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Luck of the Irish Death

17 Mar

My special drink for the festive Dia de San Patricio…an Irish Death milkshake. Here we go…

1 cup Irish Death beer (my absolute favorite)

1 1/2 cup gourmet chocolate ice cream. My preference is a local rock star brand called Whidbey Ice Cream (from Whidbey Island where I grew up)

Blend starting with low and them move to high (per Jeff Mauro of Food Network). Do not liquefy – needs to be thick

Grade dark chocolate with 85% cocoa

Drink slowly. This is really hard to do. It’s cold, rich, and delicious!

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Galloping with Graham Kerr – Part 2

15 Apr

Graham Kerr discussing food

One of the things I learned early in Graham’s speech was the theory of TACT.

Because of Treena’s illnesses, they had to make some changes in their diet. That meant finding things that they both liked to eat. Graham came up with the concept of TACT, and I really believe it applies to all of us. He suggests that all of eating actually happens above the neck. We LIKE food based on our senses that emanate from above the neck and not in our stomach. So, using the following acronym, let’s play along…

T – Taste

A – Aroma

C – Color

T – Texture

If you grade the foods you like and those that are good for you, use the concept of TACT to decide what you want to cook. Taste is about the flavor in your mouth; Aroma impacts your olfactory sense; Color appeals to your eyes; and Texture goes back to your mouth. What a terrific and easy way to determine what you like to eat and what you should be cooking. We are going to immediately implement TACT into Jefe’s kitchen (also because tact outside the kitchen isn’t one of my strong points!).

More to come…

Eat Well,

Food Jefe

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Galloping with Graham Kerr – Part 1

14 Apr

Esposita and I hanging with Graham Kerr

Esposita and I spent 2 hours with Graham Kerr (aka The Galloping Gourmet) at the Port Ludlow Resort today. The 78-year old rock star of cooking lives in Mt. Vernon and is as passionate about cooking as ever. He has a new passion that involves healthy cooking. He and his wife Treena explained that due to some ailments she has had, they have made a dramatic shift in healthy eating, especially beefing up on vegetables and growing your own food. Fascinating stuff!

And, in true “Chopped” mode, he and the executive chef from the resort opened up their baskets and gave a 30-minute cooking demonstration with the contents that they had no idea of going in. It was a tremendous experience to hear both of them explain and talk cooking as they cooked. Afterwards,, we tasted that food plus what they cooked the night before. As an added plus, we walked out with two cook books by one of the original television cooks and have a whole bunch of new ideas to play with. In fact, one of the books was about what he learned on his travels and includes food from his trip to Colombia! Muy bueno!

This is part one of a series of blogs about today’s experience. Esposita and I had a blast. Not only did we get to see a master at work and learn from him, we actually had a date, too!

More to come…

Eat well,

Food Jefe

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