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Jiro Dreams of Sushi

The movie of the week:  http://www.magpictures.com/jirodreamsofsushi/ I can’t begin to explain how great this movie is.  If you are a person who appreciates what a person can do with their innate talents, those who just luck into a job and strive to become the utmost of what they do, this is one of those movies for you. This movie tells the story of Jiro Ono, the owner of a 3 Michelin star restaurant in Tokyo, Japan.  He seeks to perfect his sushi preparation skills, and is considered a National Treasure of Japan. The film also touches upon his two sons, a former apprentice (who I get a feeling that he is downplaying the sons in a slightly smarmy way), his current apprentices, the tradespeople Jiro deals with on his...
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Chili when it’s chilly

Recently, like in the last two weeks I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to hear anything in my life…  This was after a long period of being shuffled around by doctors who thought I might have MS.  MS is a much scarier illness to me. I can, and will control this.  I’m also excited. I’ve been slowly working on reducing my portion sizes and reducing the fatty/fried foods from my diet.  I will miss french fries from McDonald’s (who BTW, need more options for sides besides fries or a side salad). In the past year I’ve lost 50 pounds and dropped two sizes (and I’m about to drop down one more). Leaner, healthier proteins, more vegetables, less salt,...
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Meat & Potatoes

This past year Dave and I discovered a new place in town called Meat & Potatoes.  It’s a gastropub located in the theater district in downtown Pittsburgh.  It is small, kinda dark, and has a huge central bar, but it’s still comfy.  When you walk into the actual restaurant you immediately see the bar in front of you, a small private dining room to your left and, to your right, a curved wall of mirrors and small tables with chairs on one side and benches on the other. There’s additional seating on the other side of the bar and outside. The decor is subtle and the music is loud but not enough to cover the conversation of the table next to you (if you feel the need to...
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Odd Craft Project

A few years go I was married to this Texas Guy, call him O.D. Now O.D. is a great chef. His folks were into cooking too — his mom cooked and his dad ate. She was insecure about her cooking, but it was great! I don’t think she could ever run a restaurant more complicated than a pizza joint or fast food place, but she had skills. Before they passed away, they gave O.D. their Kitchen Aid stand mixer. It had been rebuilt at least twice, and was barely squeeking by when O.D. and I split. He took the stand mixer. I miss that Kitchen Aid mixer, I loved the attachments (even though I only used the sausage one). Before we split, I did do one crafty thing to...
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The Beginning

Lately I’ve been thinking of blogging about my experiences being a chef… specifically a female chef. I love my career and though it hasn’t brought me fame and success (yet), it has introduced me to some pretty awesome folks, served me life-changing meals and allowed me to travel around the country. I’ll be focusing on the three aspects of food that intrigue me the most: cooking, food in the media, and dining out. I think about all three of these things on a daily basis. When it comes to cooking I can be strict about certain aspects of the recipes and terminology I use. For instance, a Peach Melba is traditionally a base of vanilla ice cream topped with peaches and a raspberry puree. You could reinvent the...
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