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Roast Cornish Hen With Caramelized Onions And Potatoes (Best Potatoes EVER?)

Roast Cornish Hen With Caramelized Onions And Potatoes

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Upon first glance, one’s impression would be that the Cornish Hen is the star of this dish.
While this is certainly the case in the looks-department, when it comes to taste, these potatoes do steal the show. (But of course, the Cornish Hen is awesome as well) 🙂
First, the potatoes and onions are coated in duck fat, seasoned with rosemary sprigs, kosher salt, and fresh-cracked black pepper, then slowly roasted until golden brown. Next, duck stock (or chicken stock)  is added,  topped with a whole Cornish Hen and roasted for another 45 minutes, during which time all the rendered fat from the Cornish Hen, together with its richly seasoned juices, oozes into the potatoes and combine to produce the best potatoes you will find this side of culinary heaven 🙂
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Roast Cornish Hen With Caramelized Onions And Potatoes

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Best Potatoes EVER?

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Roast Cornish Hen With Caramelized Onions And Potatoes

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Preparation :
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Latkes With Caramelized Nectarines

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Latkes, kartoffelpuffer, reibekuchen, potato pancakes, bramborák, draniki – a hundred different countries, a hundred different names for the same amazing potato dish. Jewish in origin, it has found its way into a myriad of other cuisines were it has become a beloved dish of longstanding tradition.
Potato pancakes are very popular in Europe and particularly in Germany, where you can find “Puffer Kiosk”s on many streets, at fairs and festivals and of course in many restaurants and in many homes, were they will be served by themself as snack, or accompanied by fruits, or part of savory dishes, with bacon, fish or other proteins.
I have eaten and loved “Kartoffelpuffer ” ever since I had the first ones at our home, lovingly prepared by my mom. At our home they were always served with apple sauce, no exception.
Tilly was not the world’s greatest cook, but she made the best potato pancakes – period. Memories…….. 🙂
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Typical German

Typical German “Latke Kiosk”

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Latkes With Caramelized Nectarines

Latkes With Caramelized Nectarines

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Latkes

Latkes

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Buttermilk Pancakes With Caramelized Black Plums

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I am  supposed to eat as much fresh fruit as possible, so here we go with a wonderful way of preparing fresh plums.
The pancakes? Not using refined sugar in the batter helps me feel less guilty than otherwise…….. 🙂
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P.S.
Usually I use whipped egg white and a/p flour for my pancakes, but because I had some self rising flour in the cup board, I skipped the extra step of whisking the egg whites separately and used whole eggs. Almost same results 🙂
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Buttermilk Pancakes With Caramelized Black Plums

Buttermilk Pancakes With Caramelized Black Plums

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Dutch Pancakes With Caramelized Black Plums

Buttermilk Pancakes With Caramelized Black Plums

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Dutch Pancakes With Caramelized Black Plums

Buttermilk Pancakes With Caramelized Black Plums

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Caramelized Apples And Walnuts

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Last  night’s dinner was very atypical for me, since I usually don’t like nuts and/or fruits in my savory dishes.
However, in cooking, as in most other things, there is sometimes an exception to the rule, so this is one of the few exceptions where I actually like to add fruit and nuts to a savory dish for my own consumption 🙂
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Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Caramelized Apples And Walnuts

Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Caramelized Apples And Walnuts

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Caramelized Apples And Walnuts

Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Caramelized Apples And Walnuts

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simmer potatoes in saltwater until tender, drain

simmer potatoes in saltwater until tender, drain

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add garlic paste and garlic oil

add garlic paste and garlic oil

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add heavy cream, kosher salt and white pepper

add heavy cream, kosher salt and white pepper

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mash together until creamy

mash together until creamy

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saute diced apples and walnuts in clarified butter until lightly caramelized

saute diced apples and walnuts in clarified butter until lightly caramelized

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pork tenderloin

pork tenderloin

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trim tenderloin, cut and flatten into steaks

trim tenderloin, cut and flatten into steaks

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season with kosher salt and black pepper, grill to your preferred doneness

season with kosher salt and black pepper, grill to your preferred doneness

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plate potatoes

plate potatoes

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make an indention, add red wine sauce

make an indention, add red wine sauce

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top with steak

top with steak

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top with apples and nuts, sprinkle with chives

top with apples and nuts, sprinkle with chives

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Caramelized Apples And Walnuts

Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Caramelized Apples And Walnuts

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Caramelized Apples And Walnuts

Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Caramelized Apples And Walnuts

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Hickory Smoked, Panko Crusted Bone-In Ham Steak

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Here  we have another dish which exemplifies home cooking at it’s most simple, most tasty, most satisfying goodness.
It goes to show that you don’t have to be rich or a professional chef in order to serve excellent food. Creativity and good, simple  ingredients will get you pretty far.
While I love my lobster, caviar and foie gras, food made with  simple ingredients  should, in my opinion, alternate with the high-end stuff which most of us could not afford on a daily basis anyway. But even back in the day’s when I ran five star operations and could have had “the good stuff” for breakfast, lunch and dinner, I always liked to mix it up with some home style cooked dishes. After all, the beauty of good food lies, among other things,  in variation.
Well, there you have it : Another  ChefsOpinion 🙂
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Hickory Smoked Panko Crusted Bone-In Ham Steak

Hickory Smoked Panko Crusted Bone-In Ham Steak

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Hickory Smoked Panko Crusted Bone-In Ham Steak

Hickory Smoked Panko Crusted Bone-In Ham Steak

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Hickory Smoked Panko Crusted Bone-In Ham Steak

Hickory Smoked Panko Crusted Bone-In Ham Steak

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mix 1/3 corn starch, 1/3 ap flour, 1/3 panko bread crumbs, season with cayenne pepper, english mustard powder and granulated garlic

mix 1/3 corn starch, 1/3 ap flour, 1/3 panko bread crumbs, season with cayenne pepper, english mustard powder and granulated garlic

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dip ham steak on both sides into flour mixture, saute in butter until golden, remove ham and set aside, fry sunny side up eggs in same butter, season eggs with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

dip ham steak on both sides into flour mixture, saute in butter until golden, remove ham and set aside, fry sunny side up eggs in same butter, season eggs with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

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almost……

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saute onions in butter until lightly caramelized, add garlic confit paste

saute onions in butter until lightly caramelized, add garlic confit paste

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add cabbage and peppers, saute until cabbage starts to wilt

add cabbage and peppers, saute until cabbage starts to wilt

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add demi glace and grape tomatoes, season with kosher salt and cayenne pepper, simmer for one minute, check / adjust seasoning

add demi glace and grape tomatoes, season with kosher salt and cayenne pepper, simmer for one minute, check / adjust seasoning

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plate cabbage on serving dish

plate cabbage on serving dish

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top with ham steak

top with ham steak

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top with fried eggs, serve with horseradish mashed potatoes or a good rustic bread to soak up the sauce and juices

top with fried eggs, serve with horseradish mashed potatoes or a good rustic bread to soak up the sauce, egg yolks and juices

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Hickory Smoked Panko Crusted Bone-In Ham Steak

Hickory Smoked Panko Crusted Bone-In Ham Steak

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Hickory Smoked Panko Crusted Bone-In Ham Steak

Hickory Smoked Panko Crusted Bone-In Ham Steak

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Steak Sandwich & Salad

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This  is the perfect, lightning quick meal that is at once fast to prepare, needs minimum prep work and packs a real punch in the satisfy-department 🙂

Bon Appetit    Life is Good !

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Steak Sandwich

Steak Sandwich

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spread a french roll with butter and garlic paste, saute until golden

spread a french roll with butter and garlic paste, saute until golden

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saute onion slices in butter until caramelized, top each slice with two eggs, fry to sunny side up, season with sea salt and cayenne pepper

saute onion slices in butter until caramelized, top each slice with two eggs, fry to sunny side up, season with sea salt and cayenne pepper

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season 16 oz striploin steaks with sea salt and cayenne pepper, grill to desired doneness, top each bread with one steak, top with egg/onion, add banana peppers. Feeds two hungry guy's (Darryl and I :-)

season 16 oz striploin steaks with sea salt and cayenne pepper, grill to desired doneness, top each bread with one steak, top with egg/onion, add banana peppers. Feeds two hungry guy’s (Darryl and I on this occasion 🙂

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Steak Sandwich

Steak Sandwich

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frissee, arugula, onions, chilies and anchovies in dijon vinaigrette

frissee, arugula, onions, chilies and anchovies in dijon vinaigrette

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frissee, arugula, onions, chilies and anchovies in dijon vinaigrette

frissee, arugula, onions, chilies and anchovies in dijon vinaigrette

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frissee, arugula, onions, chilies and anchovies in dijon vinaigrette

frissee, arugula, onions, chilies and anchovies in dijon vinaigrette

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Breakfast Of Champions # 20 – Mascarpone And Banana Filled French Toast, Caramelized Pomello

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Usually,  sweet stuff for breakfast is not my thing, but today felt so different in many way’s that I thought what the heck! Why not try something different this morning. So I made this great breakfast of french toast with vanilla, cinnamon, sugar, banana and mascarpone, a bowl of strawberry yogurt, chilled chocolate milk, and a giant pomelo with caramelized sugar glaze. What a decadent, wonderful way to start the day 🙂
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Life is Good !   Happy Sunday Everyone ! .

Breakfast of Champions # 20

Breakfast of Champions # 20

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Mascarpone And Banana Filled French Toast, Caramelized Pomello, Strawberry Yogurt

Mascarpone And Banana Filled French Toast, Caramelized Pomello, Strawberry Yogurt

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Note :
You might have noticed in the pictures that contrary to standard procedure, I have not whisked the milk and eggs together but dipped the bread in the sugared and vanilla spiced milk first, then in the egg. This makes for a very different texture of the bread which is in my opinion superior to the traditional method. Just be careful not to soak the bread for too long in the milk or it will disintegrate 😦
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