Sriracha Caramelized Onions | The power of the onion – some people just don’t know how amazing these bad boys really are and how valuable they are to a dish. They’re like the Oprah of veggies. The foundation of flavor town. The Bieber of Canada. Ok, I’ll stop. But you get the point…onions rock!
Eisenhower’s Cabbage | I was dumped by a girl from Denison, Texas. But once, while visiting that wonderful one-stoplight town, I stumbled upon a small house. But it was not just your average house. Tiny, yes. Down the street from where the she-devil grew up, yes. But it was who used to live in this house that made it special. His name: Dwight Eisenhower.
Sweet & Spicy Ketchup | Make this. Please just make this. We call it a “ketchup,” but you could argue it’s a BBQ sauce. Or call it liquid gold. Cause that’s exactly what it is. You can put it on literally anything. Hell, I’d drink this straight out of bruin’s bowl. And trust us, when it…
Aloha Mint Chutney | Hawaii cracks me up. It’s like America’s outpost for exotic fruit, board shorts and the filming of Jurassic Park. But it really does produce some awesome pineapple that we love to work with – and boy do we put it to work here. This is a condiment, combined with threaded cucumber,…
Soft Carrot Aioli | When I’m checking out at the grocery store, I always laugh at how Carrots somehow end up in my basket. It’s like they stalk me, grow legs and follow me around. I think it’s because they know deep down how much I really do love them. Since they are subtly sweet, they are the perfect base of flavor for many savory dishes. We use them everywhere – braises, stews, sauces, soups, purees – and yes, in aiolis too!
Brown Butter Breadcrumbs | In the restaurant, we used to make a lot of breadcrumbs. It’s one of those things you’d think would be simple, but it takes a bit of time to get it just right, and ultimately the trick lies with two things – brown butter and your freezer. I know right? The crazy world of crumbs.
Cilantro Barracks Butter | Cilantro is like Simon Cowell. You hate him at first, then he slowly grows on you, you find yourself rooting for him, and before you know it, you consider him a friend. Well, a celebrity friend…which, yes, means we’re not really friends and instead I’m sitting here comparing my imaginary friend…
Hot Rosemary Ghee | Ghee is the Gandhi of clarified butter. Hailing from Southeast Asia, mainly India, this creamy gold is made just like normal clarified butter – in that the butter fat is separated from the milk solids – but it has more flavor. Why? Caramelization. When you make ghee, you let the fat cook with the milk solids until the sugars caramelize and create their trademark nutty fragrance and brown color. It’s a venerable ingredient you’re going to want to add to your arsenal.
Boiled Palapa Mayo | One March day, on the shores of Puerto Vallarta, I watched two local women begin cooking under a palapa – one of those open huts with a roof made of thatched palm leaves. I had no idea why they were there or who they were cooking for. It was so hot. What was I seeing? Some culinary mirage? Fueled by a few tequilas, my curiosity got the best of me and I meandered on over. What I found was so simple, but something that eventually would become so profound in my kitchen.
Raspberry Red Pepper Jelly | When I was a kid I went through a phase where I only ate red food. True story. I was the rojo nino. Red skittles, apples, steak. A miniature carnivore. But that food list included other red things too, like bbq sauce and sweet jelly concoctions like this one. I loved them so much they’re still a favorite of mine today, and we include them in a lot of our savory dishes.