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Wednesday CRU (Culinary Roundup)-chocolate and Sea Salt, Valentine’s Day wine,Rick Bayless,Chocolate confusion, and a chef named Gargouillou

Posted by chefmax on February 11, 2009

Today is a cold rainy day in Nor Cal and I have been recipe developing for Perfect puree all day. I am sugared out. Here are todays culinary stories. Sorry they are a little late. 

Cool story of Gargouillou– must read if you are a real foodie. From the New York Times.

Garlics health secrets, beside vampire reduction, From Health Day. A little vampire weekend is good too.

Chocolate infused dinner– From the Wall Street Journal – Chocolate stuffed veal chop. Sounds more like “confusion” to me, I’m just saying. I judged a chocolate contest one year outside of Yosemite and one of the contestants shaved white chocolate on a pepper soup. He one one of the medals. It went well, and was not offensive. Close to a mole profile but not quiet. The next year everyone did a savory dish with chocolate. Scallops and chocolate (thought it was a banana-yeach). It was horrible and everyone watched to see your reactions. 11 savory dishes with chocolate that had no culinary rhyme or reason.  I did not go back to judge the next year. 

Good cost saving article by my friend Rick Bayless in The Edge, Boston Herald  The tostados are to die for.

From the Washington Post – Brachetto d’Acqui, good wine for Valentines Day ( except for the low in alcohol part.)

chocolate and Sea Salt tasting- From the Detroit News  They chose a a company called Charles Chocolates in Emoryville, Calif. My very good friend Dylan ( we were in cooking school together at the CIA) is now the Director of Chocolate at Fran’s Chocolates. It is his moms company( he is also very talented so the family thing is just a good coincidence.) Anyway Michelle and President Obama are big fans and their chocolates rock. Get them if you can.


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