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May 10, 2011 4:21 am 
Updated: May 18, 2011 11:27 am
Hello fellow chefs, I would like to see what all of you would call your easiest, quickest dish that can be made.  I am not talking about toast either.  And since there are those out there who can screw up a grilled cheese, add a bit on how it is prepared and why it is so… 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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Apr. 24, 2011 12:21 pm 
Updated: Apr. 26, 2011 3:52 pm
As the snow and freezing temperatures subside, we yearn for baseball, fishing and going to the cabin as we enjoy the one week of spring before the humid summer hits. For me it is lighting the charcoal and cooking up a meal on the glowing coals. This idea also resonates with my neighbors as… MORE
 
 
Apr. 17, 2011 11:09 am 
Updated: Apr. 19, 2011 8:12 pm
Each spring, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the return of life after the long winter.  And as with all celebrations, families gather to share a meal and time together.  Children  in their new suits and Sunday dresses hunt for Easter eggs, which symbolize new… MORE
 
 
Apr. 3, 2011 1:40 pm 
Updated: Apr. 6, 2011 11:22 am
As the children search for Easter eggs in the yard, we are in the kitchen preparing the feast for our family.  Growing up, we had ham and au gratin potatoes with creamed peas and a carrot cake.  My first wife and I decided to make a Chinese meal each year, and my present wife and… MORE
 
 
Mar. 19, 2011 3:01 pm 
Updated: Mar. 27, 2011 5:05 am
We all love pizza, warm and inviting, followed by a good glass of wine or a cold beer, it makes this one of the worlds favorite comfort foods. But what makes the pizza good?  The crust, the cheese, the sauce, or the toppings? And what are your favorite… MORE
 
 
Mar. 13, 2011 11:27 am 
Updated: May 12, 2011 4:53 pm
Decades ago life was made easier by simplifying the cooking and preparing of meals with new gadgets and the use of preservatives and chemicals in food to make them more convenient for us to buy and consume. Think of all of the places we shop and spend our money, and you will see convenience… MORE
 
 
Mar. 4, 2011 6:45 am 
Updated: May 15, 2011 5:44 pm
First off, thanks to all the responses we received on the last blog, almost 200 responses to favorite food pairings.  Now for amore morbid topic: If you knew you were going to die, what would you eat for your last meal or meals before you entered the pearly gates-cause they ain't… MORE
 
 
Feb. 22, 2011 4:10 pm 
Updated: Mar. 20, 2011 10:14 pm
Todays topic is food pairings.  Whether it is chicken and biscuits, pizza and beer, or weird combos like sushi and meatloaf or pancakes with coleslaw; tell us your favorite match-ups of foods that you have tried or experienced in your culinary journey.   Thanks and let's have some… MORE
 
 
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
 
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chefjohn

Home Town
Leavenworth, Kansas, USA
Living In
Coon Rapids, Minnesota, USA

Member Since
Oct. 2009

Cooking Level
Professional

Cooking Interests
Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet

Hobbies
Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books, Music

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About Me
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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