Monthly Archives: January 2007

Music Be the Food

If music be the food of love, play on —From Twelfth Night (I, i,1) When I graduated from culinary school, my partner at the time gave me one of the first generation iPods with the above quote engraved on the … Continue reading

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What I’m Eating

This week’s What I’m Eating is also what a lot of other people are eating. Mark Bittman at The New York Times has labeled it “my favorite bakery in the United States“. While I can’t judge whether that is accurate … Continue reading

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Stew

This morning I got up and strained out the sauce espagnole. While it drained, I put on some dance music and started to diced up the chuck and tossed that in seasoned flour. In small batches I fried that off … Continue reading

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Beef stock

It’s technically sauce espanol, but the basic idea is the same. Normally I’d make a sauce like this in the slow cooker, but I need a larger volume for the stew I’m going to make tomorrow. This time therefor, the … Continue reading

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Results and Bones

Woke up this morning and the right side of my head felt like someone had been rubbing it with sandpaper… from the inside. How’s that for a picture? It wasn’t a big surprise. I’ve felt like I’ve been fighting off … Continue reading

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Beef Fat Results #1

Thanks to everyone who offered suggestions for what to do with the rendered beef fat from earlier this week. This afternoon I had a loaf of sourdough rising and suddenly nothing to do while waiting for it. So I yanked … Continue reading

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Fat

I’ve been helping out at a corporate kitchen this week while looking for full time work. Yesterday I cut 30 pounds of beef into 1″ cubes, which included trimming off any extra fat and connective tissue. As I worked, all … Continue reading

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Today in San Francisco

I saw the following today…. Cutting through Yerba Buena Gardens on my way to my temp gig. I see a flock of elderly Chinese women doing their tai chi, their graceful and deliberate movements somehow fittng right in with the … Continue reading

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Laundromat Diaries

I finally got around to doing laundry today. Despite the beautiful weather, I needed to get it done. Once my clothes were tumbling around, I grabbed my copy of Grastronomica and sat outisde and read in the warm sun while … Continue reading

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