Show 463, February 26, 2022: Owner / Chef Sandra Cordero of Gasolina Café, Woodland Hills – Preview of “Ten Days of RE:Her” Part One

Sandra Cordero

“Chef Sandra Cordero is the proprietress of Woodland Hills’ Gasolina Café bringing Spanish influenced food to the table in an exciting new way. Gasolina enthusiastically supports local farms and sustainability. Chef Sandra operates a scratch kitchen where everything is made in-house and to order.”

Chef Sandra is one of the founders of RE:Her. “RE:Her’s inaugural festival, 10 Days RE:Her, debuted on the anniversary of the Women’s March in January 2021. Nearly 100 female-owned restaurants and women-run food & beverage brands came together to offer 85 events across Los Angeles County. These women united to offer unique collaborations with other female chefs, thematic menus, one-on-one conversations among female industry leaders, and more.”

“The organization has grown to include more than 300 members across Los Angeles County. For 10 Days RE:Her 2022 running March 4th through March 13, 2022, there will be even more collaborations and events to explore new neighborhoods, discover hidden gems and support a network of hard-working women who add color and depth to their communities.”

For “RE:Her” Chef Sandra has teamed with Adrienne the Founder of Wanderlust Creamery to create the limited edition Pan con Chocolate Ice Cream Bar. It a fruity Arbequina olive oil ice cream bar dipped in Valrhona Manjari dark chocolate, sourdough crumb crunch, citrus, and Maldon sea salt. Gasolina and Wanderlust Creamery are donating $1.00 to RE:Her for each bar sold.

Paella Nights at Gasolina Café return on Friday, March 18th and Saturday, March 19th.

Chef Sandra continues her salivating preview of “10 Days RE:Her 2022” along with the sharing the current happenings at Gasolina Café.

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Show 463, February 26, 2022: Owner / Chef Sandra Cordero of Gasolina Café, Woodland Hills – Preview of “Ten Days of RE:Her” Part Two

Sandra Cordero

Chef Sandra Cordero is the proprietress of Woodland Hills’ Gasolina Café bringing Spanish influenced food to the table in an exciting new way. Gasolina enthusiastically supports local farms and sustainability. Chef Sandra operates a scratch kitchen where everything is made in-house and to order.”

Chef Sandra is one of the founders of RE:Her. “RE:Her’s inaugural festival, 10 Days RE:Her, debuted on the anniversary of the Women’s March in January 2021. Nearly 100 female-owned restaurants and women-run food & beverage brands came together to offer 85 events across Los Angeles County. These women united to offer unique collaborations with other female chefs, thematic menus, one-on-one conversations among female industry leaders, and more.”

“The organization has grown to include more than 300 members across Los Angeles County. For 10 Days RE:Her 2022 running March 4th through March 13, 2022, there will be even more collaborations and events to explore new neighborhoods, discover hidden gems and support a network of hard-working women who add color and depth to their communities.”

For “RE:Her” Chef Sandra has teamed with Adrienne the Founder of Wanderlust Creamery to create the limited edition Pan con Chocolate Ice Cream Bar. It a fruity Arbequina olive oil ice cream bar dipped in Valrhona Manjari dark chocolate, sourdough crumb crunch, citrus, and Maldon sea salt. Gasolina and Wanderlust Creamery are donating $1.00 to RE:Her for each bar sold.

Paella Nights at Gasolina Café return on Friday, March 18th and Saturday, March 19th.

Chef Sandra continues her salivating preview of “10 Days RE:Her 2022” along with the sharing the current happenings at Gasolina Café.

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French Potato and Tomato Salad

French Potato and Tomato Salad by Jonathan Bardzik

Recipe excerpt from:
Simple Summer: a recipe for joy and connection (Second Edition)
by Jonathan Bardzik

Serves 6-8

With summer’s smoky, rich, grilled meats, breads and starchy vegetables like corn, skip the mayo and use a light vinaigrette for pasta and potato salads. It holds up better under outdoor heat too.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds fingerling potatoes
  • 4 tbs chopped herbs like tarragon, basil, parsley and chives
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

For dressing:

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup Champagne vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2/3 cup olive oil – the good stuff!

Directions:

Boil potatoes in salted water. When you can easily pierce them with a knife, with just a little resistance remaining in the center, drain and rest while starting your vinaigrette.

Make dressing: Sprinkle garlic generously with coarse salt and mash into a paste by dragging it across your cutting board with the flat side of a chef’s knife. Place garlic paste in a medium bowl with vinegar and mustard. Season with pepper and whisk to combine. Set aside and let rest for 15-20 minutes while flavors combine. Drizzle oil into vinegar mixture, while whisking, to form a creamy emulsion.

Assemble salad: When potatoes are just cool enough to handle, cut into 1” pieces. Add to large bowl with herbs and garlic and toss together. Let rest for five minutes while the hot potatoes release flavorful oils from the garlic and herbs, then dress your salad to coat with 2/3 cup vinaigrette. Set potatoes aside for 15-20 minutes to absorb dressing.

Toss tomatoes into salad and add additional dressing as needed. Season to taste with salt, pepper and additional fresh herbs as desired.

TIP: If you can’t find fingerlings, use another low-starch potato like baby reds or Yukon Gold.

Hatch Enchiladas Suizas

Melissa's Hatch Chile Enchilada Suiza

Recipe excerpt from:
Melissa’s Hatch Pepper Cookbook
by Ida Rodriguez
Melissa’s World Variety Produce

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lb. Shredded Chicken Breast, cooked
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 6 ea. Tomatillos, quartered
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • ½ Diced Yellow Onion 
  • ½ Green Bell pepper, Diced 
  • ½ bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 3 roasted hot hatch peppers, diced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 3 cups jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup salad oil

Directions
In a saucepan, heat the olive oil and sauté the tomatillos, garlic, onion, bell pepper, cilantro, and hatch peppers until softened.

Add the chicken broth and cook until vegetables are tender.
In a blender, blend the vegetables until smooth.  Strain through fine strainer. Return the sauce to the saucepot and bring to a simmer.  

Add heavy cream and allow to reduce for 5 minutes

Finish with sour cream and season with salt and pepper. (Yield 1 quart)

Heat the salad oil in a sauté pan.  Soak the tortillas on both sides for a second to soften and set aside.
In a mixing bowl add the shredded chicken and 1-½ cups of the salsa verde; stir until all the chicken is moistened with sauce.

Fill the tortillas with 1 oz of shredded chicken mixture, cheese and roll into enchilada.
In a baking dish place the rolled enchiladas.  Top with sauce and cheese.  Place in 350º oven and heat for 10 minutes.  

Remove from oven and serve. 

YIELD: 12 ENCHILADAS

Chicken with Walnuts and Lemon, from the Dordogne

Chicken with Walnuts and Lemon, from the Dordogne

Recipe excerpt from:
Plat du Jour: French Dinners Made Easy
by Susan Herrmann Loomis

Serves 4 to 6
Equipment: large heavy skillet with a lid, tongs
Preparation Time: 10 minutes if the chicken is in pieces; 20 if not
Cooking Time: 40 minutes max
Difficulty Level: simple

This is a dish from a farm in the Dordogne, where the walnuts are sweet, fat, and buttery tasting, and they make a perfect complement to poultry. This is the kind of dish that you settle down to with comfort and anticipation, because it’s got all the right elements, from cloves of garlic bursting with their sweet flavor to the golden chicken and walnuts and the tang of lemon that lifts the dish out of the ordinary. Serve this with a lovely Chardonnay.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • One 3½- to 4-pound (1.8 to 2 kg) chicken, cut into 8 pieces (2 breast pieces, 2 wings with portion of breast attached, 2 legs, 2 thighs), giblets reserved
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1½ to 2 cups (375 to 500 ml) white wine, such as a sauvignon blanc
  • 12 garlic cloves
  • 1¼ cups (140 g) walnut halves or large pieces
  • Fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs for garnish
  1. Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot but not smoking, brown the chicken pieces, seasoning them liberally with salt and pepper, until they are golden, about 5 minutes per side, using tongs to turn the chicken pieces.
  2. Add the lemon juice, ½ cup (125 ml) of the wine, and the garlic cloves to the skillet. Lower the heat to medium, cover, and cook until the chicken is nearly cooked through, about 15 minutes. Then stir the walnuts into the skillet, along with the giblets, cover, and continue to cook for about 8 minutes. Remove the cover from the skillet and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the pan juices have evaporated and the chicken, walnuts, and garlic are golden, 5 to 8 minutes. Be sure to watch the walnuts, for they tend to brown easily. If they are getting too brown at any point in the cooking, remove and return them to the pan just before serving.
  3. Transfer the chicken, garlic, and walnuts to a warmed serving platter and deglaze the skillet with the remaining wine, scraping the bottom to loosen any caramelized bits. Begin by adding the smaller amount of wine; if you need more, top it up with the remaining wine and cook until the sauce is reduced by half, about 4 minutes. Then pour the sauce over the chicken, garnish with the parsley sprigs, and serve immediately.

Recipe from Plat Du Jour – French Dinners Made Easy by Susan Herrmann Loomis.  Used with permission.

Moroccan Kebabs with Chermoula Sauce

Moroccan Kebabs with Chermoula Sauce by Tara Teaspoonby Tara Bench
Tara Teaspoon

This is your new party-table centerpiece. Colorful and tasty skewers arranged around a dipping sauce is easy to make happen and creates a stunning platter. And the chermoula sauce (pronounced like the singer “Cher” then “moola,” like money) is expressive and lemony. The sauce is based on a Moroccan and Tunisian relish with a strong herb and spice situation. I keep the skewers of meat and veggies small so they can be bite-sized for a gathering, but you can make them more robust if you’d like to serve this recipe as a meal.

Kebabs

  • 1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1⁄4 cup warm water
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 1⁄2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into strips that are
  • 2 inches long and 1⁄2 inch thick
  • 2 yellow or orange bell peppers, cut into 1-inch squares
  • 2 small zucchini, thinly sliced into strips with a vegetable peeler
  • 1 (14.4-ounce) bag frozen pearl onions, thawed
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 45 (6-inch) bamboo skewers, soaked in water 20 minutes
  • 1 recipe Chermoula Sauce (see below), prepared
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together turmeric and pepper with 1⁄4 cup warm water. Let sit 3 minutes. Whisk in 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, the lemon juice, tomato paste, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, paprika, cumin, coriander, and cinnamon.
  2. Season chicken strips with 1 teaspoon salt and add to the marinade. Cover and refrigerate to marinate 30 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, toss peppers, zucchini, onions, and tomatoes with remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and season with 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Thread chicken on half of the skewers and vegetables on the other half, adding several slices of zucchini to each skewer. Discard chicken marinade.
  4. Heat grill to medium-high. Grill skewers, turning occasionally, until chicken is cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes total. Remove the vegetables from the grill as soon as they are done; they will cook faster than the chicken.
  5. Serve on a platter with the chermoula sauce for drizzling and dipping.

Chermoula Sauce

this spiced herb sauce is used on fish, meat, chicken, and vegetables and has a heady and unique flavor.

  • 1⁄2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup packed cilantro
  • 1 cup packed flat-leaf parsley
  • 1⁄2 cup packed mint leaves
  1. In a small skillet over medium-high heat, toast coriander and cumin seeds until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and crush in a mortar and pestle or with the bottom of a pan.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, combine crushed seeds, garlic, olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, paprika, salt, and red pepper flakes. Pulse to finely chop garlic. Add cilantro, parsley, and mint and blend until herbs are well combined. Store sauce in refrigerator until ready to use, up to 3 days.

Mandarin and Prosciutto Crostini

Mandarin and Prosciutto Crostini by Tara Teaspoonby Tata Bench
Tara Teaspoon

This is my essential appetizer. Toasted Crostini topped with a little slice of salty Prosciutto and some tangy Mandarin and Shallot Chutney. I’ve been known to make a full meal of these little bites. Double the caramelized shallot and mandarin portion of this recipe and keep the extra in the fridge. It works beautifully on top of chicken or a roast ham sandwich—or even for your next batch of crostini bites.

Chutney

  • 2 cups sliced shallots, sliced root to tip
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1⁄2 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1⁄2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon crushed coriander seeds
  • 1 cup fresh mandarin or clementine segments, roughly chopped
  • 1 recipe Crostini (below), prepared
  • 14 slices prosciutto
  • Toasted hazelnuts, crushed Fresh thyme
  1. In a medium, nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, sauté the shallots and salt in olive oil, stirring often, until soft and translucent, 10 to 12 minutes. Add the vinegar, brown sugar, bay leaf, and coriander seeds and let simmer until vinegar is reduced and almost gone, 10 to 12 minutes more. Stir in the mandarin seg- ments. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  2. Top crostini with a half piece of prosciutto and a spoonful of the mandarin chutney. Sprinkle with hazelnuts and thyme leaves.

Crostini

  • 1 baguette, sliced 1⁄4-inch thick
  • 1⁄4 cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  1. Heat oven to 375oF. Brush slices of bread lightly with olive oil on both sides. Lay slices flat on rimmed baking sheets and sprinkle with some salt.
  2. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until lightly golden and crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool.
  3. Store crostinis in a zip-top bag for up to 3 days.

Looks Delicious. Whenever I caramelize onions or shallots, I slice them from their root to the tip. Slicing them crosswise into rings or half-moons causes them to cook into long, stringy worms. The root-to-tip method allows the shallot or onion to hold its shape, looks better, and is easier to eat.

Show 287, August 25, 2018: Chef Andrew Gruel, Founder, Slapfish Restaurant Group

Andrew and William GruelChef Andrew Gruel, the founder of The Slapfish Restaurant Group, joins us with another installment of Ask the Chef.”

Consider the poor, misunderstood sardine. There is actually a lot more to it than what is packed in a flat tin with olive oil, tomato sauce or mustard.

Fresh sardines (when available) grilled, fried or broiled are a treat. The great aspect to note is that with sardines you don’t have to worry about the bones and the fish is both healthy to enjoy and sustainable. Sardines grow fast. When fresh are not available the packaged, flash frozen version work well, too.

When you’re buying the flat tins of sardines Chef Andrew prefers them packed in tomato sauce.

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Show 269, April 14, 2018: Chef Andrew Gruel’s “Ask the Chef”

Andrew and William GruelOur always informed Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, is back in-studio and continues with his Ask the Chef series.

Today it’s Butter 411. These days butter is a bit of a maligned cooking fat. Olive oil seemingly reigns supreme. It really can be better with butter as Julia Child told us over the years. Butter adds taste and flavor to recipes and a modest amount can go a long way.

We’ll reflect on this as Chef Andrew puts the butter churn aside and has the flavorful specifics for us.

 

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Show 241, September 16, 2017: Catalina Offshore Products 40th Anniversary

Tommy GomesForty years ago, Catalina Offshore Products owner Dave Rudie spent most of his days diving for sea urchins and seaweed in the kelp beds of Catalina Island, selling his harvest right off his boat. Eventually he opened a small processing facility in San Diego, making local deliveries throughout the region and later exporting to Japan. Catalina Offshore Products has since grown steadily into one of the region’s premier seafood purveyors and one of the largest seafood buyers in San Diego.

Catalina’s Choice Solid Pack Tuna in Olive Oil (new product) features U.S. hook-and-line bigeye and yellowfin, both also referred to as “ahi”.

This premium, responsibly harvested tuna is wild caught in the Eastern Pacific by U.S. fishing vessels, landed in San Diego and processed and packed in the USA. Hand-cut and cooked once, it is all natural, with no additives or preservatives.

Though Catalina Offshore Products fresh, local, sustainably sourced tuna has always been a big seller, canning any unsold product enables them to ensure the precious resource is even more well-managed. Additionally, it celebrates San Diego’s beloved history. The city was once known as the “Tuna Capital of the World”!

Tirelessly passionate about seafood, Catalina Offshore Products resident fishmonger, Tommy Gomes, is our guest. Tommy also oversees COP’s busy Seafood Nutrition and Education Center, which includes the retail fish market!

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