Sunday, January 27, 2013

Raven Wings

Not only do we host interactive cooking classes and team building events, we also love our home town team the San Francisco 49ers.  We are looking forward for them to beat the Baltimore Ravens, in next Sunday's Super Bowl.  In honor of the 49ers we created a recipe for you to serve at your Super Bowl party, Raven Wings.  It's also a great dish to make for a Chinese New Year celebration too.

We don't really use raven for the recipe, we use black bean sauce to color our regular chicken wings a little darker.

Raven Wings
6 pounds Chicken Wings,  remove wing tip, and separate drumette from the wingette. 

Dry Rub

3 Tbs Kosher Salt
1 Tb  Dried Ginger
1 Tb  Gralic Powder
1 Tb  Onion Powder
1 Tb  Chili Powder
1 Tb  Vinegar Powder

Mix all of the dry rub ingredients together in a small bowl. Coat the wings with the dry rub, tossing the wings in a bowl till coated.  You may not use all of the dry rub, use enough just to coat.


2 Tbs Soy Sauce
2 Tbs Sesame Oil
2 Tbs Black Bean Paste

Then pour the marinade ingredients over the coated wings and toss until the wings are also coated with the marinade as well.  Place the wings in a vacuum bag and seal the wings in a single layer, you will probably need to use 2-3 bags.  

Next place your sealed bags in a pre-heated water bath at 165 degrees Fahrenheit, for two hours up to four hours.

Preheat your broiler or BBQ.
Once the wings have cooked sous vide drain the liquid from the bag and remove the wings.  At this point you can either place the wings directly over high heat on the BBQ or place the wings under a broiler.  This is to crisp up the skin.  Be sure to turn the wings, so both sides crisp up nicely.
Crisped wings

Butter melting

1/4 Cup Rice Vinegar
1/2 Cup Sambal Oelek
2 Tbs Butter

While the wings crisp up, use a double boiler to melt the butter into the Vinegar and Sambal Oelek, and mix until the butter has melted.   Then add your crispy wings to the sauce mixture and serve right away! 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Crafting for you

Not only do we provide fun and interactive cooking classes and cooking parties in the San Francisco Bay Area. We can also craft a variety of items with our person chef services.  Say you are having a party and and you don't have time to create an awesome spread to serve you guests, you can always contact us and have us help you in creating fun and festive food for you and your guests.  Best part is you can take all the credit for the deliciousness.

Some examples of the items we have made for clients in the past include and picnic lunch of Buttermilk Fried Chicken with housemade coleslaw, roasted beet quinoa salad and coconut cake.

We also handcraft the Tasso Ham used by the nation's largest mobile culinary events company.

Or if you aren't in a savory mood and are looking for a little sugar rush, Barbara's Chocolate Pecan Graham Crack(er).  We like to leave off the "er" because once you taste it, it is as addictive as crack!

And our scones will put to shame the flavorless dry ones you you find at from that Seattle based coffee chain.  Buttery rich and dreamy is the best way to describe our scones.  Baked with love and the best quality ingredients, make them so wonderful.

So feel free to drop us a line and see if we can help you create a meal, dish or dessert to help you shine.

Monday, January 14, 2013

OK OK We'll tell you

The one question almost always asked of us when we tell people we cook for a living they always want to know what places we like to go to eat out in San Francisco.  But we aren't restaurant critics, nor do we want to just make arbitrary lists of our fav places to go in the City, instead we'll share new places that we discover and find worth sharing.  We'll leave distasteful places alone, there is enough of that on other sites.

Anyway, we enjoyed a fantastic meal of Lebanese Cuisine at Mazzat in Hayes Valley.  Bibby our friend and CEO of PTC invited us out and we enjoyed a splendid meal of Mid Eastern delights.

The one starter that knocked our socks off was the Fatet Batinjan, a mix of fried eggplant with a garlic yogurt sauce with the crunchy bite pine nuts and pita croutons.  It was a terrific mix of textures and cinnamon spice.  Make sure you order it if you do.

The other larger dish to order if you go is the Bamia a lamb and tomato stew with okra.  Talk about an umami bomb, the sauce was deep and rich with a savoriness that made my smile.  Not heavy on lamb pieces, it was the perfect topping for the side of jasmine rice it came with to enjoy all the meaty flavor of the sauce.

It is also one of the rare places in SF that doesn't break the bank when going out to dinner.  None of the mains were over $20.  You could also do an option of having nothing but a selection of their hot and cold Mazzat (appetizers) for $18 and go home stuffed and happy without feeling pain in the wallet.

And who knows maybe you'll see the Fatet Batinjan or the Bamia show up on one of our menus for our interactive cooking classes we teach in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Football Foods

Nothing brings folks together like the excitement of the NFL post season!  As a San Francisco native Barbara is cheering on her Niners today by whipping up a batch of Red Velvet Cupcakes.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Bacon makes everything better

Be sure to come to our Bacon class on Saturday Jan 19th.  We will be making a variety of porky good treats from sweet to savory with everyone's favorite smokey delicious bacon.  As I have said before if bacon were a vegetable I would be a militant vegan.

Our bacon class is perfect for finding the best recipe to make for your Super Bowl Party.  Guarantee a victory of taste with The Bacon Explosion!  For the past 5 years I have been making a Bacon Explosion to match the culinary delights of one or both of each team's hometown.   For example last year I paid homage to the New York slice with a pizza edition of the bacon explosion, by adding peperoni, mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce to the homemade Italian sausage wrapped in a bacon weave.  When New Orleans was in the Super Bowl a few years back I made a bacon explosion of savory bread pudding.

This year I am hoping to make a Green Chile Bacon Explosion in honor of Denver.  Barbara is hoping it will be more of a San Francisco inspired one.  Maybe a Dungeness Crab Bacon Explosion?

An any event it will be a delicious and fun time at the Bacon class in the beautiful Dacor Kitchen Showroom in South City.

mmmmm, bacon