I must sound like a broken record by now, but I only know what I know and feel how I feel. At 50 years old it’s been a great run for me. Living the “Chefs Life” has been everything and then some. Before it was cool and trendy to be a Chef, I cooked because I loved to cook. Kitchens were my sanctuary from life; it was the place that I felt the most comfortable. Despite the sometimes extreme conditions, long hours and relatively low pay, I knew it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. 12-14 hour days would and do still fly by at the speed of light, a sure sign that I am doing what I should be doing. 30 years later I am still as much in love with the industry as the first day that I walked into a kitchen. I really don’t think it could have turned out any better than this. I have enjoyed the food, my friends, and travel and, of course, being able to make people happy through my cooking.
Support the Life's Sweeter with Fewer Sugary Drinks Campaign!
Yesterday, Wednesday, August 31, CSPI officially launched the “Life’s Sweeter with Fewer Sugary Drinks Challenge.” The campaign seeks to reduce soda and sugary drink consumption to a maximum of three cans per week by 2020, a healthy target recommended by the American Heart Association.
Food Day Campaign is Launched!
Thousands of Events on October 24 Will Encourage Americans to ‘Eat Real’
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Many of the most prominent voices for change in the food movement and a growing number of health, hunger, and sustainable agriculture groups today announced plans for Food Day—nationwide campaign to change the way Americans eat and think about food. Organized by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Day will bring people together from across the country to participate in activities and events that encourage Americans to “eat real” and support healthy, affordable food grown in a sustainable, humane way.
Unusual Facts About Our Beloved Coffee
We all love a good cup of coffee, but here are a few things that you probably didn't know about our beloved brew.
In 2010, 65 countries grew coffee, all of them in the Tropics. No commercial coffee crop has ever been grown in the United States. (A little is grown on Hawaii)
Coffee has its own special days in some counties that are public holidays. In Japan for instance October 1st is 'Coffee Day'. In Ireland it is 19th September and in Costa Rica it is 12th September.
Chefs Collaborative members nominated for the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards.
Chefs Collaborative is proud to recognize members in our network who have been nominated for the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards.
Be a Perfect Biscuit Maker: Keys and Recipes to Get Them Right
I remember breakfasts in that big farmhouse where I grew up. No matter how cold it was outside, that big square kitchen was always warm and inviting. Mother was a great cook. I remember big platters of bacon and eggs and stacks of hot steaming biscuits. Sometimes there was milk gravy for the biscuits; more often, we just slathered them with butter and homemade jam. With five teenage boys and a caboose of a daughter, we made those stacks disappear.
Later, when I lived in the South, I discovered what Southerners know: biscuits are more than a breakfast food. Hot, steaming biscuits work well with lunch and dinner as well. They accompany soups and traditional meat and vegetable meals equally well.