EXPLORATION FOOD

from foie gras to french fries and everything yummy in between.

Recipe: blackberry merlot jam

This wonderful jam features plump blackberries with just a touch of Merlot to round out the flavor. Be sure to use a low sugar pectin for a perfectly set jam. As far as jam goes we are using a relatively low amount of sugar. Ingredients 1/2 cup merlot reduction* 5...

Roast Pork a weeknight recipe

Roast Pork with Sage Roast Pork is a wonderful weeknight dinner. This roast pork takes very little hands on time. After seasoning the roast you just pop it in the oven and you can almost forget about it! The cut of meat is also inexpensive making it very budget...

Recipe: Bourbon Vanilla Peach Jam

I have recently discovered the wonders of  Peach with Bourbon and Vanilla. After making some booxy peaches to serve with ice cream, I decided to make a jam version of those boozy peaches. Peaches and vanilla bean is a classic flavor combination. It brings out the...

Recipe: Vegan Chipotle Fried Tacos

Its Taco Tuesday and this week we had friend tacos. For my Vegan daughter I whipped up this easy recipe for Vegan tacos. But first a note about the TOFU. This recipe calls for frozen then thawed tofu. This processes of freezing then thawing gives the tofu a "ground...

Recipe: Strata

Strata is a savory bread pudding, perfect for breakfast or brunch. It can be made ahead of time making it great for a crowd. Just assemble the night before and pop into the oven when ready to serve.  You can customize your Strata with a variety of cheese, vegetables,...

Recipe: Easy Beef Kabobs

Beef Kabobs are easy to make and great for customizing. Each person can add their favorite veggies to make the perfect original meal on a stick. Beef Kabobs Serves 6 Ingredients Beef Sirloin 3-4lbs Marinade 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup honey juice of...

Recipe – Real Men Eat Quiche

Seriously, best quiche ever. Not to mention easy! The only thing it isn't. . . low fat! Yield: 2 Quiche 2 Frozen Deep dish unbaked pie crusts (use a premium brand or make your own. it makes a difference!) 1# bacon 1 doz. lrg eggs 3 cups heavy cream (do not...

Recipe: Brats and Kraut

If there is one thing my man really loves, it's Brats and Kraut. Served with a  cold beer - that's his happy place. Here is my version of this german classic. Brats and Kraut  Ingredients 8 oz bacon 1 white onion 2 granny smith apples beer (I just use what ever my man...

Thanksgiving 2013 – the recipes

The key to yummy Thanksgiving is good ingredients. I know food costs a lot these days, but Thanksgiving is a time when I like to splurge. Purchase better brands of ingredients, local and organic when possible, and yes better brand names. It really does make a...

recipe: Spicy Indian Coconut Chicken Curry

This is a recipe that I made for my indian food loving fiancé. I have never really cooked indian food but since I have made curries of other styles I figured it couldn't be too far off. Living in the boonies I could not find all the ingredients I would have liked to...

Recipe: Pink Velvet Cupcakes

Pink velvet cupcakes are my adapted take on the classic red velvet variety. These cup cakes are exceptionally moist. Although recipes state that you can make your own buttermilk at home with vinegar, unless you are in a bind, use the real thing. It imparts a little...

Recipe: Lovers Lasagna

  There are a million variations for Lasagna recipes. Mine is non-traditional, meaty, and rich with the addition of a béchamel sauce. Easy to make as long as you have a little time to invest and are willing to do some dishes. Be sure to season each element of the...

Tonkatsu Ramen

One of my most favorite comfort foods is a hot steaming bowl of Tonkatsu Ramen. A rich flavorful broth with a variety of yummy toppings. Here in Utah I have not yet found a truly authentic ramen experience like those I have found in LA, New York, and Las Vegas. So I...

Recipe:Tonkatsu Ramen Broth

Ingredients 3# pork feet bones 2 large pork leg bones 4 large pork hocks garlic ginger onion equipment Large stock pot  - I use 20Qt skimmer Have your butcher cut up all the bones so you can get more of the yummy goodness out of it. Place all the bones in your stock...

Recipe: Chasu (braised pork belly)

Chasu is a rich topping for Tonkatsu Ramen. But it also delicious served over hot rice. ingredients 1 pork belly (approx 3#) 1 C soy sauce 1 C sake 1/2 C sugar 1 C mirin 1 C water bunch scallions rough chopped ginger 2" chunk peeled and sliced 2 shallots peeled and...

recipe: Menma (braised bamboo shoots)

Menma is a traditional topping for Tonkotsu Ramen but also makes a good snack or topping for rice. Now lets talk about ingredients. Traditionally you are supposed to used dried bamboo shoots for this. But I can almost never find them unless I make the long haul to a...

Champorado (filipino chocolate rice porridge)

Mamas Champorado This is the perfect bite of my mom's champorado. served with crumbled bacon... a taste sensation of salty and sweet. trust me, this is oh so good. ingredients 3 cups cooked white rice [preferably short grain] 5 cups water 1/3 cup cocoa powder [use a...