Virgil on November 29, 2010

New Iron Chef Forgione goes up against Chef RJ Cooper of Vidalia Restaurant in Washington, DC. Secret ingredient is bell peppers, an ingredient I am not crazy about, minimal flavor and the colors are garish. One of the judges stated that they are an abomination. I agree. As his first battle, I will be very […]

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Virgil on November 25, 2010

Most families have individuals who have dishes that are always requested for holidays and other special occasions. My sister-in-law, Paula, lost a long and courageous battle with cancer this past August. Even though we knew she was fighting cancer, no one, including herself, expected her passing at this time. She is sorely missed. This is […]

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Virgil on November 24, 2010

Ignoring for now the fact that the Plymouth “Thanksgiving” in 1621 was almost certainly not the original or first Thanksgiving, let’s discuss turkeys in New England. When Marc Forgione stated that the original Thanksgiving was actually a harvest festival and did not include turkey, I was surprised and didn’t believe it. Bobby Flay demonstrated major […]

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Virgil on November 23, 2010

I received permission to reprint this article from the author: AUBURN, June 1—Some nutritionists believe we would all be a lot healthier if we ate more like our paleolithic ancestors. In one respect, they’re right. Prehistoric diets, after all, were almost entirely free of saturated fat, sodium and sugar – factors associated with the rising […]

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Virgil on November 23, 2010

Ever wonder where the foods you like to eat originally came from? Have you ever wondered how our prehistoric ancestors coped with only the foods they had at hand? First they were hunter-gatherers, then came the development of agriculture that allowed for permanent settlements and the evolution of food plants from something most of us […]

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Virgil on November 22, 2010

This is a regular Iron Chef challenge and will decide who the Next Iron Chef will be. No point in going through this challenge in detail, but the winner is the person I predicted it would be, Marc Forgione. A very well deserved victory! Note that I have been correct in my predictions all through […]

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Virgil on November 21, 2010

This is one of the easiest appetizers ever and they taste great. The combination of sweet dates with savory flavors of blue cheese and bacon is simply divine. I know a lot of people who hate blue cheese, but love these. Dates with Blue Cheese and Bacon Pitted dates Blue cheese Thin cut American bacon […]

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Virgil on November 20, 2010

In the Army, there are various levels of food availability, depending on where you are and what you are doing: Meals Ready to Eat (MRE): This is like the old C-rations but without the nice 5-pack of cigarettes. Normally, this is what you get if no mess facilities are available. MREs will keep you full […]

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Virgil on November 18, 2010

Anthony Bourdain, in his book, Medium Raw, describes a life-altering meal he was lucky enough to be invited to. Many great chefs were invited to a top flight restaurant for a late night dinner. No names are mentioned as they are about to taste forbidden fruits. I will not discuss the preliminary food other than […]

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Virgil on November 17, 2010

This was a six course meal with wine pairings for each course. In reality, we had seven dishes and six wines. All of the wines were from California boutique wineries. Upon arrival, we were directed to the bar (normally used as a bar offering excellent tapas dishes) for Hors d’oeuvres and the first wine, a […]

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