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Seafood Fried Rice

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I love good fried rice.  The Asian food options in Houston are many. This recipe incorporates many of my favorite flavors and methods.

I like to cook one big batch and eat it for 4 or 5 days.  This batch was no different.

Ingredients -

2 LBS of calamari
2 LBS of large gulf shrimp
1 LBS large scallops
1 large onion
Fresh ginger, I use about 1/8 Cup
Fresh garlic I like a lot, 1/8 Cup
celery 5 stalks
cilantro, 1/2 bunch
green onion - 3 stalks
2 Cups roasted almonds chopped
2 Cups fresh mushrooms quartered
1/2 Cup water chestnuts
1/2 C mini corn
2 Cups snow peas of green beens
1/2 Cup bamboo shoots
1/4 Cup oyster sauce
1/8 Cup fish sauce
black pepper
4 T powdered ginger
2 T granulated onion
2 T granulated garlic
1/8 C sesame oil
6 C cooked rice
Corn starch or arrowroot slurry to tighten up the liquid

Heat up a large wok using sesame oil- Add your onion and cook till medium brown, add fresh ginger and fresh garlic only for a minute or two. Then add the celery, oyster sauce, fish sauce, sea…

Crab Cakes

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Crab Cakes Gluten Free

16 ounces wild lump crab meat
2 eggs
1/2 T granulated garlic
1/2 T granulated onion
6 chopped green onion
2 T arrowroot
5 T coconut flour
1/2 T tellicherry black peppercorns fresh ground
1/2 T pink Himalayan sea salt
the juice from 1 lime
1/2 C crushed pork skins

Combine all ingredients and gently incorporate.  I used bacon grease to fry until golden brown. We served them with warmed clarified butter and homemade mayo. They were delicious and look how pretty ~

Blackened Ribeyes

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The king of blackening meat was Paul Prudhomme.  The most popular item on his menu at his restaurant in New Orleans is blackened filet.  It is off the charts delicious!  No doubt about it!  I have employed his method and some of his flavors and changed it over the years to suit my situation and tastes.  

Prudhomme uses butter in a black iron skillet and then places his well seasoned meat in the melted butter.  I changed the process a bit by seasoning the meat and then adding clarified butter to the meat and smearing it all over the meat to basically create a paste.  I always do the blackening of my meats outside because of the white cloud of smoke it creates.  I heat up a black iron skillet for a few minutes and then add a little avocado oil to the skillet and immediately put the steak on.  It is very important to have a large spatula to flip the steak so you do not lose the spice coating.  It usually only takes a few minutes on each side to cook the steaks to rare to medium rare.  O…

Organic Ranch Dressing

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Healthy Organic Ranch
Ingredients:
• 1 egg (room temperature)
• 1 cup avocado oil (organic 1st cold press)
• 1 T lime juice
• 2 T apple cider vinegar
• 1/2 T pink Himalayan sea salt
• 1/2 T Tellicherry black peppercorns
• 1/2 T granulated onion
• 1/2 T granulated garlic
• 1/2 cup organic coconut milk
• 1/2 of a bunch of organic cilantro (stems and all)
Method:
Crack egg and add salt, granulated garlic and granulated onion, vinegar and lime juice together in a wide mouth Mason jar.  Use a submersible blender and blend well. Then slowly add avocado oil while blending until thick and well incorporated.  Add cilantro and coconut milk and thoroughly blend all the ingredients. Enjoy ~

Twist - Add 1/2 T organic jalapeno powder for zip ~

Southeast Texas Pecan Pie

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Pecan Pie has been one of the defining foods from Southeast Texas all my life.  One of my culinary heroes has made many millions on his definition of pecan pie.  Through the years his pecan pie has dominated the culinary world.  People from around the globe order his pies on an annual basis to consume and to give as gifts.  I'm proud to say I was acquainted with the man.  However, I am also a purist and his pies have artificial corn sweeteners and I can't abide by that!  Now way!  If the recipe calls for Karo Syrup throw it in the trash!

My pecan pie recipe is all organic and it is the most flavorful pecan pie ever!  I know, I've tried them all.  That and there are a few proprietary ingredients only the most delicate of pallets could decipher.
Sweet, but not overly-sweet.  Fresh organic Brazos River bottom pecans lightly toasted in a black iron skillet.  A crust of nothing more than Kerigold's organic grass-fed butter and organic un-bleached all-purpose flour.  I can'…

Crawfish Pie

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Crawfish Pie

I like to use southeast Texas crawfish when they are available.  The next best thing are Lousiana crawfish.  Although I have used the Chinese imported crawfish many times to make Etouffee and gumbo.  It just doesn't feel right!  I got the urge for a crawfish pie the other day and I bought 2lbs of Louisiana crawfish tails.  It turned out real good.  Here are the ingredients -

2 lbs Louisiana crawfish tail meat
2 medium onions
2 bell peppers with the skin removed (blister method)
6 stalks of celery
5 carrots chopped
3 green onion stalks
1 T black pepper
1/2 T pink Himalayan sea salt
2 T thyme
5 cloves of garlic
3 T extra virgin olive oil
cayenne pepper to taste

Pie Crust

4 cups of sifted flour (I like to grind my own summer wheat berries)
8 ozs butter
1 cup of water +-
2 t pink Himalayan sea salt

I use a #12 black iron skillet and it works perfect.





Homemade Mayonnaise

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After experimenting with various flavors and methods the following is my conclusion to a very flavorful base mayonnaise.  Adding ingredients such as Sriracha adds a bit of color and fire.  Homemade mayo is very easy and well worth the effort.

Ingredients:

1/2 T pink Himalayan sea salt
1/2 T granulated onion
1/2 T granulated garlic
1/2 T ground yellow mustard seed
2 T apple cider vinegar
The juice of 1 lime
3 C avocado oil
2 large eggs

Method:

Add all ingredients except to oil to a wide mouth quart Mason jar.  I use a submersible blender and I mix the ingredients.  I then continuously run the blender while I relatively slowly add the avocado oil.  I fill up the Mason jar as much as possible without making a mess.  I blend well and then I refrigerate.  The flavor is excellent!