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Myers + Chang's Scallion Pancakes

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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Chef Rich Garcia's Trash Fish Minestrone Soup

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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This minestrone soup is Chef Rich Garcia's take on a classic comfort food. It uses "trash fish," the less marketable or more unusual types of seafood.

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Chef Rich Garcia's Taylor Bay Scallops with Ceviche Sauce

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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This simple, quick, and sure-to-please appetizer combines fresh local scallops with a refreshing ceviche sauce.

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Chef Rich Garcia's Local Pollock with Bacon & Seaweed Consommé

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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Chef Rich Garcia first showed us this recipe for a delicious and hearty meal made of local pollock, a versatile white fish that is popular around the world. To complement the fish and the smoky flavor of the bacon and seaweed consommé, he adds sweet pickled mushrooms and a warm turnip purée.

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Flour Bakery's Lemon and Ginger Mousse

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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This light and tangy lemon and ginger mousse reflects Chef Joanne Chang's Taiwanese heritage, and serves as the perfect complement to her pork and chive dumplings and scallion pancakes.

This is a complicated recipe, so we suggested you read the whole thing before you begin.


For Lemon Curd
1 cup lemon juice (about 6 to 7 lemons)
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
4 eggs
2 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. kosher salt

For Ginger Mousse
2-1/2 cups heavy cream
3-inch knob of fresh unpeeled ginger, roughly chopped
1/2 tsp. dried ground ginger
2-1/2 cups lemon curd (recipe above)
1/2 cup candied crystallized ginger, chopped for garnish


Prepare Lemon Curd
In a medium, nonreactive saucepan, combine the lemon juice and butter, place over medium-high heat, and heat to just under a boil. It should take 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat.

In a medium, heatproof bowl, whisk the eggs and egg yolks until blended, then slowly whisk in the sugar until combined.

Gradually whisk a little of lemon-juice mixture into the sugar-egg mixture. Continue whisking the hot liquid into the sugar-egg mixture, a little at a time, until all of it has been incorporated.  When all of the hot liquid has been incorporated, return the contents of the bowl to the saucepan, and return the saucepan to medium heat.

Cook, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon and making sure to scrape the bottom of the pan frequently to prevent the eggs from scrambling, for 5 to 8 minutes, or until the mixture thickens and coats the spoon thickly. To test, draw your finger along the back of the spoon; the curd should hold the trail for a second or two before it fills.

Remove the curd from the heat, and strain it through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl. Whisk in the vanilla and salt. You should have about 2 1/2 cups. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the curd to prevent a skin from forming. Cover tightly and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours, or until cold. (The curd can be made up to 5 days in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.)

Prepare Ginger Mousse
Place heavy cream, chopped fresh ginger, and ground ginger in a large saucepan and bring to just under a boil. Turn off heat, and let cream sit for about an hour to infuse with the ginger.

Remove from heat and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator overnight (or up to 4 days).

When you are ready to serve the mousse, use a sieve or strainer to strain the cold heavy cream into a large mixing bowl. Whip cream in a medium bowl or in a stand mixer using medium speed until it holds a stiff peak.

Fold in the lemon curd, using a spatula to cut down the middle of mixture and turning the mixing bowl one-quarter rotation. Repeat until evenly folded. Do not over mix. Divide into serving bowls and top with candied ginger.

Serves 6 to 8

Joanne Chang

Chef Joanne Chang is the chef and owner of Myers + Chang and Flour Bakery. She shared this recipe with us when she was featured as our guest on Neighborhood Kitchens.

Myers + Chang's Pork and Chive Dumplings

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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These dumplings are one of the most popular menu items at Myers + Chang. Chef Joanne learned this recipe from her mother, and used to make hundreds of dumplings at a time when she was growing up.

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