Monthly Archives: June 2013

  • I was recently asked what my favorite dessert was. I’m not really sure I have a single favorite, but Crème brûlée is right up near the top of the list – the smooth, rich, creamy custard, the crispy, caramelized sugar shell on top – it just doesn’t get much better. The truth is, it’s not […]

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  • Cuban cuisine? Does Cuba even HAVE cuisine? Yes indeed, and it’s ridiculously tasty stuff. Cuban food is influenced largely by Caribbean, African and Spanish flavors, techniques and spices – paprika, cumin, allspice, etc. One key ingredient in much of Cuba’s cuisine is sofrito. It starts with a base of onions, tomatoes and garlic, but the […]

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  • Now, truth be told, the Italians didn’t invent pizza. In fact, it’s kinda hard to say who really did. There’s evidence of flat bread loaded with different toppings found in just about every culture and corner of the world, and some of the findings date back as far as 3,000 years. But as far as […]

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  • Argentina is the land of all good beef. Their cattle has been grass-fed since way before it was trendy to do so, and grass-fed beef is the best you can get. After all, it’s how cows are naturally raised, not pumped full of hormones and fattened up on grain. A few tips for getting the […]

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  • We’ve all done it at some point or another – you’re walking through the grocery store, you pass in front of the butcher’s block, and see steaks on sale, and you immediately remember the last time you had a great steak at a good restaurant or steakhouse, and decide “that’s what’s for dinner!”And yet, when […]

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  • Gelato is different than Ice Cream in several ways, most notably the difference in butter fat content. Most ice cream ranges (depending on quality) from around 12%-16%, while gelato, with it’s higher milk-to-cream ratio usually comes in somewhere around 3%-8%. This is the recipe I use when I make gelato. I’m a fan of the […]

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  • As I walked out the door tonight from work I couldn’t help but feel like I just lost a dear friend. After 16 years in business Karen Olsen, the owner of The Metropolitan closed the doors.  I am very grateful for Karen for giving me a chance.  Fifteen years out of a professional kitchen and […]

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  • This isn’t a new or revolutionary drink by any means, but it’s a damn fine summer refresher. You can get a pretty tasty one (*and one of my personal favorites) at any Arctic Circle drive-thru, but this one has more of a kick and a decidedly grown-up profile. Ingredients: 4-5 limes 3 (12 oz.) bottles […]

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  • This one’s pretty easy, really. You’ll either love it or hate it, but I’m a fan. Ingredients: 6 strips (about half a pound) thick-cut bacon 3 T reserved bacon grease 1 T olive oil 1/3 cup popcorn kernels 2-3 T butter Salt First, you gotta make some bacon dust. See my guide on How To Cook […]

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  • French fries with bacon on ‘em? Yes please! And a bacon aioli dip to go with them? Oh HELLS yes! Bacon Pomme Frites 2-3 large Russett Potatoes 2-3 quarts oil for frying Bacon salt (recipe follows) Grano Padano cheese Wash the potatoes and cut them into fries either by hand or using a mandolin. Heat […]

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