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It was an evening to be remembered. A couple of years ago I was asked by my friend Jeff Silverman and his wife Stefanie to create an Italian evening cooking class and demonstration fundraiser for Wilbur elementary school. As we considered the evening we had to come up with a menu that would work both...
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One of my favorite things to do is to go to a restaurant and let the chef create a tasting menu for us. It’s one of the perks of being in the biz and/or knowing the chef at a particular restaurant. For me, it’s an opportunity to see what the chef can really do, how...
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Twas a Saturday afternoon and my girlfriend had a hankering for some Chicken Vinegar Peppers, a favorite of ours at Fabs Corner Cucina. But alas we were up in Ventura, and going to Sherman Oaks for dinner was just out of the question. What does one do with this predicament?  Satisfy the craving and make my...
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San Sebastian (aka Donostia, in Basque) has become one of the culinary capitals of Spain. It has a rich turbulent early history which finally gave way in the later 1800s and became a summer resort for royalty and many other well-known figures. Also during this time, the phenomenon of Basque gastronomical societies (txoko in Basque)...
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There are so many things to love about the Saddle Peak Lodge with its stone fireplaces, timber frame structure and hunting lodge feel complete with Michelin Star food and service. It’s always had a stellar reputation for serving wild game as well as seasonal menus and chef’s tasting menus. The latest addition is their refreshing...
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There is only one Chef Jack Lee and he takes creativity to a whole new level with taste, consistency, and innovation in the kitchen. We spent the day with Chef Jack where we experienced a taste of the finer things in life; traditional dishes with an Escoffier twist as interpreted thru the eyes of Mad Jack....
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  I had the opportunity to enter a recipe competition sponsored by New Belgium Brewing. I figured I’d give it a shot and see if I was one of the lucky ones that would be chosen. I checked out their website and found out that the only beer I was familiar with was Fat Tire. I was...
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Don’t be fooled by imitations, there is only one Chef Jack Lee. Call him what you want, he answers to Captain Jack or even Kangaroo Jack. His name aside, one thing remains the same; Taste, consistency and innovation in the kitchen. We spent the day with Chef Jack where we experienced a taste of the...
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I set my GPS with the address of the Test Kitchen and away I went. I came upon an old building with no name on it bathed in a red paint with black trim standing regally on Pico Bl. I parked in back and came through the back door and followed the signs downstairs into the...
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This week was an amazing week. On Wednesday I worked at the Saddle Peak Lodge deboning rabbits, making stuffing and helping to make the roulades. I’ll be doing a post on that in more detail. On Thursday I held a cooking class for some of the people from my mastermind group. It was a great...
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