Posts made in February, 2012

Fluffy Almond Flour Pancakes

Posted by on Feb 29, 2012 in Breakfast, grain-free, Paleo | 18 comments

Fluffy Almond Flour Pancakes

I remember the excitement of going out to breakfast as a kid. Knowing that I could order French toast and eggs and ham, and homefries made me feel as if the world was my oyster. Having so many choices can be overwhelming, so it I felt relieved knowing that I could skip an entire section of the menu; The Pancake Section. Why? Because restaurant pancakes are gross, simple as that. Just thinking about them, I can feel them sticking to the roof of my mouth. Blech. Even as a kid, apparently, I was a food snob. Mom’s were a different story. Somehow simultaneously rich and light, perfectly...

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Pomegranate Glazed Lamb Riblets

Posted by on Feb 15, 2012 in Dinner, Lamb | 4 comments

I used to be a now and then farmers market attendee; when it was nice out, when we happened to be up early on a Sunday (pft), when it just sounded like a good idea. Oh how things have changed. In December, the market was closed for 2 weeks in a row, due to it falling on Christmas and New Years. Those two weeks were just short of panik inducing. I can rely on my tiny but incredible neighborhood store for an amazing selection of organic produce, and even organic chicken. But meat? Not so much. While there are stores in San Francisco that carry grass fed meats, the selection is pretty dismal....

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Flourless Chocolate Torte

Posted by on Feb 14, 2012 in Dessert, grain-free | 4 comments

I’m a chef, not a baker. While I have never served a sub-par dessert at an dinner party, the events leading up to the perfectly plated final course are often less graceful that the finished product. Take this cake for example: it was not the dessert planned for the elegant party of 10 I catered in Sausalito last December. The dessert on the menu was actually a chocolate tart. Based on the frantic poll I took that day, I’m guessing about half of you reading this are thinking is there a difference? While the other half are worried about what is going to happen next. What happens...

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Roast Chicken with Maple-Bacon Confit

Posted by on Feb 10, 2012 in Bacon, Chicken, Dinner, Shmooper's Top 10 | 1 comment

Few things are more comforting than a classic roast chicken. When I have a whole bird to cook, I almost always go with a simple salt / pepper / lemon / herb preparation and throw it in the oven. Once in a while though, I get inspired and give the humble bird some special treatment. This is one of those happy times that the end result far exceeded my expectations. The bacon, shallots and garlic caramelized at the bottom of the pan and created somewhat of a bacon confit. It is pure decadence, and a wonderfully simple way to make a roast chicken fancy and special. This dish earned Simon’s...

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Herb Marinated Lamb Rack Chops with Fig Tapenade Butter

Posted by on Feb 10, 2012 in Dinner, Lamb, Paleo, Shmooper's Top 10 | 0 comments

The classic garlic and herb blend is all you need to bring out the flavor of lamb. This dish is 21DSD compliant without the fig tapenade butter. With the sweet and savory butter, it is a great way to reward yourself for a job well done! 4 pasture raised lamb rack chops OR 1 rack of lamb, Frenched* Herb Rub: 3 T fresh rosemary, minced 2 T fresh thyme, minced 2 t sea salt 1/2 t black pepper a tiny pinch of ground cloves 1 T extra virgin olive oil Fig Tapenade Butter, optional** Combine the Herb Rub ingredients and coat the lamb with it. Place in an oven safe dish and marinate refrigerated for...

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