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Jacques Pepin: Essential Pepin DVD (2011)
Jacques Pepin: Essential Pepin DVD (2011)
English | Duration: 682m | H264 | 608x400 | 29.97fps 962kbps | AAC 128kbps 48.0KHz | 4.58GB
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From easy to elegant, Essential Pepin shares more than 125 recipes culled from Jacques Pepin's legendary career. In the 26-episode series, Jacques demonstrates, with his usual ease and flair, dishes ranging from classical Escoffier Quenelles to homey Braised Beef in Red Wine, to nouvelle Nage Courte of Striped Bass, and simple Chicken with Tarragon Butter. Jacques cooks what he loves and mouth-watering treats include Basic French Fries, Soda Bread, homey Tomatoes Maison, and Brioche. Desserts range from uncomplicated Quick Almond Plum Cake and fast Chocolate Truffettes to the ultimate... a perfect Apricot and Pistachio Souffle. It's no wonder that Julia Child called Jacques "the best chef in America."

Episodes
01 - Savory Staples
Too often we plan a meal around the protein and forget that delicious sides can stand alone?Jacques demonstrates a step-by-step recipe of Risotto with Vegetables that can make a perfect vegetarian meal. Other dishes include traditional Darphin Potatoes, sometimes known as Rosti potatoes, and an all-American Skillet Sweet Potatoes recipe. Then, in the blink of an eye, Jacques stirs together a very flavorful Middle Eastern Green Couscous. He follows this with a Corn Polenta with Mushroom Ragout, a meal that even meat lovers will love.

02 - Fabulous Fins
Jacques lives close to the sea and has developed a taste for a variety of fins. He begins with a recipe, created by his long-term friend Jean-Claude, of Cured Salmon in Molasses. Jacques prepares it step-by-step so that everyone can learn to make this mouth-watering treat. Jacques follows with Tuna Steaks with Tapenade Coating and Tuna Tartare on Marinated Cucumbers ?two very different preparations of the same fish. He also demonstrates a quick and easy Tuna Carpaccio. All this is followed by Poached Salmon in Ravigote Sauce. Then, utilizing skate, a fish that was often only used for bait, Jacques makes Ray Meuniere with Mushrooms.

03 - Sweets for My Sweet
Jacques helps his daughter Claudine relinquish her fear of making pastry with his easy Tartelettes Aux Fruit Panaches. She goes on to assist her father in the kitchen as he makes his variation of the very traditional French, Tarte Tatin. Jacques then shares his mother抯 recipe for Meme抯 Apple Tart using an unusual method to make the pastry. Finally his granddaughter Shorey joins him to make and taste Individual Chocolate Nut Pies.

04 - Veg-In!
Jacques loves vegetables and jokes that everything should be considered a vegetable, even chocolate cake! Joking aside, we all know that we don抰 eat enough veggies and Jacques creates simple recipes to tempt even the most reluctant. He begins by sharing Ragout of Asparagus with his friend and back-kitchen chef, David Shalleck, and explains the recipe in a step-by-step process. He goes on to feature two gratins, a colorful Zucchini and Tomato Gratin and a creamy Cauliflower Gratin. A very special presentation features a staring lobster nestled in artichokes in Artichoke Hearts Helen and finally, a simple Corn Tempura that can be served alone or topped with smoked salmon (or even caviar.)

05 - Fine Finishes
Never having tasted Cheesecake with Apricot-Blueberry Sauce until arriving in America, Jacques?brother loved it! And this is the recipe that Jacques made for him on visits to the US. Jacques also prepares the classic and creamy Flan a la Vanille with Caramel-Cognac Sauce and a simple but decadent Chocolate Mousse. Lastly, he makes a creamy and delicious Bread and Butter Pudding.

06 - Special Spuds
Everyone loves fries, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Jacques shows chef and restaurant owner Loretta Keller his step-by-step way to the perfect French Fry. He moves on to make smooth and creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes, just like his Aunt did years ago. Then another dish from his childhood, Potato Ragout. The refined version of scalloped potatoes, known as Gratin Dauphinoise is next and finally, a French classic, Cream Puff Potatoes.

07 - Economical Offal
Using the whole animal has always been the practice for Jacques and he assembles this make-ahead charcuterie favorite, using the oft forgotten liver in the Pork Liver Pate step-by-step recipe. He follows this with a recipe designed to keep winter chills at bay, Roast Sausage with Potatoes. Next is the hearty yet chic dish of Braised Sweetbreads in Mirepoix, it抯 full of diced vegetables. Finally, a substantial country recipe for Braised Tongue with Lentils.

08 - Cozy Carbs
Ricotta Dumplings with Red Pepper Sauce are light and fluffy dumplings that Jacques prepares for an easy lunch or supper. The Summer-y ingredients of eggplant and tomatoes combine to make Macaroni Beaucaire a satisfying meal. Classic Gnocchi Maison give Jacques the chance to share his technique for using a piping bag to shape the mixture. Jacques finishes the episode with his very own version of Linguine with Clam Sauce and Vegetables.

09 - Classic Conclusions
Crepes a la Confiture are a childhood favorite of many a Frenchman including both Jacques and his best friend of 50 years, Jean-Claude. Jacques quickly makes the crepe batter for this tasty dessert as a step-by-step demonstration in the same time that it takes to heat the pan. The show continues with Orange Souffle Crepes that are baked until puffy in the oven. A spectacular Baked Alaska follows using simple ingredients that must be served straight from the oven because of the treat抯 hidden frozen center. The show ends on a light note with a simply delicious Apricot and Pistachio Souffle.

10 - Easy and Elegant Seafood
Jacques begins the step-by-step recipe with the supreme crustacean, Lobster in Artichoke Hearts. This sets the tone for a show filled with wonderful gifts from the sea. He explains that shrimp is now one of the most consumed seafood抯 in the country and Shrimp Pane on Watercress is a recipe to make them shine. Jacques used to make Escoffier Quenelles when working with Pierre Franey at the Le Pavillon in New York and now makes them for us using a food processor to make light work of the task. Finally, he waxes poetic on the virtues of one of the ugliest fishes in the sea and makes Monkfish Roulade stuffed full of broccoli rabe.

11 - Cattle Call
There are times when Jacques craves a good steak, so he shows his colleague, Chef David Shalleck, how to perfectly cook and mark, Grilled Steak with Lemon-Thyme Butter. For large get-togethers or celebrations, Jacques?Spicy Rib Roast packs a tangy rub and makes an impressive centerpiece. Veal Chops with Caper Sauce uses the under utilized fresh sage for an herbal note, while Braised Beef in Red Wine becomes a delicious meal from an often overlooked cut.

12 - Fruite Fete
Because apples are available all year, we often forget how delicious they are freshly baked, all warm and puffy, straight from the oven. Jacques?Good Lady Apples Bon Femme recipe satisfies all apple cravings with maple sweetened fruit. In this show, Jacques goes on to add basil leaves to a Stew of Red Summer Fruit to make a deliciously flavorful, fragrant dessert. He also prepares two more simple and tasty dishes: Braised Pears in a Caramel Sauce and Flambeed Bananas. Apples return as the main ingredient for the final dish of Apple Fritters.

13 - Vegetable Bounty
Guest chef Roland Passot of La Folie Restaurant in San Francisco joins Jacques to taste Endive with Olives; Jacques demonstrates the method for making the dish in the step-by-step recipe. He moves on to prepare a hearty bowl of Stewed Navy Beans followed by a Gratin of Leeks before Roland joins him again to make the Classic Ratatouille and a country dish of Tomatoes Maison.

14 - Family Favorites
Jacques likes to celebrate his international roots when his daughter Claudine and granddaughter Shorey visit. A dish that reflects his time in the U.S., Grilled Leg of Lamb is prepared in a step-by-step demonstration and then shared with Shorey. Jacques then makes a dish from his French heritage, Pork Loin Tournedos with Cream and Calvados. Next, a recipe from his wife Gloria抯 family of Puerto Rican Pork and Beans. Finally, Jacques ends the show with a stew that his mother used to make, Lamb Navarin.

15 - All Puffed Up
Jacques doesn抰 like to waste anythingnot even the dough trimmings from his puff pastry. He uses them to make cookies like Pigs Ears and Sugared Puff Paste Sticks in the episode抯 opening segment. The show begins with Jacques?own method for making Fast Puff Pastry. He then transforms the chilled dough into the delicious dessert, Crystallized Puff Paste of Orange. The other classic recipe of Pate a Choux is demonstrated to make Choux a la Creme, little profiteroles filled with cream. He finishes the episode with another traditional dessert using the same dough, Chocolate Paris-Brest Cake, shaped for the bicycle race of the same name.

16 - Shell-ebration
Crab Cakes with Avocado Sauce are a hit with Jacques?granddaughter Shorey, who shares a taste with him in the first segment. Then Jacques and Claudine reminisce about times-gone-by at the seashore hunting for clams and shellfish as they prepare dishes of Oysters Madison, named after the town where he lives, and Mussels Poulette and Gratinee using wild mussels. Finally, he breaks open some huge clams (after setting them in the freezer for a while) and prepares crispy Clam Fritters.

17 - Rollin' In Dough
Simple flour and baking powder are pantry staples and the foundation of the step-by-step recipe for Soda Bread. Jacques goes on to add yeast to flour for a country bread called Gros Pain. He then makes a crusty Long Proofed Baguette. Next, Jacques adds butter to a rich dough to make a light and tender Brioche. Finally, he shows us how to use up any left-over bread by making Bread Galettes.

18 - Egg-ceptional
Soft and creamy Mollet Eggs Florentine make a perfect and easy breakfast or lunch that Jacques shares with his best friend Jean-Claude in the program抯 open. He continues with an egg theme featuring Eggs In Ramekins, Eggs En Cocotte and Scrambled Eggs In Bread Cases With Candied Oyster Mushrooms. Finally, he demonstrates how to make various omelets: a classic Fines Herbs Omelet, an American Mushroom Omelet and a Flat Potato Omelet.

19 - Game Day
Game might sound intimidating, but it抯 much easier to find in stores these days. Jacques begins with a step-by-step demonstration of Venison Steaks in Sweet-Sour Sauce. It抯 a simple recipe using cupboard staples to great effect. Next, his Skillet Duck with Red Oak Salad is a simple and delicious way to serve duck. Finally he reveals a rabbit and separates out the saddle to roast and makes a stew with the rest in Sauteed Rabbit with Morels and Pearl Onions. It抯 really two recipes in one.

20 - Souper Soups for Supper
Jacques?step-by-step recipe of Tomato Chowder With Mollet Eggs is a simple soup that can be made in moments and embellished with a soft and creamy lightly cooked egg. The show continues as Jacques prepares Black Bean Soup With Bananas, a dish that pays tribute to his wife Gloria抯 Puerto Rican heritage. Then two soups from his childhood; Garlic Soup and Onion Soup Lyonnaise-Style, followed by the classic French Consomme.

21 - Light as Air
San Francisco pastry chef extraordinaire Emily Luchetti joins Jacques in the tease to admire his Meringue Shells With Chantilly Cream. He goes on to entice any sweet tooth with almond flavored Macaroons, simple and frugal to make. A light Chocolate Roll comes next and last, but by no means least, Emily joins him again to make an irresistible Chocolate Souffle Cake With Raspberry Sauce.

22 - Good Catch!
Jacques?diet includes plenty of seafood. He loves to create recipes from flavorful Grilled Swordfish With Spicy Yogurt Sauce featured in the step-by-step recipe, to homey Baked Mackerel With Potatoes And Onions. The stylish Seafood With 揌andkerchiefs?highlights a wonderful seafood medley under a delicate covering of pasta-sandwiched herbs. Fresh water fish is represented with Poached Trout In Vegetable Broth, a very light and flavorful dish.

23 - Eggs-quisite
Jacques follows his Aunt抯 recipe for Quiche With Bacon using lard and butter in the dough without pre-baking the shell. He continues with the egg theme and prepares his mother抯 unique dish of Eggs Jeannette, A savory and very tasty Flan With Green Herbs follows, so simple to make when fresh herbs are plentiful. Jacques finishes with a delicious Spinach, Ham And Parmesan Souffle, unusually presented in a rectangular glass dish.

24 - Sweet Endings
While Jacques?long time friend Jean-Claude isn抰 looking, Jacques crafts Chocolate Mint Trufflettes that meet excited approval from Jean-Claude. Together the pair make Quick Almond and Plum Cake using whole plums, expertly removing the pits without damaging the fruit. Crispy Tuiles a L扥range follows, simple to make as long as you keep one eye on the oven while they bake! The same goes for the Summer Cornets Susie filled with whipped cream and fresh berries. They抮e all desserts that impress guests, but don抰 stress out the chefs.

25 - Ocean Options
Brandade De Morue au Gratin is a dish Jacques regularly made for his mother-in-law. He demonstrates it in the step-by-step at the beginning of the show. He continues on with an elegant Sea Bass in Shredded Potato Skin, deliciously delicate sea bass encased in crisply cooked shredded potatoes. A flavorful broth poaches dainty filets of fish in Jacques?Nage Courte of Striped Bass recipe ?it抯 not nearly as complicated as it sounds. A lustier dish of Codfish in Olive Oil and Horseradish Sauce completes the show.

26 - Fowl Play
Bold flavors make Jacques?Turkey Cutlets in Anchovy-Lemon Sauce a winner. Shorey, Jacques?granddaughter, is ready to dive into her serving. Claudine assists her father as they make Grilled Chicken with Tarragon Butter. Lastly, Jacques reveals a simple way to bone out a chicken and makes a Ballottine of Chicken with Spinach Filling.

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