Sous Vide Flounder with Browned Butter Fettuccine

Being able to take advantage of good prices on fresh fish is one of my favorite things. Keeping good quality fish from getting funky is always a challenge.

Enter sous vide.
Sous Vide Flounder with Browned Butter Fettuccine
This flounder was pasteurized, frozen then reheated in a stovetop water bath. The gating factor on dinner prep was the 11 minutes of hydration time for the fettuccine. Dinner was ready in less than 20 minutes.
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Crabby Balls

Decades ago, in a land far, far away, a housemate introduced me to several Asian-inspired dishes. I wasn’t as fluent in cooking back then, but this recipe has stuck with me throughout the years without much modification. Marcotte called them Pork & Crab Meatballs.


BigDMcC, another old friend, calls them John’s Crabby Balls. The name seems to fit.

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Project: Kitchen

Posted by johngl

I got tired of looking at a Thanksgiving post as the latest thing on this site.

Remember that destruction I did several months back? Probably not. I know you have slept since then.

Here we are now, still in progress. Maybe there is a song in there somewhere.

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Before After

The other end of the kitchen has yet to be touched. It is a labor of love.

Thanksgiving Day Duck

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Home demolition and Thanksgiving turkey just do not make for a good combination, especially since said demolition takes place within several feet of the food preparation area.

Seeking out a simple, yet delicious substitute for the spared gobbling fowl, most glorious spousal unit and myself, in true Pilgrim tradition, rummaged around the freezer and, what ho! a pre-roasted duck appeared.


Above, the prepared duck halves are submerged in just over a quart of duck fat. If you don’t have this in your larder, you should be ashamed.

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Bakin’ Atlantic Salmon and Fryin’ Potatoes

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One of my (many) pet peeves is over-cooked fish. For whatever reason, even the best of cooks can’t seem to get it quite right. This piece of salmon was baked at 150°F for twenty minutes.


Before seasoning, I gave the fish a rub down with some freshly squeezed keylime juice, then seasoned with kosher salt, paprika, crushed red pepper, chili pepper, oregano, basil, and coriander. It’s a spicy, tangy mix that I’ve grown quite fond of over the years.

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Bakin’ Bacon

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Last weekend, most glorious spousal unit and I ventured out to do some exploring and came across a small Farmers’ Market not too far from the house. There aren’t too many vendors there, but the ones that are carry most of what I am seeking: pork, beef, chicken, eggs, salad greens, and tomatoes. Most of the fare is organic in nature.

Noticing one of the vendors has applewood smoked bacon, I made a beeline while fishing out a tenner from my pocket.


Whoever it was that discovered bacon, I bow deeply to your genius. Combining salt curing with smoky goodness with pork fat is just a wondrous thing.

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