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Archives for January 2011

Stocking the pantry


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Your pantry should have the essentials plus some strategic specials. Always be prepared and you can do anything.

Pho a good time, Pho Bang


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The bowls are served in minutes and come with lots of good stuff to add on your own. A mound of bean sprouts, basil, mint and lemon wedges. You add whatever you like and then squeeze on some condiments such as Hoisin sauce, red wine vinegar and a choice of hot sauces. I prefer the house chili sauce and JB like the Sirachi.

Best new word: ‘Bestovore’ — Grub Street New York


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A Bestovore. That’s what I strive to be. She also talks about the downside of Locavores and I applaud her for it. Mimi Sheraton Considers Herself a ‘Bestovore’ — Grub Street New York. Tweet

“Better a dull wife than a dull knife”- Escoffier 1893


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I am betting that most people out there have a good set of knives. They look great on the counter, you feel like a well prepared chef and man were they sharp when you first got them. I say “were” because for 99% of you that big chef knife is now dull like a plastic knife at a picnic.

LA Burdick: Hot Chocolate for Adults


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Inspired, I purchased a bar of LA Burdick’s dark chocolate. This would be a special dessert for my wife later on that night. I spent the next few hours finishing my errands and thinking about what to serve for dinner. A simple and light meal to balance out the dessert I had planned would work best. I made a stop at the cheese shop and green market.

Rant: Culinary trends for 2011


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Another year is upon us and already the forecasting gods are making predictions. Looks like fennel pollen, offal and quinoa are the new “It” foods. Whatever dude. Enough already. I’ve got some hot and hopeful culinary trends that should be picked up by the media too. Ready?

Digital stick thermometer. Your key to perfectly cooked meat.


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Are you tired of all the ridiculous “pro” methods for testing meat temperatures? An instant read digital stick thermometer will give you an accurate reading every time.