Monthly Archives: November 2009

Black Friday

Frankly, I think the holidays have become too commercial with too much of an emphasis on consumption.That being said, this is the biggest shopping day of the year, so if you are going to shop Amazon anyway, I would ask […]

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Remembrance of Thanksgivings Past

If there is a holiday more focused on family and friends than Thanksgiving, I don't know it. While other holidays including ostensibly religious holidays like Christmas, have strong familial and friendship components,those elements really aren't the central theme. […]

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A Birthday Paella

I'm lucky. I come from a very close-knit family. I'm the youngest of 6 kids with a 17 year spread between my oldest brother and myself. We all enjoy each other's company and though we are not all geographically close […]

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Taste of the Week – November 15th-21st

For a number of reasons, I have been on a pumpkin kick of late. While there appears to be a national shortage of canned pumpkin, fortunately there has been no shortage of quality heirloom pumpkins in my neighborhood.Thanks […]

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Starchefs 2009 Day One: April Bloomfield: This Little Piggie…

April Bloomfield is the chef of The Spotted Pig in NYC. That she knows a thing or two about cooking pigs young and old, should therefore come as no surprise. In a demonstration entitled “Pig, Pig, Pig,”, Chef Bloomfield gave a very strong indication of just how much she does know about the subject – a lot.
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Blog Find: DICED: The Official Blog of ICE

Filled with posts about happenings at The Institute for Culinary Education in NYC as well as videos on culinary techniques, the DICED blog is an interesting compendium of culinaria. I particularly enjoyed Rick Smilow's recent posts on his road trip […]

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Starchefs 2009 Day One: Chris Young & Nathan Myhrvold: Culinary Engineers

I first became acquainted (virtually) with Dr. Nathan Myhrvold, the former Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft and current CEO of Intellectual Ventures, a firm dedicated to creating and investing in inventions with culinary technology an important component of […]

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Starchefs Day One: Yoshihiro Murata’s Quest for Umami

Yoshihiro Murata, the third generation of his family to cook at their century old Kyoto restaurant Kikunoi and one of the most respected chefs of Japan, came to Starchefs to present his view of The Quest for Umami, the […]

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Taste of the Week – November 8th-14th

Is it any wonder that Cafe Lazio has become my favorite restaurant in my adopted hometown? Chef Adriano DiMario made a dish specially for me the other night. I had told him that my favorite dish ever was […]

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Starchefs 2009 Day One: Faces in the Crowd

If you attended the Starchefs Congress this year there is a good chance that you will either see yourself or recognize friends in these photos. These are from the first day. I have purposely not identified people as I certainly […]

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