Fried whole tilapia.

Whole fish is my favorite!

Like most meats cooked on the bone, this technique tends to provide more flavor and secures moisture.

The only drawback is all the bones you have to deal with.

Using an oil with a high smoke point such as peanut oil allows you to get the oil hotter and sear in the juices.

This wild tilapia was seasoned with a puree of cilantro, garlic and ginger, then finished with a tomato vinaigrette.

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Fresh Ideas!

Explore the world of Culinaria.

Take a stroll thru your favorite grocery store and come up with some FRESH IDEAS!

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Flavor Excursions #6 Asian night

This 11 course Asian dinner was a smash!

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Amuse bouce – Cherry with pickled ginger and mint.
1. Snapper, Snowcrab and Salmon roe roll.
2. Chilled scallop shashimi w green onion, daikon radish, hoisin dressing.
3. Panang curry Chicken  dumplings.
4. Foil roasted Mataki mushroom.
5. Cilantro, radish BBQ ribs.
6.  Asian greens w shitake and Chinese sausage.
7. Seared Rice cakes stuffed with salmon and oyster sauce.
8. Spicy Mung bean n salted shrimp salad w/ marinated tofu.
9. Noodles ( udon, enoki mushroom, seaweed , Shrimp balls).
10. Honey, sesame and ginger glazed Duck in lettuce wrap and soy broth.
11. Forbidden rice, coconut milk, dessert.

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Stay sharp.

Dull knifes are more dangerous than SHARP ones!

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To find out how dull they really are, go through your draw and remove all of your knives. Try to cut a citrus fruit with each knife. If your blades struggle  to cut the fruit, then your knives are DULL. I would suggest taking your knives to a sharpener or purchase new ones, unless you care to learn the skill of sharpening yourself. If so there are many different sharpening stones to purchase and online instructions to teach you. Its not difficult, it just takes practice.

From Japanese Santuko style knives to classic German style chef knives, different brands and steel types can make selection challenging Most high end culinary stores will let you try their knives to see which ones are most comfortable in your hands. After a test run, go online, do some research and  buy your knife.

New knife shopping can be fun, take your time and select a knife based on comfort not looks.

Keep sharp knifes in your kitchen and practice knife safety.

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