I’m hardly the first person to write about receiving the Modernist Cuisine Cookbook Collection and I am sure all of you that have been coveting this collection have already heard all the stats about the book (lbs. of ink, 2,438 pages etc.). Continue reading
The past two months have been crazy at the Kitchen Table. In December we set new records for class sales and gift cards. January has brought tons of eager cooks and wine enthusiasts to our Table. All this has meant the time I wanted to spend experimenting with the CVap oven I won during the 2011 Starchefs ICC has been trimmed.
The oven arrived at my back dock all wrapped in black plastic and on a palette. The delivery guy dropped it off and took off. Continue reading
The great annual celebration of Thanksgiving brings all our families together over a table with more food than any of us could possibly eat. So much thought and effort goes into producing the food, but very little thought goes into which wines to pair with this abundant meal. Beaujolais Nouveau often makes its debut as the first wine of the season and can bless our tables with a snapshot of the French vintage. Beaujolais Nouveau is rarely more than a bubble gum style wine and though very quaffable is hardly deign of gracing the table for the whole meal.
There are no hard and set rules to pairing the right wine with this traditional meal, but I will try to offer you some good tips on choosing the wine style appropriate to the celebration. Continue reading
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This morning we were able to catch up on sleep as I wasn’t expected to be at the Congress until 12:30pm. We took the opportunity to head down to ground zero. Continue reading
Heading out into the street on Monday had a very different feel to it than Sunday. The city was bustling with workers. Wherever I went on the subway, I was fighting the tide of the working masses. Continue reading
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It was hard getting up by 9am to prepare for the “Blood and Curds” Spanish Wine and Cheese seminar and the calm along 6 Ave. on a Sunday morning made it even harder to get out of the comfortable bed.
In previous years at the ICC the lines to get in were overwhelming and the registration seemed disorganized. Continue reading
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Sometime in August I got an email from Starchefs to fill out their industry survey and become eligible for a drawing for a free ticket to attend this year’s Congress. Midway thru September I was informed I had won free entrance. Continue reading
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I’ve been wanting to attend a Whole Hog Hoe Down at Il Mondo Vecchio for awhile and this past Memorial Day weekend while most were putting their sausage on their grills we were making ours. Continue reading
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I could go full hog on this post and turn a sows ear into a purse but I am too busy bringing home the bacon to feast on the trough of puns available to me. Just the mention of pork belly makes most women recoil with fear as they visualize themselves in their summer bikinis. Continue reading