Asian Rice Bowl

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Asian Rice Bowl

Not to sound like a broken record, but this is super easy and super delicious. And very likely different than your everyday stuff... #justsayin

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • Neutral oil, meaning non-flavored like canola, avocado, peanut etc
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of Asian chili garlic sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 2 cups cooked rice

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook ground beef with about ½ tablespoon oil in a large pan until just cooked through - remove excess fat
  2. Add ginger, garlic and add a little more oil if needed, stir and cook until very fragrant - about a minute
  3. In a small bowl combine brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil and chili garlic sauce - mix well
  4. Add the sauce to the beef mixture, stir and let thicken a little
  5. Add 1 tablespoon of green onion to the mixture
  6. Spoon the beef mixture over rice and garnish with more green onions.
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Grilled Steak Sandwich

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Grilled Steak Sandwich

Is a simple and delicious thing to make - and the addition of pesto makes it even greater.

Makes 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 boneless New York steak, at least 1 inch thick & room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 2 sandwich rolls, sliced in half & buttered
  • 2 tablespoons mayo
  • 2 tablespoons prepared basil pesto

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat cast iron pan or skillet until smoking hot
  2. Lightly rub steak with a little oil and season well on both sides with salt & pepper
  3. Cook steak for 3 minutes, flip & continue cooking for 2 minutes (for medium rare), remove from pan and place on a plate to rest
  4. In the same pan, add spinach and cook until slightly wilted - about 2 minutes
  5. While steak is resting, place buns cut-side down on a flat top or large non-stick pan until lightly toasted
  6. Spread mayo and pesto on bottom half of each toasted bun and top with spinach
  7. Slice the steak thinly and stack on the spinach - season steak with a little more salt and pepper and top with the other bun.
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Herbed Slow Scrambled Eggs

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Herbed Slow Scrambled Eggs

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 eggs
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh curly parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons shredded Monterey Jack cheese

DIRECTIONS

  1. Melt butter in a small skillet over low to medium heat, making sure it covers the bottom and sides
  2. Add parsley, dill and green onions to melting butter - cook, stirring often about 2 minutes to really bring out the flavor of the herbs
  3. Crack eggs into a small bowl, add salt & pepper, beat well and then add to the pan with the herbs
  4. Cook slowly, stirring often making sure the eggs don’t stick to the bottom
  5. When the eggs are about halfway done, add cheese - continue stirring until eggs are cooked through but still creamy
  6. Serve
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Strawberry Cheesecake Milkshake

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Strawberry Cheesecake Milkshake

Three ingredients and so damn good.

Makes 1 serving

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 slice frozen strawberry cheesecake, broken into chunks
  • ⅓ cup vanilla ice cream
  • ⅓ cup milk

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put everything into a blender and blend for a couple of minutes, until smooth
  2. And this next part should be really, really obvious: put in a glass and drink...unless you want to add a little rum - then you would blend it again and then drink
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Green Onion & Ginger Sauce

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Green Onion & Ginger Sauce

A classic Chinese oil based sauce - or more accurately a classic ‘Hainanese’ sauce - and it’s a simple and delicious add to almost any protein.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 bunch green onions, white and light green parts only, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1 cup any neutral oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put ginger, garlic, onions and salt In a heat resistant bowl combine
  2. Heat oil in a saucepan until hot but not boiling, and carefully pour on top of gingher combo (It’ll splatter a lot)
  3. When it stops splattering, stir a couple times and then let it cool
  4. At this point you can store it in a container in your fridge up to a couple weeks
  5. Put on eggs, fish, shrimp, chicken, steak - almost anything
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Blue Cheese BLT

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Blue Cheese BLT

Nuff said.

Makes 1 sandwich

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 slices good bread bread (I like the seedy kind), lightly toasted
  • Softened butter
  • Mayo
  • ½ cup shredded romaine lettuce
  • 2-3 tomato slices
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1 or 2 slices of blue cheese
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked & crispy

DIRECTIONS

  1. Spread a little butter and mayo one slice of bread - top with lettuce and tomatoes, then season with salt and pepper
  2. Next add blue cheese and bacon - top with other bread
  3. Slice in half - you’re welcome
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Green Onion Matzo Brei

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Green Onion Matzo Brei

A Passover ‘must-have’, paired with my favorite vegetable ‘must-have’.

Serves 1 - maybe 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 sheets matzo
  • Butter
  • 1 bunch green onions, white & light green parts only, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • Kosher salt, duh & fresh ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Break matzo sheets into thirds and cover with very hot water for about 30 seconds then drain well
  2. Melt a tablespoon of the butter in large non-stick pan and add green onions, cook on low heat about 3 minutes
  3. Beat eggs in a large bowl, add salt & pepper and the softened matzo - breaking up the matzo into smaller bite-sized pieces
  4. Stir matzo with eggs well and add to the plan with the green onions
  5. Cook over low/medium heat until lightly golden on one side, then flip and cook the other side
  6. Remove to a plate and serve
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Chicken Soup

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Chicken Soup

There’s something truly wonderful about making your own chicken soup. I make it, eat some, freeze some – and then repeat when I run out.

Makes about 12 cups

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 whole raw chicken (with bones & skin for flavor) cut into 8 parts
  • 3 celery stalks, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1large onion, cut into slightly largish bite size pieces
  • 4 carrots, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 3-4 stems of thyme (or about 1 teaspoon dried)
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper
  • Parsley, chopped fine for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put chicken in a large pot, cover with water by about 2 inches & bring to a boil
  2. Let boil 20 minutes, periodically skimming off the foam that floats to the top
  3. Turn down to a simmer and cover for 90 minutes
  4. Then add the celery, onion, carrots & thyme - cover and simmer another 30 minutes
  5. Remove from heat and strain broth into another pot
  6. When the chicken has cooled, separate into bite sized pieces and add to the soup with the vegetables
  7. Season to taste with salt & pepper – be aggressive, it’ll need it
  8. Serve, garnished with a little parsley