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March 2017 Chef of the Month Megan Corcoran

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Megan is wearing ChefUniforms coat style 86515 in Pebble Grey w/ Black

The countdown to Spring has officially begun and we’re eager to introduce our March Chef of the Month, Megan Corcoran. A lover of fresh food, she has been cooking since high school and college but up until a year ago, she worked in Social Media, Marketing, and Sales. In the last year, Megan started her own website and company, auditioned and appeared on Food Network, and made numerous other television appearances. Her chef career has seriously taken off, read more about her success and life below and stay tuned for her amazing recipes throughout the month!

1. Birthplace:

I was born in Glenmoore, Pennsylvania. It is maybe an hour outside of Philadelphia.

2. Where do you work and where are you based?

I own my own website and soon to be catering company. It is called Fork This Dish. We are based out of Arlington Virginia.

3. What is your favorite kitchen tool in creating your masterpieces/dishes?

I would definitely say my food processor more than anything. You can do anything with it. You can make sauces or purees. It is a great way to make bases for dishes. I used to never use it but slowly I started using it more and more. Now it has become a regular and I use it for everything.

4. What is your sharpest sense out of all the 5 senses?

Sight. I was a dancer my whole life. I don’t know what I’d do without visual keys and I think I have transferred that over to cooking. I see a dish first and then make it. I don’t think my presentation skills are the best they can be. But for me, the presentation of a dish is very important.

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

I did cook in a couple restaurants. But I really have no formal training outside of that. I had been thinking about starting this blog and business for years. I told all my friends I wanted to do it. But I never felt ready. Finally, I just did it and it has been an amazing year. I guess I would just say do what you want even if you don’t feel ready. I never learned how to cook on the news but I just went and did it.

6. What is one culinary tip every chef should know and perfect?

I would say cooking eggs. That is a good place to start. It sounds crazy but a lot of people overcook them. Or they don’t know how to make different kinds of eggs like over-easy eggs. Cooking eggs is great practice, you can use different pans techniques. Eggs are a good place to start and a cheap way to mess up. Honestly, I have spent an entire day making eggs and watching Bobby Flay’s YouTube Videos on how to make perfect eggs. Whatever he does, I follow.

7. What does good food mean to you?

Good food to me means fresh. I am very particular with where my food comes from. I think it is important to only buy organic and when I can I try and find it locally. I don’t eat a lot of meat but I do sometimes and I’m to the extent of on Thanksgiving my family and I go to a farm and pick our own turkey. I want to know where my food comes from. I don’t want to buy and eat food with chemicals, we should be more aware of what is in our food. For me buying fresh, organically, and local is good food.

8. What features are important to you when selecting your Chef outfit?

When I cook, I really like being comfortable. I typically wear jeans or khakis. I used hard top shoes and wear a polo type shirt. For my chef coat, I like short sleeves with breathable material so it doesn’t get too hot.

9. Favorite ingredient to work with?

I really like cooking with white wine. I just like putting wine in my food. Plus, I cook a lot of seafood and white wine is the perfect base for seafood.

10. Favorite City to dine out in?

I was dying to leave and my friends will laugh when they read this, but hands down, the best food is in Philadelphia.

11. Best Dish you have ever made?

For my final audition to make it on Food Network, I had to make a dish live. It was extremely nerve-wracking and I was just getting over being sick so I didn’t have time to perfect the dish or practice. But I had an idea and vision and it was the best dish I’ve made. It was a truffle corn puree with scallops and shrimp with a ton of butter, bacon and fresh truffle. It was insane, I wish I wrote down the recipe.

12. Place you eat most often on your days off?

I work from home. So most days I cook for myself. But whenever I am home in Glenmoore. I go to Ron’s School House. It is so good, the food is fresh off the table and they have an extensive menu. They make this fresh pasta but also delicious carrot cheesecake.

13. Person you would most like to cook for?

I have two Food Network heroes. I have cooked for one of them but the other is Scott Conant. I would like to cook for him a lot, I think he is great.

14. What is new on your DVR?

So I pretty much religiously watch Chopped. The other thing I just finished watching was West World. It was so good but I just found out the next season isn’t coming out for another year and a half so I am pretty devastated. I might just re-watch the past season.

Want to see more from our March Chef of the Month? Follow Megan here:

Website: www.forkthisdish.com

Instagram: @forkthisdish

Twitter: @ForkThisDish

 

Chef Rod Knight’s Easy Croque Monsieur Recipe

1I don’t think you all are ready for this recipe! As the holidays approach, sometimes we just need a quick and delicious meal, Chef of the Month Rod Knight shares us with his amazing Croque Monsieur recipe.

This quick and easy Croque Monsieur sans béchamel is guaranteed to satisfy the snack attack. It is a classic French sandwich that translates literally into “Crispy Mister,” due to the Gratin on the finish. We [Chef Rod and his team] actually “discovered” this method on accident – one shift during service we ran out of béchamel and had to fulfill the order, and this was a happy accident, as they say, necessity is the mother of ingenuity.

What you’ll need:2

1/2 lbs of baby swiss cheese

1/2 lbs of good quality ham

1/4 cup of heavy cream

6 slices of Harty Sliced Bread

Salt/pepper

Ground nutmeg

Directions:

1. Grate Cheese

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2. In a mixing bowl, combine salt and pepper, ground nutmeg to taste, heavy cream, and cheese. Mix well.

3. On a greased cookie sheet, place 3 slices of bread, apply the cheese mixture to the slices and spread evenly across the whole slice.

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4. Then layer the ham.

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5. Repeat the same process for the top layer and place cheese side down on the sandwich.

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6. Then next step is to add another layer of cheese to the top of the sandwich.

7. Bake on middle rack for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

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8. Transfer to the top rack and broil until they are golden.

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The final product:

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We hope you enjoyed this week’s delicious recipe from Chef Rod. Stay tuned for our Chef of the Month Rod Knight’s final recipe next week, it is a recipe that will satisfy all fish lovers’ cravings.

Chef Anthony’s Tomato Recipe

Our final recipe from our October Chef of the Month, Anthony Hunt is his tomato recipe. This recipe can be used for party appetizers but it is also very versatile.  Enjoy!

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Confi of garlic and tomato spread

Ingredients:

16 ounces cherry tomatoes
15 cloves of garlic or less.
Bay leaves 3 whole dry or fresh
6 leaves of Basil fresh

Directions:

Submerge ingredients in olive oil
Bake with aluminum foil for one and a half hours.
Allow time to cool.

Remove ingredients from oil. Rooftop ingredients to drain off excess liquid. Add salt, pepper, and olive oil finish with chopped fresh basil.

Best served on sliced toasted baguette. As a final finish, add a sliver of fresh parmesan.

A big thank you to Chef Anthony for providing these awesome recipes and being our October Chef of the Month!

Chef Ana Birac’s Tiger Shrimp Recipe

September is almost over, so here is the final recipe from our first International Chef of the Month, Chef Ana Birac – a fresh Tiger Shrimp dish. Enjoy!

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Ingredients: 

Frozen White Tomato Mousse – Tomato Concasse with Bear Bow – Parmigiano Churros – Marinated Black Tiger – Chilly Cream – Cow Cheese Cream – Tuna Pellet

 

For 2 people:

0,25kg tomato ~ 8.8 ounces

0,2L whipped cream ~ 7 ounces

0,05L bear bow ~ 1.7 ounces

0,2L water ~ 4/5 cup

0,1kg butter ~ 3.5 ounces

0,2kg flour ~ 7 ounces

1 egg yolk

0,1kg grana padano (grated) ~ 3.5 ounces

2 pieces of black Tiger prawn

0,1kg mayonnaise ~ 3.5 ounces

0,05kg chili powder ~ 1.75 ounces

0,2kg cow cheese ~ 7 ounces

0,1kg cream ~ 3.5 ounces

0,02kg tuna ~ 1 ½ tablespoons

0,02kg onion (minced) ~ 1 ½ tablespoons

0,01kg parsley (minced) ~ 4 tablespoons

0,01kg thyme (minced) ~ 4 tablespoons

0,01kg majoran ~ 6 tablespoons

0,01kg rosemarie ~ 6 tablespoons

0,01kg basil ~ 6 tablespoons

salt, pepper

sunflower oil, olive oil

Directions: 

Blanch all the tomato. Take half of the tomato, peel it and leave to squeeze through cheesecloth over night. Take the other half and cut it into small cubes and marinate with olive oil, bear bow, salt, pepper, and basil.

The next morning whip the cream really hard, then add the tomato liquid and put it into freezer. Leave it there for 2 – 3 hours.

Heat the water with butter. When it boils, remove it away from the heat source and add flour. Mix it well and leave it to cool down to 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit). After that happens, stir in the egg yolk and grana padano and mix well. Take the patisserie bag and put the batter inside and make rings. Fry it in sunflower oil.

Clean the Black Tiger prawns and put them in one pan over boiling water. Add butter, salt, pepper, olive oil and all the green spices. Heat it for exactly 12 minutes (until Black Tiger becomes lightly pink) and then cool them down.

Mix mayo and chili in thermomixer and put in the fridge.

Mix cow cheese and cream in thermomixer, pass the mixture through the sieve and add some salt and pepper. Then put in the fridge to cool.

Fry the onion and add the rest of the green spices and tuna, mix them well. Make small balls and put them on a pan and fry in sunflower oil.

Put everything on the plate just like it is in the picture.

Bon appétit! 

 Note: Chef Ana is from Croatia so she uses metric system measurements (along with the rest of the world). We have done our best to convert the measurements to the U.S. customary system. 

Chef Ana Birac’s Chickpea Butter Recipe

Our September Chef of the Month, Ana Birac sends us her Chickpea Butter recipe all the way from Croatia.

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CHICKPEAS BUTTER

For 2 people:

0.25kg* chickpeas ~ 1 cup

1L cooking cream ~ 4 ¼ cups

0.5kg sour cream ~ 2 cups

salt, pepper – according to your taste

 

Cook chickpeas in cooking cream until it becomes soft and tender. Watch out, the temperature of cooking cream cannot pass 83 degrees Celsius or 180 degrees Fahrenheit! When the chickpeas are cooked, leave it aside to cool down. After one hour it will be ready for the next step. Take the thermomixer and put it inside. Mix it until you get smooth paste. Pass it through a sieve and leave it in clean bowl.

Put the sour cream in the blender and whip it until it becomes a mixture very similar to ordinary butter. Add chickpeas, salt and pepper to your taste. Mix it until you get a mixture just like butter – nice and tender.

Put it in the fridge and leave over night to cool down.

You can use it as a spread on the bread, to spice the dishes or to cook on it.

 

Bon appétit!

*Note because Chef Ana is from Croatia, she uses metric system measurements (along with the rest of the world). We have done our best to convert the measurements to the U.S. customary system. 

 

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