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Dec. 22, 2011 5:53 pm 
Updated: Jan. 11, 2012 1:57 am
I have worked 30 years during this season doing parties, catering, baking, planning, buying and prepping so someone else could have a good Christmas party or event, and I realize that a lot of you on this site, although you don't do it for a living,  are in the same boat as me.  We spend our… MORE
Aug. 24, 2011 5:02 pm 
Updated: Mar. 8, 2012 12:12 pm
All right.  We did an expose on the stupid shows that are jumping the shark over on the Food Network, and we discussed obnoxious chefs that should bob for french fries.  But we never got around to saying who we loved and adored. Tell me who your favorite tv chef is.  They can be from the Bravo… MORE
Jul. 6, 2011 9:52 am 
Updated: Aug. 31, 2011 6:38 am
Once again the debate is heating up with the summer temperature.  What do you put on your hot dog?  Mustard or ketchup?  Also, what else is your favorite topping for the frankfurter, weiner, dog, red hot, sausage, brat, keilbasa, or coney?  Sauerkraut, onions, pickles, tomatoes, peppers,… MORE
May 4, 2011 2:04 pm 
Updated: May 5, 2011 1:59 pm
I was in Oregon to pay my last respects to the woman who gave me my love of food and my infatuation for an industry that I have been in for the better part of my life.   My mom was a dietician by trade, and retired from the VA hospital in Roseburg, Oregon as the Chief of Dietetics.& MORE
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Feb. 17, 2011 6:48 am 
Updated: Mar. 4, 2011 1:54 pm
OK.  We've done the bad  experiences and got 95 responses, so let's hear your comments for a good experience eating out. Catagories can range from: Food Service Menu Cleanliness What made your experience memorable?? Tell your friends to comment on this blog too, I would love to… MORE
Jan. 29, 2011 4:46 pm 
Updated: Apr. 6, 2011 6:34 am
Hello again.   I would like to know your most horrific tale of eating out.  I don't care about the name of the joint-that is entirely up to you-but I want this to be a place to vent your frustrations, and we can turn this into a discussion to learn how to fix these problems.   Was the… MORE
Jan. 26, 2011 5:24 pm 
Updated: Feb. 1, 2011 5:27 pm
Courtesy of For some people, eating out is an occasional indulgence. For others, it's a way of life. Either way, moderate portions and careful choices can help you make restaurant meals part of your overall plan for diabetes… MORE
Dec. 22, 2010 7:23 pm 
Updated: May 14, 2011 4:06 pm
Back in the 70’, the town where I grew up didn’t have much work for teenagers.  You could mow grass, haul hay, shingle roofs, work in the mill or slave in a restaurant.  After trying my hand at the previous, I decided to try the latter; and started washing dishes at a Denny’s by the high… MORE
Jul. 24, 2010 5:55 pm 
Updated: Jul. 27, 2010 5:52 pm
My favorite sandwich fixins' are the meat and cheese, whatever they may be, but  my favorite toppings are lettuce, mayo, mustard, and plenty of peppers-be it jalepenos or pepperoncini.  I like salami, pepperoni, cappicola and some good cheese, maybe pepper jack or meunster, and even some… MORE
Jul. 19, 2010 5:58 pm 
Updated: Jul. 22, 2010 5:36 pm
“Aperitif is a noun whose roots are from the Latin word aperire which is to open, stimulate or begin.  It is also a drink consumed before starting a meal, and is meant to be appetizing. “ Because the name is from a Latin word, Aperitif is an appropriate and aptly named restaurant and… MORE
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I have been a professional restaurant person for 30+ years. I started out as a dishwasher and worked my way up the ladder. No schooling except for hands on experience in locations around the USA. I am now starting my own business as a consultant and food writer.
My favorite things to cook
Everything-except baking and desserts
My favorite family cooking traditions
Gravy, my side of the family is mostly French , so we love the sauces and gravies.
My cooking triumphs
Starting my own public access cooking show-"It's Only Food". Did 33 shows in 3 years as the chef and producer. It certainly opened up a lot of doors and paved the way for changing the way I look at food.
My cooking tragedies
Missing my family growing up and working 80 hour weeks, but I can say that it paid off. No regrets.
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