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Back in July, I posted a little piece about a guy that joined my crew. Since then, I have received several emails and private messages about the article and my buddy Jim. As an update, and to keep the good mojo flowing that surrounds this great guy, I wanted to add an update. Late Tuesday evening, Jim suffered a debilitating stroke. Without getting into many details, he survived the assault on his brain but remains hospitalized. While in pleasant spirits and joking with...
I have used oatmeal (as noted above) and a combination of black beans (with cooking liquid) and brown rice.
Haven't seen it mentioned above, so here goes... a lot of pizza places will not cook their sauces. Rather, the sauce is assembled 'raw' and the pizza oven cooks the sauce. Why? The aromatics are released under the high temp of the pizza oven, captured in the crust and cheese. Good, quality canned tomatoes (Alta Cucina, 7/11, Stanislaus) are often blended (a la immersion blender) with herbs, oil, sugar, etc. and then stored for usage. Seen it several times across multiple...
It's ServSafe, a program of universal, practical food safety for members of industry. It is, basically, a common core of principles of safe food handling that operators and their employees are held to ensure minimal risk for food-borne illness for customers. The National Restaurant Association developed ServSafe back in 1993-ish to get operators on the same page and to get some food safety basics out there. The program has evolved into the benchmark for safe food handling...
I am all for a rugged, easily-cleaned, hard to steal tool box. It takes a beating, is stashed easily, passed through the dish machine and identifiable if it goes walking. Although, I am most envious of that roll @chef bruce pictured above. Nice! Classic and looks great!
I always thought that was called a Kitchen Tattoo?! Badge of honor, brother. Wear it like a purple heart. And don't do it again.
@flipflopgirl - glad you found the link useful! Other than ChefTalk, Food Republic is a go-to for my daily browsing.
Just today, Food Republic dropped a piece about the mutiny involving wearing chef coats. While not an apron, the coat is another moniker of the cook. For or against, much like the waist apron, it is preference and a practice of form and function. The Food Republic piece is here: http://www.foodrepublic.com/2015/01/05/why-chef-coats-suck-story-fake-professionalism-and
700 on the books for a buffet/all-inclusive. Went well, very few hiccups. Of course, a few customers took a little bit of the open-bar theme too much to heart... gotta relish those once-a-year revelers that don't know how to behave. Kitchen operations went smoothly, thankfully. One of the displays for the buffet; vegetables, cheese, etc.
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