Archive for December, 2010

New Year’s Eve 2011

New Year’s Eve 2011

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Posted: December 31, 2010

2011.  It’s hard to grasp. I remember as a little kid figuring how old I was going to be in the year 2000.  Not just old.  Ancient.  I couldn’t quite fathom being almost as old […]

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Chicken and Cranberries

Chicken and Cranberries

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Posted: December 30, 2010

While shopping yesterday I picked up a bag of fresh cranberries.  It seems a bit late in the season for cranberries to still be so plentiful.  I don’t know if I just haven’t been paying […]

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Ham Steaks and Potatoes

Ham Steaks and Potatoes

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Posted: December 29, 2010

Early in my hotel career, I worked with an Executive Chef named Peter Koenig at the Hyatt Lake Tahoe.  Peter initially hired me as a cook at the gourmet restaurant Hugos Rotisserie on the lake, […]

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Filet Mignon Roast with Sauce Béarnaise

Filet Mignon Roast with Sauce Béarnaise

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Posted: December 28, 2010

Ah…  the joys of Gift Cards… Victor’s mom got us a gift card for Christmas so I thought I would exchange it for a ridiculously-expensive piece of meat.  A seasoned filet mignon roast.  I mean…  […]

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Monday Monday

Monday Monday

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Posted: December 27, 2010

The Blizzard of 2010 kept me indoors today.  Not that we had a blizzard at our house.  Maybe 6″ of snow.  Maybe. But it was enough to keep me from wanting to go out and […]

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Beef ‘n Biscuits

Beef ‘n Biscuits

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Posted: December 26, 2010

It’s still snowing outside.  I don’t quite see the 8″-12″ they’re predicting, though.  Right now it looks like a bit of a bust at our house.  Bummer.  But it’s put me in winter cooking mode […]

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Caffe Vergnano 1882

Caffe Vergnano 1882

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Posted: December 26, 2010

The weather outside is getting frightful.  Time for a cup of coffee. But not just any ol’ coffee…  We’re having a pot of Caffe Vergnano 1882 Crystal.   From a nice half-kilo bag. Victor’s nephew, Nick,  […]

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Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup

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Posted: December 26, 2010

The snow has finally started to fall.  The Blizzard of 2010 has officially begun.  We have our fully-charged phones, Kindles, and battery-powered radio.  If the power goes out, we’re ready. And we’re ready in the […]

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Christmas Eve 2010

Christmas Eve 2010

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Posted: December 25, 2010

‘Tis the Season! We’ve been here about 18 hours and have been eating for most of them!  If I can’t be home in San Francisco with all my family, North Jersey and Victor’s family is […]

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Beef and Mushrooms

Beef and Mushrooms

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Posted: December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas Eve Eve. It’s been a pretty rough past few days.  Retail and The Holidays are nothing short of insane.  It’s good to be home. I hadn’t pulled anything out of the freezer and […]

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