recipes: sauce/staple

  • cook's illustrated basil pesto (doubled)
    This is the first pesto recipe that we've really liked. Other recipes were either bland or had too much olive oil. The flavors in this one are super fresh! Adapted from Cook's Illustrated. Parmesan cheesegarlicfresh basilparsleyextra-virgin olive oilpine nutssaltsalt and pepper
  • jacques pepin's consommé recipe
    Broth is one of the most fulfilling things you can make in the kitchen. Consommé is the funnest magic trick you can do with your broth. Here’s how I got there. Sick in bed one day in May with the worst allergy attack of my life, I watched the DVD that came with the Jacques Pepin (JP) book Essential Pepin. In a KQED radio interview, JP said that the DVD was more valuable than the book, so I think to myself, "word, I better check this out!" In addition to lots of timeless techniques that he integrates into his show, the DVD also contained a segment where JP turned cloudy soup stock into crystal clear broth called consommé. I was so amazed that I made consommé as soon as I was feeling better. Adapted from Jacques Pepin’s latest book, Essential Pepin. homemade stockground beefcelery leavesparsleyleekcarrotsblack peppercornsthymeegg whiteswatersalt