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My father used to say, “Chuck doesn’t do anything in halves.” He was right: sometimes its a virtue and sometimes a curse. He and my mother taught me to cook, sometimes using cookbooks, like Julia Child's, but more frequently just winging it. This site is a roller coaster ride of recipes, articles, ingredients and anything else that involves cooking and presenting food. There is something here for everybody from beginners to experts.



Olive oil !!!!!!

Just received 3 samples from the producer in Greece. After last years disaster harvest, we have been hoping for better conditions. The first round of tasting is done and the oil is spectacular! All samples have a huge bouquet of olives and fresh cut grass; just crystal clear without any hint off smells. They all have a peppery finish peppery finish.
Planning to purchase around 110 gal.

Olive oil !!!!!!

Just received 3 samples from the producer in Greece. After last years disaster harvest, we have been hoping for better conditions. The first round of tasting is done and the oil is spectacular! All samples have a huge bouquet of olives and fresh cut grass; just crystal clear without any hint off smells. They all have a peppery finish peppery finish.
Planning to purchase around 110 gal.

Semi-traditional Thanksgiving!

Dumpling trio 1) Turkey breast, liver, gizzard, fresh ginger, creme fraiche 2) Stuffing 3) Yam, carmelized onion, fresh rosemary and port, served with traditional gravy


Thanksgiving themed Ramen. Traditional Dash broth made with seaweed and bonito shavings. Secondary soy based broth (Tare) pork, mirin, soy sauce, ginger, rice vinegar, grilled baby octopus, home made ramen noodles, soft soy marinated egg, dark fried stuffing. smoked turkey, Smoked pork belly, turkey skin cracklings

Olive Oil !!!!!!

Looks like the harvest is going to be good this year. The results from the chemical analysis is excellent. The oil is from Greece, as it was in 2018. Last years harvest was not good enough so I did not purchase any. Big disappointment. I am getting samples within a few weeks to taste. If the quality is up to snuff, I will be purchasing 110gal. Probably won't be here until January.

Fixed!!

You may have noticed some odd stuff on the website recently. Agghhhh. A software upgrade completely torpedoed me for a few days. Finally figured it out last night and fixed everything today, I hope.

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Cooking Temps

Chicken breast 165

Chicken thigh 170 or more

Pork med well 145

Pork med 140

Rack of lamb med rare 131

Beef very rare 125

Beef rare 130

Beef med rare 135

Duck Breast 126

Salmon med 118

Disclaimer: USDA stds dictate much higher temps. To be super safe, cook everything until it is dry and crunchy