Entries by Kent Dagnall

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Lemon Ginger Turmeric Tart

I love the New York Times cooking section, but if you try to follow their Lemon-Ginger Tart recipe it will be an unmitigated disaster. The key is to blind bake a shortcrust pastry until it is fully golden with no cracks. I also use a lot more organic turmeric and ginger than they do!

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Pavo Pibil – Smoked Turkey in Achiote

@chefphillipdell and I smoked an incredible pasture-raised turkey from White Oak Pastures marinated in achiote. It is ferociously orange but not spicy, getting all that pigment from anatto seed, not chile. We are two technologically sophisticated barbecuers from the United States, but you can imagine this Mesoamerican preparation being served the same way with a traditional green crema and warm tortillas for hundreds of years. Would not change a thing!

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Ricotta Cheese

Smooth, rich, and tangy, this homemade ricotta cheese is so much better than storebought, it is like an entirely different product. You can hang it in cheesecloth until creamy or leave to intensify in flavor a little longer so it crumbles like feta.

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Grilled Flatbread

Using leftover whey from homemade yogurt or ricotta cheese results in a softer loaf with large air pockets, perfect for grilling over charcoal. You can also use water or get creative upcycling liquid ingredients like beer or vegetable juice. This recipe is very versatile. If you’re not up for grilling, it turns out perfectly well baked in a 500-degree oven.