Epcot Food and Wine Festival, 2011

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Christey and I live an hour from Walt Disney World in Orlando. When fall hits, one of the biggest draws for locals and tourists alike is the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Epcot normally is a destination at any time of year for foodies with the World Showcase international pavilions -- food, beer, and wine from Japan to Norway, Mexico to France. Add in 29 kiosks nestled in between the … [Read more...]

The Basics: Mayo and Aioli

The Basics: Mayo and Aioli

    One of the most magical techniques in cooking is the emulsion. An emulsion is the creation of a semi-stable suspension between oil and water which may be fairly loose, like a vinaigrette, or a thicker consistency, like Bearnaise. The mayonnaise may be the thickest in the group, and one of the trickiest to master -- I make mayo and aioli often, and I still … [Read more...]

Lamb Sliders with Tzatziki

Lamb Sliders with Tzatziki Sauce

Sliders are such a fun meal to cook. They're currently a gourmet food truck catch-all, and for good reason. Modern sliders pack a wide range of flavors and cuisines in a quick, hand-held package. You have protein, carb/starch, and sauce, so the sky is the limit when it comes to combinations. A couple months ago, I picked up some ground lamb at the store. I wanted gyros, but not gyros -- a play … [Read more...]

Pork Schnitzel with Feta Mashed Potatoes

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Christey's birthday was last Monday, and one of her favorite meals is my Dad's pork schnitzel, with mushroom gravy and mashed potatoes. Dad was born and lived his pre-teen years in Germany, and I don't know where he picked up his schnitzel recipe, but I think you almost have to be German to fully pull this recipe off. I've asked him several times about the mushroom gravy, and he's always been … [Read more...]

Food Truck Bazaar

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I could start this entry with a history of gourmet food trucks -- the evolution from hot dogs to haute dishes. The truth is, however, that there are already a ton of blog posts and even FoodTV/Cooking channel shows about food trucks. I'll start with a confession instead. When I was beginning to get serious about cooking, I was finding myself daydreaming about a common fantasy -- owning my own … [Read more...]

Portobello Burgers

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          Week 2 of Lent, and grilled portobello sandwiches have become a favorite lunch. It's simple, nutritious, and gives a nice umami/meatiness to the day. The no land-meat, no dairy has been surprisingly tough. We knew going in that it would take a serious commitment, but we didn't realize how much we would think about food constantly. Like corn, a … [Read more...]

Lenten Meals part 1

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            We're a week into Lent and Christey and I have been giving up land animals (seafood is okay) and dairy. We've allowed ourselves eggs as well. So far, we've been doing pretty well. It's certainly made us think about our food a lot more. I'm finding the challenge to be strong, and in some cases fairly limiting, but it's been … [Read more...]