Trends in food service – Student Loans

There has been a surge of culinary students since Food Network and various other cooking channels and shows have hit the television screens. With these culinary students desiring to enter the workforce across the globe, there will inevitably be an increased level of education in production kitchens. This is a trend already happening. More line cooks nowadays have degrees from culinary institutions than in previous … Continue reading Trends in food service – Student Loans

Overbooking – Get even!!! Squeeze the Platypus’ nose!

Mr. and Mrs. Traveler and their family had long planned a vacation to a popular resort destination in a popular city that is often host to very large, worldly popular conventions during certain times of the year.  As this has been Mr. Traveler’s first lengthy vacation since his recent move to a new company he was eager to make reservations and secure it with his … Continue reading Overbooking – Get even!!! Squeeze the Platypus’ nose!

Feelin’ like a JACKASS! – Tartare vs. Carpaccio.

I thought myself privileged enough to have enjoyed an appetizer from Flemings in San Diego’s “Gas Lamp District”, just before learning to make the same dish in school. I thought I was going to see “the standard” just before my attempt at a similar rendition. BTW (by the way), Flemings is one of my absolute favorite happy hours to attend. It’s called the 5 for 6 ’til 7. … Continue reading Feelin’ like a JACKASS! – Tartare vs. Carpaccio.

“Sir. Yes Sir!”… (GySgt Hartman) “Bullshit I can’t hear you. Sound off like you got a pair!”

Ever go to a restaurant, or a friend’s house and served a meal that was a let down? Maybe not all of a let down, but perhaps less than expected. Maybe it was far greater than anticipated. Maybe it was the best meal you’ve ever  had. Maybe it just purely sucked. Full Metal Jacket, a 1987 film about U. S. Marines in the Vietnam era. This … Continue reading “Sir. Yes Sir!”… (GySgt Hartman) “Bullshit I can’t hear you. Sound off like you got a pair!”

Fresh tomato marinara – how to make! – pictorial

So check this out. We have these psycho tomato plants growing in our back yard.Today, although not Sunday, as would be traditionally and biblically correct for Italians, I decided to make a fresh marinara…from fresh tomatoes. I just decided to give you the pics…with an occasional smattering of words for simplistic understanding for all of the non-Italians (I think I’ll just leave that one alone). Enjoy! … Continue reading Fresh tomato marinara – how to make! – pictorial

Prosciutto – how it’s really made!… I made my first!!!

Prosciutto /prəˈʃuːtoʊ/,[1] Italian: [proʃˈʃutto], Italian ham) or Parma ham is a dry-cured ham that is usually thinly sliced and served uncooked; this style is called prosciutto crudo in Italian and is distinguished from cooked ham, prosciutto cotto. Enough of that Wikipedia BS. I made mine from that leg right there!!! I de-boned that sucker (pretty hard), actually quite quickly. Chef was impressed! Sprinkled the inside meat with glue. … Continue reading Prosciutto – how it’s really made!… I made my first!!!

Heads are gonna roll!

I’m not pissed! Yes I have had issues with temper in the past, and I still deal with issues that may bring on a slight rage; but I can’t hold back any longer, and heads are gonna roll. So I’m back in school. I’m taking Garde Manger (pronounced garde–man·ger  noun \ˌgärd-ˌmäⁿ-ˈzhā\…something like that). On the first day we have to fabricate (cut up and prepare … Continue reading Heads are gonna roll!