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Big Fish in Smaller Ponds

 

Growing numbers of ambitious young chefs and restaurateurs are abandoning the bright lights and big cities and establishing thriving restaurants in secondary markets.

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HERBS, Nature’s Medicine

As a young child, one of my favorite things to do was to “explore”.  At 8 or 9 years old my explorations were naturally limited to a small area near my home.  I had to walk through the woods, cross the fields and stay within a safe distance from our house. Nonetheless, I still managed […]

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Big Fish in Smaller Ponds

Most chefs and restaurateurs of note and accomplishment know that getting the best experience in the culinary world almost requires a several year stint in a top market, such as San Francisco or New York. In recent years, however, some of these strivers, after reaching those goals, have decided that moving to a smaller town […]

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Summer Fare

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“To every thing, there is a season”.  And that definitely includes the world of cuisine. As we enter the first true week of summer, i.e. July 1st, the weather here in the eastern part of the U.S.  has fallen into line, so to speak….Temperatures in the northeastern part of the USA will reach the mid-80’s […]

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Cost cutting cuisine

Whenever I shop for any food items, I have found that it pays to “shop around”….Whether I’m searching for basics—(paper goods, etc.) or food items such as Chicken , Beef, or Pork and such,  I’ve been able to find some very  good bargains….Last week I found a delicious “organic” chicken–3.5 lbs on sale for a […]

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MENU at Home

On occasion, we have guests over for dinner.  While most of the time a simple menu would suffice, I still enjoy the challenge of a new recipe, or modification of a dish we’ve enjoyed. Last week we had 6 for dinner on Saturday night so I started prepping the day before; that is, I make […]

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TSOGO Hotels, Chef “Benny”, South Africa

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My memories around great food go all the way back to my childhood. My mother was Italian and a great cook , as were her mother and sisters.  I remember going to Mama’s on holidays and upon entering her house immediately smelling the enticing aromas coming from her kitchen.  The fragrance of fennel, the almost […]

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“Empathy and Excellence” in Switzerland

“”Empathy and Excellence” in Switzerland” Reviewed August 16, 2015 Ok….so you’re traveling to Switzerland, a landlocked country surrounded by beautiful mountains, railroad tunnels, hills and valleys. What comes to mind also is cheese, lederhosen and banking. But water? Needless to say we were not only surprised by how much water there is in this French/German […]

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