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Coconut-Cranberry Chicken Curry



What happens when you take coconut milk from the East and combine it cranberries from the west? Well, you get today's dish: a quick Coconut-Cranberry Chicken Curry that introduces India to Cape Cod.

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Parsley-Garlic Stuffed Shrimp in Yuzu-Dashi Dip



If you asked the Japanese to name their most important cooking ingredient, they'd probably say 'dashi,' the briny stock they use as a foundation for so many dishes. And if you asked an American the same thing, the ubiquitous herb, parsley, would be right up there. So today I'm combining those two east-west workhorses to flavor a straightforward recipe that produces either an impressive appetizer or entrée…my Parsley-Garlic Stuffed Shrimp in Yuzu-Dashi Dip.

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Black Teriyaki Chicken and Pineapple



I used to make my own soy syrup, but it was very delicate and had a tendency to break like an aioli. But one day my Indonesian sous chef Budi introduced me to Kechap Manis, a great sweet soy syrup from his country. I said, "Wow, Budi, you just saved me a lot of steps!" And now I use Kechap Manis all the time as a base for glazes and sauces... like my Black Pepper-Teriyaki Chicken and Pineapple Satays, a terrific grilled appetizer you can serve any time you're looking for tasty finger food. Serves 4 as an appetizer

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Molasses-Tapioca Pudding



Serves 4

Ingredients 

  • 1/3 cup tapioca (small pearls)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 small pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream
  • 2 heaping tablespoons brown sugar
  • Toasted coconut for garnish

 

Directions

Soak tapioca pearls in milk for about 1-2 hours. In a non-reactive saucepot over medium-high heat, combine the tapioca with milk, coconut milk, salt, molasses, and brown sugar.


Cook, stirring constantly, for 5-7 minutes until mixture coats the back of a spoon. Tapioca will become clear and have no resistance when biting through a pearl. Put mixture over an ice bath and stir. When cooled, fold in whipped cream and serve in martini glasses. Garnish top with toasted coconut.

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Cranberry Red Roast Braised Pork Shoulder



Ingredients 

  • 2 cups naturally brewed soy sauce
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 2 cups water, plus more if necessary
  • 1 small ginger root, sliced into 5 thick slices
  • 2 bunch scallions, 1 inch pieces
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 packed cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, plus 1/2 cup for garnish, halved
  • 1 bone-out pork shoulder, fat cap on, scored diagonally
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Chinese steamed bread (you can buy these frozen in Chinatown)

 

Directions

In a stock pot over high heat, combine all liquids, ginger, scallions, star anise, sugar and cranberries and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and add pork. Cook 4 hours until pork is fork tender, skimming periodically. When ready, using a spider, remove pork and transfer to large oval platter. Remove star anise and ginger and discard.


Reduce sauce by 25% and check for seasoning. Add remaining cranberries and heat for 5 minutes with steamer on top of stockpot to heat the white Chinese steam bread. Ladle sauce on pork, serve with steamed bread. To eat, slice pork and stuff inside steamed bread with a spoonful of the red roast sauce.

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Warm Chicken Breast Spinach Salad with Champagne-Lychee Vinaigrette



Serves 4

Ingredients 

  • 3 large naturally raised chicken breasts, julienned
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large shallots, sliced
  • 1 pint sliced button mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup fresh lychees, halved
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup Champagne
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Organic baby spinach
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Canola oil, for cooking
  • Crusty bread, for serving

 

Directions

In a large saute pan over medium heat coated lightly with canola oil, add chicken, season and saute until cooked through, about 4-6 minutes. Remove chicken to a plate. Add about 2 tablespoons olive oil to pan and add shallots and mushrooms, season and saute until softened, about 2 minutes. Add lychees and Dijon mustard, deglaze with Champagne and reduce by 75%. Whisk in remaining olive oil, add lemon juice and chicken, and check for flavor. Pour contents of pan over spinach in a heat-proof bowl. Toss salad, garnish with freshly ground pepper and serve with crusty bread.

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Asian Pistou Dumplings in Lime Broth



Some of China’s smallest treasures are also its tastiest — dim sum — those savory little dumplings filled with meat, seafood, and vegetables. And they translate well to Western cuisine because they make great hors d’oeuvres. Today, however, we serve up a vegetarian soup version in my Asian Pistou Dumplings in Lime Broth. Let’s get cooking.

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Spicy Wok Clams and Leeks



When I come across a flavor I really love, I like to spread it around, and the best way to spread the great flavor of Indonesia’s spicy sambal is with crème fraiche, the French multitasker that also mellows sambal’s heat — which you will see in todays’ recipe: Spicy Wok Clams and Leeks, an all-in-one seafood dish with a nuance of bacon and garlic.

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Thai Curried Clams and Chorizo



Not only do I look to the East and the West for sources of inspiration, I also look to the past for great ingredients about which we may have forgotten…like buttermilk, which used to be a staple in American kitchens. It’s not only a lighter alternative to cream, but also to Asian coconut milk, as I’ll show you today with my Thai Curried Clams and Chorizo. It’s a great one-pot-meal that features a clams and sausage combo that’s well-loved in both the East and West.

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Creamy Risotto with Baby Shrimp and Bok Choy



Seves 4

Ingredients 

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 minced shallots
  • 2 tablespoons minced lemongrass
  • 2 cups koshi hikari or similar sushi rice (or Arborio rice)
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2-3 cups chicken stock, hot
  • 1 pound baby Contessa shrimp
  • 3 heads baby bok choy, shredded
  • 4 tablespoons room temperature cream cheese
  • Minced chives, for garnish
  • Olive oil to cook
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

 

Directions

Coat a skillet over medium heat lightly with olive oil and saute the garlic, shallots, and lemongrass for about 2 minutes. Add the rice, stir to coat with oil and season. Deglaze with white wine and reduce by 75%. Slowly add stock a ladle at a time, stirring rice until each ladle of liquid is absorbed. When just beyond al dente, add the shrimp and bok choy to heat through. Add cream cheese to melt, check again for flavor and garnish with chives. Serve.

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Scallion Pancakes with Dipping Sauce



Pot stickers, scallion cakes, dim sum… they all have one thing in common, the simplest dough in the universe: hot water dough. Add the great French ingredient, shallots, and you’ve got a combination that can morph into anything.

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Turkey Sausage Pilaf



Believe it or not, my first rice dish flavored with alcohol was not a risotto, but a fermented white rice my folks bought when I was a kid, at Kim’s Mart, the only Asian grocer in Dayton, Ohio in the early 1970s. This fermented rice was a sweet Chinese porridge called Jo Nyang and it’s the inspiration for today’s recipe: my Turkey Sausage Pilaf, an all-in-one dish that is sure to be a hit… so let’s get cooking.

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