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Chestnut Gnocchi with Robiola Cheese Sauce

Ah, rich fall flavors. A variation on this theme would be pumpkin gnocchi with marscapone cream sauce and balsamic reduction ... http://expatriateskitchen.blogspot.co...

Oct 14, 2008
ExpatChef in Recipes

10 Ways to Eat More Bacon

I fell in love with real bacon when we got smoked hog jowl (face bacon) raised au natural by our CSA farmer. My favorite recipes that came from this torrid affair were Bacon-Zucchini Fritters (http://expatriateskitchen.blogspot.co...) and purple hull peas with smoked hog jowl (http://expatriateskitchen.blogspot.co...)

Oct 14, 2008
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Best and worst on the Outer Banks

Thanks!

Sep 25, 2008
ExpatChef in Southeast

Best and worst on the Outer Banks

We're heading to OBX in October. We plan on doing some cooking at the house where we are staying. Expectations will be high as I do a food blog with my own recipes. Is there a farmers market or somewhat local food source? Where's the best place to buy seafood to cook at home? Thank you so much for any help you can offer! I don't want to be an idiot tourist in the usual traps.

Sep 23, 2008
ExpatChef in Southeast

No Toque for You

In culinary school, I had to choose chef head wear (and wear whites). I opted for the lower profile baker's cap. I could not do the toque.

Jul 07, 2008
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Bison Bacon Cheeseburger

I use only grassfed meats, which are lean. You have to be creative. For example, I made Guiness-cheese-caramelized onion burgers that are juicy and amazing, but if not for the extras would be hocky puck dry. I'll post the recipe back at my site.
http://expatriateskitchen.blogspot.com

Jul 07, 2008
ExpatChef in Recipes

The Omnivore's Fallout

We just choose restaurants more carefully, but not to the point of extremism. Eating locally has to be obtainable and sustainable in and of itself. Adding this "PITA (pain in the ass) layer, doesn't help. We eat a lot more at home, not out of paranoia, the fresh food is just so damn much better especially if you know how to cook it. Plus, you aren't paying out the ass for something you can make yourself (from the same produce/meat, same farmer, as the 4-star guys).

Nov 12, 2007
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Christopher Elbow Chocolates - Kansas City

He has his own shop now. It's at about 18th and one block east of Grand. It also has a hot chocolate bar in it. You can also buy these at Foo's Fabulous Frozen Custard on 95th and Mission.

Has anyone in the KC area found local apples for sale?

A few farms have limited crops this year, which was a surprise to hear at all. I got mine at the OP market. Tasty, but small. Looking forward to next year. I bought a huge box of the seconds and made Vanilla-Cinnamon Applesauce. Recipe is here: http://expatriateskitchen.blogspot.co...

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Ginger, Cardamom, and Honey

I think I would go with a maple sage version of this for Thanksgiving knowing there will be stuffing and other items that may not go with the cardamom as well.

Sep 18, 2007
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Savory Cannellini Bean Spread

I like the puree of canellini beans with pesto in it as a dip.

Sep 18, 2007
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So many zucchinis and squash!

I grate them, and add to corn and peppers and green onions and make into fritters that will freeze well. Here's the recipe.
http://expatriateskitchen.blogspot.co...

Jul 30, 2007
ExpatChef in Home Cooking

Calling All Aspiring Food Bloggers

Actually, Time magazine DID mention one of my sites! I post at www.eatlocalchallenge.com, which was mentioned in a recent cover story on eating local versus organic.

Thanks for this post, I will read the article!

Mar 15, 2007
ExpatChef in Features

Kansas City

Mexican: Tienda Casa Paloma in OP, Mexico Taqueria SW Blvd.
Italian: Lidia's, Cupini's, Jake's Place in Bella Napoli
French: La Fou Frog
Steak: Agreed. Best is a rare filet, cooked at home with a port wine reduction sauce and blue cheese. Does not get any better out. Plus, if you eat it in, you can afford better wine.
Barbecue: Got to go with the "Stack"
Comfort: Succotash, Potpie
Chinese: Blue Koi on 39th
Indian: Taste of Asia, Ruichi
Thai: Thai Place
Vietnamese: Vietnam in Columbus Park
Burgers: I quit eating beef out after reading Omnivore's Dilemma. Except for the bison burger at Bluebird.
Bread and Pastry: Artisan Francais — paradise.

Jan 16, 2007
ExpatChef in Great Plains

Kansas City

Barbecue: Jack's Stack, always
Italian: Lidia's
Thai: Thai Place
Sushi: Kaiyo (chef and hot item cook from Sushi house left to make their own place)
French: La Fou Frog
French Bakery: Artisan Francais
Ice Cream: Murray's

Dec 21, 2006
ExpatChef in Great Plains

Classic Mashed Potatoes

I know it is like sacrilege to not serve mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving. I'll try a classic like this, but am also going to "go local" and serve my own recipe of Sweet Potato and Aged Gouda Gratin with Sage and Thyme. You can find the recipe at my blog, www.expatriateskitchen.blogspot.com.

I am using herbs from my garden (what's left of it in November) and locally grown sweet potatoes, and cream from a local organic dairy. The test batch was highly successful.

Nov 17, 2006
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Birthday dinner (KC or Lawrence)

Le Fou Frog is great, it is a small place, so you would want to call in advance. Not sure if they are open Sundays.

Does Kansas City have any good Italian dives?

Ah, also Bella Napoli opened a pasta and pizza place in what used to be Breadsmith in Brookside. Check that out for authentic pizza.

Does Kansas City have any good Italian dives?

Cupini's, the options are great and prices are cheap. It is on Westport Road, headed west. http://www.cupinis.com/

Part deli, part grocery store.

Dying for a Curry in Kansas City

Agreed. Ruichi and Touch of Asia are the best Indian. If you are open to other curries, definitely Thai Place, but head north for Vienamese in and around the city market and Columbus Park. Also, it is not on the menu anymore, but the chef/owner at Kaiyo (near 119th and Roe) does lovely non-Japanese style dishes and one is a curry. The chefs there used to be at Sushi House and opened their own place.

Sep 13, 2006
ExpatChef in Great Plains

Q: TV cooking/food programs you'd like to see

I would like to see a similar show that embraces the Slow Food movement. Something that digs deep into the traditions we are losing and the cultural value of food. Tony Bourdain tries, but the pursuit of only what is sensationally gross (raw baby seal eyes) and the biting humor get in the way of the meaning. It's a start, but it could be so much more.

Sep 13, 2006
ExpatChef in Food Media & News

Q: TV cooking/food programs you'd like to see

What I like about Alton Brown is that he makes the science and technique behind cooking accessible and friendly. I really appreciate the style and his efforts to make what could be a dry subject fun and interesting.

Sep 13, 2006
ExpatChef in Food Media & News

Kansas City Role Call

Lidia's is fantastic, never had a bad meal there.

Kansas City Role Call

McBride's has a very kid-friendly Sunday brunch (kids eat free). It is good as well.

Kansas City Role Call

For all of you who like La Cocina del Puerco, try a bit further north on Metcalf ... La Tienda Casa Paloma. You won't be disappointed. Truly authentic, right down to the Mexican pastries and flan. The tamales are wrapped in banana leaves, the food is very authentic and very good.

As far as getting the little ones to eat, it's such a gift to introduce them to new foods. You can start this at home by putting favorites on the plate alongside a new taste.

Best Ice Cream Shops in the US?

Murray's in Westport, in Kansas City. But she closes in the winter to go on vacation. All winter.

Sep 12, 2006
ExpatChef in General Topics

rachel ray on network tv?

The new Julia will likely come from a home made podcast or webcast show. That kind of honest, non-commercial joy of cooking won't happen on network TV.

Sep 12, 2006
ExpatChef in Food Media & News

Putting links in comments

Should probably give some guidance to those providing links in blog comments. I used html to build a link and the html was displayed ... links to information and discussion were invited. You should let people know how to provide these in the comments. Thanks for the site, I am enjoying it.

Sep 06, 2006
ExpatChef in Site Talk

Weighty issues

It's a complicated issue. There are people who have choices and make bad choices. These are the ones who only have themselves to blame. Those with limited choices and education definitely need support. The biggest victim, however, are those unable to make good choices who are overwhelmed with bad influences, the littlest victims. Our children. Yes, parents need to be watch dogs, but the staggering amount of cultural influence we are up against is a bit hard to battle. Here's a link to author Marion Nestle's article on the subject in an article published in the "New England Journal of Medicine:"
http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/f...

Sep 06, 2006
ExpatChef in Features

Weighty issues

It's a complicated issue. There are people who have choices and make bad choices. These are the ones who only have themselves to blame. Those with limited choices and education definitely need support. The biggest victim, however, are those unable to make good choices who are overwhelmed with bad influences, the littlest victims. Our children. Yes, parents need to be watch dogs, but the staggering amount of cultural influence we are up against is a bit hard to battle. Here's a link to a well known author on the subject in an article published in the <a href="http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/f... England Journal of Medicine</a>."

Sep 06, 2006
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