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Chef Tom – My Good Husband Dan

Posted in Family, Food, Health, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2021 by segarini

My good husband Dan’s birthday is April 1. I know, an April Fools baby. Explains a lot, really. I am counting on nine people being fully inoculated by then (three of us already are, including me), that we’re all on a sunny patio in lovely San Carlos drinking beautiful wine and eating multiple tasty courses over a four hour gathering. I’ve already started the menu.

Here are four highly recommended dishes (these are starters) from my foodiverse.

Thought I’d give you a taste.

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Chef Tom – Baby, it’s Cold Outside

Posted in Food, life, music, Opinion, Recipe with tags , , , , , , on February 20, 2021 by segarini

I think everyone is craving warmth right now, inside and out, some much more than others. I saw a drool-worthy pic of a bowl of Beef Barley soup and I hadda have me some. I doubled the time on the recipe because the beef needed more time in the pot to get meltingly tender. This is so worth the wait. I imagine you could switch out which cut, from already cut up stew meat to an indulgent rib-eye or NY (the tenderer cuts obviously don’t need the entire first 30-40 minute simmer). Chuck roast has good flavor and good connective tissue that turns into silk in your mouth.

A hearty red to go with, maybe a slice of toasted whole grain, and a simple salad makes this a most satisfying meal. Continue reading

Chef Tom’s Perfect Valentine’s Day Dinner

Posted in Food, life, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2021 by segarini

A Note from Chef Tom – This is my 100th Column here on DBAWIS. Thanks to all.

A Note to Chef Tom from the Editor – Grateful to have you here …and this recipe has my name written all over it. Thank YOU!

I have a supper club that’s been going for over fifteen years with about twelve to fifteen cooking enthusiasts. Having it on Zoom is weird, but we’ve been doing it since the beginning. Each meal has a different theme, which is usually a country, or a region of a country. We’ve been around the world a few times. Once we even did Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet.

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Chef Tom – Wangs!

Posted in Food, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , on February 6, 2021 by segarini

 

Super Bowl Sunday. No Buffalo (wings or team – sorry Bill’s fans). I know this is late in the game, so to speak, but if you can pull one or two of these finger-lickin’ recipes together before the kick-off, go for it.

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Chef Tom’s Char Sui

Posted in Food, music, Recipe with tags , , , , , , on January 30, 2021 by segarini

This might look complicated, but it isn’t. The marinade comes together easily, is nicely complex, and the oven/broiler combo means you don’t need a grill. Steam up some fluffy rice and sauté a mess of your favorite (Chinese) greens, and you have a delicious, warming meal. The key is in the pre-scoring. Make deep slashes with your knife (not all the way through) to create lots and lots of surfaces to get the pork crispy and caramelized. Continue reading

Chef Tom – Breakfast Anytime, Anywhere

Posted in Family, Food, life, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2021 by segarini

They call it comfort food for good reason. Anything you put in your mouth by way of inducing serenity, damping pesky feelings of fear, or as a temporary distraction from the day’s anxiety, qualifies. Be it sweet or savory. What is your favorite sensation? Creamy? Fatty? Crunchy? Sweet? An enticingly satisfactory, calming combination of all of it?

Depending on the mood that has me in its grip, I like savory. Something unctuous. Filling. Sinful, even. I’ll whip up an omelet with cream, eggs, and a sharp cheese. Or sweet, like toasting a big slab of multigrain, then slathering it with plenty of full-fat butter PLUS a schmear of crunchy peanut butter PLUS a generous dollop of tangy marmalade (or one of my favorites, a lavish drizzle of Lyle’s Golden Syrup).

You catch my drift. Following are three indulgent recipes for (technically) breakfast that can be eaten at any time of the day or night, especially when there is a need for solace; for luxury; for ease.

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Chef Tom’s Miso-Butter Onions

Posted in Food, music, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , , on January 16, 2021 by segarini

This is one of the most delicious things I’ve ever put in my mouth. It’s the perfect side dish for a roast chicken, a grilled steak, or a piece of broiled fish. Savory, umami, creamy. It’s magical. You can even toss the finished (cooled) product into a blender and use it as a gravy for all manner of things.

Find the miso. Spend the time cooking it on the oven. You will return to this recipes many times, it’s that good. Genius recipe from Chef Yotam Ottolenghi.

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Chef Tom – Sheet Pan Dinners

Posted in Food, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2020 by segarini

The trifecta for good, everyday eating

  1. Ease in the kitchen
  2. Bold flavors
  3. Healthy ingredients

Pulling out a sheet pan, choosing a lovely protein, adding a tasty combination of vegetables (and sometimes fruit), a healthy fat (which is NOT BY ANY MEANS a self-canceling phrase), some fresh herbs and yummy spices, and that’s it.

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Chef Tom – Caldo and Collier

Posted in Food, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , on November 28, 2020 by segarini

Caldo Verde (Green Soup), a nutritious bowl of sausage and greens, thickened with potato, originated from the Minho Province in northern Portugal, where it has been eaten for centuries. It is a simple, modest, yet comforting dish that’s often served at the beginning of a meal, but with a nice hunk of whole grain bread and perhaps a simple salad, can be eaten as a light dinner.

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Chef Tom Melts a Tuna

Posted in COVID 19, Food, life, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , on November 21, 2020 by segarini

A Tuna Melt is the ultimate comfort food sandwich, especially if you spend a little and make it with the good stuff. Flavorful tuna fish salad, slices of sharp cheddar cheese, and freshly sliced tomatoes all melted together in a skillet on a thick, crispy golden bread. Your favorite chips, a crisp pickle, and a good beer. And the game. What else is there.

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