Is my blade sharp?

I’m sitting at work with my 10″ Chef’s knife in my backpack. Being a computer geek by trade, this is an unusual occurrence, but tonight is my knife skills class. Look for an evaluation of the class tomorrow. One thing I’ve wondered is if my knife is sharp. It seems to cut well, but I’m…

An Art and A Craft

An art is an act of original creation. A craft takes an art form and codifies it in a way to make it reproducible. When a chef creates a new dish he is practicing an art. When he creates a recipe and teaches others to produce it over and over, in a restaurant for example,…

New Years Menu

Been without internet for the last four days so I didn’t post the final menu for out New Years dinner/party. Appetizers: Vegetable platter: celery, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli Dipping sauces: Red Pepper Cream Sauce (South Beach CookBook), Ron’s tomato sauce, Peanut Butter Dipping sauce (South Beach CookBook), Modified Macon Salsa with Pita Chips Sautéed Shrimp and…

A Limited Palette

I have many interests, cooking being just the latest. Pursuing one of these I read J. Michael Straczynski’s The Complete Book of Scriptwriting . When discussing writing the television script, he explains the very strict time constraints of TV programs. It breaks every so many minutes and is a specific length. Then he said some…

Puerco Pibil

Buzz at Sci-Fi Hi-Fi recently cooked Puerco Pibil from the DVD extras for Once Upon A Time in Mexico. I’ve been meaning to cook this dish for months myself. I wrote down the recipe a while back – I don’t own the film. But I don’t know where that notebook is. I need to look…

Blogroll Additions

When and looked at the food blog awards site and loaded all the nominees for Best Food Blog – Chef. I already had Burning My Fingers In Boston on my list, but found two more I liked. One Toque Over The Line Despite the apparent in ability to create a paragraph, the rants here are…

Applesauce

Just a quick post to point out you can replace the honey in the 10 minute applesauce with Splenda and it works fine. Truth be told you could probably leave the sweetener out all together. I’m starting a new diet and trying to eat better. This will be the first time I’ve done a diet…

Tomato Sauce

Last night I made my first tomato sauce from scratch. Good Eats sometime last week was the pantry episode, and I’d bought the makings of mire poix a while back, but never made it. I’m not posting a detailed recipe because I just kind of made it from memory of the show and what I…