Have you ever heard of Barding or Larding?

  • Posted on: 2 January 2017
  • By: Ron Estes
So what is it and what’s the difference? Larding is to wrap a piece of meat, roast, meatloaf, forcemeat in caul fat, thin slices of pork fatback or even bacon. Bacon is my personal preferred method. The purpose of doing this is to keep a piece of meat moist while cooking it. The other method is called barding. Barding is done by injecting strips of fat into a piece of meat before cooking it. To bard a piece of meat you would need what is called a barding needle. If you are a hardcore foodie you might be interested in getting some of these.

Shallot Steak Butter

  • Posted on: 27 December 2016
  • By: Ron Estes
This is one of my favorite butters for a steak. It is simple and flavorful. The best was to use it is after grilling your steak. Season and grill your steak, then as soon as it comes off of the grill put a nice dollop of butter on it. As your steak rests the butter will melt and make a great sauce.

Ingredients Needed:

    4 oz of salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon of minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped chives.
  • a pinch of fresh ground pepper melange
Allow the butter to soften. In a bowl thoroughly mix all ingredients and set aside to use on steak.

My top 25 Pantry Item List

  • Posted on: 26 December 2016
  • By: Ron Estes

1. Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil - I would describe it as a full flavored olive oil. Once you use it you will never go back to any other olive oil. If you can’t find it Extra Virgin Olive Oil will do just fine.

2. Balsamic Vinegar - Preferably a well aged vinegar, but at least a good balsamic.

3. Red Wine Vinegar

4. Arborio Rice

5. Medium Grain Rice

6. Flour- You can’t hardly have any usable kitchen without flour.

7. Panko Japanese Style Bread Crumbs

8. Hot Sauce

9. Granulated Sugar

10. Brown Sugar

11. Dried Beans

Easy Crock Pot Mac and Cheese

  • Posted on: 22 February 2016
  • By: Ron Estes
Ingredients: 1-pound white American easy melting cheese 6 Cups of chicken broth from either a base or using chicken bouillon (Reserve 1 cup - see recipe) Substitute Vegetable Broth for Vegetarians 2 Cups dry macaroni or 2-1/2 cups Cavatappi Yields 6-8 Portions Additional Recipe Ideas: Blue Cheese Mac and Cheese: Add 2-4oz of Danish blue crumbles Mexi Mac n Cheese: Add 4oz diced green chilies, 4oz of Pico de Gallo, and 4oz of salsa verde. Bacon Mac n Cheese: Add 4oz of your favorite bacon crumbles   How to Make the Basic Recipe The Crock Pot Mac N Cheese

Easy Peel Garlic

  • Posted on: 12 January 2016
  • By: Ron Estes
Easy to Peel Garlic
Did you know you can peel a garlic clove with just a spoon? You can, and it is super easy. Place a garlic clove in the palm of your hand, grab a teaspoon and give it a whack.

Step 1

It may take a couple good licks in the palm of your hand, but not to worry.

Step 2

Step 3

How to Make a Trendy Flavored Compound Salt at Home

  • Posted on: 12 January 2016
  • By: Ron Estes
3 Chile Pepper Spice Sea Salt
If you have noticed lately favored salts are part of a growing trend and are very tasty to use. They do however come with a hefty price tag in many cases. Other than earthy salts such as black, red, or Himalayan there isn't a huge reason to purchase them. With a little ingenuity you can make your own at home and save yourself the sticker shock of using gourmet salts. Here is an example of what I made, and you can do the same. I made my own gourmet pepper salt using peppers I dried myself and some kosher salt.