My food pilgrimage has been a life-long devotion.

Croque Monsieur/ Croque Madame

Croque Monsieur/ Croque Madame

  Croque Monsieur/ Croque Madame A traditional french sandwich with ham, cheese, and beschamel For the bechamel¼ cup butter¼ cup all-purpose flour1½ cups whole milk2 tablespoons whole grain mustard½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmegKosher saltFor assembly8 slices...

Chef Life: Chapter 7

Chef Life: Chapter 7

I read somewhere, once, something to the effect of “if you want to truly master something, you’ve got to be willing to suck at it for long enough.” As far as I can tell through my experience, that’s true. After 5 years of teaching at the U, the department was going...

Chef Life: Chapter 6

Chef Life: Chapter 6

Not long after I started at The Prairie Schooner, I accepted a position at The University of Utah, teaching  a class on cultural aspects of food in the Department of Nutrition. I taught Monday afternoons, which was my day off from The Schooner. The class had...

Classic Lasagna

Classic Lasagna

  Classic Lasagna Classic lasagna - layers of pasta, rich meat sauce, and melted mozzarella 1 9 oz. pkg lasagna noodles (recommended: Barilla oven-ready)2 lb mozzarella (shredded )For the marinara2 28 oz.can Crushed tomatoes (recommend: Cento brand)1 lb ground...

Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict

  Eggs Benedict Poached eggs and canadian bacon served on an english muffin, smothered in hollandaise sauce For the hollandaise¾ cup butter3 large egg yolks1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice (freshly squeezed, plus more to taste)3 dashes Tabasco sauce (plus more to...

Biscuits & Gravy

Biscuits & Gravy

  Biscuits & gravy Classic southern breakfast For the biscuits2 cups all-purpose flour1 tablespoon baking powder1 teaspoon salt1 tablespoon white sugar⅓ cup butter1 cup buttermilkFor the gravy1 lb sausage1 tablespoon butter (butter)¼ cup flour2 cups whole...

Chef Life: Chapter 5

After nearly 15 years, The Metropolitan was due for an update - new floors, new decor, new menu - everything got scrutinized, evaluated, and discussed. After several months of planning and consideration, Karen decided that she was done being in the restaurant...

Guacamole

Guacamole

This classic guacamole is fast and easy to make, and tastes better than anything you'll find at a store! It's also a fairly healthy snack! Guacamole Creamy, delicious, authentic guacamole 3 Avocados2 Roma tomato (small diced)1 Red onion (small diced)2 Jalapeno peppers...

Chef Life: Chapter Four

“What the fuck am I even doing here?” I wondered, as I stepped into the kitchen of The Metropolitan, the crown jewel of Salt Lake City’s fine-dining scene. The sounds, the smells, the lights, the red-brown tile floor, the checkered pants and the white shirts – it was...

Hummus

Hummus

  Hummus Packed with protein, hearty and zippy flavors, hummus is a perfect snack any time of day or night 2 15-ounce can chickpeas¼ cup fresh lemon juice¼ cup tahini2-4 cloves garlic¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil (plus more for serving)1 teaspoon ground cuminSalt...