Archive for 2011

Day 1: Meat and Three


Meaty day. Started out driving with local celebrity Chef Al to Mat Valley Meats where owner, Nate, who will be the star of a new Discovery Channel show, has generously offered his location for a salumi-making extravaganza. Our fearless leader is François Vecchio, a 3rd-generation Swiss master butcher/Salumiere. Today, François is working with the first of ...

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Santa Barbara and Darth Vader of the Sea


A perfect day for me is waking up early, basket in tow and heading to a local market, like the one in Santa Barbara. I recently visited friends and we spent a good part of the mornings tasting our way through the various offerings–golden raspberries and local avocado honey, caviar limes (aka Australian finger lime), ...

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Top Chef Masters, steel-cut oatmeal risotto, chocolate and Suvir Saran

Suvir, Seaside

Suvir calls himself Susie Homemaker…well, here he is. Actually, Suvir graced us with his presence and taught us that there is life beyond curry at The Floating Island Workshops last summer in Seaside, Florida. Top Chef Masters has just premiered and already there seems to be a favorite. This season’s “Masters” include Floyd Cardoz, Mary Sue ...

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