Author: Norm King

Sous Vide Mortadella/Pimiento Loaf, DON’T LAUGH

“Scoot over, Oscar,” or, “THAT’S NO BALONEY” Bologna is a city in Northern Italy with a rich heritage. It’s communal existence dates back to 1000 BC, so it has seen a lot of history. It’s an internationally recognized artistic and cultural center, and it’s the seventh largest city in Italy. But when Americans say the word “Bologna,” or, it’s bastardized American version “Baloney,” we are not usually talking about a city in Italy. I would speculate that many Americans don’t even KNOW that Bologna is a city in Italy, or anywhere else. But we are familiar with the word...

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Eggplant, UN-Sous Vide

I have processed eggplant sous vide before, just to see. MEH. And I am not the only person who doesn’t really care about eggplant. Most people won’t even bother to deny disliking it, it just doesn’t go with our culinary sensibilities. The black skin, and do you eat the seeds or what? When it’s raw, it’s cardboard, and when it’s cooked, it’s soggy cardboard. Eggplant Parm isn’t too bad if you encase it in a thick layer of crispy breading. A ton of tomato sauce and bread, some cheese, who cares if there’s eggplant in it or not? So,...

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Biscuit Bechamel

Biscuits: Flour, 2 cups. Butter or shortening, 3 oz. Salt, 1 teaspoon. Baking POWDER, 1 Tablespoon. First, make biscuits. Combine all these ingredients in a Kitchenaid type mixer or with a fork until it’s crumbly like corn meal. Add: Milk, 2/3 cup., and just mix–do not knead. Form into a ball. Lay the ball on a floured surface and squish it into a circle, like 1.5″ thick. Cut it into six wedges. Put it on a cookie sheet. Bake @350F. When it’s brown on top, it’s done, maybe 20 minutes. If it’s black, just scrape it off. More jam....

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Syzygizing Sous Vide with Basic Meat Curing

No, not the Cure, the Band…  We’re not going to perform a full treatment of meat curing in this publication.  You don’t have to be an expert to cure meat, although producers would have you believe that you do. They are protecting their proprietary corner of the market. Remember, illiterate, unscientific, ancient populations were curing meat successfully without even knowing why it worked. We’re gonna shoot for something in about the middle of that knowledge curve. Take your best shot First we settle the debate. There was and is a school of thought that argues that curing using Sodium...

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Troutstock: Four Days of Sous Vide Freshness

Prequels, Sequels, and Portmanteaux… We’re going to celebrate trout, showcase trout, and trout will perform in several different formats, complete with 8X10 glossies. We will trot out our trout until the trout runs out. And judging by the size of the package that I bought at the big box store the other day, that might take a while. Because excessive package size is  the average sale maximizing strategy of big box retailers. Warehouse retailers charge less per chicken breast, for example, than typical grocery chains. They harvest a slightly lower profit percentage, per breast; logically, they do this by purchasing...

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Jackson Pollock Iceberg Wedge, Sous Vide Beet/Carrot Terrine

What a way to go… Jackson Pollock was a controversial contemporary artist of the 20th century. His popularity rivaled many of the most successful artists of that era. His work was very abstract and atmospheric. He was also parodied in a ’60’s movie called “What A Way To Go” with Paul Newman playing a character loosely based on Pollock. Pollock’s approach evolved with time, but he was best known for creating gigantic canvasses that he laid flat on the floor. He would then methodically splatter and spray paint on them, creating a random but exciting effect. This dish pays...

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