Tuesday, June 28, 2011

This conversation has to get started somewhere:

The idea for this blog came about as I was showing my brother how to smoke a beer can chicken in his bullet smoker.  Because I was about to move a long way from home, I thought a food and cooking blog would be a great way to keep in touch with my family while imparting useful information.  This is kind of a resource for home cooks to improve their skills, focusing on varying cooking processes, methods and tips.

Grillenium Falcon will be an outlet for sharing tips and methods to improve your success in the kitchen that I learned over the past eight years cooking in a fine dining environment.  I'll also post about what I eat and drink and my successes and failures in the kitchen.  Really, this blog will be my repository for all things food - I am interested to see what winds up here.

One on the best chefs I ever had the pleasure to work with often said, "There are a million ways to Florida," and I agree.

His words may be vague, but I always understood his point: there is no right or wrong way to cook.  Some methods are easier than others.  There are inefficient ways and smart efficient ways to complete a given task.  I wouldn't want to brunoise* a pound of shallots with a 14" scimitar**.  It can be done; it's not impossible, but are much easier ways to achieve the same results.  Using a chef's knife or a paring knife, for example.
This blog will be a platform for different techniques and tips that can be used to make life a little easier in the kitchen.  My goal is to help reduce the fear the uninitiated feel when attempting anything in the kitchen. 
The first person to ever cook wasn't a classically trained chef or a restaurateur; he or she was hungry.  Cooking was simply an adaptation learned to improve survival chances.  Cooking meat killed harmful pathogens.  Heating raw ingredients often making them more edible and palatable. 

Keep this in mind when you feel intimidated while walking through the "heart" of your home.  Cooking a meal over an open flame is gratifying.  There's something primitive about it, I think - keeping your survivor's instincts sharp. I hope I can share here with my family and friends not only how to cook to live, but also how to cook to enjoy life.  I'll be in touch!
*a culinary knife cut in which the food item is first julienned and then turned a quarter turn and diced again, producing cubes of a side length of about 3 mm or less on each side. In France a "brunoise" cut is smaller, 1 to 2 mm on each side. A common dish which often uses a brunoise as a garnish is a consommé. A brunoise should be consistent in size and shape, as this helps to create a pleasing presentation.
**is a backsword or sabre with a curved blade, originating in Southwest Asia

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