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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

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

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

Skirt Steak Tacos

This weekend, I hosted a taco party for pre Cinco de Mayo celebration.  Quick background on the holiday, May 5th commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. In the US, this date is observed as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, which in present day loosely … Continue reading

Crisped Roasted Mini Potatoes

I was looking to make some side dishes to accompany Sirloin Steaks and of course I had to cook some potatoes.  I was contemplating making mashed potatoes, such as Thomas Keller’s Purée of Garlic Potatoes, but I was not in a dairy kind of mood.  I decided to try out another Keller potato recipe instead … Continue reading

Cole Slaw

Jen and I love cooking for friends and, well, have them feed us as well. One of our neighbors was making Kālua Pork one night so Jen and I were tasked with making some sides. She decided to try Lomi-Lomi Salmon and I made Cole Slaw. Because my dish was relatively easy, I decided to … Continue reading

Happy 2nd Birthday Food Comas!

Happy Birthday to us — Food Comas turns 2 today! Blogging has been a very rewarding experience for all of us, and we just love being able to connect with family, friends, and strangers over a shared love for food. Our kitchen is our happy place; hours just fly when we are cooking, experimenting, and … Continue reading

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

“If there’s a better fried chicken out there, I haven’t tasted it.” — Thomas Keller, Ad Hoc at Home To be honest, I still have a torrid love affair with BonChon’s Soy Garlic Fried Chicken, but Thomas Keller has a point.  His buttermilk fried chicken is the most incredible, traditional American-style fried chicken I have ever tasted.  … Continue reading

Salmon Rillettes

Jen and I first tried salmon rillettes at one of our favorite brunch spots in New York, Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery. We decided to make a version of it for a party we hosted — we wanted a bunch of finger foods that were easy to serve as well as easy to make and salmon … Continue reading

Roasted Asparagus with Poached Egg and Prosciutto

Here is a very classic savory salad with sweet and tender asparagus, poached eggs, and prosciutto from my Ad Hoc at Home cookbook.  The aged balsamic vinegar balances out the richness of the egg and salty ham, and the fried croutons add a nice crunchy texture.  Poached eggs are my favorite kind of eggs (obsessed … Continue reading