We always some kind of braise in our weekly menus, and I find they are especially important at this time of year when the body craves warmth and comfort. They get better a day or two after they’re cooked and warm up beautifully in the oven. This week, grass fed short ribs braised in bone broth, white wine, shallots and herbs and finished with roasted butternut and spinach. ⚡️ #californiabraised
One of our on-repeat client favorites. Ginger-scallion turkey burgers with lettuce wraps, kimchi and curry mayo. Sweet potato fries on the side (also delicious when dunked in the curry mayo). I like this meal because it’s flavor-packed, fun to assemble, and includes that fermented probiotic goodness with the kimchi. ⚡️
“To try is the opposite of hiding.” - Seth Godin. ⚡️// I used to be terrified of public speaking. I know it’s a common fear — but I was really, really terrified of it. I became a chef for many reasons, but I actually think one of them was to avoid having to get up and talk in front of people. A couple years ago I was prompted to confront that fear, and I signed up for public speaking classes. Now I still get nervous, but I know from more practice that those nerves are not only manageable, but that they can actually be used and funneled into a better delivery. The point is that nerves and fear are not something to be avoided. Being nervous is actually closely related biologically to the feeling of excitement! You’re nervous because you’re coming out of hiding, in whatever way you may have been. And coming out of hiding is a good thing — the world needs more of you. It’s scary because you’re doing something that matters. Big love, E ❤️
Sunday meal prep lessons: Tomato sauce. 🍅🍅🍅 Start with soffrito base (onion, carrot, celery, minced) and sauté in olive oil til it starts to caramelize. Add in more olive oil (tomato sauce always needs more olive oil than you think). Add in sliced garlic. Add in whole canned tomatoes crushing them in your hand as you add to oil. I use San Marzano canned whole tomatoes. Add in fresh basil sprigs, and even more oil. Simmer, stirring occasionally for about an hour. Leave chunky or blend with immersion blender. #simplefood is always the #bestfood . #sundaymealpreplessons
Good sleep is so important for good health, both physical and mental! Sleep deprivation makes it much more likely that your body will crave sugary, high-carb and starchy foods. Things like a bedtime routine, daily exercise and removing electronics from the bedroom can vastly improve your quality of sleep. And while short naps don’t make up for lost sleep hours they can serve as an effective reset for the brain and nervous system. 😴⚡️ #vitahealthtips#sleephealsthebody // also who out there loves john Steinbeck like me?
Slow roasted pork shoulder. Pork shoulders from @ranchollanoseco, seasoned with salt, rosemary, lemon zest, fennel seed + espelette pepper (best if seasoned the day before). Roast in oven at 300 degrees for about 5-6 hours, flipping and basting in fat/juices every hour or so. You’ll know when she’s ready when she be falling off that bone. 😋⚡️ #Sundaymealpreplessons
Today was a production morning in the kitchen where we turn things in our freezer into other usable things. Magic! Here chicken bone broth (made with combination of chicken backs, wings and feet) and a shrimp and corn broth (made with shrimp shells and corn cobs). Also, I truly believe that if everyone had a pot of broth simmering on their stove the world would be a kinder, gentler place. 💗 #nofoodwaste#brothheals