Summer Vegetable Gratin

Summer Vegetable Gratin

Another Thomas Keller special from his Ad Hoc at Home cookbook!  This is a healthy, low fat gratin recipe without the heavy cream and cheese.  Layers of summer squash, eggplant, tomatoes, and onions are baked with a sprinkle of bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese to get a light golden crust. This is a good dish … Continue reading

Grilled Zucchini with Lemon Salt

Grilled Zucchini with Lemon Salt

I adore grilling vegetables.  It makes it feel like summer — and not the sticky humid Singapore kind.  But the breezy, pool or beach side type of summer BBQ that you wish would never end. I picked up some zucchini to cook as a side dish for steak, as I was debating making the Zucchini and Almonds Natalya had made … Continue reading

Flank Steak with Salsa Verde

Flank Steak with Salsa Verde

I was inspired to cook some steak with salsa verde one night after seeing a photo of the cooked dish posted online by my friends Kelmoe.  Good ‘ole social media influence! I decided to try a Jamie Oliver recipe and the results were quite delicious.  He recommends chopping all the herbs by hand for an authentic … Continue reading

Vegetable Couscous

Vegetable Couscous

This was the first time I have “made” couscous before and it was ridiculously easy.  The couscous most stores sell are actually instant couscous that has been pre-steamed and dried.  All you need to do is add boiling water (1:1 ratio is standard) and let it sit for a few minutes.  The taste of this light and fluffy pasta … Continue reading

Moroccan Salmon

Grilled Paprika Salmon with Tzatziki

I recently revisited an old recipe for Sautéed Chicken Breasts with Tarragon which involves a deliciously simple paprika and curry powder spice rub for the chicken.  I wanted to make a similar marinade for salmon, and so I found this flavorful recipe for a Moroccan spice-crusted salmon with tzatziki online.  The spiced salmon is grilled (I used my grill … Continue reading

Red Rice and Quinoa Salad with Pistachios and Craisins

Red Rice and Quinoa Salad with Pistachios and Craisins

I have been wanting to make this super food salad ever since I first was introduced to the red rice and quinoa combination from one of my favorite Singapore lunch spots, The Rotisserie.  The restaurant had served this as a side salad to their rotisserie chicken, but I found the salad to be the main … Continue reading

Simple Roast Chicken

Simple Roast Chicken

This is the easiest roast chicken recipe I have ever done, and all it really requires is salt. I had always thought I needed to properly brine a chicken for hours before to ensure it would stay moist, and then coat the skin in butter or oil for maximum flavor such as my super high maintenance Whole Roasted … Continue reading

Roasted Corn on the Cob with Chili Lime Butter

Grilled Corn with Chili Lime Butter

  Another summer BBQ necessity is grilled corn on the cob.  The fresh sweet corn from California is next to none, and so when I was back home preparing for my mom’s birthday dinner, she was very eager to point out her recently acquired stock of summer corn ears (she had gone Costco-warehouse-style, the entire … Continue reading

summer squash skewers

Summer Squash Skewers

Summer to me always signifies BBQ time… and by summer, I mean a proper summer.  In a place where seasons actually change. Fortunately, I was back in good ole ‘merica just in time for summer grills to fire up.  Within a week, I spearheaded three successful summer BBQs for friends and family across the country … Continue reading

Ad Hoc

Ad Hoc, CA

Ad Hoc, CA Executive Chef: Thomas Keller Cuisine: New American, Comfort Food Price: $$$ Address:  6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599 Phone: (707) 944-2487 Hours: Dinner five nights a week: 5:00pm – 10:00pm (closed Tue and Wed) Sunday Brunch: 10:00am – 2:00pm One week to Hermielle’s wedding in Napa… T-6 The last time I was back … Continue reading

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