Breakfast in America

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The hankering for the Orange Choco Scones showed its salivating face once again.  This time, it brought Jalapeño Simple Syrup to the table.   Accented with lavender, the Sweet Jalapeño Yogurt released the scone’s full flavor.
Paired with Jalapeño-Orange Pekoe Tea.

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Chocolate Yummy

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Talk about four tiers of heaven! Chocolate Yummy:  Vanilla Cream Cheese spread across a Roasted Pecan Shortbread Crust,  topped with dark chocolate custard and adorned with Freshly whipped cream and more chocolate.  What a perfect wrap-up to Charlie’s farewell dinner of century egg-chicken congee paired with lemon-honey ginger beer.

Here’s the link to the recipe on Charlie’s blog:
http://charles-fortner.blogspot.com/2012/05/chocolate-yummy.html?m=1

Indulgent Pesto Mushrooms

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Stem/clean some Cremini/Portobello Mushrooms. (They’re actually the same mushroom, just different ages!)

Arrange Shrooms on a plate and cover with a bowl.

Microwave for 30-45 sec.

Fill warmed Mushrooms with Basil Pesto and, if on-hand, top it off with a candied Jalapeño.

Again, cover the plate and microwave for another 1.5-2 minutes at about 1000MW.

For additional umami, garnish with roasted seaweed (Kizami Nori きざみのり).

10-Minute Citrus-Poached Catfish

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Fill a skillet with a 1/2 inch of water, add a splash of citrusy vinegar — Calamansi Balsamic was on-hand for this instance– or a  squeeze of fresh lemon. 

Bring to a boil over medium / 60% heat.

With scales down, cook the catfish for 4-5 min in the uncovered skillet.

Flip the fish, add spinach atop, and cover.  Cook another 3-4 min, or until the fish and greens are cooked. There should only be a little liquid remaining.

Remove from heat.

Using two turners, flip the fish and leaves onto a plate so the fish has a vibrant bed of green. 

Drizzle broth atop the finished product.

Bon Appetit!