Are soufflés really as tricky as you've been led to believe? Trust me, when you look at them scientifically, it's pretty easy to make them perfectly every time.
Coloring eggs this time of year can be a fascinating lesson in natural pigmentation. Anthocyanin! Chlorophyl! Carotene! Make a rainbow basket of eggs using foods in your fridge!
Pick up any carton of eggs today and you are bombarded with language meant to obfuscate the truth. Free Range one carton exclaims, while another touts Cage Free! What's the difference? Here's a handy list that will help you interpret the marketing on egg cartons across the country.
Baffled by the words on every egg carton? Want to know the difference between cage-free and free-range? Here's a translation for every egg on the market; another episode of "Ask Dan!"
The cold sweat that drips down your neck when you realize you're missing an ingredient, and the cake batter is halfway finished, is real. You have guests scheduled to arrive in mere hours, nay, minutes. Do you rush to the store and grab a bundt cake shelled in plastic? Oh no, not here. NEVER ACCEPT DEFEAT.
It's time to start a new chapter and hatch those plans you've been laying all Winter! While the ancient tradition of egg balancing has been disproven (you can, in fact, balance eggs on any day of the year), I still love the symbolism of acknowledging balance as a new season begins. Get cracking!
What are your thoughts on SPAM? While I can't say I love the meat product dearly, I do find my palate tuned to the unique combination found in musubi. The Hawaiian dish pairs a slice of SPAM with sushi rice and some toasted seaweed, it's SPAM sushi. Hints of that dish find their way into my version of corned beef hash...
It's remarkable how many times I change a dessert when menu planning. What began as chocolate cupcakes with ginger sabayon morphed three times until it ended up as mossy green ramekins of matcha custard. I love the herbal note to end a meal, it feels complete.
- 1 can Coconut Milk
- 1/2 cup Almond Milk
- 2 tablespoons Matcha Green Tea Powder
- 1 Vanilla Bean, split and scraped (or 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract)
- 3 Eggs
- 2 Egg Yolks
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. You will need 6 ramekins or one large casserole dish set on top of a dish towel in a large baking pan (more on this later).
- In a sauce pan combine the coconut milk, almond milk, matcha, and vanilla bean scrapings over low heat. Whisk until the matcha is incorporated into the milk (no clumps allowed)
- Fill a tea kettle or another sauce pan with water and bring it to a boil. You’ll need this later.
- In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg yolks, sugar and salt until pale yellow and slightly thickened.
- Remove the milk mixture from the heat and drizzle it slowly into the egg mixture, whisking all the time. If you pour too quickly you’ll end up with scrambled eggs.
- Pour the custard base through a strainer and then ladle it into each ramekin, roughly 2/3 cup per dish. Set the filled ramekins on top of the towel in the baking pan. The towel helps to prevent burnt bottoms.
- Slide the baking pan into your oven and then pour the simmering water in the pan, around the ramekins. Be careful to keep the water out of the ramekins and fill the baking pan until the water is about 2/3 up the ramekins. This will help evenly bake the custards.
- Bake the custard for 28-32 minutes or until the custard is gently set. It should tremble ever so slightly when you give it a tap on the side.
- Remove the ramekins from the water bath and allow them to cool for an hour on a rack. Then cover them tightly with plastic wrap and set them in the fridge to chill.