steamed mussels with garlic and parsley

steamed mussels with garlic and parsley @ thatothercookingblog.com

Hey, guys, I’ve been gone for some time so a few updates: This cooking blog is not going away! (more annoying blog writing coming up! ) in fact, I just purchased a new theme and I’m planning the makeover to happen sometime this summer (northern hemisphere summer time).  I’m also moving to a new apartment with much better kitchen lighting (natural and awesome). I will also have the ability to grill outside which is amazing considering how much I love it and how long I haven’t done it. So, all in all, a pretty outstanding setup for blogging and cooking so I hope I can get things back on track with more food experimentation, sous vide recipes and just cooking fun in general. I have a couple of really cool products to review as well so I will get into that in the next few days. 

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rigatoni with pork sausage and plums

rigatoni with pork sausage and plums @ thatothercookingblog.com

The Hestan guys just invited their brand ambassadors to a cooking/photo competition to show off their skills and their hestan skillets! and as you already know… that would impossible for me to pass. They facilitated the recipe which is great because I don’t cook by following recipes so this was different and really fun. It’s a recipe by chef Brad Spence whose culinary career is outside the scope of this post but let me tell you we’re talking about one of the best chefs  in the country. He’s critically acclaimed and has a vast knowledge of Italian cooking.  Go check out Amis Trattoria’s or Vetri’s websites when you have a change. Pretty wild huh? 

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cave tools chicken wing & leg rack review

Finally done with a crazy project at work which kept me away for almost a month. The guys @ cave tools were kind enough to let me review one of their many cool grilling gadgets. If you’re looking for that next summer BBQ toy, they have plenty of options to satisfy your curiosity so pay them a visit. Alright guys, it’s review time! 

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Hestan Brand Ambassador

Hestan Brand Ambassador @ thatothercookingblog.com

Hey guys, just a quick update. I posted the update on my instagram account but never officially on the blog. Not sure if you’ve heard of Hestan cookware or their amazing line of bbq grills (if you’re into grilling just take a look at what they’re doing) It’s definitely top of the line stuff and I’m pretty excited, humbled but super excited to be working with them! helping promoting the brand and accruing more culinary stories that I can share here @ thatothercookingblog.com. Their line of cookware can be found at the Williams-Sonoma store.  Check it out, looks awesome and cooks awesome too. I’ll be posting my first recipe featuring their 11″ Nanobond skillet pretty soon. Take care guys! 

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sous vide round tip asada tacos. coffee. 55C 32H

sous vide round tip asada tacos. coffee. 55C 32H

This taco might be a bit different from your usual asada taco but amazing nonetheless and if you love meat and you love tacos and you love sous vide cooking… then, yes, you must try this.

By definition most asada tacos feature carne asada which is grilled or pan-seared flank steak. I didn’t have any and as much as I love flank steak I tend to take sides with the less popular tougher cuts when cooked sous vide.  Why? because they can be transformed into something that’s quite possibly superior in flavor and texture via sous vide. And you’re still within rare to medium rare range… which is just amazing. 

Yeah, that’s the thing… I love rare or medium rare steak and without sous vide cooking, it’s nearly impossible to achieve the doneness level I’m looking for when cooking these tougher cuts. You can choose to sous vide your steak to whatever level you want but most of my posts on this blog are about applying the least amount of heat to cook ingredients. Just enough to ensure the food is cooked, the texture is what I like and proper pasteurization is achieved.

Enough with this sous vide babbling.  Get your gear ready because this is extremely simple once you have all the components ready. This is not a recipe per se. More like a reference guide if you’re interested in this kind of cooking. Let’s do this. 

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coffee flavored round tip sous vide @ 55C 32h

coffee flavored round tip sous vide @ 55C 32h

This should be a pretty quick one guys. As you know, brining is one of my things. I’m hoping to write a whole post about brining in depth (no pun intended) soon. Today let’s keep it simple. Just grab a beautiful round tip (you probably just want a portion of it, they can be big) at your butcher shop. A good size would be 3 to 4 pounds. Trim any excess fat if need be and let’s go. 

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most delicious fermented tomatillo hot sauce

most delicious fermented tomatillo hot sauce

Yep… hot sauce making has taken over my life and so has fermentation. If you haven’t tried either and are hesitant well.. put that hesitation aside and dive in. In my opinion fermented hot sauces are superior in taste to their vinegar-acidified counterparts. There’s that extra complexity in the flavor that just can’t be described. And I’m not even gonna get into the whole healthy aspect of eating fermented foods. I’ll leave it at… probiotic, etc, etc. This is gonna be a really quick post guys… there’s seriously nothing to it. Let’s make some awesome hot sauce. 

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shrimp tacos

One important fact, at least important to me: This is the 4th taco post on this blog which could possibly be interpreted as a lack of interest in the subject. Quite the opposite. Tacos are a pretty standard in my daily diet, specially recently. I love them. As you know, they’re easy to make and there are so few rules involved that they’re also almost anxiety free, specially if you fear the criticism of the purists out there. I don’t mean to oversimplify them. There are successful and disastrous tacos out there but if you keep things simple, work with good ingredients and follow good cooking technique expect success.  If you want to take a look at some more convoluted and risky if not exciting taco recipes… check out my sous vide lamb shoulder asada tacos or my second taco recipe, the wonderful sous vide swordfish taco. Anyways, get about 20 shrimps at the store and follow me. 

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stick blender mayo

stick blender mayo @ thatothercookingblog.com

Making mayo at home is one of those practices that have fallen out of fashion. The whole raw egg/salmonella thing can be intimidating but it’s pretty easy to find pasteurized eggs in groceries stores. If you can’t find them you could still pasteurize them at home but it will require sous vide gear. If you’re interested you should check out my article on sous vide egg pasteurization which also deals with mayo pasteurization which in a nutshell talks about listeria and salmonella safe log reduction levels┬áby application of heat bellow egg setting temperature. But if you wanna skip all that hassle, try getting pasteurized eggs.

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