Category Archives: In the Kitchen

Chef David Talks CHEESE!

Dear Cooking Comrades, Cheese courses are always terrific (it gives you an easy course to put forward with minimal prep). The Europeans always have cheese as the final course:  dessert course, cheese course, then coffee.Americans always want:  cheese, then finally … Continue reading

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Chef David Guest Blogs for Noted Journalist, Lee Woodruff

Chef David recently wrote a guest blog for noted journalist and author, Lee Woodruff, sharing his story of the intensive culinary program that he created for vets and active soldiers based upon the Learn How to Cook (and eat your … Continue reading

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Why Do We Cook?

Dear Friends and Cooking Comrades, Why do you cook?  What drives you to prepare delicious food? They say you either become a chef to feed yourself, or you become a chef to feed others.  I think my motivation as a … Continue reading

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If This Floor Could Talk…

Dear Friends and Cooking Comrades, I was looking at the old wooden floor of our kitchen the other day.   We had guests coming over and I was cleaning up for company.  You know the old adage, “If you want a … Continue reading

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Aunt Bea has Up and Gone

Dear Friends and Cooking Comrades, Welcome back home! I’m nosey, so I always ask folks how they learned how to cook. The answer used to be “mom,” “grandma” or “I grilled with my dad.”  Now more often than not the … Continue reading

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Goodnight, Irene!

Dear Friends and Cooking Comrades, Welcome back home! Hurricane Irene visited – well, I guess you’d have to say she’s was a tropical storm by the time she reached upstate New York. It rained.  It really rained.  For hours.  I … Continue reading

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The Summer of My Discontent: Survive or Prevail?

Dear Friends and Cooking Comrades, Welcome back home! I’ll be honest with you – without turning this into a weepy confessional, or over-sharing (we have Reality TV and daytime talk shows for that), it’s official:  I have the summertime blues. … Continue reading

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Taste as You Go

Dear Friends and Cooking Comrades, Welcome back home! What’s the difference between a chef and a home cook?   Chef’s taste as they cook; building flavor a little at a time.  A few herbs, a little salt & pepper to start, … Continue reading

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There’s more than one way to dance a Tango

Dear Friends and Cooking Comrades, Welcome back home! There’s an expression, “Too many cooks spoil the broth.”  A cliché essentially meaning that there has to be a leader in the kitchen – a visionary; a final arbiter on any task.  … Continue reading

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INGREDIENTS or HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

Dear Friends and Cooking Comrades, Welcome back home! We are getting into the season where the garden grows, the farm stands open, the U-picks have something to pick.  LOCAL becomes much more than a buzz word, a dreamy ideal, or … Continue reading

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