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Jul. 10, 2010 6:40 pm 
Updated: Jul. 26, 2010 2:37 am
I love breakfast, and I love coffee and reading the paper. My favorite breakfast is either Eggs Benedict or Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs.  This is when I eat at a restaurant.  When I fix it for my wife and me, it is either Biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs with cheese, and home made… MORE
Jul. 3, 2010 3:26 pm 
Updated: Jul. 5, 2010 3:41 pm
One of the reasons I love to travel is because of the anticipation of trying new and different food, restaurants and concepts as you go from region to region. I guess most of this comes from when I was child.  We didn’t spend the money at eateries as we whipped across the country on our MORE
Jun. 27, 2010 3:07 pm 
Updated: Jul. 11, 2010 11:33 am
Once again I come to you the readers to settle a debate.   Is the Monte Cristo sandwich grilled on a griddle (like french toast) or deep fried? I welcome your comments about this gastonomic mystery. MORE
Jun. 19, 2010 3:11 pm 
Updated: Jun. 21, 2010 5:39 pm
Hello all. Well I am back from the Black Hills after spending a week eating and snacking my way around Mount Rushmore and the Custer National Forest.  The food was great if you can get away from the "touristy" places that are everywhere. We stayed at Palmer Gulch KOA campground and… MORE
Jun. 3, 2010 6:56 pm 
Updated: Jun. 6, 2010 8:05 am
Well everybody I am taking my vacation and heading to the Black Hills of South Dakota.  My wife and I will be hitting a few restaurants that we will enjoy and I will write about.  One of them is the Corn Exchange in Rapid City.  I checked them out on the web @ cornexchange.com and their menu… MORE
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May 25, 2010 11:19 am 
Updated: May 29, 2010 10:16 am
I wrote in the beginning of a sequence of essays on foodservice employees that I would communicate the world of our profession to the general public.  Since then I have written about chefs, dishwashers, chain restaurants, and corporate interference in the workplace.  I still want to cover… MORE
May 21, 2010 6:20 pm 
Updated: May 22, 2010 2:51 pm
Now that summer is almost here, we can enjoy the great taste of corn on the cob.  I  soak the whole ear-husk and all-in water, after trimming all the stingy stuff, then put it on the hot grill outside to steam it to perfection.  Then a little salt and pepper with the butter before chowing… MORE
May 10, 2010 5:38 pm 
Updated: May 13, 2010 7:37 pm
Being a restaurant examiner for Examiner.com is exciting, rewarding and a privilege.  But sometimes it can be a real challenge.  Doing reviews on eating establishments can be tedious and you can fall into a rut.  It seems the last couple reviews I have written have descended into a pattern, and… MORE
Apr. 30, 2010 8:14 pm 
Updated: May 4, 2010 12:31 pm
We all know the French brag about being the best chefs in the world, but who really was the first one to put meat to a flame?  Who was the first to season food and mix herbs and spices to make the dish better? Who decided salad came before the entree?  And what about… MORE
Apr. 24, 2010 4:58 pm 
Updated: Apr. 28, 2010 7:53 am
Whether it is called natural, unrefined, macrobiotic or raw, food that was considered one of the signature trademarks of sandal wearing hippies in tie-dyed tee shirts is now making its way onto restaurant menus across the US. Chefs all over are finding the appeal in sustainable groceries that… MORE
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John Politte

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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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