I'm a seasoned restaurant critic turning cook. After Seattle P-I closed, I've been apprenticing in restaurant kitchens around the city, which has been exhausting and exciting.
Nice job James! Glad to see some of my favorite Memphis places on there and also Scott's. Ricky Parker rules!! You should watch my friend Joe York's film on Whole Hog: http://www.southernfoodways.com/documentary/film/whole_hog.html
Will I see you at Memphis in May?
I love Cookbook Junkie's suggestion!
This weekend, I am going to try making my first caramel cake. A little nervous about that, especially since I'm entering it into a contest!!
Wow! There's quite an eclectic collection here. I'm intrigued by the Farm Journal books. Way back when I was a food writer in Spokane, there was a phantom "homemaker" who offered tips and recipes. Dorothy Dean was Spokane's version of Betty Crocker. Still use some of those recipes to this day, especially the Christmas cookies.
Here's a link to a short video I made during the field trip that might offer more dish:
I want recipes for all of these!! YUM!
Ms. Flora's amazing sandwich did make it on to my list of perfect bites:
Glad to hear you agree!!
Thanks for all the great comments!
A few peeps have been crushing on my lovely Green Apple from Lodge...
Here's a little report I wrote about that pretty pot:
Stay the course Ed! It's entertaining as hell. Do not listen to the haters!!
I am so loving all these comments. Just remembered something: When I was growing up, my favorite aunt had a habit of stashing dirty pans/pots in the oven!! Which often led to a smoky surprise when you went to preheat the oven and those dirty pans started smoking!
Missing bullet point #3: Always lock the door of the changing room! Awkward!!
After this posted, a friend reminded me about the time we were served creme brulee finished with salt instead of sugar!! Horrors!
But what made it worse... no apology, didn't even comp the dessert!
What an awesome lineup!
Inspired me to try a recipe that's long been on my must-do list: Lemon meringue. I already know it won't be as good looking at Junior's.
Cozy Corner is wonderful, especially the Cornish hens and the wings.
I also LOVE Payne's on Lamar and Seattle! Next time, say hey to Ms. Flora and don't miss the fried pies! Central is one of my favorites, too. And I hit Corky's and/or Interstate at the airport coming and/or going. Really like the sauce at Bar-B-Que Shop and Commissary and the seasoning from Hog Wild.
Memphis has got it going on for BBQ. That's why I am so happy I can get some Rendezvous delivered thousands of miles away.
Thanks to everybody for the good wishes and, yes, nivlek... working on my home tape this weekend. Star ingredient of my signature dish? Rendezvous BBQ from Memphis!
It's supposed to show a softer side of chef Ramsay. Though, I'm not afraid of a little drama.
You're so right Adam. He helped build it. I got carried away in my breathless description, thinking of all the other projects he managed to pull off single-handedly.
The "Canning Across America" party was some sticky sweet fun. A ton of work, but the results were gorgeous.
Here are a few pics I posted on Facebook:
OMG amylou61! Can we please get the recipe for caramel apple butter??
Love everybody's enthusiasm for canning!
I've got 40 pounds of peaches perfuming my kitchen right now. Tomorrow morning, jammin!!
Thanks for the tip Bunnee!
I've got an interview Tuesday morning. Wish me luck!
I'm up for working late and/or early... just not so sure if I could muster the "fun personality" at 6 in the a.m.
Hey everybody! I love the comments here. I just wish I had a better pic of the burger I ate and wrote about, the unadorned Dork. That's what I like about this Lunchbox. You can go minimalist or way over the top.
As far as other great Seattle burgers, don't miss Palace Kitchen or Betty on top of Queen Anne, which just started a happy hour burger served with hand-cut frites, housemade pickles on a house-baked brioche baked by the talented pastry chef Brittany. Just $8.
I stand corrected rockfish42! You are right! Kolsch is an ale... See! I told you my beer skills were lacking...
Thanks to everyone for these great suggestions! The subject of sore feet obviously struck a nerve...
Here's what I ended up going with:
Another great story by John T.
Sister Schubert's orange rolls are a little bit of brunch heaven. I also like Mary B's biscuits, but they still pale when stacked up against the fine buttermilk gems at Bryant's Biscuits on Summer Avenue in Memphis. So good. Especially with sorghum!