Posted on October 9, 2012 by lamb before thyme
I knew I would run into the man of steel here
Once again my annual pilgrimage to NYC for the Starchefs International Chefs Congress came through at the last-minute. I was selected as a judge for the Somm Slam a few weeks before the conference and quickly made plans to get to NYC. Continue reading
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Posted on March 31, 2012 by lamb before thyme
Avignon (Photo credit: LucaXino)
Here is Michelin’s list of restaurants in my old stomping grounds of the Vaucluse a department that includes the town of Avignon and other cities of gastronomic interest . Click on the link below to see the PDF with all the listings. It was shocking to see that la Mirande lost its one Star status.
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Posted on March 14, 2012 by lamb before thyme
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
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Posted on February 5, 2012 by lamb before thyme
The CVap in its home
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
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Posted on November 15, 2011 by lamb before thyme
The selection for my upcoming class on Thanksgiving Wines
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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Posted on October 26, 2011 by lamb before thyme
Chris Young one of the authors of Modernist Cuisine and his lab set up
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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Posted on October 25, 2011 by lamb before thyme
Day one of the Somm Slam
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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