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My father used to say, “Chuck doesn’t do anything in halves.” He was right: sometimes its a virtue and sometimes a curse. He and my mother taught me to cook, sometimes using cookbooks, like Julia Child's, but more frequently just winging it. This site is a roller coaster ride of recipes, articles, ingredients and anything else that involves cooking and presenting food. There is something here for everybody from beginners to experts.

Xmas Dinner - Beef Borguignon

Didn't get too exotic this. Beef Burgundy or Beef Bourguignon. Classically this is beef chunks slow cooked with red wine, typically Pinot Noir. Basically beef stew. We had fillet available, and the idea of slow cooking it didn't make much sense. Instead we deconstructed the dish a bit to make a super rich sauce, delicious home made noodles, and cubes of fillet, browned and cooked to med rare. And we only had about an hour to pull it off! And no recipe! Not as hectic as the popular TV show Chopped, but a challenge.

Basically, we:
1. Pan seared the fillet pieces in clarified butter to get some good browning and flavor
2. Made a sauce with mushrooms, bacon, onion and pinot Noir.
3. Made basic noodles with flour, egg, salt, olive oil
4. Threw in some broccoli
5. Made a secondary sauce with garlic, cream, and blue cheese.

The key is to have a few cooking concepts, flexibility, and an ability to season/fix a sauce

Cooking Temps

Chicken breast 165

Chicken thigh 170 or more

Pork med well 145

Pork med 140

Rack of lamb med rare 131

Beef very rare 125

Beef rare 130

Beef med rare 135

Duck Breast 126

Salmon med 118

Disclaimer: USDA stds dictate much higher temps. To be super safe, cook everything until it is dry and crunchy