Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Since my friend and I just started this blog, I have a lot of pictures that were taken pre blog and I have yet to write anything about them. The picture above was my personal collection of Blond Morels that I had foraged from the woods this past summer. To tell you the truth, I was having a hard time finding any wild mushrooms at that time. I mean I read about it online and in books, but when I actually went out foraging, it was different. Mushrooms are elusive and it takes trained eyes to spot them amongst the pine needles and leaves. I actually spotted these morels while I was driving.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
There is nothing better than to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Creating something from start to finish then eating it afterwards can make you feel very satisfied both mentally and physically. I had recently made some fresh agnolotti and corn tortillas for two separate dinners and I must say that it was actually therapeutic for me. Something about creating something that is physical just from my thoughts really gives me such a satisfactory feeling. Maybe I can run a clinic that uses cooking as a form of therapy...or perhaps not.
Friday, December 11, 2009
The calls of the geese and the snow on the ground could only mean one thing when you live in Vermont. Winter is finally here to stay for a long while. Here in the North East, snow brings people and people equal more business. While having increased business is great, winter really makes it harder for a restaurant to utilize local and sustainable products. Especially with the type of service that we run, we have no choice but to buy asparagus that’s flown in from Peru. I love using local products as much as any other cooks/chefs out there, but the reality is that it’s pretty much impossible for a lot of places with short growing season. Winter can really force you to become more creative with your ingredients, and being creative can go a long way in a place that has no menu. So weather I like the long winter or not, I’ll just have to deal with it in the best way that I can.