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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NYC Meals-on-Wheels @ Rockefeller Center, Summer 2008 (cont’d)

[podcast]http://cafejondreau.com/jjblog/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/jimcmonwheels.mp3[/podcast] This is one podcast of many as I walk through this event describing and tasting some of the finest cuisine available. Some familiar names at the event include Andre Soltner, Alain LeNotre, Terrance Brennan(Picholine) , Alain Daugin and Daniel Boulud for starters.  I did get to interview many of these great chefs so watch for these interviews in  subsequent […]

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Coffee Bits

Answers to questions you may have about coffee. ** Most coffee in the world comes from Brazil; but it originated in Tropical Africa and Ethiopia. **There are more than seventy (70) different compounds in the bean which gives it its distinctive flavor. **Two main Coffee Beans are :  ARABICA–grown in high altitudes, tropic and sub-tropics.  […]

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On The Road — Wolfgang Puck’s Meals-on-Wheels, Los Angeles

For those of you who knew my Podcast show on another Internet website, you listened to more than sixty (60) interviews with some of the world’s best chefs, sommeliers, cookbook authors and other experts in the culinary field.  Now that I have started my own website,  I am continuing to travel and meet with “culinarians” and would like […]

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Tidbits

For one summer many years ago, I spent time keeping bees on a farm in northern Minnesota–a town called Wheaton–and was forever hooked on honey and honeybees.  These little critters are the most fascinating of all species on the planet.   Suffice it to say that they are highly organized, incredibly efficient and provide one of […]

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Cost Cutting Cuisine

  The other night my friend & I decided to cook at home, as we are doing more and more of these days.     So, we looked in the fridge and freezer and came up with a few things which we then transformed into a scrumptious, elegant meal.  For virtually “pennies on the dollar”.   I want […]

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Recipes–Lemon Curd

Ok, now that you’ve got your pie crust pre-baked, what to put in it? As I mentioned in the pate sucree(sweet pie crust) recipe, many fillings will do. Here’s one of several recipes for lemon curd, which can be used in a variety of ways…..for layer cakes, small dessert tarts, with fruit or ice cream, […]

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Recipes-Desserts

Who says making a pie crust is difficult? Of course, you can buy frozen in the shell at the grocers, but I say make your own and in no time you’ll find the taste and texture much better. Here’s a basic sweet pastry dough: Pate Sucree   1 ¾ cups all purpose flour 8 tablespoons […]

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Recipes-Chocolate Dessert

Here’s a silly question:  Do you like Chocolate?  Well, most of us do. If you would like to make a warm, smooth, delectable dessert, here’s a recipe for a chocolate delight. Chocolate Souffle. Now, don’t be daunted by the word “Souffle”. When done just right, they are fairly simple. Try this one. Chocolate Souffle Serves […]

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Recipes–Meringue

Are you having guests for dinner and want to make an easy and tasty dessert? Perhaps something with meringue—-there are so many great sweet treats which can be made with meringue. Here’s the recipe for the basic one: This recipe is for small meringues, but if you want to make several large circles, simply do […]

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Cost Cutting Cuisine

Here’s today’s shopping tip for getting the most out of your food dollar. Each time I go to the market, whether it be the general supermarket or specialty food store, I look for the bargain of the day….and believe me, it “pays” to shop well. Yesterday, I saw in the poultry section, chicken breasts —on […]

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