Brown Butter Basted Pork Chops, Steakhouse Mushrooms

Brown Butter Basted  Pork Chops, Steakhouse Mushrooms
I would like to wish my family, friends, staff and guests a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year! *** Brown Butter Basted Pork Chops serves two preparation time: forty five minutes cooking time: twenty five minutes two each ten-twelve ounce pork chops four tablespoons olive oil, divided three tablespoons butter twelve sprigs of oregano kosher salt and freshly ground pepper Pull some leaves off half of the oregano sprigs. Drizzle the pork chops with two tablespoons of the olive oil. Season both sides with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Sprinkle the oregano over each...
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Caramel Apple and Pear Butter with Homemade Biscuits

Caramel Apple and Pear Butter with Homemade Biscuits
I have an confession to make: ” This Yankee can’t make biscuits!” For the past couple of weeks, I have been searching for the best biscuit recipe. I know, I’m a chef and have lived in the south for 20 some odd years and I don’t know how to make biscuits. I was looking for the southern type of biscuits, you know the ones that are so good you have to have more than one! I found that most biscuit recipes have more than three ingredients: flour, shortening, buttermilk, salt, and baking powder. After several test runs with these ingredients, I found the biscuits...
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Madagascar Vanilla Bean Souffle

Madagascar Vanilla Bean Souffle
I am always fascinated by things that rise in the oven and wanting to surprise my wife with dinner and dessert for our anniversary I decided to look through some old recipes and came across this recipe for souffle. Long ago, I happened to get this recipe from a  French chef who opened 103 West in Atlanta many years ago. The kitchen would turn out some of the most beautiful souffles I had ever seen. This recipe is almost fool proof and allows a little more stabilization by adding a little cornstarch to the egg whites. I broke down the recipe and made a souffle to test before my wife...
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Three Apples, One State, One Tart

Three Apples, One State, One Tart
For the last couple of weeks I have been taking a close look at each and every recipe on our dessert menu including our honey walnut bread which is probably our signature bread.  You see, after the (abrupt) departure of our pastry chef I made an executive decision and took on the day to day responsibilities of the pastry chef myself. Playing in flour, eggs, butter, sugar and vanilla is one of my life time passions. I started my career as a pastry /sous chef for Pano’s and Paul’s many years ago and because of my success Pano put me on a plane to The Culinary Institute...
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Florida Stone Crab Claws, Incredible

Florida Stone Crab Claws, Incredible
Mckendrick’s steak house loves celebrating the return of fresh Florida stone crab claws. As this years season arrives with good news that the Deep-water Horizon oil spill will not effect the catch. Stone crab claws are truly one of my favorite seafood dishes. I love shrimp, lobster, blue crabs and king crab but there is something about stone crabs.  Maybe it is because these tasty crustaceans are only available from October to May, making you wait all summer long for them. What is unique about stone crab claws is the way the are harvested. The fisherman set out traps, haul...
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