Archive for December, 2012

Holiday Mash Up

blog_xmasIt’s my holiday mash up … sprinkles of what I’ve been doing during the month of December to celebrate the season.

There’s been baking too, but I was more interested in enjoying than photographing !

Martha Stewart’s Mexican Wedding Cookies were the stand out

Holiday Mash Up

Holiday Irish Dancing
My 25-year old Black & Decker Hand Mixer (still going strong)
The “Christmas Goat” at The Red Barn in Morton
The Sweet Life Cupcakes and Decorated Windows in Decatur
Gingerbread Competition at Yule Like Peoria
Sweetest, Like-Candy Oranges from Mediterranean Mart in Peoria
Reindeer Cookies at Grandma’s

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Is anyone else watching the PBS series The Mind of a Chef?  Narrated by Anthony Bourdain, it follows David Chang, chef/owner of momfuko noodle bar, around the world and into his kitchen to talk food.  It’s irreverent at times, funny, graphically and musically casual and comic, but also dead-serious about food.  It’s such an interesting perspective to go behind the scenes to listen and observe how a professional thinks and cooks and tastes food – and this isn’t Food Network fodder.  I’m working my way through the episodes – they’re only 30 minutes – and realizing what chefs do in the kitchen is light years from what’s happening in mine!  It’s not depressing – it’s just amazing.  I knew there was a reason I didn’t want to be a professional chef – I couldn’t hack it.  But I sure do enjoy puttering in my kitchen and being inspired by great chefs on TV.

Watch The Mind of a Chef online

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