"It's Only Food" Blog at Allrecipes.com (3/2012)

"It's Only Food"

Mar. 20, 2012 5:32 pm 
Updated: Mar. 24, 2012 5:29 am
Spring is trying to make a premature appearance here in Minnesota and beside the long-awaited thaw and the resurrection of baseball, golfing, garage sales and fishing, we dream of the day the men can pull the Weber’s out of the garage and anoint them with slabs of animal flesh to grill upon… MORE
Mar. 16, 2012 10:22 am 
Updated: Jan. 16, 2013 4:06 am
Recently we discussed the joys of waitressing and the old days when the waitress actually did all the work. That discussion was a perfect segue into this blog post. A lot of the comments left by you the readers mentioned that customer service has gone to heck, or that all the help the… MORE
Mar. 11, 2012 9:54 am 
Updated: Mar. 13, 2012 6:25 pm
Located at the base of Mt. Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota, Arriba Mexican Grille is a welcome stop for those weary travelers and vacationers who long for something besides the normal tourist cuisine.Arriba literally means an exclamation of pleasure, elation or approval, so this oasis of… MORE
Mar. 1, 2012 8:19 am 
Updated: Jan. 16, 2013 4:13 am
Back in the day, a waitress would seat you, wipe off the table, take your drink order, bring your drink order, take you order for apps and the meal, and actually bring it out; then they would ask if you wanted dessert, bring it to you if you wanted it, then give you the check and ring you up… MORE
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John Politte

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Coon Rapids, Minnesota, USA

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

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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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