Another Inspired Recipe Wins

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Inspired by places I’ve been and people I love another winning recipe comes to life. Do you think the judges can tell a recipe that comes from the heart? That recipe embedded in your memories just waiting to be created given the challenge? Gloria Ferrer can.

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Cape Cod 1991

How did the judges know how much summer fun so many years ago my kids had at the Cape or how much we still enjoy a fresh lobster roll? Or this glorious lobster bite my daughter made while we vacationed in Nantucket just a few years ago? How could they know the love and the memories that inspire the food that brings my people together?

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I doubt they know anything about those wintery President’s Day long weekends we spent at the Boston science museum or the times we huddled on the Freedom Trail eating a comforting bowl of “chowdah”, but somehow it came through in my recipe.

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Bill, William & Cait ~1989

I am often asked how to create a winning recipe. The answer is always the same: “No gimmicks…just cook YOUR food.” Thank you Gloria Ferrer for choosing my recipe as a regional finalist. With every win I am honored and surprised and just feeling very lucky. I am so looking forward to cooking from my heart for those attending the event in Boston on Tuesday. Click this link if you would like to attend and watch me cook: Glorious Bites Semi-Final

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Cait & William ~1992

Jumping for joy. These two will always inspire me. I am grateful for how much they have loved ebelskivers any time of the day or night. Stuffed with lobster and corn they are the perfect package for my glorious bite and fill my heart with the most wonderful memories. Serve with Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut. CHEERS!

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In case you missed it here is the recipe

Lobster Corn Chowdah Cakes (ebelskivers) with Sriracha Aioli

1 cup cake flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

½ teaspoon sea salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 eggs, separated

1 cup milk

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, divided

1 cooked lobster tail, finely chopped

¼ cup fresh cooked or frozen corn kernals, thawed

2 tablespoons finely chopped celery

1 green onion, finely chopped including the lighter green parts

1 teaspoon minced jalapeno

Sriracha Aioli (recipe follows)

Garnish: fresh green chives for garnish and lemon slices

In large bowl, whisk cake flour, baking powder, sugar, lemon zest, salt and pepper; set aside. In small bowl, whisk egg yolks, milk and 3 tablespoons of melted butter. Pour milk mixture into dry ingredients; whisk until blended. Beat egg whites until just stiff peaks form. Fold half the egg whites into the batter to lighten it. Fold in remaining egg whites until no white streaks remain. Fold in lobster, corn, celery, green onions and jalapeno. Brush the wells of an ebelskiver pan with some of remaining melted butter and place over medium heat. Fill each well to the top with batter, about 2 tablespoons per well. Cook cakes for 3 to 4 minutes or until lightly brown and crisp on the bottom. Using 2 wooden skewers, turn cakes and cook on other side, about 2 or 3 minutes more. Transfer to platter; keep warm in oven. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve warm with Sriracha Aioli. Garnish with chives and lemon.

Sriracha Aioli

½ cup quality mayonnaise

¼ cup sour cream

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

2 teaspoons sriracha

1 teaspoon honey

pinch of white pepper

Combine all ingredients in small bowl; blend well. /]

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making memories with my future inspiration ~2017

 

 

 

Happy Food Memories & A Give Away

IMG_2632It is incredible when a simple scent or taste of something evokes a childhood memory. The moment is warm and wonderful and happy. Hopefully, the moment is also delicious as was the case for me when I made some Asian baby back ribs using Butcher Block’s Rib Sauce. Before we dip into the sauce let me give you a bit of history.

me and the kids making some food memories

me and the kids making some food memories

Growing up in a traditional Italian home my mom cooked nearly every night for all 7 of us. Having only raised two, I honestly can’t imagine how much work it was for her to cook for 5 children, 4 of them being very hungry boys. I am not certain she really liked to cook, so when she got a Friday or Saturday night off it was a total treat for her. And when Mama’s happy everybody is happy! Dining out in our household meant one of two things: Chrone’s for pizza or Chu Dynasty for Chinese.

Asian style ribs

Asian style ribs

My dad adored Asian food and I am certain my love for the same came from him. It certainly wasn’t any kind of food that was ever prepared in my mom’s kitchen, so going to Chu Dynasty on route 22 was always pure delight. Dad always ordered “family style” from column A and column B. Everything from wonton soup to lobster cantonese and always, always, always spareribs (or as we joked “spare-libs”). Those were his favorites. The ribs, as I recall, were always meaty, juicy and falling off the bone….and an odd shade of red. How did they make them?

simply natural and delicious

simply natural and delicious

Time to dip into the sauce. Many years ago I became familiar with the Butcher Block brand when I tried their teriyaki sauce. It is better than homemade with simple ingredients like sugar, soy sauce, water, fresh garlic and fresh ginger. It is delicious and convenient and has been the secret ingredient in a number of my recipe contests wins. Check out the Harley Davidson motorcycle I won using the sauce in a salad dressing. Trust me it is the sauce that is the winner.

me and my cherry apple red Harley

me and my cherry apple red Harley

So when Diane over at Butcher Block headquarters in Boston asked me to try their rib sauce and blog about it I was all in. I had never seen the rib sauce before and was curious. When I opened it up and caught a whiff I knew I had seen that shade of red before. It had Chinese BBQ spareribs written all over it. In fact, it is the original as noted on the jar and one bite of my simply prepared ribs brought me right back to those family dinners at Chu Dynasty. I would have loved to have been able to make these for my dad.rib sauce

It only takes 4 simple ingredients.

Asian BBQ Ribs

Asian BBQ Ribs

Baby Back Ribs

–as many slabs as you need (no trimming necessary)

kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Butcher Block Rib Sauce

Heat oven to 500F. Fill a roasting pan (I used my oven broiler pan) with 1/2-inch of water. Place a rack on the pan. Season ribs generously with salt and pepper; place on rack. Cover the ribs with heavy duty foil, forming a tent so the foil isn’t touching the ribs and seal the foil tightly around the edge of the pan. Place in hot oven for 1 hour. Cool in tented foil for 1 hour. Remove from pan, wrap in foil and chill until ready to grill. Grill ribs, over medium heat, turning and basting with rib sauce, until hot and glazed. Be careful as the meat will be falling off the bone….YUM!

Asian candied bacon

Asian candied bacon

Just for fun I also used the rib sauce to candy some bacon. All I did was dice 6 slices of bacon, cooked it until it was crisp (draining the grease as needed) and then added 1 tablespoon of rib sauce to the pan, stirring until the bacon was glazed. It was a big hit on top of these sliders which I also glazed with the rib sauce.

Asian Pork Sliders with Candied Bacon

Asian Pork Sliders with Candied Bacon

I hope I have inspired you today to make some food memories with your family and maybe even a recipe contest winner. If you would like to try any of the Butcher Block products you can order them on-line at http://www.butcherblocksauces.com or you can give them a call at 1-617-269-1105. I imagine if you are lucky enough to live in the Boston area you can pick them up in your local grocery store. And if you are feeling lucky then please leave a comment so I can enter you into today’s give away sponsored by Butcher Block. What fun it would be to win a prize pack of these delicious sauces. Good luck.