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Head back to ‘old country’ with pierogis

Posted On: 4/16/15
Written By: Paul Suplee, CEC PC III

Head back to ‘old country’ with pierogis  The horrors began early in the afternoon, just after the beautiful wedding in Queens.  I was warned of the drinking abilities of the Polish, but I felt I was ready for the task.  In fact, I knew I was ready. The day started off innocuously enough, with my five-hour drive to New York ending with a bowl of pork and barley soup, sweets on every floor of the house, a beer and some traditional Polish snacks.  I wasn’t worried a bit. But it wasn’t until I was at a small table in the bride’s house with the older men, uncles and aunts that I realized that I would have to pace myself.  It was only four o’clock in the afternoon, for god’s sake. My dear friend married a beautiful Polish woman and her family flew in from the Old Country to celebrate.  As I was somehow in the house alone with the family and one other Anglophone, a Frenchman who was a friend of the groom as well, we quickly learned that we were grateful for the limousin...
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Fresh guacamole nourishes body, spirit

Posted On: 4/9/15
Written By: Paul Suplee, CEC PCIII

Fresh guacamole nourishes body, spirit Today it is chilly and raining. Yesterday I was in shorts and T-shirt, walking barefoot to the mailbox with my barefoot children. Yes, we are the hillbillies of Ocean Pines as we see shoes are the devil and as soon as we can whisk them off of our feet, we do. I’m just so glad that my children are following suit, “Delmarva Chicken Fungus” be damned. And with the summer air, for that is what I’m calling it after the late winter that we just had, comes the miraculous foods from South of the Border, reminiscent of the time that I spent out in California. It was nothing to hop in a car back in the day and drive down to Rosarito or Ensenada and spent a little money on a lot of food. Of course, we would have to pay off the federales on occasion, but you get used to that. I’ve written about the street carts before, noting on the bacon-wrapped hot dogs with Italian-style relish in Tijuana. I’ve commented on the five-course lobster dinner in a seaside tow...
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Give your arteries a break, eat a salad

Posted On: 3/26/15
Written By: Paul Suplee, CEC PCIII

Give your arteries a break, eat a salad In the last three weeks, we have made fresh sausages, 100 percent beef hot dogs wrapped in caul fat, pates, terrines, and liverwurst mousse.  But why stop there?  Of course, we have to look at the desserts that we served to 270 people last weekend as part of our annual Dessert Theater:  lemon meringue cupcakes, chocolate-hazelnut mousse on crisps and sticky toffee pudding cake. The meringue was an amazing cooked meringue that rivaled fresh gooey marshmallows when toasted with the torch.  The lemon curd still lingers on my taste buds, as the effervescence of the lemon peel permeates my memory. The sticky toffee cake was everything you would expect: an amazingly rich and dense pudding that might as well have been comprised of pure sugar.  After all, it pretty much was pure sugar, and I am a big fan. But all things must come to an end, and after a couple weeks of food-linked frivolities, I know that I must once again regain control over the only temple with w...
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In lieu of a wok, cook stir fry in batches

Posted On: 3/12/15
Written By: Paul Suplee, CEC PCIII

 The OCHMRA Show has come to an end, the brokers have moved on to the next town and I sit here recovering from more time standing on concrete. Apparently, I must love the abuse that concrete affords my aging soles, since I spent the previous weekend in D.C. working the AIPAC convention.  At least this weekend I wasn’t clocking 15 miles per day in my clogs.  Note to self:  Next time bring a couple different pairs of shoes.  What was I thinking? It took three days for my feet to recover from my D.C. trip, and when I got home, I decided to put on a pair of comfortable boots, but my feet wouldn’t even fit in the footwear that once regularly housed my barking dogs. This weekend, though, was no problem.  I sat down a great deal and was able to talk to students, peruse the products on the show floor and see old friends in the business that I don’t get to see anymore.  On these weekends I realize that I need to get out more. Upon driv...
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Sweet salad will ‘make your mind melt’

Posted On: 3/5/15
Written By: Paul Suplee, CEC PCIII

So we have another snow day.  I am happy, since our winter prospects were looking bleak until two weeks ago.  I was completely ready for spring to spring, but now I sit here with the snow on the ground, pets and kids snuggled in the couch as we watch the tele, happy that we were awarded another respite in our school week. This is especially satisfying, because by the time that you read this, it will be March and the sun will be warmer and higher in the sky, so we’ll take a nice snowstorm on this particular day as a gift. But for now, suffice to say that I needed this snow day.  Yesterday was a long, 15- hour day and now I’m getting ready to head to D.C. to get some work done up there, and that will be a brutal weekend with 16-hour days.  A day off is just what the doctor ordered.  Looking at all of the food that we cooked this week, I settled on writing about this healthy, gorgeous salad that has no many nuances and flavors that it will make you...
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Slow things down with blackened salmon

Posted On: 2/26/15
Written By: Paul Suplee, CEC PCIII

Sometimes I feel like I just need to slow down a bit.  With all the extracurricular activities with the kids, work, writing, snapping pictures and trying to keep the house straight, I don’t get much sleep. Now that the season is creeping up on us, I’m also looking for summer employment or maybe even considering a summer business venture of my own.  My mind is like a constantly spinning hamster wheel:  sometimes there’s an idea running rampant on it while, more often than not, the wheel spins empty It’s a vacuum in which not much intellectual stimulation is happening.  But, I’ve come to accept that. When life gets in the way, we tend to migrate to prepackaged foods, fast food garbage or any of the myriad convenience products that we could get our mitts on.  But, the kids were the ones who say, “Enough, Dad.  We need some fresh food.” That’s all that I needed to hear, so I set out on a simple journey of a ...
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Suplee has fond memories of manoes

Posted On: 2/19/15
Written By: Paul Suplee, CEC PCIII

Suplee has fond memories of manoes  Many times over, I am sure, my wife has questioned her sanity as to why she married me.  During the first few years of dating, we would drive from Baltimore to Denton to visit my mother, and every time we would pass a certain store, I would audibly wonder as to whether they were selling manoes, or softshell clams. We probably made that trip 40 times, and I asked the same question at the same portion of every blasted trip.  It drove her crazy, but she still said “yes,” so I guess that says something.   For me, manoes hold a special place in my heart because I have adored them ever since I was in the highchair.  I would fight for them tooth and nail when an older sibling would mess with me and pretend to take them away.   As a child, I was often tormented by my older siblings, and there were a lot of them.  Vicki and Christi were a good number of years older than me, as were Brian and Mary, although the latter was at least a part of my gener...
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Admitted chicken junkie talks food ‘magic’

Posted On: 2/12/15
Written By: Paul Suplee, CEC PCIII

Admitted chicken junkie talks food ‘magic’ Dare I address the immaculate veal stock that we made in class on Monday and Tuesday?  The stock had the viscosity of light olive oil and a flavor unrivaled by any you’ve ever had.  We are no magicians, nor are we any better than anyone else; we just practice the skills that were handed down to us that we now pass on to those who come after – a critical part of the chef’s code. As I consider my options, I smell a random preparation of chili peppers and I’m immediately transported to a chain restaurant in Annapolis, Nando’s.  This fine establishment of chicken, chicken and more chicken is host to its Portuguese-African specialty.  Known throughout the UK and South Africa, Nando’s is finally on our shores and I can only hope that we get one down on our Shore some day soon. As I write this, I am compelled to confess that I adore chicken.  I am a chicken junkie.  There is something about the stuff that makes me not care ...
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Pepper bacon cure for bad weather blues

Posted On: 2/5/15
Written By: Paul Suplee, CEC PCIII

Pepper bacon cure for bad weather blues I am weary of this weather and I can only imagine that it’s going to get worse before it gets better.  We were so lucky the past three years with the snow and chill, but now we have chill and rain, an awful mix. I must refrain from using the choice vocabulary that runs through my mind as I see the green splotch work its way across the radar after a week of sub-freezing temperatures. Maybe this is why the British get a bad rap for being grumpy.  Chilly, damp, rainy weather is not good for the soul.  But then, the good people of Seattle seem to do quite well with it.  Who knows? One thing is certain: this is the time of year that many of us throw on a few extra pounds, since hearty, heavy comfort foods hit the spot.  Partnered with weather that may not be quite as ideal for outdoor activities for many, the problem blooms, as does your waist size. And then you sit down to a stack of bacon on freshly baked bread smeared with mayonnaise.  On the ub...
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Duck fat fries pair well with remoulade

Posted On: 1/29/15
Written By: Paul Suplee, CEC PCIII

Duck fat fries pair well with remoulade Previously published in Jan. 30, 2014 Bayside Gazette Every now and then we see something in class that brings back vivid memories associated with food; memories rushing through our minds as images just seem to come together in our imagination.    Recently, as one of our students, Bob, made a fresh remoulade, I tasted it and was immediately transported to countless late nights of the Frenchiest French Fries I had the pleasure of enjoying.  I can’t even remember the name of the place in East Baltimore but it was always jumping and their fryers could not keep up with them. Fried in rendered duck fat (buy online from a variety of vendors) and then topped with fresh herbes de provence and truffle salt, they are only improved by the presence of a side of remoulade.  They go well paired with anything from Iced tea to beer to wine.  Of course, I would go with the beer with these but that is your call. Remoulade is a close cousin to tartar sauce and in many...
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