Archive for June, 2010

Amazing Food Sculptures

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

The folks who made these food sculptures have a completely different take on knife skills.  Click on the picture to see a series of similarly amazing sculptures.

Waffle and Ginger Syrup Recipe Cards

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

In preparation for my cooking demonstration at the Waffle Shop today, I trolled through my recipe posts and determined that I never posted any sort of recipe for a straight-up waffle.  So, I figured I’d craft one in a form that would be as useful as possible in your kitchen.  Here is my waffle recipe, formatted as a pdf for easy viewing (and printing, should you care to add it to your recipe binder).

If you would like an alternate syrup (beyond maple), use the reverse side of your paper to print out this formula for ginger-infused simple syrup (also in pdf).  It goes quite well on a waffle, especially when paired with spicy grilled pineapple.

Beef Cut Correction: Skirt and Flank

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

It’s been a couple of months since I held my 4th annual beef draft.  The event has grown quite a bit since the first time I wrote about it, having graduated all the way from 1/4 of a steer (in 2007) to a steer and a half in 2010!  Moreover, the steers have gotten larger, too—perhaps as a result of having been sourced from a different farm; 25% of the 2007 steer amounted to about 80 pounds of beef; 150% of the 2010 steer came to  about 525.  That’s a lot of beef:


Another Day at the Waffle Shop

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Mark your calendar—I’ll be doing another live cooking show at the Waffle Shop, 124 S. Highland, on Sunday, June 20, beginning at approximately 12:30 pm.

Please attend if you are able!  Ask questions from the audience or even join me on stage of you would like.  Or, watch streaming video of the event at

The main advantage to attending is the chance to taste, so please celebrate Father’s Day with me at the Waffle Shop!

Mmmm, Strawberries

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

It’s been about a week since I’ve been expecting to taste fresh, local strawberries.

The ones I’ve been expecting grow very close by: in my back yard.  I planted them this year and they seem to be doing quite well.  Every day or two, I’ll look out at them and see a strawberry on the verge of ripeness.  I’ll examine it, and decide that the tinge of pink isn’t quite red enough to pluck just yet; the pale green beneath the leaves is too reminiscent of one of those low-flavor berries imported from out of state.  Instead, I’ll leave it, and when I go out the next day to check it again, it’s gone.

Yesterday, I spotted Flopsy Mopsy Cottontail hopping through our backyard from the vicinity of the strawberry plants.  I have a feeling she’s grabbing the berries before I have a chance to get them.  Either that or it’s the mysterious Greenfield garden thief who to date is suspected of filching my weed whacker, my wife’s hydrangea blossoms, my neighbor’s tomato plant (dug from the ground!), and, most recently, a terra cotta pot of oregano and tarragon that my mom had just delivered from Massachusetts and three hanging baskets of spider plants.  But since one of the berries was left with teeth marks gnawed into it, I suspect the rabbit of this robbery.

Thank goodness for Farmer MacGregor!  There was a quart of strawberries in our Penn’s Corner CSA box yesterday.  Bright red berries, without a hint of green.  Succulent, juicy, flavorful berries that transported me back to the field at the pick-your-own berries place my family went to every year, where I must’ve eaten a quart for every pint I picked.  Vibrant, intense, amazing natural sweetness.  they were incredible.

Strawberry season is short, life is long.  Do yourself a favor: leave the office a little early today and swing by the farmers’ market on the way home.  Today is the opening day of Farmers At Phipps—or, if Squirrel Hill isn’t convenient for you, follow the link anyway, and enter your zip code into the box at the top right side of the screen.  PASA’s search function will identify farms, farmers’ markets, and more local food resources that are close to your home.  Once you know where your local resources are, it’ll make it that much easier for you to take advantage of them.  Believe me—once you bite into a seasonal strawberry, you’ll be hooked on local freshness.

Don’t forget!  Ingredients will be showing at Hartwood Acres this Sunday evening (June 6), at 7 pm;  accompanied by a question and answer session with local food experts and farmers.  The event is free and open to the public—I hope to see you there!