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Chef Tom – Food Fusion and The Silk Road Ensemble

Posted in Food, Health, life, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2021 by segarini

Not to be confused with CON-fusion. Some ultra-PC folks wax expert about cultural appropriation. Well, the one place where that construct has no business being, is in the kitchen. Every dish you cook has had multiple influences from multiple cultures. Even if I were relegated to only cooking white boy food from Northern California (eeew), there would be zero recipes that I could cook that hadn’t originated from someplace OTHER than my own neighborhood. Even my own neighborhood evolved from countless cultures other than my own.

Fusion is the result of natural evolution, IMHO. The world is one big magical soup. The parable of Stone Soup makes my point. Without the generous influence from the other cultures around us, life would be unbearably dull. 

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Chef Tom – Peaches and Passion

Posted in Food, life, music, Opinion, Recipe with tags , , , , , on August 7, 2021 by segarini

Peaches are my favorite fruit. Firm, ripe, juicy. Can’t be beat. We’re in mid-peach season. Eat as many as you can, as often as you can. Here are some yummy recipes to whet your imagination and tantalize your tastebuds.

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Chef Tom – TOMatoes

Posted in Food, life, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , on July 31, 2021 by segarini

Tomato season. My favorite time of year. All the colors, flavors, textures and…juice. I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again. When something is in season, eat as much of it as you can. In season means the produce is at peak nutrition. Have tomatoes every day if you can. You’ll maximize the good-for-you.

With tomato season comes all the stone fruit. Their sugars and acid are perfect matches for tomatoes, especially peaches and nectarines. Go for a variety of colors and shapes to make each dish more appealing. Experiment with your own combinations.

Here are just a few of my favorite recipes.

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Chef Tom – Salad Niçoise

Posted in life, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , on July 24, 2021 by segarini

“Sometimes people mistake the salad bowl for a lawless place of disorganized and mismatched ingredients, chopped and discarded – dried cranberries on pumpkin seeds on soggy corn – which offends even me.”

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Chef Tom – ¡Esta muy caliente!

Posted in Food, life, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2021 by segarini

Aguas frescas, water-based fruit drinks, are a cool way to make your fresh fruit go further—especially in the summertime when you might have a larger watermelon than you know what to do with, or peaches that are starting to shrivel.

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Chef Tom – Hail Caesar!

Posted in music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , on July 10, 2021 by segarini

Caesar salad is often a crowd pleaser. Here are a couple of versions sure to get your guests drooling, and standing with their plates at the door of your kitchen.

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Chef Tom Has a Summer Treat for You including Cocktails!

Posted in Food, Opinion, Recipe on June 26, 2021 by segarini

Here’s something new for you to try. It’s Summer. It’s British. …and it’s Pudding!

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Chef Tom – Berry, Berry, Delicious!

Posted in Food, music, Opinion, Recipe with tags , , , , , , on June 12, 2021 by segarini

For most of the country, June is prime time for strawberries. Grab some next time you’re at the market. Look for evenly deep-red berries.

This way-moist treat is ready to cool on a rack in 30 minutes. Fast, easy, and delicious. The trifecta of summer yum.

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Chef Tom – AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

Posted in Food, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , on June 5, 2021 by segarini

Food related news recently came across my feed (no pun intended), so I thought it might be interesting to share a couple of stories. The first is about the Zuni Café in San Francisco. Long-time dining destination for the well-heeled, as well as the hoi polloi, or in this case, the gay polloi. Who knew it was one of the first gay-friendly restaurants, with a mostly gay staff, with large picture windows for full visibility.

This is a fascinating read. 

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Chef Tom – Dranks

Posted in Food, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , on May 29, 2021 by segarini

Pandemia afforded us the “luxury” of time – lots and lots of time – spent indoors. No restaurants, no movies, especially no bars. So we took it upon ourselves to do a deep and liquid dive into cocktails. We even put together a fancy-ass cocktail table.

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