On Cooking in the Restaurant Setting

On Cooking in the Restaurant Setting

Every young cook in a restaurant hopes one day to have their own restaurant. A place where they can create on their own terms and be true to themselves. I have been a cook or a chef in some way

My Meatloaf Recipe from the Barefoot Contessa

Here is my meatloaf recipe from the Barefoot Contessa and it is here only because people still ask me for it. It is a fine plate of food for this time of the year and even for the holidays since

Disrupting Food: Cook at Home and Keep it Local

The business of food and feeding people is old. Really, really old. It predates agriculture in an organized sense because it used to operate on a personal or familial basis. In those days the people who cooked the food for

Cooking the East End

Edible Long Island ran a piece on holiday foods today. Popcorn for Big Kids Recipe and intro by Chef Kevin Penner Here are some possible options for flavoring your popcorn. Melted high fat butter & sea salt Browned butter and

Learn How to Cook and Eat Better

Learn How to Cook and Eat Better

Thanksgiving is a week from today. In six days most of the people tasked with cooking for the following day will be freaking out. They will be calling the Butterball hotline where they will be guided through the process of overcooking a

Baking Classes: Bread and Pizza

Baking Classes: Bread and Pizza

When I first started working in professional kitchens I spent the first 10 years in pastry as a baker and a pastry chef. In those years I learned about making laminated doughs such as croissants, puff pastry and Danish. There

November Cooking Classes

November Cooking Classes

The November cooking classes are finding their groove. First up I will be at MarGene Farms in Mattituck, NY on Tuesday, November 18. I will be working with an array of vegetables from the farm. They do a terrific job

Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving, the biggest day of the year in terms of food consumed per capita in the US, is staring us down. Some people have their moves down thanks to years of practice and refinement. Most people aren’t that lucky. They

Why Should You Cook?

Why Should You Cook?

That’s a pretty neat question and it’s one I have taken for granted for a long time because I cook.  Why do I cook? Well, a big part of why I cook is because I do it to make a

Teaching Cooking

Teaching Cooking

Now that I am offering a series of cooking classes or “teaching cooking” as it were, I find myself preoccupied with a couple of ideas. First, when it comes to cooking the goal of the exercise is to teach people

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