Monthly Archives: August 2009

Keeping it Local-and my Food Network Recipe from Ultimate Recipe Showdown

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Hi!  Thanks so much for checking out this episode of Inspired Cooking!  Here it is…my Food Network Ultimate Recipe Showdown entry that got me on TV for a chance to win $25,000.  No, I didn’t win but hey, how many other people get that opportunity?

And here is the link to my recipe–right from the Food Network site.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/north-atlantic-pan-seared-cod-with-new-england-succotash-and-cranberry-vinaigrette-recipe/index.html

Yes, I might be showing off a little, but if you had a recipe on Food Network, wouldn’t you put up the link too?

And here is a photo of the finished dish–not my best photo, but a photo nonetheless.   The original recipe had goat cheese on the salad but my brother-in-law the chef told me not to use it in the final recipe.  Doesn’t that fish look delicious?

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A little behind the scenes:  When I was flouring the fish before pan cooking it, Chef Micheal Psilakis was questioning why I was doing that.  He was afraid it would be gluey.  One of the other judges responded that it’s the way they do it in New England.  Loved that!  Then, when I was standing in front of the judges, Chef Psilakis took a bit of the fish and told me that it was cooked perfectly and that I “made New England proud” with it.  That last part never made it on the air but it was one of the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me about pretty much anything.  I almost cried, right there on TV. 

I prepped and cooked this entire dish to feed 5 people in30 minutes in front of the studio audience, tons of cameras and hot lights.   And even thought I didn’t win I was so incredibly proud to be there and thankful to my friends and family for their support.

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“Biscookies” with local mix ins

3 cups flour

1 ½  tablespoons baking powder

¼ tsp salt

1 tsp cardamom

¾ tsp nutmeg

½ cup unsalted butter, cold

¾ cup sugar

¾ cup light brown sugar

2 eggs

1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cover two large baking sheets with parchment and set aside.

Whisk together dry ingredients and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and brown sugar until well combined and lighter in color.  Add eggs, one at a time and vanilla extract.  Beat until lighter in color and well mixed.  With mixer running on low, add dry ingredients and beat until incorporated.

Divide dough into 4 portions and knead in “mix ins” as desired.  Form into 4 loaves and bake two loaves to a sheet.

Suggested Mix ins:

Chocolate chips & chopped dried strawberries

White chocolate and dried blueberries

Crystalized ginger and dried peaches

Chopped salted pistachios with sweetened dried cranberries

Use a few tablespoons of each.  If additional spices are desired, sprinkle them over the dough and knead in with the mix in ingredients

Bake at 350º for approx 30 min. when loaves turn light brown.  Remove from oven and cool for 15 minutes.  Slice on the diagonal.  Allow to cool completely and drizzle with chocolate if desired.

For the chocolate drizzle:

½ cup chocolate, finely chopped

½ teaspoon shortening

In a small microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate and shortening.  Cook on high power for 1 minute.  Remove from microwave and stir until smooth.  Spoon in to a small plastic zip top bag, seal bag, snip corner of bag and drizzle over ‘biscookies.”  Allow chocolate to harden before serving.

The video with this episode will be on GMG tomorrow at 1PM

Jeremy Goldberg Picks Tea For New Cape Ann Brewing Testing

Running into Jeremy Goldberg at the Common Crow yesterday I asked what he was doing.  He was picking out some teas to use in designing a new Cape Ann Brewing Tea Beer.

Video tomorrow at 8AM

Common Crow Soup

I had never been in the Common Crow so it was an eye opening experience for me yesterday when stopping by to see what’s up.  The place is pretty big and has a wide variety of natural and healthy grub.  Pictured below is one of the soups which is available and made in house daily.  There are also sandwiches and prepared foods to-go.

Look for the first of a multi-part Common Crow video series coming tonight at 8PM

Common Crow Soup, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

The Amazing Jay Albert

From Jay of Cape Ann Images-

“With permission from Mayor Carolyn Kirk I was able to climb a series of stairs and ladders to the top of Gloucester’s historic City Hall tower. After a fire destroyed the original building, work was begun in 1870 for a then sum of $100,000! Recently the tower has received renovations to correct a lean in the tower and has been strengthened. The windows weren’t the cleanest but I managed to get these shots. My handheld GPS showed 153′ above sea level at the upper most reaches.
External view!”

Looking DownGreasy Pole JClick on the photos to see more.

And check out his other photos as well!