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A Brief Tour of American Barbecue

  • by PeteModerator

Barbecue, barbeque, BBQ, or Bar-B-Que, no matter how you spell it America has developed an insatiable appetite for the stuff.  Restaurants specialize in it, competitions abound, and backyard grill jockeys brag about their deftness at creating perfectly tender, spicy, smoked meats.  But with all this hullaballoo, I would bet that, if you asked the average person to describe barbecue the first thing they would mention is baby back ribs slathered with a sweet and spicy tomato based sauce.  While that certainly is barbecue, it is but one type of barbecue, and one that isn’t... read more

Emotions Storm in the Culinary Industry

   The universe of pots, pans, cutlery and flames is not for anyone and certainly not for everyone. Entering and continuing in the industry can leave a person excited, rageful, happy, irriated or even homicidal, sometimes all in the same day or in the same hour. The culinary industry is one where the moment you believe you are doing a great job and think your a hero, and in two minutes you can be in the weeds feeling crumby and very zeroish. Culinary freshman and veterans all have good and bad days, or have mixed feelings days where they just can´t help but to swear,... read more

I Met a Guy Named Jim, Just in Time

  I met a guy named Jim. I was sitting at the bar at the restaurant and I met a guy named Jim. The snow was that grayish, murky slush that is neither pleasant nor entertaining. Late February and nothing is fun. The flurries have lost their appeal. Now the weather is an annoyance and warmth seems so very far off. There is that bone-chilling cold that riddles everything with a nervous anxiousness that simply can not be warmed or comforted even with tequila. It just keeps coming back, that cold. But I met a guy named Jim on a day that I needed to meet somebody to restore... read more

The Dogs of War

  The boxing ring of the kitchen is full of choosing which battles to engage and those to which you turn away. It is full of days ruminating about the ass-hat wearing cook that refuses to wear a chef coat. Take that punch and look to the other corner. When it comes raise time, though, the war will be won while his battle has been lost. The seafood delivery comes in with questionable mussels, the driver insisting the quality is “exceptional.” That gets a body blow as the mussels go out the door and the sales rep gets an early-morning wake-up call. The manager... read more

Boost Your Healthy By Bean Sprouts and Vegetable Salad

You might have gone through many salad recipe. What's new here? “All salad are healthy and tasty as well”. Wait! You are wrong. Do a diabetic patient have a fruit salad? No. Not at all. It will cause a sharp spike in blood sugar. Even If you are not diabetic, excessive intake of fruit salad can increase level of calories. Why don't you switch on to something really healthy and will remain so even consumed excessively. Vegetables are something which is recommended by everyone to anyone. Try this below simple recipe to make a vegetable salad along with sprouted beans. I... read more

A Shiny Spot in a Grimy Industry

    There is always something screwing up the kitchen mojo. There are few travels across the restaurant universe that are smooth sailing. A surly cook that needs a good ass-kicking; a broken compressor in the walk-in is certainly going to make the day interesting; the seafood delivery didn’t get ordered in time, so no char, mussels and crab for tonight. There are also the larger, darker clouds that must get blown away before there is any basking under the sunlight of a well-executed meal; staff morale, slipping quality,  lack of focus. I stepped over the cigarette... read more

Work the line. Or not.

  Cooks aren’t heroes. A chef is no celebrity. The crew of a kitchen is a gaggle of socially awkward miscreants and hooligans. The only revelry is in our own heads and from the sideways glance of other cooks with culinary envy. We are in the spotlight of our own minds. To be perfectly clear, when you walk down the street wearing chefs’ whites, you are not being mistaken for wearing a bright blue cape and the paparazzi will not stalk you. Get over it. I cook for sustenance and to provide a bright moment in somebody’s day, if that. The food we prepare is to fulfill an... read more

Romesco Sauce - Making Bell Peppers Shine

  • by PeteModerator

  Bell peppers are one of the unsung heroes of the vegetable world.  Quietly, they go about their business, adding flavor and texture to a whole host of dishes, but often we don't give them much thought.  Unlike their cousins, the chili peppers, who often take center stage, bell peppers often linger in the background, adding their qualities to the whole, yet often happy just to be part of the back up band, only occasionally rising to the front to star on their own.   I find that strange considering that chili peppers and bell peppers are closely related.  They both... read more

Kitchen Facts & Fictional Living: Feeding Starving Minds at a Buffet of Questionably Prepared Food for Thought (Fourth Course)

  What follows, and will follow, for what I believe to be a long time as the story is still being recollected and written, is a bit of confabulation and a story-telling apparition. Some truth and some elaborate flights of my own need to sound cooler than I really am. And some details covered over with so much chocolate sauce as to distort what really happened (and happens!) that the innocent remain free of tyranny from speculation and, well, to keep you interested.  Kitchen Facts & Fictional Living:  Feeding Starving Minds at a Buffet of Questionably Prepared Food... read more

On Fad Diets

Last night I was at a gathering with a bunch of my wife's teacher coworkers.  During the multitude of different conversations that we had the subject of food inevitably came up and along with it different ways of eating and even dieting.  One of my wife's coworkers mentioned that she no longer ate beef, chicken or pork, make herself a "mostly vegetarian" since she still ate fish and seafood. This was all find and good since she was contentiously making that choice and not really "dieting".  Another then mentioned that she and her husband have been trying out the "paleo"... read more

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