jack)
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs

Roast peppers over open flame until skin is charred and blistering. Rest in paper bag or bowl covered in plastic until cool enough to handle. Chop or crumble chorizo into thumbnail sized pieces and combine with remaining ingredients. Read More »

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Lamb Taquitos

Lamb Taquitos Estia's style

This is a great do­ahead party dish appetizer that can be prepared long in advance and quickly cooked and assembled day of.

Makes 40 finger food hors d’oeuvres.

For the lamb filling:

  • 3 pounds boneless lamb shoulder
  • Salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup vegetable or olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 Spanish onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fennel seed
  • 2 chopped Mexican dried Guajillo chilis, seeds and stems removed
  • 2 cups chopped canned plum tomatoes
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 small bunch thyme

For the taquitos:

  • 20 six inch soft corn tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 1 package sweet pea sprouts
  • Reserved shredded lamb
  • 2 cups Mexican slaw (recipe below)

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Braised Lamb & Spring Vegetable “Hobo Skillet”

Braised Lamb and vegetables "Hobo Skillet"

This is a recipe we cooked near the Chagrin River in Ohio | Read the full story about this fishing adventure on American Rivers Tour 2017.

Inspired by a dish from chef  Tim Bando of the Grove Hill Restaurant, Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

Serves 4

This one skillet dinner involves a day before preparation of the ingredients so it is an easy assemble and cook after a long day outside.

For the Lamb:

  • 3 lb boneless lamb shoulder
  • salt and pepper
  • ¼ vegetable or olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 Spanish onions, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 tablespoons fennel seed
  • 2 cups chopped canned plum tomatoes
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 small bunch thyme

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Paella

Paella Dish

This recipe serves 18

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb chicken sausage (diced)
  • 1 lb Andouille sausage (diced)
  • 1 quart jasmine rice
  • 1 quart mirepoix (diced carrots, celery and onion)
  • 8 oz Sofrito (finely diced red and green pepper, jalapeño, garlic, cilantro and olive oil)
  • 750 ml white wine mixed with clam sauce (50:50) and one tablespoon of saffron threads (allow to set for one hour before using)
  • 16 oz can whole peeled tomatoes (juice removed, roughly chopped)
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Sea salt and ground pepper to your liking

  • 3 cull (2+ pound) lobsters (steamed and removed from shell)
  • 2 lb scallops (10/20 size) cleaned and lightly seared
  • 4 lb fresh fish (skin and bones removed, cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 3 dozen little neck clams (rinsed and lightly scrubbed in cold water)
  • 2 cups snap peas (chopping into pieces) of fresh shucking peas
  • 1 cup cleaned and chopped fresh oregano, parsley and mint – mixed
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Farm Yard Pork Loin “Roli Roti Style” – A proven dish for a big Food Lab crowd

Food Lab Founder Geoffry Drummond and Chef Colin Ambrose with Roli Roti

Serves 20

Ingredients:

1 full pork loin, belly on
2 bunches parsley
1/2 bunch mint
1/2 bunch thyme
1/2 bunch cilantro
1/2 bunch oregano
10 garlic cloves (chopped fine)
1/2 cup olive oil
2 large lemons (zest only)
3 tablespoons salt

At the “Little Kitchen” from time to time the special menu features our “Roli Roti Style” pork loin stuffed with herbs from our garden (oregano, parsley, thyme, mint and cilantro) mixed with garlic and lemon zest.

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Pork Stew “Chilatole” – Another proven dish for a big Food Lab crowd

Ingredients – this recipe serves 6:

4lb pork (picnic butt or shoulder butt)
2 tomatillo
1 cup chopped onions
10 jalapeno peppers
3 zucchini (chopped)
4 garlic cloves
4 corn cobs (kernels only)
6 bay leaves
1.5 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
3 corn tortillas
1/2 cup fresh cilantro


– bone the pork primals (ham, shoulder butt and picnic butt)
– cut each piece into 4 smaller portions
– place in 3 hotel pans (3 inch deep roasting pans) and in a 375ºF oven (wrapped in foil) for 3 hours
– place bones in a large pot over medium heat and mix with mirpoix (onions, celery and carrots chopped rough)
– stir until the vegetables are soft and then cover with water
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Brisket of Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff with Pappardelle

Beef stroganoff, serves 8

Braising the beef:

  • 4 lb beef brisket
  • 2 cups mirpoix (carrots, celery, onions)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 bottle red wine
  • 1 quart beef stock

Prepare the braise by searing the beef in advance. Season the beef with salt and pepper first then soften mirpoix with butter in a roasting pan, follow with beef stock and red wine then place the brisket in the pan and cover. Braise in a 350°F oven for 3 hours. Read More »

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Adobo Pork Tortas

Adobo Pork Tortas

This recipe makes 10 sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • 4 lbs pork shoulder, boneless
  • 1/2 cup chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 3 guajillo chilis, stems removed, chopped
  • 3 jalapeño chilis, stems and seeds removed, chopped
  • 2 cups mirepoix (celery, onion & carrots in equal parts diced)
  • 2 cups chopped tomato
  •  2 cups chicken stock
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • salt & pepper

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Beef Barley Soup

Preparing the Beef:

  • 2lb boneless beef short rib or flap meat
  • 2 tablespoons salt mix: equal parts of sea salt, white pepper, ground cumin, black pepper. Make in batches and store next to the stove.
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1/2 bottle red wine
  • 2 quarts chicken stock

Season the beef. Heat a deep roasting pan on the stove over medium flame. Lace butter in the pan and sear the beef for several minutes on each side. Once browned, add liquid and bring to a simmer. Cover and place in a 350°F oven for 3 hours. Remove, strain the stock, and slice the beef into pieces. Refrigerate the beef in the stock overnight. Read More »

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Cornbread Chicken Pie

Serves 6

For the Filling:

  • 4 cups roasted chicken: roast a 4lb bird, allow to cook and remove all meat, combine white and dark meat
  • 2 cups mirpoix
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 3 cups boiled potatoes, cubed
  • 1/2 pound frozen peas
  • Salt & pepper

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Portuguese Kale & Sausage Soup

Portuguese style kale & sausage soup recipe

Makes 8 servings

Kale purée, step #1:

2 cups mirepoix
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons sliced garlic
2 quarts chicken stock
4 cups kale, shredded
1 cup white wine  

Start with the butter, garlic and mirepoix in a soup pot over medium heat. Stir for 3 minutes. Add chicken stock and kale. Stir on occasion for 10 minutes. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Take off the heat and allow to cool for an hour.

Transfer to a blender and pulse 10 times.

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BBQ Baby Back Ribs

BBQ Baby Back Ribs

This recipe makes 4 racks with about 10 bones each piece.

Ingredients to cook the ribs:

4 racks baby back pork ribs
2 onions, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 quart chicken stock
1 tablespoon salt

Start by cutting the racks into 3 bone pieces. Add the pork to a large skillet over high heat and sear the round side down rolling back and forth for about 2 minutes. Move the ribs to a hotel pan after they have been browned. Read More »

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Venison Moussaka

Venison Moussaka

Recipe serves 4

Ingredients and directions for Step 1:

Pre heat the oven to 375ºF
Use a loaf pan, roughly 9″ x 5″ x 3″

3 lb venison stew meat, chopped into fingernail size pieces
3 leeks, diced into small pieces
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 cups red wine
2 cups diced ripe tomato
1 teaspoon sea salt

Start the leeks in a hot pan with the butter, stir until softened then add the venison.
Once the venison has browned add the remaining ingredients and stir occasionally over medium heat for 30 minutes. Read More »

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CHICKEN POT PIE

Last night was my 6th in a row, working the line @ The Lodge. Today, Sunday is a day off, well spent on the golf course and the beach. Family meal last night featured Chicken pot pie, a favorite on cool evenings. Served with a crisp romaine and red vinaigrette salad.

Recipe serves four

For the CHICKEN POT PIE:

Crust made in the food processor:
2 cups AP flour
½ cup bacon grease
4 tablespoons ice cold water
1 teaspoon salt

Bring together in the processor bowl and run until smooth
Pour the mixture into a bowl and roll into a ball (add more bacon fat if needed)
Wrap with plastic and repeat to make 2 balls, refrigerate for an hour. Read More »

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Paella with Lobster

When Jessica informed me, “We will have 18 for dinner tomorrow night,” my mind automatically went to Paella. The first phone call was placed to Mrs. Iacono for two pounds of her Spicy Chicken Sausage. Then I called the Seafood Shoppe in Wainscot for four pounds of cod, two pounds of sea scallops, three cull lobsters and three-dozen littleneck clams. Just prior to leaving the restaurant, I organized a box of dry goods, a quart of jasmine rice, a quart of mirepoix, a wine bottle full of saffron infused wine and clam juice, one coffee cup filled with Sofrito, one 16-ounce can of “Muir Glen” whole peeled tomato and two quarts of chicken stock.  I grabbed a pound of North Country Andouille sausage for extra flavor. Read More »

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