Duck, Dried Fruit and Pecan Roulade with Spaghetti Squash, Potato and Pear, Roasted Shallot and Cherry Demi

This dish has some of my favorite flavor profiles and I’ve enjoyed letting it evolve over the past few years. This preparation includes a roulade of duck breast with the skin removed, which has been filled with dried cranberries, raisins and candied pecans.  The spaghetti squash was roasted and tossed with bacon, mirepoix, butter and seasoned with kosher salt and ground white pepper.  Idaho potatoes … Continue reading Duck, Dried Fruit and Pecan Roulade with Spaghetti Squash, Potato and Pear, Roasted Shallot and Cherry Demi

36 Hour Beef Short Rib, Winter Vegetables, Roasted Garlic-Potato Puree

Beef short ribs are one of my favorite ingredients to use, developing deep, luxurious flavor when braised.  The biggest challenge in using them has always been trying to give them a refined presentation.  Rather than using a traditional braise, this time we tried cooking them sous vide to give them a more uniform appearance. The interesting thing about preparing this product sous vide is that … Continue reading 36 Hour Beef Short Rib, Winter Vegetables, Roasted Garlic-Potato Puree

Brussels Sprouts and Candied Pecans

                         The holiday season is upon us and with it comes many opportunities for entertaining.  This time of the year, however, we tend to have fewer choices of fresh vegetables to use for side dishes.  One of my favorites is the often-maligned Brussels sprout.   Brussels sprouts can be a very polarizing vegetable, usually … Continue reading Brussels Sprouts and Candied Pecans

Roasted Prime Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Onion Ash Inlay, Late Fall Vegetables, Potato Croquette, Truffled Celery Root Puree, Caramelized Shallot and Cherry Demi

For this dish, Prime CAB (Certified Angus Beef) Tenderloin was served with a sweet onion ash, which gave the beef a slightly sweet and smoky flavor all the way through.  The ash mixture was prepared by placing a large dice of yellow onion in a cast iron skillet and leaving it in the 1600 degree broiler for about 1/2 hour, until all moisture was cooked … Continue reading Roasted Prime Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Onion Ash Inlay, Late Fall Vegetables, Potato Croquette, Truffled Celery Root Puree, Caramelized Shallot and Cherry Demi

Grilled Oysters with Apple-IPA Mignonette

Grilled oysters are a dish that is widely enjoyed here in the Piedmont region in Autumn.  For this preparation, Blue Point oysters were cleaned thoroughly in cold water with a brush before shucking.  The oysters were then flashed in a 1600 degree oven just until they began to firm up. The mignonette was prepared with a Highlands Brewery Kashmir IPA.  Their India Pale Ale is … Continue reading Grilled Oysters with Apple-IPA Mignonette

Hickory Smoked CAB Prime New York Strip, Compressed Potato, Early Fall Vegetables with Carrot-Coriander Puree

This CAB Prime New York Strip was prepared the same way as the beef tenderloin in the previous post, with a coriander cure, hickory cold smoke and a long and low sous vide process. The compressed potato came out beautiful and flavorful, and it was easily the fastest and least labor-intensive component on this dish. For the compressed potato I began by dicing Idaho potato, … Continue reading Hickory Smoked CAB Prime New York Strip, Compressed Potato, Early Fall Vegetables with Carrot-Coriander Puree