Archive for the 'culinary' Category

30
Jan
08

Missed you. How’s it going?

What I like about blogs is you can let ’em be and come back and BAM! They’re still there.

Slow Food Harrisburg dinner was very cool, and Sara writes about it Thursday in the P-N Go section. Will link when it’s up. Best part for us was the three cheesemakers getting up and talking about their farms. The Amish guy told a joke — who knew there were Amish jokes?

If one sheep jumps the fence, how many sheep are left?

None.

Whoa. That’s sheep for you. We had sheep and cow and goat cheese, a great dinner prepared and presented by the culinary students at HACC, good wine and some hearty propaganda from the Pennsylvania Farmstead and Artisan Cheese Alliance.

The next day, Dee and I set out for the new farm market in downtown Carlisle. It’s called the Carlisle Central Farmers Market, smack in the middle of Pennsylvania’s best soil.

This is a small space, though it might be bigger in the summer. It took us 15 seconds to find Keswick Creamery and Otterbein Acres, two of the three cheesemakers from the previous night, tucked into a small space with Painted Hand Farm. We bought cheese — crucial, because we always seem to run out midweek — and some ground goat.

I have loved goats since we went to dinner at the Browns’ farm in upper Dauphin county about 20 years ago. The goats leaned against the barn and watched us. They were just animals who liked to lean up against something. They made me happy. Now I get my goat fix from the farm near us at the bottom of Pleasant Drive, where about 60 goats roam the pasture in season.

Loving, honoring and eating animals are tough and constant choices in the omnivore world, so i t Thought I’d try goat chili. I put the goat into my standard chile recipe and … it really liked the seasoning. In a good way, it sorta multiplied the chipotle.

Try some goat. It will put hair on your chest. If, you know, you want some. But cut back a little on the seasoning.

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14
Jan
08

eating local

While the first Slow Food Harrisburg dinner later this month is almost sold out, there’s a lot you can do to get ready for the local harvest that will start in April.

Here are some links to the good eats:

A Southcentral Pennsylvania Harvest Schedule organized by earliest likely harvest — when to start checking for what foods.

A Pick Your Own Produce guide to central Pennsylvania, and a really good page … Continue reading ‘eating local’

09
Jan
08

Chef Showdown

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Bame left, Wallace right

Curiel Bame, the chef who helped bring ceviche to Pittsburgh, will go against Chef Richard Wallace, executive chef at the Old Corner Hotel in Williamsport, on Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Best Chef of Pennsylvania semifinals.

Bame, exec chef at Pittsburgh’s Seviche, told the Pittsburgh Tribune Review that his signature dish, popular in Miami’s South Beach area, is one he’s always enjoyed. “I ate it for lunch when I was a kid,” Bame said. “My mother was Mexican, so I grew up with it.”

Ceviche is a way of sort of cooking raw fish in acidic lemon or lime juice — making for a light citrus flavor, as opposed to sushi’s sometimes soy-sauce laden wrapping.

Wallace, who defeated Stock’s on 2nd executive chef James Woltman in the quarterfinals, originally won his regional competition by impressing the judges “with his creative use of flavor and attention to detail.”

At 1:30 …

Continue reading ‘Chef Showdown’

08
Jan
08

Rock Stars of the Farm Show

Wherever you’ve got Dawson Flinchbaugh, you’ve got food. Flinchy is just one of the guest chefs at this year’s Pennsylvania Farm Show, being covered with grace and style by the amazing Mary Klaus.

The Rock Stars thing …

Continue reading ‘Rock Stars of the Farm Show’

01
Jan
08

Best Chefs

Executive Chef James Woltman of Stock’s on 2nd will challenge for the Best Chef in PA title next week, along with regional winners from across the state at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Last year’s winner, Chef Michael Adams of the Farmhouse Restaurant in Emmaus, will defend in competition that begins Wednesday, January 9. Random pairings of the eight chefs who won regional competitions in 2007 will kick off the cooking at 11 a.m. Three more rounds will follow at 90-minute intervals, all on the Culinary Connection Stage.

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The Semi-Final rounds will be …

Continue reading ‘Best Chefs’

30
Dec
07

We’ve got the wine.

Slowly we turn, step by step … now we have the wines, the complete menu and the reservation form for the first Slow Food Harrisburg dinner in January.

Go here to read the invitation from Curtis.

And if you have not read Barbara Kingsolver’s excellent “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle,” the Amazon link is here.

17
Dec
07

The Bloggies

Recipe explorer Heidi Swanson, who won last year’s Best Food Blog – Recipes, has taken this year’s overall Food Blog award.

She started 101 Cookbooks in early 2003 when she looked at her huge cookbook collection one afternoon and realized she was cooking the same recipes over and over.

She decided to stop buying cookbooks and explore the ones she had. It didn’t quite work out that way, but one good result was a happy, charming, literate blog.

See all the 2007 Food Blog Awards here.




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Bonjour!

In culinary school and getting ready to trade the writing life for the cooking life. Or not. Might do both. At the moment I'm a feature writer for The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. My name is Pat Carroll.