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John Ash (post #67259)

OK, John Ash. Cooking one on one.

Lovely book, owned it for years.

Made the tuna sauce for pasta last night.  Yes I know I am cheating, it requires minimal cooking. We had a lovely dinner though!;)

Jean's picture

(post #67259, reply #1 of 33)

OK, I have that one, bought it recently, used, and put it on my shelf. Time to take it down ,eh?

What was the best thing before sliced bread?

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soupereasy's picture

(post #67259, reply #2 of 33)

Yep, this one is good.:) I keep meaning to take it off the shelf.

Asked DH to pick out something for me to cook. Do you ever get home from work and have no inspiration?


MadMom's picture

(post #67259, reply #3 of 33)

I have that one.  I went to the Food and Wine weekend at the Pinehurst resort right after we moved here, and two of the featured speakers were John Ash and a gentleman who had been pastry chef at the White House for a gazillion years.  Both were outstanding, and I bought both of their cookbooks.  Can't remember the other guy's name, though.

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Marie Louise's picture

(post #67259, reply #4 of 33)

Owned it years ago. I gave it away but not before gleaming some great ideas and recipes. It is a great book.

Lee's picture

(post #67259, reply #5 of 33)

I never bought that one, but I bought his earlier book, From the Earth To The Table, years ago when we stayed at Vintner's Inn and ate at his restaurant there.  The book is dog-eared from use.  I really like his style of cooking.

Marcia's picture

(post #67259, reply #6 of 33)

Ash had at least one and perhaps two shows on the Food Network in earlier years, which only goes to show how far it has fallen.

Lee's picture

(post #67259, reply #7 of 33)

Yes, I used to watch it.  He's a wonderful teacher.

Marcia's picture

(post #67259, reply #11 of 33)

Yes, one gets the impression that Ash enjoys teaching, which is at least half the battle. :)

kathymcmo's picture

(post #67259, reply #9 of 33)

That inn is just up the road from me and my company has events there often. I also get to kisten to him every Sat on local radio for an hour. So I really need to get at least one of these cookbooks!

butterscotch's picture

(post #67259, reply #10 of 33)

I love the Vintner's Inn and restaurant.  John Ash used to write for FC occasionally when I first started subscribing.  If the #!* search feature will cooperate, you might be able to find a few of his recipes here.

soupereasy's picture

(post #67259, reply #12 of 33)

Have a question about one of his ingredients. It is for a wild mushroom pate. "Toasted nut oil, such as walnut or olive oil."?

Colour me confused, only toasted nut oil I know about is sesame.

Think it could be an error?

Lee's picture

(post #67259, reply #13 of 33)

It's not an error unless the the comma before "olive oil" has been omitted in the book.  I don't know of any toasted olive oil.  ;^)

I use La Tourangelle toasted (or roasted) nut oils.

Edited 2/6/2009 9:15 pm ET by lee

soupereasy's picture

(post #67259, reply #14 of 33)

Sorry, my omission. So I could just use olive oil. Good to know as I am really not a nut oil user, and it only calls for 2 TBL.

Thank you:)

Marie Louise's picture

(post #67259, reply #15 of 33)

Kathymo just bought some toasted olive oil-and she lives in the same town as John Ash.

Lee's picture

(post #67259, reply #16 of 33)

Really?  Well, you learn something new every day.  I'd love to taste it.

kathymcmo's picture

(post #67259, reply #18 of 33)

It's quite unusual, so far I have only used it for dipping bread but the vendor at the market told me it's great on roasted vegetables, fish and chicken.

Lee's picture

(post #67259, reply #21 of 33)

So it's wood smoked, not roasted.  Sounds intriguiging.

soupereasy's picture

(post #67259, reply #17 of 33)

The book was published 2004. Were they making it then?

Heather's picture

(post #67259, reply #8 of 33)

A favorite easy braise of mine is a Peppered Beef Stew of his that I found in a Sunset magazine. I'm not sure if it is any of his cookbooks but it is delicious.

ICDOCEAN1's picture

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Heather's picture

(post #67259, reply #23 of 33)

Yes, that's it. I do a very slow braise in the oven, rather than simmering on the stove. I also usually sauté some onions after I brown the meat and add those too.

I didn't remember that the Sunset version of the recipe had that strange browning method--I would think that a 20 minute brisk simmer would make the beef very tough.

nutcakes's picture

(post #67259, reply #24 of 33)

Funny that I chose to make this recipe from the book tonight without seeing these posts. In the book, he calls it slow-cooked beef stew or Peposo and 2 major differences are:

He uses 2-1/2 lbs beef to same amount of other ingredients in the link, I used larger chunks as implied in his pic here, you can do it whole too.


" stays in the oven all day. Something happens in the long slow cooking that gives the meat great flavor and texture and mellows the pepper.

So I am cooking it as he suggests, in a crock-pot, and alternate is a 275F oven for 8 to 10 hours.

Already it is 5 hours and it smells heavenly, with the large amount of garlic and basil and pepper.



soupereasy's picture

(post #67259, reply #25 of 33)

Looked it up, sounds like a good dish for tomorrow, my day off. I have everything on hand except the beef. Thanks for the heads up!:)

Heather's picture

(post #67259, reply #26 of 33)

I cook it at about 250 for a long time, but definitely not 8 to 10 hours! I also usually increase the sauce to meat ratio because my husband likes saucy things. ;-)

I hope you like it as much as we do.

kathymcmo's picture

(post #67259, reply #27 of 33)

because my husband likes saucy things.

Well then it's good that he has you!

Heather's picture

(post #67259, reply #28 of 33)

I think so!

soupereasy's picture

(post #67259, reply #29 of 33)

Have it in the slow cooker now. The aroma is really great. The book indicated that the meat could be left whole which I did.

Liked his tip for cracking peppercorns. Put them in an envelope and hit them with something hard. I sealed them in a business envelope and hit them with a hammer. Worked a treat!
I have tried the bottom of the pan method, I give it a thumbs down. I usually have bits and bobs all over the counter, and they are rolling around whole laughing at me.

soupereasy's picture

(post #67259, reply #30 of 33)

The pot roast was a hit. Very pleased with this recipe.

There was a note in the recipe which said it is traditionally served on slightly stale crusty bread, (Funny enough I had a loaf of that on hand;)), so that is what I did.

Going to make the mushroom pate tomorrow.

ETA. I would have posted pics. but DH has yet to figure out how to get the 5 year old camera to work with my 3 week old computer. My last hand-me-down died. I think this is the first time I have ever had a brand new one.

Edited 2/10/2009 4:51 pm ET by soupereasy

soupereasy's picture

(post #67259, reply #31 of 33)

Wild mushroom pate, not something I would try again unless I had real wild mushrooms. He said I could use domestic and I added some rehydrated porcini.
Used some of the pate as a spread on the bottom of a tart last night. OK.

Made laurie's broccoli sauce for pasta. :/

If I don't find something as good as the tuna sauce, this book may be history.

courgette's picture

(post #67259, reply #32 of 33)

I  have made the pan roasted chicken with Asian butter sauce in the past and we liked it.

No idea where the italics came from!