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Feb. 14, 2011 1:57 pm 
Updated: Feb. 15, 2011 9:39 am
Recently my wife and I stopped into one of our favorite restaurants (let's call it Billy's Burger Barn for now) to enjoy a comforting meal and perhaps a cocktail or two after a rough Monday at the office.  As we drove into the parking lot our first thought was "Uh Oh, they look busy to MORE
 
 
Feb. 4, 2011 3:35 pm 
Updated: Feb. 17, 2011 9:57 am
Every year on Valentine's Day, couples go out dining in quiet candle-lit restaurants to celebrate the holiday of romance.  Now I am not one to take away from the bottom line of any food establishment, but staying in a cooking for your beloved does not have to be a panic-inducing project. And it 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 http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diabetes-nutrition/ 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
 
 
Jan. 22, 2011 11:55 am 
Updated: Jan. 29, 2011 5:43 am
Last fall I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  I also learned that with diet and excercise I can make it go away, or reverse it.  I take Metformin and am losing weight hoping to get rid of it.  However in the meantime I need to re-learn what to eat and watch my blood sugar and carb intake. … MORE
 
 
Jan. 14, 2011 6:31 pm 
Updated: Jan. 30, 2011 1:56 pm
I am eating oatmeal and fruit for breakfast, subway and falafal for lunch; and fish and vegetables and lots of fruit for dinner and snacks.  I have lost four pounds since the first. Please share what you are doing to eat right and lose weight this new year. Thanks MORE
 
 
Jan. 11, 2011 5:09 pm 
Updated: Jan. 12, 2011 8:33 pm
As consumers educate themselves to the idea of eating healthier, smarter and with more regard to Mother Earth, the need for restaurants and food establishments to stock their larders with sustainable food increases also. All major food suppliers across the country now stock organic food.… MORE
 
 
Jan. 4, 2011 4:02 pm 
Updated: Jan. 8, 2011 4:42 pm
We all know what fat is.  Bacon grease, chicken skin, butter, lard and cream, just to name a few. Fat is a nutrient. It is crucial for normal body function and without it we could not live. Not only does fat supply us with energy, it also makes it possible for other nutrients to do their jobs MORE
 
 
Jan. 1, 2011 4:35 pm 
Updated: Jan. 4, 2011 12:44 pm
I like hamburgers, I also like cheese, chips, pork, heavy cream and beer; I also weigh close to 270 pounds. I am also hypertensive, diabetic and have extremely high lipids.  Fruits, vegetables, yogurt and salads were something other people ate and we called them sissies and wimps as the 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
 
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chefjohn

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

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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

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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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