Voltaggio Brothers at the James Beard House

March 10, 2010

James Beard dinners are awesome. At least, due to the fact that some chef got on an airplane with all his local ingredients and flew with them to New York City to cook you a meal. The best part is: he considers it his honor. All you did was pay for your food. Oh, and [...]

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Burger in a Bun: Bierocks, Runzas, and Runsas (Whitecastle, Eat Your Heart Out)

March 2, 2010

I like to live vicariously through my future self. It goes back to the endless page-turning of the Sears catalog, microanalyzing my Christmas list possibilities until I arrived at a a perfectly balanced grouping of gift possibilities, probabilities, and long shots. (Even if I never did get the magic set I kept asking for.) Now, [...]

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American Bounty Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America

February 16, 2010

No, not that CIA. This is the one where a history of smoking weed and antiestablishmentarianism doesn’t necessarily disqualify you from acceptance. In fact, it might be a plus. What’s really cool is that chef wannabies like us get to eat there. And eat we did, at CIA’s restaurant featuring regional cuisine: American Bounty.

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Winging It on the Chili Recipe

February 10, 2010

I would never stoop so low as to make a pun using the word “wing”. Therefore, please note that the title of this piece refers only to the lack of recipe employed in the making of this year’s Superbowl chili, and not to the accompanying Buffalo wings. To prove it, I’ve published the resulting recipe [...]

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Chopped: The Home Game

January 31, 2010

My mission: combine chestnuts, mango, duck breast, and polenta into a semi-edible, one-dish entree, without getting chopped. Fortunately, no one invited Ted Allen over, so the game was rigged in my favor.

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Knusprige Gänsekeule (Crispy Goose Leg)

January 5, 2010

(Today we present a guest post from a New York expat now living in Germany.)

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I Love the Smell of Vodka in the Morning

December 31, 2009

Yeah, I know: how many freakin’ times can someone reuse a reference to Apocalypse Now and pretend they’re exhibiting one iota of creativity. But I deserve a little slack for at least seeing the actual movie. (And at least “vodka” has the same number of syllables as “napalm”.)

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Dining with Iron Chef Jose Garces: Chifa and Distrito in Philadelphia

November 22, 2009

I am going to go out on a limb and assume I will not have to retitle this review after the November 22 airing of The Next Iron Chef. The reason is that I’ve eaten his food.

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Kitchen Testing Eric Ripert’s Cod Basquaise from “Avec Eric”

November 5, 2009

As I’ve raved about before, Avec Eric, the new PBS show with chef Eric Ripert, is proving to be great food TV. It didn’t take long for me to want to test out one of his dishes and see if what looked simple was simple, or just evidence that he’s got a production team as [...]

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Fish Farm to Table: Avec Eric with Eric Ripert

October 5, 2009

Looks like someone beat Dan Barber to a farm-to-table TV show. To be more specific: “fish farm” to table. I am happy to recommend Avec Eric, starring culinary giant and all-around nice guy, Eric Ripert. Assuming the rest of the series will be on par with the first two episodes, Avec Eric is truly great [...]

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