Chef April Bloomfield‘s latest book, “A Girl And Her Greens” is out now, and the recipes look fantastic. I’ve made the mushroom on toast (Madeira Cream Sauce & Mushrooms) several times already. Also, if you haven’t seen her on “Mind of a Chef” (season 2), I highly recommend it. It’s available on iTunes here.
April Bloomfield’s Website
Photo taken at Lucques restaurant in Hollywood.
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I’ve been cooking up lots of frico (parmesan crackers) lately. Mostly to top salads, but I also use them on soups and simple snacking too. These frico with toasted seeds were a big hit at my dinner table recently. So easy to make and low carb too!
Clockwise (from top left):
1. Sprinkle seeds in heated non-stick pan.
2. Add shredded Parmesan (Manchego is lovely too) and make sure the seeds are covered with cheese bits. Use a spatula to make a tight circle.
3. When the edges turn brown, gently start lifting with a thin spatula.
4. Turn frico (use two spatulas if needed) and cook until browned underneath. Carefully transfer frico to plate and let cool to harden. Break into pieces for salad topping or just EAT as is.
This works with pieces of herbs or leafy greens too. Frico with toasted baby kale here.
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Brisket. It’s all about Aaron Franklin’s brisket for me. Like most who trek to Franklin BBQ in Austin, tasting his beef was a life-changing experience. You can’t imagine, while you’re waiting in line for hours in the hot Texas heat, that it could possibly be worth it. It was.
Last week Aaron Franklin was here in L.A. with his good buddy (and my friend), Adam Perry Lang. Adam (aka APL, who is so sweet and humble) hates that I call them “BBQ Gods”, but darn it… they ARE.
The one-day popup was held on April 10th, downtown at Nick’s Cafe. Along with Franklin’s heavenly brisket, APL served Niman Ranch pork shoulder. Both were, as expected, phenomenal.
Franklin is currently promoting his new book, “Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto” and at some point I’m going to attempt to make his brisket at home. Peter’s been doing a lot of cooking on our Big Green Eggs, so this is sure to be a joint project. Check out Aaron’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel here.
MEAT FEST with Adam Perry Lang and Aaron Franklin (wearing the hat) at Nick’s Cafe.
The Franklin Barbecue Cookbook
If you don’t have it yet, definitely check out Adam Perry Lang’s Serious Barbecue CookBook
Watch BBQ with Franklin video clips here
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This Friday (4/10/15) my friend Adam Perry Lang will be popping up with Austin’s Aaron Franklin in downtown L.A.
Read all about the upcoming dinner over at L.A. Times, and follow Adam on twitter for further updates.
About Adam Perry Lang
Serious BBQ by Adam Perry Lang
About Aaron Franklin
Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto by Aaron Franklin
I bought this hot dog steamer as a party prop a few weeks ago. As you may (or may not) know, I’m sort of obsessed with hot dogs, and had planned a birthday dinner with a “carnival food” theme. The party was cancelled after my beloved pup Maxie was injured, but I still wanted to try out the hot dog steamer.
Luckily, I had a freezer full of my favorite hot dogs from Let’s Be Frank. They’re delicious, uncured, grass-fed, beef franks made without nitrates, hormones or steroids. I first tried them at their hot dog cart in Culver City and was thrilled to learn I could order them for home as well.
The hot dog steamer was easy to set up and honestly, it just looked so cute on my kitchen counter. Just fill the water basin on the bottom, arrange franks in the drawer and set the timer. The buns go on top.
Cooking instructions via the Let’s Be Frank website noted it was best to steam the franks for five minutes, adding the buns for just one minute. They turned out GREAT. It’s all about that “wiener snap” for me, and the steamer warmed the buns through very quickly. Great fun!
I purchased the hot dog steamer on Amazon (under $50). Details here.
Let’s Be Frank Hot Dogs