Smoked Denver Lamb Ribs

Chefs Stephen Barber and Kipp Ramsey from Farmstead Long Meadow Ranch in California’s Napa Valley show us how to make BBQ Denver Lamb Ribs. They season the ribs with vindaloo spice and smoke them for about 4 hours until tender. They are finished on a grill and brushed with a spicy tomato marmalade. The chefs plate the ribs with pickled red onions.  

Recipe at: http://www.ciaprochef.com/americanlamb/smokeddenverlambribs/ 

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Learn how to cook a whole lamb over live fire from Chefs Stephen Barber and Kipp Ramsey from Farmstead Long Meadow Ranch in California’s Napa Valley. They coat the lamb with a rosemary, harissa and vindaloo spice rub, and cook the lamb on a rack over a cherry and oak wood fire. They serve the lamb with a chimichurri sauce, potatoes and peppers.     

Recipe at: http://www.ciaprochef.com/americanlamb/wholelamb/

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Chefs Stephen Barber and Kipp Ramsey from Farmstead Long Meadow Ranch in California’s Napa Valley make Leg of American Lamb with Succotash, Creamed Corn and Harissa. They marinade the boneless leg of lamb for 24 hours then tie and grill it for even cooking. The lamb is sliced and served with summer vegetable succotash and creamed corn to pay homage to Farmstead Restaurant’s southern roots.

Recipe at: http://www.ciaprochef.com/americanlamb/legoflambwithsuccotash/

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This Thai Watermelon Rind Noodle Salad with Mint, Peanuts, and Shrimp uses shredded watermelon rind instead of more traditional green papaya as the “noodles.” Watermelon is a cousin to the cucumber and pairs well with Southeast Asian flavors. Watch as Chef Rebecca Peizer from The Culinary Institute of America shows us how to make this refreshing and healthful salad.

Go to recipe page: http://www.ciaprochef.com/watermelon/thaiwatermelonrindsalad/

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Watermelon Shrub

Fermented beverages and shrubs have become popular because of their refreshing zingy flavor as well as their health benefits. Watch as Chef Rebecca Peizer from The Culinary Institute of America shows us how to make this watermelon shrub with watermelon juice, sugar and vinegar. You can enjoy the brightly flavored shrub simply mixed with sparkling water, in cocktails, salad dressings or as a glaze for meats.

Recipe at: http://www.ciaprochef.com/watermelon/watermelonshrub/

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Watch Chef Rebecca Peizer from The Culinary Institute of America shows us a creative and delicious way to use watermelon rind in this Watermelon Rind Massaman Curry with Winter Vegetables. Watermelons are in the gourd family, and pair well with other winter vegetables and warm spices.  

Recipe at: http://www.ciaprochef.com/watermelon/watermelonrindmassamancurry/

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Candied Watermelon Rind

Don’t throw away that watermelon rind! Watch as Chef Rebecca Peizer from The Culinary Institute of America makes candied watermelon rind, perfect as a garnish on a watermelon cocktail, dipped into chocolate, or topped onto your favorite dessert.

Recipe at: http://www.ciaprochef.com/watermelon/candiedwatermelonrind/

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This Watermelon and Avocado Mosaic with Dungeness Crab Salad dish is as beautiful as it is delicious. Watch as Chef Rebecca Peizer from The Culinary Institute of America shows us how to make a “tile” of cubed avocado, and red and yellow watermelon.  

Recipe at: http://www.ciaprochef.com/watermelon/watermelonmosaicsalad/

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Luis Peña, co-owner and operator of Romesco restaurant in San Diego, talks to us about serving Mediterranean-inspired Mexican food, which he calls “Mexiterranean.” The chef shows us their signature dishes Baja Rock Fish with Achiote sauce, Pineapple Sauce, Shishito Peppers, Ash; and Grilled Octopus with Cauliflower Puree, Guacamole, and Ash.

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Einav Gefen, corporate executive chef for Unilever Food Solutions talks about the adaptation of Baja’s cuisine on menus in San Diego. With visits to San Diego hot spots Romesco restaurant, Corazón de Torta, and Galaxy Taco, she reflects on respect for Baja’s ingredients and culinary authenticity.

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Chef Jose “Joe” Rodrigo Figueroa Sanchez and Owner Antonio “Tony” Ley, talk to us about their “Mexican grandma cooking” that they serve from their Corazón de Torta Food Truck in San Diego. The chef runs food trucks in both Baja and San Diego, and shows us his Meatball Torta with Chipotle Tomato Sauce, Roasted Cauliflower Mole Tacos, and Crispy Tacos with Chicken Birria.

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Galaxy Tacos, San Diego

Christine Rivera, Chef de Cuisine at Galaxy Tacos in San Diego, talks to us about making their own in-house masa and tortillas. Their Baja Fish Tacos, extra crispy from the beer and vodka in the batter, are topped with cabbage, crema, and pico de gallo. Next she shows us how they make Clam Birria, using the sauce from their birria short rib tacos.

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Chef Javier Plascencia talks to us from his restaurant Jazamango in Todos Santos. He shows us his vegetable garden, and some of his dishes: Grilled Octopus with Beet Aguachile; Panela with Tomatoes and Strawberries; Grilled Chocolate Clams; Rabbit Stew with Fennel; and Ceviche with Pickled Green Strawberries.

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Next we visit Benno at Hotel San Cristóbal in Todos Santos, Mexico. At this beachfront restaurant, Executive Chef Edgar Palau serves contemporary Mexican and Mediterranean flavors rooted in the bounty of Baja’s seafood.

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Next we visit Sabina Bandera, who is chef and owner of the celebrated La Guerrerense Seafood Cart and Sabina Restaurant in Ensenada. She shows us a classic Baja dish, the fish taco, which she makes with battered and fried yellow tail, topped with cabbage, salsa roja, pico de gallo, pickled white onions with oregano, salsa verde, and crema. She also shows us her famous seafood pozol with octopus, squid, clams, and shrimp, chiles, epazote, and hominy. Her seafood tostadas and cocktails have earned her international acclaim and a visit from Anthony Boudain.

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Chef-owner Enrique Olvera talks to us at his restaurant Manta, in Cabo San Lucas. He shows us how he makes Veracruz-style Ceviche and Mojo de Ajo, and talks about his food philosophy

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Miguel Angel Guerrero is an avid hunter and the chef-owner of La Esperanza Baja Med in Valle de Guadalupe. He talks about what “Baja Med” cuisine means in his restaurant: Using local Baja products, cooking with Mediterranean-inspired techniques, and bringing in Asian flavors influenced by the region’s history of Asian immigration. After a morning of hunting, he prepares three dishes back at his restaurant: Trio of Cow Tongue, Seared Tuna and Seared Loin of Rabbit; Grouper with Grilled Kale and Seared Crumbled Cows Stomach; and Octopus with Grilled Kale, Tomato Coulis, and Fried Potatoes.

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Surrounded by a vegetable garden and vineyards, we visit the picturesque Finca Altozano in Valle de Guadalupe. Here Chef-owner Javier Plascencia prepares rustic cuisine that celebrates Baja’s local bounty. He shows us the restaurant’s most popular dishes: Octopus with Chile de Arbol, Hoisin Sauce, Peanuts, Mirin, Ponzu, Ginger, Lemongrass and Lime; and Grilled Quail Marinated in Lime, Rosemary, Garlic, Chile de Arbol, Chiltepin Served with Swiss Chard, Zucchini, and Carrots.

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Roberto Alcocer, Chef Owner of Malva in Valle de Guadalupe, talks to us about the influences that go into each of his dishes: First, each dish must be Mexican; secondly, they must be made from all products from Baja; and third, the dishes must reflect the chef’s personal taste and history.

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Doña Esthela is a beloved fixture of Valle de Guadalupe and chef owner of La Cocina de Doña Esthela. In 2015, FoodieHub named La Cocina de Doña Esthela the "Best Breakfast in the World," bringing this self-taught cook international acclaim. She shows us how she makes her famous borrego, gorditas rellenas, and corn pancakes.

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