One of the keys to the deep, savory flavor of the of the braise is what’s known as “thin” or “superior” or “premium” soy sauce. It is also occasionally referred to as light soy sauce—but don’t confuse that with low sodium! Thin soy sauce is actually saltier and lighter in color than regular soy sauce. Buy the buns at your local Chinese market: look in the freezer section for folded, not round, buns.
A shrub is a fantastic way to preserve fruit at the peak of its season so that it can be enjoyed in the months to come. Get inspired by seeing what's available at your local farmer's market. This time of year in the Bay Area, there are myriad varieties of small plums available that are perfect for pies and jams, and especially shrubs. Watch how this cocktail is made HERE.
This au gratin side dish takes advantage of all the summer squash that you see at the grocery store and farmers market. The touch of fresh sage hints at the autumn season just around the corner. Try to find a nice crusty rustic bread to cube and use for the au gratin. The texture it lends to the dish is key!
Traditional shrimp summer rolls are a great Asian appetizer. This version adds corn and uses Old Bay Seasoning to give it a New England inspired twist. The poaching liquid doubles as a dipping sauce as well. You can find rice paper wrappers and rice stick noodles at Asian grocery stores and the Asian section of well-stocked grocery stores.
This simple galette takes advantage of the last of the summer stone fruit. Combining plums and peaches, the beauty of the galette is in the ease of making it. The more handcrafted and rustic it is, the more elegant it looks when you serve it!
Blueberries are a surprising complement to the spice rubbed pork chops. There’s a subtle sweetness to the blueberry sauce, but don’t expect it to be overpowering. It’s more savory-salty than sugary-sweet. Don’t skip the brine, as it insures a super juicy pork chop.
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