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Broccoli, Asparagus and Kale soup

There an old saying to the effect that the tools don’t make the cook.  And while for the most part I agree with this, it is simply too obvious that the proper tools can make anyone’s job much easier. Nowhere is this truer than in the kitchen.  As I have been rambling about for seven… Read more »

The Power Lunch for The Tough Mudder in You

I’m training for a 12-mile mud run in mid-November in New Jersey, The Tough Mudder. Our team, Team Rickshaw, is raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project.  The run includes mud pits (very cold), icy cold water and mild electrocution, but it’s all in the name of helping those who serve us best but come… Read more »

Fresh Seafood and Vegetables Come to Life in Greek Salad

Intimidation in the kitchen could very well be the primary reason that many people shy away from cooking from scratch. I can’t blame anyone for that. As a culture, we have shied away from what used to be the central nervous system of a home. After many studies from top universities, the prevalent thought is… Read more »

Southern Pride Pit Beef Sandwich and BBQ Sauce

Recently I was breezing through some old ramblings and I ran across a piece I wrote in which I quipped on my first job. In 1983, the Chart House changed my young life. I learned things I probably shouldn’t have at 15, and yet still managed to hone skills I was lucky to have at… Read more »

Grapefruit Salad with Candied Nuts and Ginger-Maple Dressing

At school, we are in the middle of a USDA-sponsored grant which emphasizes the importance of healthy food choices by the up and coming generations.  Hardly a boring task, it is an exciting challenge to be a part of. As many of us already know, our country is in poor health statistically.  I won’t stay… Read more »

Pot roast with roasted potatoes and turnips

One of the greatest challenges we face in our technical program is the short class times.  Following the county schedule, we have to make do with what we have. Recently, we entertained a local chapter of the Red Hat Ladies with my mother as the gracious hostess and it was time to break out one… Read more »

Seared tuna and scallops with a mélange of vegetables

A nice short trip to the mountains always seems to put things back in place for us.  Sometimes I think that I should get a couple of jobs in the summertime so that we can save enough for nice winter vacations.  I imagine that a typical predicament for those of us who live at the… Read more »

Carne Asada with guacamole and salsa roja

My wife and I love a good steak, and when it comes to Filet Mignon, I must admit with a heavy heart that it is difficult to find it done well in restaurants.   As such, we find ourselves (or more to the point, me) breaking down whole tenders at home to ensure that we… Read more »

Salt cod croquettes with tomato sauce

Forgetting that I had asked my amazing wife for books (I am somewhat of a broken record when it comes to wish lists), I once again received volumes of letter with an assortment of texts of culinary lore for Christmas. Also in the stack was a wonderful non-culinary novel, a Pulitzer Prize winner of 1981,… Read more »