"It's Only Food" Blog at Allrecipes.com (2/2012)

"It's Only Food"

 
Feb. 25, 2012 3:59 pm 
Updated: Jun. 11, 2012 7:41 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… MORE
 
 
Feb. 7, 2012 3:38 pm 
Updated: Feb. 14, 2012 6:35 pm
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… MORE
 
 
Feb. 4, 2012 10:33 am 
Updated: Mar. 1, 2012 10:57 am
For the last three years my wife and I have had an on again-off again love/hate relationship with the IHOP in the Riverdale Mall in Coon Rapids MN.  In order for them to improve their awful ways, we have kept coming back with an open mind for breakfast many times.  We evaluate our visits by… MORE
 
 
Feb. 1, 2012 5:06 pm 
Updated: Mar. 25, 2012 9:40 am
Eat more garlic and your cholesterol will go away!  Fenugreek will lower blood pressure!  Cinnamon will keep blood sugar levels where they belong! We have all heard these claims that foods will fix problems that genetics, evolution and lifestyle have bestowed upon modern man and woman. Apple… MORE
 
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John Politte

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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