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The wine of summer – Txakoli

When it comes to wine, Spain offers the best value, at least according to sommelier Kelly Coughlin, GM and Beverage Director at Smyth and The Loyalist, two new Chicago eateries, in a June interview on Eater. She said “Whether you’re … Continue reading

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No more orange zest

I used to cook a lot with orange zest, it’s a great way to pop that orange flavor in everything from sauces to dessert toppings. Lately, though, I’ve been peeling my oranges and toasting the skin on my wood-fired kitchen … Continue reading

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Gazpacho – Spain’s cool summer soup

My recipe for the gazpacho I was served last week in Castilla y Leon, Spain Continue reading

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Sharing Secret Family Recipes Among Spanish Friends

On an evening of barhopping during a culinary tour of Galicia’s Santiago de Compostella, a friend and I ended up at O Celme do Caracol, a restaurant (with a good name) that caters primarily to the locals. The owner, German … Continue reading

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WILL WORK (luxury travel) FOR FOOD

It occurred to me the other day that is exactly what my job is: travel the globe to first-class destinations featuring the finest cuisine. I stay in the best rooms of four-star hotels, enjoying the spas and other amenities. Then … Continue reading

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Writing outlets update

Many of you know I’ve added Professional Baker to my bio, (Now, besides touring top kitchens, I cook in one!) but the news that my friends at Travelingboy.com finally made room for me on their masthead is NEWS! I’m busy, … Continue reading

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Crossroads at Work

My part time job at Hudson Valley Dessert Company just got more interesting. I started at 2 half days baking. Now I’m doing 2 full days baking, and 2 days baking and cooking, with 2 more days up in the air. Meaning, if … Continue reading

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Secret Family Recipes: Galician Oil

On a recent food trip to Galicia, a friend and I ate at O Celme do Caracol. It is a restaurant in Santiago de Compostella, Spain,  that caters primarily to the locals. The owner, German Gonzalez Pose, went to school … Continue reading

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Carrying a knife through customs – NOT Recommended!

On a recent trip to South America I nearly got into trouble with the TSA Customs folks over, of all things, a knife. First, some background. Last September I was invited to the CIA (Culinary Institute of America). They included … Continue reading

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