Seafood Cioppino

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small fennel, thinly sliced
  • ½ pound (about 1½) leeks, ends trimmed, halved lengthwise and sliced diagonally ½-inch thick
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ Tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1/8 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/8 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp saffron threads
  • 2 14oz. cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup homemade tomato sauce
  • 1 cup dry white or red wine –OR– ½ cup pernod, if no fennel
  • 1 seafood bullion cube
  • 4 to 6 ounces large shrimp (16 to 20 count per pound), shelled and deveined
  • ½ pound large scallops
  • 6 ounces firm, light-flesh fish, cut into 1½-inch pieces
  1. In a medium, heavy-bottom pot heated over medium-high heat, add the oil, then stir in the onions, leeks, garlic, parsley, bay leaf, oregano, thyme, pepper and saffron. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is translucent and the herbs are fragrant, 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. Add wine or pernod and cook off a bit.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato sauce and seafood bullion cube. Cover and simmer gently to develop the flavors, 30 to 45 minutes. The cioppino base can be made ahead of time to this point; remove from heat, cover and refrigerate up to one day (reheat before continuing).
  4. Add seafood based on cooking time. Serve over pasta, rice or with bread.

Stir Fry Sauces

Dark Sauce 1
E.g. beef & broccoli

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 4 tablespoons water

Dark Sauce 2
E.g. beef & asparagus

  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon black/dark soy sauce, for coloring
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Shaoxing wine
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ cup water
  • Pinch of salt

Light Sauce
E.g. mushroom chicken

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 dashes white pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Salt, to taste

Pan Fried Glazed Tofu

  • 1 package tofu, cut into triangles
  • Cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ cups broth
  1. Cut tofu into triangles, then coat all sides with cornstarch.
  2. Whisk the rest of the glaze ingredients in small bowl.
  3. Heat 3 tablespoons vegetable oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering.
  4. When skillet is hot, add tofu in single layer and cook until golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes. Turn tofu with tongs and cook until second side is browned, 4 to 6 minutes more. 
  5. Add glaze ingredients and cook, stirring, until glaze is thick and tofu is coated, 1 to 2 minutes.

Five Spice Roast Chicken

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbls. kosher salt
  • 2 Tbls. toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. five-spice powder
  • 1 Tbls. rice wine vinegar
  • 6 chicken leg quarters, 4 ½ – 5 lbs.

Marinade chicken for at least 2 hours, up to overnight. Roast at 425*F for 45-50 minutes.

Fish with Black bean sauce

  • ½ lb tilapia cut into pieces and marinated with ½ tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 Tbsp black bean sauce
  • ½ onion, large dice
  • 1 red bell pepper, large dice
  • 2 stalk scallions (cut into 1.5 inch length)
  • 5 slices fresh ginger

Sauce

  • ¼ teaspoon fish sauce
  • ¾ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ tablespoon corn starch (mix with 6 tablespoons water)

Stir fry the ginger, onion and bell pepper in a wok. Add fish, stir fry until almost cooked. Add sauce, stir until thickened.

Sous Vide Leg of Lamb

For the garlic-parsley paste

  • 2 heads of garlic
  • 2-4 tbsp minced parsley
  1. Cut top 1/3 off 2 heads of garlic. Drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil each and wrap tightly in foil. Bake at 400* for 40 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, combine parsley and mashed roasted garlic.

For the Lamb

  • 5 – 7 pound boneless leg of lamb (~30 minutes)
  1. Unroll lamb. Following natural seams (delineated by lines of fat), separate into three smaller roasts, using sharp boning knife as needed.
  2. Trim visible fat and gristle from exterior of each roast. With small, pointed cuts, penetrate deeper to remove interior pockets of gristle, fat, and silver skin.
  3. Lightly score inside of each roast, making ¼-inch-deep cuts spaced1 inch apart in crosshatch pattern.
  4. Rub scored surface of brined lamb with garlic-parsley paste, working paste into grooves.
  5. Roll into compact roast, tucking in flaps, to form log shape. Tie with twine at 1-inch intervals.

Sous Vide

  • If 2 roasts: 133* for 4-5 hours
  • If 3 roasts: 133* for 3 hours
  • Sear for 1 minute on each side when done