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Top Chef & The Long Road Paved with Poorly Cut Vegetables

The Oberod Estate is not tucked, nestled or otherwise hidden from the sight from the road. Rather, it is a castle-like stone manse on top of a manicured, green field, stretching to a forest’s edge. It is an unabashed take on imperial living. The approach is a black topped, asphalt cut-out that climbs through the field, with the luxury car commercial-style ‘S’ curves, complete with a summit view. This is no ordinary house, as the painted white signs at the flagstone entry direct “visitors” and “deliveries” to opposite ends of the gray palace. I parked my unassuming Jeep... read more

Jackets And Toques The History Of The Chef Uniform

  Chefs, for the most part, wear their uniforms almost every day of their working lives, replete with toque, checked pants and double-breasted jacket. Though these uniforms are ubiquitous in the foodservice industry worldwide, they are often taken for granted and worn without much thought. However, many may find that the origin and reasons behind traditional chef's attire are as interesting as it looks. Much of the chef's uniform has developed out of necessity. The jacket, for example, is double-breasted so it can easily be reversed to hide stains that may... read more

How To Use A Chef Knife Part II

In our last class session, we discussed the importance of knives and learned how to judge the quality of a knife. In this class we will look at which knives any well-organized kitchen should have, and how to keep them sharp. A trip to a cooking store will reveal a wide array of different knives. They vary in length, thickness and function. While each knife is valuable, I consider the following 5 knives essential tools for any serious cooking: Chef knife-This is the workhorse knife that chefs reach for the most often, and for that reason it is the most important... read more

How To Use A Chef Knife Part III With Photos

Part II Basics with the chef knife Most chefs would probably agree that the chef knife is their most important weapon in the arsenal of kitchen tools. It is the professional chef's constant companion, a reliable side-kick. Aside from basic workhorse cutting, the chef knife is an extremely versatile knife capable of performing a wide range of different jobs. The chef knife can cut very delicate items as well as break small bones by using different ends of the blade. It can also dice, mince, or if necessary, reduce something to a virtual puree. I have even seen... read more

Garnish: Not Just Gratituous Greenery

OK, so what is a garnish? What does that mean? Quite simply, a garnish is just something that makes food look better and gives a little pop. Most people think that garnishing food is only reserved for restaurants or the Martha Stewart types out there. I am here to let you in on a little secret. Garnishes don't have to be elaborate or hard. Even the simplest little touches can add a world of eye appeal to a dish or plate.   The basics of garnishing can be broken down into a few guidelines. First of all, your biggest allies are color and contrast. Food is beautiful.... read more

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Stuffed Tomatoes and Peppers - Not my usual preparation

We all have dishes that remind us of our childhood. Dishes that when you smell the aroma and taste the flavors transport you to a different time and place (often a much simpler time I find). For me one of those dishes is Stuffed Tomatoes and Peppers.   This is a dish I have prepared more times than I can remember but almost always the same way. Hollow the tomatoes and peppers, cook some ground beef, par cook the rice, stuff, roast and Voila! Recently however I have become a fan of the Olivetomato.com blog which is run Elena Paravantes. We (ChefTalk.com) have no... read more

Mexican Food Recipes: Sweet Empanadas

by: Ruben Urias     The holidays mark the time of year when, for a few delicious weeks, home kitchens begin churning out special treats non-stop. Within many Mexican households, those treats include the popular sweet empanadas. Generally, empanadas are pastry pockets of assorted fillings. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are found throughout the world in some form or another. They can be found prepared sweet or savory, doughy or thin, and even baked or fried. The recipe that follows is for a sweet Mexican version of empanadas that you can... read more

Helpful Suggestions for Ordering Counter Side

So, let  me start this post by giving a little explanation.  Most people might be wondering why I, someone who works in the kitchen, would have a valid idea or opinion about ordering at a counter.  Well you see, where I work is set up to I am not only the one preparing the food, but I am also taking your order and serving you.  The way it works is that after I finish prepping everything, I set up a hot line where the customer comes up to a counter of sorts, look at the food and order it.  I think the purpose of this set up is that there will be a better connection from... read more

Pumpkin Filling

by: Ruben Urias Nothing stokes the creative fires of home cooks more than the holidays. Every year, the adventurous rush out to buy the freshest “this” or organic “that.” Yet, without fail, the one item most synonymous with the holidays gets relegated to simple canned-form. The noble pumpkin does not deserve this fate. This bias against the pumpkin almost seems unfair. While many a home cook have set their homes, yards, and eyebrows ablaze while trying to submerge a 10 lb. ball of game bird into a boiling pot of oil, many of these same people balk at the idea... read more

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