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Monday, March 2, 2015

Gettin' Foxy in Joplin: Polka Dot Fox Coffee and Micro-Bakery



Last Monday morning, I noticed a friend on Facebook posted a picture of some goodies from somewhere called Polka Dot Fox Coffee & Micro-Bakery. I clicked to see what city she was visiting. I was completely surprised to find that it was Joplin! I had not heard even the tiniest bit of news about this place opening. And that's sort of how Aaron Blaine wanted it to be...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Frank About Food Quickie: Chicken Pot Pie

Sunday evening I was craving something homey... something warm... something filling... I decided to make a chicken pot pie. It was nothing fancy, nothing pretty, but fit the bill perfectly! A few people have asked for the recipe, so here it is! I'm making this the EASY version. If you want to get a bit more complex, you could use fresh vegetables, you could roast the chicken breast, you could sauté the vegetables with the onions before mixing them into the chicken and potato mixture, and you could make your own dough; it's actually easy using a food processor. Remember, recipes are only a guideline; make it your own. Enjoy!

This one isn't going to win any beauty pageants!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

#WomanCrushWednesday: Nancy Silverton

This week's culinary #WomanCrushWednesday is Nancy Silverton.


Nancy is a chef, baker, and author of eight cookbooks. Raised in Southern California and trained in London and France, she has worked at such notable restaurants as Michael's for Jonathan Waxman and Spago for Wolfgang Puck. Nancy founded the much beloved La Brea Bakery and Campanile Restaurant in Los Angeles. She is well known for popularizing sourdough bread and introducing artisan breads to the United States. Currently, she is co-owner of Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza, Mozza2Go, and Chi Spacca in the Los Angeles area, with partners Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich. In 1990, Nancy won the James Beard Award for Pastry Chef of the Year, and in 2014 Silverton took home the highest award: Outstanding Chef of the Year.

Monday, February 23, 2015

A Transformation in the Joplin Restaurant Scene: Bittersweet Fairwell to a Joplin Fixture and Hello to Local Pizza!

There are changes coming to the Joplin restaurant scene!

 
 
It's a bittersweet ending to a restaurant that has stood strong through difficult economic times, and a highly competitive food market. It was announced on Facebook, yesterday, that Mike and Marsha Pawlus are bringing their 29 year tenure of The Kitchen Pass to a close.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Ponderings of Frank... The Meaning of "Chef"


Cooking can be seen as a hobby. Cooking can be seen as a craft. Cooking can be seen as art. Cooking can be seen as a science. But most importantly, cooking can be seen as a passion, a gift.

Started by World Association of Cooks Societies (WACS), International Chefs Day is celebrated on October 20th of each year. It is a day to pay regards to the culinary professionals of the world, and to recognize the hard work and dedication they give to their craft.

This past International Chefs Day really got my mind churning about what it means to be a chef. I really came up with what I thought it meant, but was curious about others' answers to that question.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

#WomanCrushWednesday: Traci Des Jardins


This week's culinary #WomanCrushWednesday is Traci Des Jardins. Traci is the Executive Chef/Owner of San Francisco's Jardiniere, along as chef/owner/partner in three other restaurants. Traci is a Northern California native that spent time in several three star French restaurants and many notable San Francisco fine dining kitchens before opening Jardiniere in 1998. Traci is a winner of two James Beard awards, and has appeared on such shows as "Top Chef", Ilan Hall's "Knife Fight", and "Iron Chef America", on which she defeated Iron Chef Batali. Traci has helped lead the way for women to be a key part of the culinary profession, and is known for her passion for seasonal, local, and sustainable ingredients, and the small farms that produce them.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Valentine's Dinner: Beef Wellington and Prosciutto-wrapped Asparagus Bundles



I originally posted this on February 11, 2014 after appearing on "Cooking With Carol" on KSN16's Living Well. I thought it would be appropriate to repost for this year's Valentine's Day dinner!
 
 

Tuesday afternoon, I had the pleasure of appearing on the Cooking With Carol segment of Living Well on KSN 16, again. We talked Valentine's Day dinner ideas, and I demonstrated and shared individual Beef Wellingtons and Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus. I had a great time, and have received very positive feedback. You can view the video of the segment: