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Peter Koehler

Working With Constraints

and how to make a summer caesar salad

Silvrback blog imageYesterday our neighbor gave us a big head of romaine lettuce straight from his garden.

The first thought that came to mind was Caesar Salad!

But we had a problem - traditional caesar calls for anchovies and lemons and parmesan - all things we didn't have in our kitchen.

A couple years ago, I would have just shelved the idea, and either saved . . .

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July 17, 2017

Principles of Braising

Braised meat used to sound fancy to me. Difficult. Above my level.

Then last summer I took a cooking class, and learned the principles of braising. Suddenly "apple braised pork shoulder" wasn't a final product, but a series of discrete, replicable steps.

  1. Sear meat on both sides with high and dry heat.
  2. Remove meat and deglaze . . .

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May 10, 2015

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