Month: February 2018

Sautée, Uncategorized

Have Pan Will Flip

Seriously? Seriously. I’m watching TV and working on flipping a piece of bread in a little sautée pan. No beans yet. There’s a rhythm to be found, almost like a locomotive, chugga chugga, chugga chugga.  Until next time… Culinarily Yours,  Mrs. Chef (Christa) READ YESTERDAY:  Hooch, There […]

Bread, Uncategorized

Hooch There It Is

When seeking to build your own “wild yeast” starter, called Levain and used to make sourdough breads, you have to regularly feed this new organism living in your kitchen. After a few days in the refrigerator, especially if you don’t feed it with more flour and water, […]

Sautée, Techniques, Uncategorized

Jumping Beans

Sautée: a French term meaning tossed (from sauter to jump) or the Latin term saltāre meaning to dance (from salīre to spring). Sautée has always been intimidating to me. To take a heavy hot pan and to move it in such a way so that it’s extremely hot […]

Chicken, Knife Skills, Leftovers, Uncategorized

Small Dice

My homework for tonight, as assigned by Chef Husband, was to take the smoked chicken breasts from last night and prep them for lettuce wraps, specifically cutting them into a “small dice”. Knife skills are one of the hallmarks in cooking, with “knife cuts” focusing […]


Mr. Resourceful

Chef Husband had been marinating a lovely set of chicken breasts for 24 hours. When the time arrived to get cooking, he opted to smoke them in our 55-gallon drum smoker, also known in our family as the chicken barrel. Normally he would hang half-chickens […]

Appetizers, Recipes, Uncategorized

Olives in the Making

California is a wonderful hub for olive trees and local craft curing. A brief stop along Interstate-5 at Granzella’s, in Williams, presents the opportunity to gather a variety of styles and flavors. Chef Husband selected four varieties, procuring two of each, for a blended olive […]



The commercial kitchen has its own lingo. It is a culture unto itself. As Chef Husband and I stole away for a brief lunch in between errands, we observed our ordered meals, which came with a side of fries. He could tell by their appearance […]