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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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Chef Tom says A-WA to Falastin’s Fine Cuisine

Posted in music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2020 by segarini

Put on some warm socks, sit your lounge-pants-t-shirt-covid-haircut down in front of your computer (like you ever left), grab a cup of tea, or coffee, or a cocktail (the boss ain’t here anymore), and give this a watch. Sami Tamimi is the business partner of my favorite chef Yotam Ottolenghi. He and Tara wrote a beautiful cookbook (which I now own) called Falastin (pronounced Palestine).

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Chef Tom – A Potato Chip Omelet, a Plum loco Chicken, and Musica desde la calle

Posted in Food, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2020 by segarini

This recipe, adapted from the cookbook “The Family Meal: Home Cooking With Ferran Adrià” (Phaidon, 2011), is a study in simplicity. The chef of El Bulli, the famous Spanish restaurant, Mr. Adrià created an omelet reminiscent of a Spanish tortilla that comes together in minutes using only eggs, salted potato chips and olive oil. As with any recipe calling for just a few ingredients, quality truly matters here, so opt for the best potato chips, the finest olive oil and the freshest eggs.

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Chef Tom – Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!

Posted in Food, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , on October 3, 2020 by segarini

Sometimes simple is the most elegant solution to an evening meal. With a good roast chicken in your repertoire you can choose from a thousand different sides, depending on the season, and never go wrong.

One simple meal, from three incredible chefs. For technique, these go from easy to more advanced (although the most advanced is still pretty straightforward).

Choose your favorite, or practice all three.

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Chef Tom, Cowboy Eats, A Short Story, Kempters and Sleepy Man

Posted in Fiction, Food, Recipe with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2020 by segarini


Saddle up, Pilgrim ….

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Chef Tom and The Desserts of Yotan

Posted in Food, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , , on June 20, 2020 by segarini

I have posted recipes from my favorite chef here before. The man has some of the most innovative, inspiring, and crazy-delicious recipes ever. I love his refined rusticity. Here are three of his sweeter offerings. I made the Sweet Labneh and Rhubarb just today and it is killer.

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Chef Tom with a Solo Suggestion a Comforting Recipe and some Delightful Music

Posted in Food, life, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2020 by segarini

Joyce Goldstein is one of my all-time favorite chefs. I own a half dozen of her cookbooks, including one that I return to over and over. Solo Suppers was designed with the single diner in mind, but, according to Chef Goldstein, the recipes double really well. So, if you and your partner are hunkered down together, this would be a great cookbook to own.

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Chef Tom – Crumbles, Crisps, Cobblers, Brown Bettys, Pandowdies, and Buckles …They all Good

Posted in COVID 19, Food, life, Opinion, Recipe with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2020 by segarini

What makes a crisp a crisp or a buckle a buckle? Spring has sprung and in many areas of the world, with spring and summer comes an overabundance of fresh fruits. Makes this an ideal time to get our comfort food desserts sorted out.

(adapted from NY Times Cooking)

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Chef Tom’s Grown Up Grilled Cheeses and The COVID-19 Songbook

Posted in COVID 19, Food, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 18, 2020 by segarini

Thank You, Cheeses!

Welcome to Grilled Cheese Heaven.

Who doesn’t love grilled cheese sandwiches? Not on anyone’s diet, I know, but SIP requires comforting our aching souls in any way we can, right?

Nothing plain about these recipes. You can always do these as they are written, or you can use them to spark your imagination, then take a close look at your Quarantine Cuisine Pantry and build your own. If you DO make it out to the store, make a list of the key ingredients you’d LIKE to have and then spend the weekend challenging the elastic on your fat pants.** Continue reading