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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:

What's Cooking at The Bruncheonette?

A little birdie (not the pheasant, itself) told me that The Bruncheonette got in a couple of unique ingredients, yesterday. Namely, wild pheasants from Scotland and black truffles from Oregon! I'm willing to bet they are most likely the only kitchen in Joplin, Missouri that you'll find those items, this weekend!
Be sure to check The Bruncheonette's Facebook page to see what specials Chef Sean and his crew will be creating this weekend! 

Wild pheasants from Scotland: brined and ready for action!
Black truffles from Oregon... BEAUTIFUL!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

#WomanCrushWednesday: Alex Guarnaschelli

(For a while now, on the Frank About Food Facebook page, I have been selecting a woman of achievement in the culinary world to post as a #WomanCrushWednesday, as many in the social media circles do for their own woman crushes. I thought I would start sharing them on the blog, as well.)

Good morning! This week’s edition of culinary #WomanCrushWednesday is Alex Guarnaschelli. Alex is a “celebrity chef” appearing on and starring in several shows on The Food Network, an Iron Chef on “Iron Chef America”, and Executive Chef at Butter in New York City. Her training started under legendary chef Larry Forgione and continued as she worked through several great restaurants in New York, Los Angeles, and France under notable chefs such as Daniel Boulud, Guy Savoy, and Joachim Splichal. Through her home cook style, and personable interactions on social media, Alex has really made the food world seem more accessible to the casual cook and eater.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Frank About Local Restaurants: Frank About Food featured on KOAM TV 7 with Cailey Dougherty

A few weeks ago I received a message on the Frank About Food Facebook page from Cailey Dougherty, a reporter for KOAM TV 7 and FOX 14. She explained that she had heard about my blog, and wanted to talk to me, on camera, about local restaurants for a special story she was working on. We worked it out, and we met at The Bruncheonette and Joplin Eagle Drive In for the interview. I love to talk about food, and about supporting local business, so I felt it went well. Early last week, I found out from Cailey that it would air on Thursday, February 5th in two parts: one on the 6pm newscast, the other at 10pm.
For the next few days, I was getting comments from people about how they had seen a commercial for the special report. I noticed some increased traffic on here, and the Facebook page. But by the time Thursday rolled around, I had NO IDEA what the story would stir!

Monday, February 2, 2015

History for Team USA!!! - Bocuse d'Or 2015 Review

Team USA (L to R: Thomas Keller, Skylar Stover, Philip Tessier) celebrate, with silver Bocuse in hand, the
first ever American presence on the podium at Bocuse d'Or in Lyon France on January 28th.
And there it is! Team USA shocks the culinary world with a silver finish at Bocuse d'Or 2015, narrowly missing first place by a mere 9 points! The second place finish by Philip Tessier and commis Skylar Stover is the highest finish for an American team, only reaching as high as sixth, on two occasions. Another shocking turn of events happened when France finished in their worst showing in the history of the Bocuse d'Or, started in 1987, placing seventh. France has never placed out of the top five, including seven gold, 2 silver, and 1 bronze.