Don’t miss the Valentine’s Day Issue!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries
My Baby’s Chocolate Covered Strawberries!

Newsletter (the Valentine’s issue!) is going out in about an hour!

Some great recipes, videos, and tips in this one! Chocolate covered strawberries (and marshmallows!), beautiful breakfasts, and romantic dinners on the grill!

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~Chef Perry

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Chef Perry’s Best Recipes of 2017

Best Recipes of 2017

 

As 2017 slips into the history books, it’s time for the annual “Best Of” post!

Here are the 10 recipes and technique posts that YOU, dear readers, visited and revisited the most.

From re-heating your favorite burger, to Julia’s most famous dish, to the best fried chicken…ever.

They’re all here!

(Click on each title, for the full recipe…)

Enjoy,

~Chef Perry

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Miracle Microwave Chicken Recipe

12 Minute Miracle Chicken

I love doing this recipe in my cooking classes, just for the look on my students faces when I tell them we’re going to make “microwave chicken.” But really, we’re making poached chicken, we’re just using the microwave as the heat source. This is a great technique to shave some time off dinner prep, by multitasking while the chicken cooks.

Boeuf Bourguignon Recipe

Boeuf Bourguignon for Julia’s Birthday

This was the very first “dish that Julia made on “The French Chef” and that was deliberate. Her goal in choosing this dish (as mine is in The Home Chef) was to demystify what was, and still is, considered one of the most delicious meals you can make, and thereby demystify cooking in general.

Pasta Carbonara on AM Northwest

Pasta alla Carbonara on AM Northwest

As the saying goes, “a great time was had by all.”

Well, I can’t speak for all, but I can tell you, this guy had a blast cooking Pasta alla Carbonara on AM Northwest!

Green Chile Egg Puff Recipe

Mother’s Day Green Chili Egg Puff

Easily, the best egg dish I’ve ever had, and it’ll be the traditional Christmas breakfast at our house from now on!

Light, fluffy, savory, ethereal…like eating an egg-flavored angel!

Dragon Claws Appetizer Recipe

“Dragon Claws” BBQ Appetizer

This one was no surprise, as it’s been in the top ten list every year since it posted after my Kenmore Grills demo at RibFest!

Sticky sweet, spicy goodness…with just a breath of fire! And…trust me on this, MUCH easier to make when there isn’t a live audience and 3 television cameras in your face!

Redneck Ratatouille Recipe

Converting Crock-Pot Recipes for the Oven

Great news…you can, absolutely, cook your crock-pot recipes in the oven, using a dutch oven, cassoulet pan, or even a cast-iron skillet and some foil.

As you know, we often include crock-pot and slow-roast recipes in our weekly meal plans, so we have a LOT of practice doing conversions!

How to reheat an IN-N-OUT (or any) Burger

In the sincere hope that nothing as glorious as a Double-Double Animal Style is ever eaten chilled, or even worse, microwaved, I give you…how to reheat an In-N-Out (or any) burger to (almost) as good as new!

he Best Southern Fried Chicken Recipe

Dad Perkins’ Southern Fried Chicken

This is a taste of my childhood, as it was a taste of my father’s childhood.

It’s so good, and I love it so much, that I pulled my poor old dad out of a well-earned retirement to cook up a huge batch for our wedding rehearsal dinner.

It was, of course, a smashing success (she still said “yes” the next day…)

Easiest Chicken Stock Recipe

Easiest Chicken Stock Recipe Ever

I’m going to say, right up front, that there’s no replacement for a deep, rich stock that’s simmered for hours, pulling every bit from flavor out of the meat and veggies, and into the liquid.

However, there are easier ways to do it, and this is my favorite…using the crock pot!

The Home Chef: Transforming the American Kitchen

The Home Chef BookPart syllabus, part autobiography, part call-to-arms, The Home Chef is about the rapidly evolving landscape of cooking in America, and how to cook real food, the best food possible, in your own kitchen, and more importantly…why you should.

Filled with insider tips and tricks from the professional kitchen, hundreds of links and resources to (free) professional level education, and easy to follow instructions from a professional cooking instructor, The Home Chef: Transforming the American Kitchen is culinary school for the home cook.

Everything you need, and nothing you don’t, to take your own culinary creations to the next level, while saving time, money, and waste doing so.

Let’s Bless a Family this Christmas!

MY KITCHEN Outreach Program

Each year, as part of the James1:27 Project, of our MY KITCHEN Outreach, we choose a family in need to bless at Christmas.

This year, we have a single mom, with several young ones, who is having to find a new place to live. She works a full time job, and receives no form of government assistance, but, as they say…life has happened, and they need some help.

Bacon! A Home Chef's GuideThis year, our fund-raising just happens to coincide with the release of my newest Home Chef Guidebook, “BACON!”

So…let’s make the most of that!

Today (Friday) through this Sunday, 100% of the sales of this guidebook, or ANY of my books on Amazon (www.perryperkinsbooks.com) will be donated to this year’s family.

If you’re still looking to fill some Christmas present slots…buy ’em a book! 😉

(The Home Chef Series, “MEAT FIRE GOOD”, and “Just A Spoonful” are all great gift options!)

If you would like to give directly to the family, please contact me.

Also, we’re looking for some folks who might be willing to offer a “Matching Funds” deal, as part of their year-end charitable giving. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, I can provide tax-deductible recipes. Again, please contact me in you’re interested.

Lastly, PLEASE share this request with your friends and family.

Merry Christmas mBooks by Perry P. Perkinsy friends!

~Chef Perry
chefperryperkins.com

 

“Bacon! A Home Chef’s Guide” NOW AVAILABLE!

The Home Chef's Guide to Bacon!“The Home Chef: Transforming the American Kitchen” was your overview of the professional techniques, concepts, and tips for taking your cooking to the next level, but…let’s face it, you can only fit so much information into one book!

Each Home Chef Guidebook delves more deeply into the professional quality recipes and techniques of specific cooking styles and cuisines.

This one is all about BACON.

Bacon is the candy-apple red hot-rod of the food world. We want it, but we also fear it a little, which makes us want it even more…

Each year in the U.S. more than 1.7 billion lbs. of bacon are consumed – equivalent to the weight of 8 1/2 Nimitz class aircraft carriers. 65% of Americans would support bacon as their “national food” and more than half of us claim that we would rather have bacon than sex.

Bacon is kinda a big deal!

Let’s learn about bacon, the types of bacon out there, the best techniques for cooking it, and the most delicious recipes available for God’s most perfect meat.

Click here to order your copies today for the bacon-junkies on your Christmas list, and get free shipping!

Welcome, Home Chefs!

~Chef Perry
http://www.chefperryperkins.com

The Home Chef: Transforming the American Kitchen 
The Home Chef’s Guide to Frugal Fine Cooking 
Bacon! A Home Chef’s Guide

 

Special deal for readers…

Prelaunch

Hey, as we count down to the release of “BACON! A Home Chef’s Guide”, I have a deal for all of you who have read either of the first two books.

If you would use the links below to leave a review on Amazon.com, I’ll send you a special 20% discount code to pick up the new book when it releases next month!

Thanks!

~Chef Perry

The Home Chef

Frugal Fine Cooking

The Home Chef's Guide to Bacon!

Help us help kids (and get a great book!)

Home Chef Book Fundraiser

Cover in FrameI’m donating 100% of sales from “The Home Chef’s Guide to Frugal Fine Cooking” AND “The Home Chef: Transforming the American Kitchen” to the MY KITCHEN OUTREACH Program, to help feed the hungry, and teach important life skills to at-risk and special-needs youth.

This guidebook would make a great gift for struggling families, college students, and young couples trying to eat healthy on a limited budget!

Proceeds will only be used to pay for teaching materials, supplies, and ingredients for classes. I’ll post the results here, at MY KITCHEN Outreach Program on Monday, October 16th.

Please place your order, on Amazon, before midnight TONIGHT, to help support the outreach!

Cover in frameThese funds will be earmarked specifically for the new youth classes we’ll be doing for the high school in Stevenson WA, and for our annual turkey roast (10 this year!) for The Father’s Heart Street Ministry. Anything left over will go into the general use fund for MK.

Order your copies of “The Home Chef’s Guide to Frugal Fine Cooking” HERE.

BOTH are availabe on my Amazon author page: www.perryperkinsbooks.com

PLEASE LET YOUR FRIENDS KNOW (by using the “sharing buttons”, below!)

Thank you for helping us help kids!

Chef Perry
chefperryperkins.com

Thai Red Fish Curry

Frugal Red Fish Curry recipe

The Home Chef's Guide to Frugal Fine Cooking(Excerpt from “The Home Chef’s Guide to Frugal Fine Cooking” Available October 15, 2017. This is the first in a series of guidebooks to delve deeper into specific topics discussed in, “The Home Chef: Transforming the American Kitchen” – available on Amazon.)

Regarding Curry…

“Curry” can be a confusing term. It’s the name of an entire family of Indian, and Indian-influenced, dishes, but it’s also the name of spice blends within those dishes, and those blend of spices are different from region to region, and, typically, house to house.

Instead of a specific recipe, with set ingredients, think of it as a term like “sauce”, for which there can be uncountable varieties (and my mom’s is always better than your mom’s…)

Curries in Thailand (usually a mix of curry spice paste, coconut milk or water, meat, seafood, vegetables or fruit, and herbs) mainly differ from the curries in Indian cuisine in their use of fresh ingredients such as herbs and aromatic leaves, instead of a mix of dried, and then toasted and ground, spices.

The dry, powdery stuff we buy in the jars is a lot like kissing your sister…similar…but not quite the same thing.

My personal favorite Indian blend (when not toasting and grinding it fresh) is the “Bombay Curry” from my beloved Market Spice, in Seattle’s Pike Place Market.

Curries (the dishes) are a great way to add a touch of the exotic to a frugal dinner, while using up leftover meats and veggies, at the same time.

Think about it…both India and Thailand are home to some of the poorest people (and the best food) on the planet.

Once again, it’s less about what you’ve got, than what you can do with it.

Thai Red Fish Curry

1lb tilapia
1 knob of ginger, peeled
2 cloves of garlic
1 stalk lemongrass, minced
Juice of half a lime
2-3 fresh red chilies
1 Tbs tomato puree
1 onion, very finely chopped
Oil
2 Tbs fish sauce
2 cups coconut milk
1 cup water
A generous pinch of salt
Cilantro to garnish

To make the curry paste blend together the ginger, garlic, lemongrass, lime juice, chilies, tomato puree and a little oil.

Heat a little more oil in a large saucepan and begin to fry the onions. After 5 minutes add the paste and cook for a further 10 minutes.

Tip in the coconut milk and water and continue to cook to allow the flavors to infuse, and the sauce to reduce a bit.

Season the sauce to taste before adding the fish in large, skinless chunks. Cook for 5-10 minutes, until the fish is completely done.

At this point one can serve the dish, though if the sauce is a little thin one may opt to remove the fish from the sauce and turn the heat up for a little while.

Ensure it is served piping hot, sticky rice, mango slices, and fresh cilantro are optional.