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Steve Irby

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  1. Steve Irby

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    A little meat glue action tonight. I used a dusting of transglutaminase on chicken breast, with the tenderloin flipped around to achieve a more cylindrical shape, wrapped with thick cut bacon. Vacuum bagged overnight and oven roasted.
  2. Steve Irby

    The Bread Topic (2016-)

    I've been baking Pan Bigio from Carol Field's Italian Baker for decades. It's made with a biga and a blend of unbleached and whole wheat flour. This week I finally bought Ken Forkish FWSY and incorporated his methods. What a difference in the loaves. Much better spring in the dutch oven and overall appearance. I'm just easing into retirement and can't wait to start fine tuning!
  3. Steve Irby

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Bacon wrapped hanger steak cooked SV. I used meat glue to join the steak halves after removing the silverskin and membrane.
  4. Steve Irby

    Sous Vide Steak

    Here's a little variation on the theme. I prepped a Hanger steak yesterday by removing the membrane and silverskin, dusted it with transglutaminase, wrapped in apple wood smoked bacon and vacuum bagged. I cooked it SV tonight for 1.5 hours at 127. I finished it in hot oil to brown up the bacon. I'm still using the meat glue that I bought years ago. It's part of a kilo that I rebagged into 100 gram portions and froze.
  5. Steve Irby

    Lunch! What'd ya have? (2018)

    How's this for a summery feel? It almost makes you forget how cold it was this week. Spotted these tomatoes at the farmer's market this morning and bought four varieties at $5\lb. Quite tasty and worth the price alone for the beautiful colors. The deep green colored tomato is fully ripe. It's my first time to come across them.
  6. Steve Irby

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Time to start the low carb diet! Although I may indulge with a little bit of beer tonight as part of the taper. Further evidence of my commitment to healthy eating. Roasted cauliflower, leek and potato soup. I bumped the flavor profile up (judiciously) with a little cheddar and almost-streaky bacon.
  7. Steve Irby

    Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    The forecast calls for nighttime temps in the mid to low 20's through Friday with the highs in the 40's. We've had close to record highs through out November so this cold stretch is a little bit of a shock.
  8. Steve Irby

    Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    This will be the last batch of banana leaf wrapped tamales till summer. The bitter cold, at least by NW Florida standards, is settling in and the trees will be wrecked.
  9. Steve Irby

    Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Dinner was a really tasty combination of freshly shucked oysters, apple wood smoke bacon and mushrooms sauteed in butter. It was served in a light cream sauce over linguine. Heavy cream was reduced with the oyster liquor then thinned out with pasta water and Meyer lemon juice.
  10. Steve Irby

    Lunch! What'd ya have? (2017)

    Thanks, I love okra too. I bought a 25# box of oysters for the holidays and had some for lunch on the half shell and set aside some plump beauties to add to the gumbo.
  11. Steve Irby

    Lunch! What'd ya have? (2017)

    A little leftover gumbo.
  12. Steve Irby

    Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Oysters to start followed by turkey cooked sous vide (breast and tenderloins) and conventionally (thighs and wings). The breast was stuffed with homemade chorizo.
  13. Steve Irby

    Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Tonight's dinner was deboned chicken thighs stuffed with fresh chorizo sausage and topped with a jalapeno cream sauce. A couple of nights ago we had salmon seasoned with a spice blend including fennel, cumin, guajillo, cardamom, and cinnamon cooked over apple slices. Served with escarole dressed with a pear and champagne vinaigrette. We were given a prime rib roast at Thanksgiving that I sliced into steaks. The darn thing would have been way too fat as a roast but the steaks were unbelievable. And you could have knocked me over with a feather when Iwas told it was from QVC!
  14. Steve Irby

    Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    More pork than people! 10# dressed roast for 8 people plus the turkey. I have a chamber vacuum bagger to keep the love alive.
  15. Steve Irby

    Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    In keeping with the not-to-traditional route I served a porchetta roast along side more traditional turkey. I bought a primal cut from from a local Vietnamese grocer and sectioned out the belly and loin. The roast was terrific! Dinner included the white cheddar cauliflower gratin Anna N linked to and a terrific pear bread pudding from Lidia's Table. The bread pudding Early week meal from breaking down the primal cut And a few photos from the start of the process.
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