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About joewd1967

Everyone always talks about “finding their passion” in life, right? I have always been one of those people. However, I thought that going through a professional culinary program would be expensive and I didn’t relish the idea of graduating with loans to pay while probably starting with a kitchen job peeling potatoes for 10 or more hours a day at minimum wage. So I just stayed in my comfortable, too comfortable, corporate world as a human resources consultant. The work was interesting for a time and the money was excellent, but all the while a part of me needed to do something to satisfy my feelings of, “What if…?”. What if I had gone to culinary school and followed my passion regarding food. And when I say passion, I don’t mean just dining, but learning about where my food comes from; how is it prepared; how to learn about the best tools used by chefs; how do chefs learn to produce fine food over and over with perfect consistency and how to demystify some things (such as sauces and using more exotic ingredients, etc.) so that they might be more readily understood and usable for the home cook? My curiosity list could go on, but I think you get the idea. I came across the America's Test Kitchen Cooking School On-Line Program - http://www.testkitchenschool.com/?Extcode=N2JCBLOG0 – It offered a 2-week free trial and it gave me access to many lessons starting with Cooking Basics, access to instructor and their direct feedback to me and it just goes on from there. So as I explore this on-line culinary journey, I invite you to come along for the ride via my blog and I hope you will find it as enjoyable and as challenging as I will.

A Notice to Readers – Possible Technical Difficulties

Hello to you all, Recently, it was brought to my attention by a reader from FaceBook and I quote, “I’ve looked at, read it, liked it is that all I have to do? At the end where it says register … Continue reading

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Love, Truffle Oil and a Bit of “THE LUXE LIFE”

You know, you’ve just GOTTA love a guy who brings you home a great, big bottle of black truffle extra virgin olive oil especially when he detests it! Isn’t it great when someone you love just “gets ya”? Well, recently … Continue reading

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“He who controls the spice controls the universe.” ― Frank Herbert, Dune

Spices have played a dramatic role in the development of Western civilization. When the spice trade flowed from ancient times, those who controlled that trade truly controlled, “the universe” as it was known at that time. Spices today are plentiful … Continue reading

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“An herb is the friend of physicians and the praise of cooks.” – Charlemagne

Well it’s been close to two weeks since my last entry, but the delay was due to my learning the use, care and storage of some pantry basics for a well stocked kitchen from which is my http://www.testkitchenschool.com/?Extcode=N2JCBLOG on-line cooking school … Continue reading

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Kitchen Gadgets – Necessary or Just More Junk for the Junk Drawer?

Ok, I’ll be the first to admit that for the longest time I would be FIRST in line to purchase the latest, cutest and what I thought to be the “must have” kitchen gadget. For example, I was in the … Continue reading

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Welcome To My OnLine Cooking School Journey!

Everyone always talks about “finding their passion” in life, right? I have always been one of those people. However, I thought that going through a professional culinary program would be expensive and I didn’t relish the idea of graduating with … Continue reading

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