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Happy Valentine’s Day From BLC&K

Happy Valentine’s Day From BLC&K

Hugs & kisses from your favorite Sonoma county chefs…

Pine Street Market X Portland, Oregon.

Pine Street Market X Portland, Oregon.

From DTLA to Amsterdam to Singapore, and almost everywhere in between, no big city today is complete without an urban ‘food hall’. A place that blends genre and culture, sweet and savory, crowds large and diverse. Pine Street Market is a foodie sanctuary. A spot […]

ALMORADUZ – Cocina de Autor

We are fortunate to be in a business that we love and still feel passionate about after all these years. For the millions of people who follow us here, you know we never stop exploring our craft and taking notes to become better cooks. Our annual trip south of the border during the Thanksgiving holiday was no exception. Seeking modern twists on ancient cooking, we spent an evening of discovery at this tiny gem along the Rinconada in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. Below is what we found…

The Tasting Menu for two.

Plus a salad from the entree menu that we just couldn’t resist. Everything being exceptional, this turned out to be the favorite of the night.

And, like we are apt to do often when mixing business and pleasure; we drank our desserts.

 

Camp Like a Chef

Camp Like a Chef

The end of June is usually screaming hot in wine country; with temps this year reaching 107+ inland just last week… Heat like that means it’s time to figure out how to get away and cool down on the coast. The redwoods, the fern canyons, […]

Please Call It Saint Patrick’s Day

Paddy is derived from the Irish, Pádraig: the source of those mysterious, emerald double-Ds. Patty is the diminutive of Patricia, or a burger, and just not something you call a fella. There isn’t a sinner in Ireland that would refer to a Patrick as “Patty”. It’s as simple as that.

Guinness Beef Stew

Guinness Beef Stew

Every Irish family has their own variation on this classic, hearty dish, where Guinness is the braising liquid. Cubed potatoes can be added in the last hour of cooking time to make this a one-pot meal.

Serves 4

3 oz unsalted butter

2 pounds stewing beef, cut into 1” cubes

1.5 oz all-purpose flour

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 medium white onion, sliced

1 pint stout, preferably Guinness

1 cup beef stock (good quality, low-sodium) (make your own)

1 bay leaf

3 sprigs fresh thyme

1 large carrot, cut into 1” cubes

½ tablespoon Italian parsley, minced.

 

Heat the oven to 275°F. Melt the butter in a large dutch oven over medium heat.  Season the beef liberally with kosher salt and fresh black pepper and toss lightly in the flour to coat. Add to the heated dutch oven. Cook the meat in a single layer, working in batches if needed and allow it to form a golden brown crust on its first side before moving it around in the pan. Brown the cubed beef well on all sides. Set the browned beef aside and drain off any excess fat that remains in the pan (leaving no more than 1 tablespoon). Add the sliced onion and sauté over medium-low heat until softened. Pour in the stout and the beef stock and turn up the heat to bring it to a rolling boil. Scrape all of the browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Return the beef to the pan and add the bay leaf and thyme. Cover the dutch oven and transfer to the heated oven to cook for approximately 2 hours or until your beef is fork tender. About an hour into the cooking time, add the cubed carrots. Serve hot with a sprinkle of fresh parsley over creamy mashed potatoes.

IT’S PADDY, NOT PATTYEVER.
SAINT PATRICK’S DAY? GRAND.
PADDY’S DAY? SURE, DEAD-ON.
ST. PAT’S? IF YE MUST.
ST. PATTY? NO, YE GOAT!
Happy Thanksgiving From BLC&K 2016

Happy Thanksgiving From BLC&K 2016

We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us. We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with waters. We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicine for the cure of our diseases. We return thanks to the corn, […]

Chef’ Day Off: Chapter One

Chef’ Day Off: Chapter One

When the chefs have a little time off, we travel. We travel to eat and to learn and we have been inspired by a wide variety of countries, cultures and cuisines around the world. None more important than Ireland. Ireland’s acute awareness of its cultural […]

Happy New Year!

The New Years First Light
The New Years First Light

Here’s to a very wonderful and prosperous 2016! Wishing peace, love and happiness to all…

 

The Mighty Bay Laurel Tree
The Mighty Bay Laurel Tree

Behold the mighty Bay Laurel!

Truffles

Chocolate and the holidays go together well to say the least. Making truffles couldn’t be easier and they make a big impression on the people. No secret here: use the best quality ingredients you can find. No less than 61% cacao chocolate, organic heavy cream, […]