"It's Only Food" Blog at Allrecipes.com (4/2010)

"It's Only Food"

 
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
 
 
Apr. 20, 2010 5:58 pm 
Updated: Apr. 20, 2010 6:38 pm
I recently had the fortunate opportunity to work for fellow culinary brigand Chef Obie.  He called and inquired if I would help him out with a banquet he booked for an event with 180 people.  So I packed up my knives and my chef coat and joined him on another gastronomic… MORE
 
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Apr. 9, 2010 11:01 am 
Updated: Apr. 17, 2010 9:34 am
Hello Everybody-Just a quick survey about hotdogs.  What are your favorite condiment and topppings?  I prefer onions and rooster sauce, but if thats not available I go for the mustard like it is supposed to be.  I hear some parts of the country will tar and feather you if… MORE
 
 
Apr. 3, 2010 7:26 pm 
Updated: Apr. 9, 2010 10:53 am
Spring has made a premature appearance here in Minnesota, and beside the long-awaited thaw and the resurrection of baseball, golfing and fishing, we dream of the day we can pull our Weber’s out of the garage and anoint them with a slab of animal flesh to grill upon their hallowed coals. … 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

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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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