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January 2011

Leftovers – Blessing or Curse?…

A chef’s fridge is a full fridge. No way around that. But is this a good thing, or a bad thing? On the one hand, I always have lots of great leftovers to dive into when I want to eat, but am tired or in a rush. (Note, I didn’t say, “when I don’t feel [...]

I Know Where You Live…

Well, as long as I have your address I will. But I guess that’s true for everyone, huh? I was so excited about getting a good picture of my new GPS, that it appears I drove into a snowbank… You think my Garmin would have warned me about that… The point of this is that [...]

At Least My Nephew Gets It…

Me cooking with my nephew Trajan. (From several years ago – I need an updated photo, don’t I?… Sorry folks, this was too cute, so I had to share here. My sister-in-law wrote me to tell me all about how my nephew, Trajan, is full of great quotes (he’s at that age…) and he’s been [...]

Healthy School Lunches

Let’s take a second to get this blog back on track. The whole point of starting this blog back in 2006 was to give you a sense of my experiences becoming a chef, and now chef instructor. And I’ve realized that most of my recent posts haven’t been about that at all. So it’s time [...]

Blind Gnocchi Taste Test

Don’t they look awesome?!? I really have to make an effort to be sure that this cookbook of mine gets written, but starting a new business seems to be getting in the way of course. This cookbook isn’t going to write itself, that’s for sure, but all the same, I don’t want it to be [...]

Teaching Knife Skills

Everywhere I teach, every time I offer it, this is the class everyone wants to get in on. Whether they’re new to the kitchen, or seasoned pros who are tired of massacring their dishes, there seems to be no shortage of people who want to sharpen their skills with their knife sets in the kitchen. [...]

“Natural” Disaster

I try not to get up on my soap box too much, but this is one I just couldn’t hold back on any more. The word “natural” is really getting on my nerves with it’s overuse and misleading connotations in the world of food. We’ll get to what set me off in just a second, [...]