Seven Simple Steps for Party Planning Success

March 21, 2015
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Here at chez Former Chef, we’ve been known to throw a party or two in our time. Our New Year’s Day brunch attracts 30-40 people every year and we often do a 4th of July BBQ for about the same. These are not pot lucks either. Pulling off parties of this size with food that […]

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Kampachi Crudo with Citrus and Watermelon Radish

March 14, 2015
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A few days ago I saw an article come through my news feed called “If Cinderella were a Vegetable, She’d be a Watermelon Radish“. Never mind that the Kitchn is recycling 5 year old posts (what’s up with that?), it got me thinking…hey, I have a recipe which uses watermelon radishes! Last year I posted […]

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Penne alla Vodka; Old School Revival

March 7, 2015

I wanted to hate this dish because, basically, I must be a food snob. That’s the only reason I could think of when I asked myself why I didn’t want to make this recipe. There’s the vodka thing (I don’t really like it) but that wasn’t the real reason. It had to be something else… My […]

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How to Lose the Lawn and Create a Water-Wise Front Yard

February 15, 2015
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A good portion of the country is still buried under snow, but here in California we are facing an unprecedented drought. Water levels in reservoirs are at an all time low and the lack of water is starting to affect the agriculture industry, and thus, nationwide food prices. Last year we let our lawn die. […]

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Roasted Vegetable Salad with Thyme Vinaigrette

February 7, 2015
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Apathy. It’s a bitch. When I started this blog (five years ago next month), I was filled with all sorts of hope and promise. I wanted to show people that cooking didn’t have to be intimidating, that it doesn’t have to be hard. Then the blog took off; traffic increased, it got all sorts of […]

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How to Make Homemade Mayonnaise

November 29, 2014
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This post is part 2 in a series on emulsified sauces. To read part 1 which covers history and how to make Hollandaise Sauce, go here. Mayonnaise was originally called “Mahonnaise” from the town Spanish town on the island of Minorca called Mahon, captured by the French in the late 1700’s. It’s said a French general’s […]

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