The Poker Playing Chef Blog at Allrecipes.com (3/2011)

The Poker Playing Chef

 
Mar. 13, 2011 1:33 pm 
Updated: Mar. 15, 2011 10:07 am
I sure did have a great time visiting my parents this last week.  We had a great time, ate out a few times and did some cooking as well.  One night my dad and I prepared one of my favorite recipes that I created and used to serve for a special at my restaurant, Bandit Lamb. … MORE
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Mar. 3, 2011 6:24 am 
Updated: Mar. 5, 2011 5:50 am
It's Thursday so I have to comment on Top Chef, my guilty pleasure.  Last night's episode was all about a subject we all know, foods we grew up with, family food traditions.  This subject really hit home for me.  It wasn't that we had any super-special family recipes (although… MORE
 
 
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Mar. 1, 2011 6:15 am 
Updated: Mar. 2, 2011 9:51 am
I hope everyone is having a great day.  One way to start on a pleasant note is a nice cup of coffee and a slice of banana bread slathered in butter.  (no calorie counting here)  I found this easy recipe, tweaked it a little and thought I would share and hopefully brighten up a… MORE
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poker playing chef

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Mountain Ranch, California, USA

Member Since
Jan. 2010

Cooking Level
Professional

Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet

Hobbies
Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Music

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About Me
I am a retired chef and restaurant owner. I love food and all things related to it. I am also an avid Texas Holdem poker player. I am married with an awesome husband and two grown happily married children and one grandson. I live in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas in a very small town. We live on 10 acres and have three different gardens with varying levels of success that my beautiful daughter-in-law is in charge of with my help. I believe in cooking from scratch and am glad that I now have the time to do it.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make soups, baked goods, and delicious entrees. I make all of our breads and pastries from scratch. Eggs are my friend and I used to be a breakfast cook for years. Many chefs hate cooking eggs and that was true of the chefs I hired so I became the breakfast chef at my busy little restaurant.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We like to make tamales a couple of times a year for Cinco de Mayo and Christmas Eve even though we are gringos. We don't let that fact stop us! Of course we need black-eyed peas for good luck at New Years. Thanksgiving without our jalapeno cornbread stuffing would be family sacrilege.
My cooking triumphs
One of my favorite meals I have cooked was Thanksgiving dinner for 80 seniors. I wanted to bring them holiday memories through the tastes and smells of my holiday menu. When I saw some of them getting teary about the meal I knew I had succeeded.
My cooking tragedies
Any tragedies I have had have gone straight into the trash and out of my mind. No sense dwelling on negatives.
 
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