• Miscellaneous

    Playing with Pickles

    I have been playing with pickles in the kitchen for the last couple of weeks, inspired by several different events. First of which took place while I was working under a Chef in North Carolina as he developed a simple snack menu featuring Buy cialis online uk a j Generic cialis without prescription ar of pickles. All of the pickles were house made, kept inside of a earnest six ounce glass jar. A mixture of okra, haricot verts, asparagus, turnips, radishes and cauliflower brought together…

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    Fresh Start Coffee Roasters: Young And Robust

    Fact: From the moment coffee is roasted, it begins to decay and loose flavor rapidly, remaining fresh from only ten days to a possible two weeks. Interesting… Think about how long your trusty tin has been in the refrigerator or cupboard, not including the time spent on the shelf at your favorite supermarket. I personally can’t remember the last time I bought coffee, having a giant 2lb/ pre-ground tub that suites my gluttonous needs and tight schedule. Until now, you see; I have tasted the…

  • Miscellaneous

    The Importance Of A Chef’s Garden

    The “Farm to Table” movement has become an idea that many chefs throughout our country have began to embrace and showcase on their menus. To be able to state that the Heirloom Tomatoes that you used to create your beautiful gazpac generic cialis ho came from a few miles down the road (or even on property), gives a chef this indisputable sense of pride.   You used to have to wake up at midnight and bribe your purveyors to get the freshest ingredients, now Chefs…

  • Cooking Techniques,  Recipes

    Pistachio Sponge: ISI Innovation

    I was first exposed to the idea of a microwavable cake while working on the pastry line at The Fearrington House in Pittsboro North Carolina. The Chef was crouched in front of our Microwave with a wildly excited grin as he was obviously aroused with cialis without prescription the prospect of something new. The seed was planted, an idea is born. I saw the ISI canister, Gas Chargers, and the finished product. Google and several Stages filled in the rest.   Recipe 80 g pistachio…

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    Stagiaire [stah-zhee-ERH]: An Art

    A French term that essentially means “apprentice.” Stagiaires are typically not paid; if they receive a salary, it’s usually nominal. This is how the Food Lovers Companion defines the foreign noun. The importance of a stage is astronomical in an cialis price industry built almost completely upon experience and education. People are driven to learn and master new techniques, discover new and fascinating ingredients, satisfy personal curiosities and longings; sacrificing your personal time for no money often seems like a gift, something that you are…

  • Dining Out

    Heidi’s: Minneapolis

    Dedicated Chef, Stewart Woodman, has established a foodies paradise hidden on the outskirts of Lynn-Lake in Heidi’s. By offering an exciting and surprising Chef’s Tasting, Woodman provides a touch of “The Molecular Movement” while keeping his food easily approachable. Nine Course Tasting Caviar Sundae Scrambled Egg Ice Cream with A local Caviar Ceviche Bay Scallops in Muddled Rosemary Mignonette Tongue Pickled Beef Tongue, Roasted Shiitakes, Spicy Mustard, Soy Noodles Foie Stew Vanilla Poached Lentils, Pine cone Honey, Cherry Vinaigrette Lobster Pappardelle Black Truffle, Grano Padano…

  • Dining Out

    112 Eatery: Minneapolis

    Award Winning Chef, Issac Becker’s cozy little restaurant has been continuously setting the standard for eateries in the Twin Cities over the past several years. After hearing much celebration about the joint, I had to go see and discover the food for myself. As I approached the humble eatery, I immediately feel a sense of comfort. The petite location provides an intimate and welcoming ambiance which fits the staff and menu perfectly. With many pre-notions (built almost entirely on stories of other people’s experiences) and…

  • Dining Out

    “The East” defined by Lotus Leaf Café

    Yearning for something special around lunch time today, I stopped into a Thai and Vietnamese Bistro, The Lotus Leaf Café (in Cary, North Carolina). Nestled in the corner of a shopping center, on the crossroad of Harrison and Maynard I found a lunch that provided something exciting and exceeded all of my expectations. Sitting on the patio with a co-worker, drinking Japanese beer in the midst of a sunny day, I began to snap photos of the dishes as they were presented to us. Appetizers…

  • Miscellaneous

    Honing Your Craft: Starting With Your Knives

    There is something oddly soothing that consumes a person when they take charge and sharpen their own knives. In my mind, there is no other way to create a better connection between a chef and his cutlery, than taking the time to care for and maintain his own piece of steel. Your knives become an expression of who you are in the kitchen and how serious you are about mastering your craft; in extension your knife is a part of you and showcases the quality…