Loup de Mer, Beurre Blanc Grenade à la Le Bon Georges

Loup de Mer, Beurre Blanc Grenade, Poireaux et Carottes à la Le Bon Georges

Loup de Mer, Beurre Blanc Grenade
Poireaux et Carottes à la Le Bon Georges

She says, “One of my favorite meals ever in Paris @le_bon_georges.” And of the truite she exclaims, “It was so delicious!!!!”

My long time blogger friend, the fabulous Stacey, of Stacey Snacks travels to Paris every year with “Mr. Snacks” (her husband) and treats us all to dozens of images of Paris…and makes us painfully jealous with her food photos from their trips to the City of Light.

I fell in love with one photo in particular, the Trout with Pomegranate Beurre Blanc from the most charming classic Parisian bistro, Le Bon Georges. I just had to make the dish at home, but with no recipe and only a photograph to be my guide.

Trout was not readily available, but Loup de Mer was. Loup de mer is also known as Mediterranean Seabass or Branzino. Its character is delicate and unique. The meat is moist and buttery, flaky yet smooth, firm yet tender, silky and velvety. The skin is thin and delicious especially when sautéed to a crisp. The loup de mer fillets worked perfectly for my re-creation of the dish.

Truite au Le Bon Georges
Photo Credit: Stacey Snacks at Le Bon Georges, Paris,  from Facebook

I took a look at Le Bon Georges’ instagram account to get a broader feel for the restaurant in order to re-create the atmosphere. I was especially drawn to the beautiful image of Dubarry Cauliflower Cream Soup with Truffles and a glass of Champagne near a window.

Le Bon Georges
Photo Credit: Le Bon Georges, Paris, from Instagram

Loup de Mer, Beurre Blanc Grenade, Poireaux et Carottes à la Le Bon Georges

Loup de Mer, Beurre Blanc Grenade, Poireaux et Carottes Recette

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A Curated Meal Kit Crafted by James Beard House Fellow – Part 3

A Curated Meal Kit Crafted by James Beard House FellowA Curated Meal Kit Crafted by James Beard House FellowA Curated Meal Kit Crafted by James Beard House Fellow

First Course

Bacalaitos con Salsa Picante
Salted Cod Fish Fritters with Spicy Aïoli

Main Course

Pernil al Horno y Chicharrones con Guineo en Escabèche
Roasted Pork Shoulder and Crispy Chicharrones with Pickled Green Banana Salad

Dessert Course

Flan de Calabaza con Dulce de Pepita
Pumpkin Flan with Pumpkin Seed Brittle

The monthly James Beard Box meal kit for two is shipped overnight and costs $100. The portions are generous, and it is a delight to experience the emerging chefs’ creativity while supporting the James Beard Foundation.

For decades, cooking at the James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village has been an aspiration for many chefs and considered a career milestone. In May of 2021, they launched the Beard House Fellows program, which re-envisions the potential of the historic space into a hub of training and professional development for talented emerging chefs.

Each Fellow has a one-month residence at the Beard House where they receive hard skills training along with the opportunity to develop a meal kit that is available across the country.

Curated Meal Kit by Chef Nashali Rivera

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Chanterelle Gravy

Chanterelle Gravy

Crispy-Skin Chicken Thighs, Chanterelle Gravy, Microgreens

What would you pay for a whole pound of Fresh, Wild, Golden Chanterelle Mushrooms from Oregon? These fancy, seasonal mushrooms can be quite pricey.  I’ve seen them locally for $30/lb and on the internet for up to $80/lb plus shipping charges. But here at Costco in Las Vegas, a pound of beautiful Oregon Chanterelles cost only $12.99. We couldn’t pass up that deal!

When cooked, luxurious chanterelle mushrooms have a velvety consistency and a woodsy, earthy flavor with hints of mild pepper. Chanterelle gravy is a great way to elevate the humble chicken thigh.

Chanterelle Gravy Recipe

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Nashville Hot Chicken in Vegas

Slater's 50/50 Nashville Screamin’ Hot Chicken Sandwich
Slater’s 50/50 Nashville Screamin’ Hot Chicken Sandwich

Nashville Hot Chicken in Vegas

Last weekend my brother Don and nephew Stone came to town to watch the Chicago Bears play the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. With the super popularity of Nashville Hot Chicken in Vegas, we thought it would be fun to do a “hot chicken tasting” the day before the game.

Belly Bombz Special Fried Chicken Sandwich Nashville Hot
Belly Bombz Special Fried Chicken Sandwich Nashville Hot

We chose 5 popular restaurants off The Strip that serve Nashville Hot Chicken, all on the south end of Las Vegas. We ordered one sandwich, with a side, to split between the three of us. If there was a choice of degree of spiciness, we chose the medium spice to be consistent.

The sandwich was rated on a scale of 1 to 10 in five different categories: chicken, spices, bun, presentation, and toppings. At the end, we reviewed our ratings and we each gave the sandwiches an overall ranking.

Houston's Hot Chicken Sandwich
Houston’s Hot Chicken Sandwich

“If fried chicken lore is to be believed, Nashville hot chicken was created by a woman scorned. Sometime in the 1930s, there was a handsome man named Thornton Prince III living in Nashville. To put it in polite terms, Thornton was…active…on the dating scene — so active in fact that one of his girlfriends decided to seek revenge on his two-timing ways by cooking him some fried chicken with a little too much of a kick to it. The plan backfired; Thornton loved the chicken. And thus, Nashville hot chicken was born.” (from Eater Las Vegas)

Nashville Hot Chicken in Vegas Tasting

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