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Certification for CFBE

Well; have done again, I have privilege to blue the horn with announcement: I was able to renew my certification of Certified Food & Beverage Executive CFBE. So I am ready for next five years to continue highest standards of F&B performance, as always that is my desire. My primary certification was year 2003    CFBE2023 001

Thanksgiving

My dear Friends Thanksgiving are just behind the corner if you do same menu as last year soon enough such beautiful Holiday will be boring. Let’s enhance this traditional Turkey with something exiting.

That’s we are going to do on our family gathering in Pocono Mountains family house. Plan and Menu is great!! Execution will be questionable, who is doing what; nieces are watching the weight, they may have only Turkey Breast Filet, son is busy can only make some delivery work and bar tendering,  the other fox have kids to take care of.  So OK Grandpa let’s do it.

Our Menu;

Reception:    Shrimp and Bay Scallops Ceviche  approx 80cal.

Appetizer:     Pumpkin Gnocchi Walnut Cream Sauce

Soup;             Yellow Lentil Soup

  1. Course: Turkey Beast Filet with leeks approx 360cal.

Maple-Glazed Turkey with Apple and Ginger Sauce

Sausage sage stuffing

Cranberry Sauce

Dessert:       Fresh Berry Zabaglione    (low seasoning for Kids)

All recipes below;

Reception:  Shrimp and Bay Scallops Ceviche  approx 80cal.

6 pounds between Bay scallops and shrimp 41/50pd

3 ups. Lime juice

2cup. Sweet & sour mix.

1 cup. Red wine vinegar.

2tsp. salt, 2tsp. Black crack pepper

8 medium cloves of fresh garlic (minced)

4 ea medium red onions. (fine dice)

1tbs. oregano  1 cup fresh cilantro

8 large firm tomatoes (diced)

4 stalks of well diced celery – peeled.

6oz. pimientos (chopped-undreined)

12oz fresh chilles (chopped-undreined)

2 whole avocado.

 

Place the seafood in suitable bowl (plastic-glass-staine still not aluminum) pour lime juice and wine vinegar, refrigerate for 6hr. meanwhile prep remaining ingredients drain seafood mix of the juice combine with all remaining ingredients mix well and refrigerate for 12 – 18 hr. Garnish with Avocado wedge.

 

Appetizer  Pumpkin Gnocchi Walnut Cream Sauce , 6 to 8 servings

1lb. Pumpkin

1lb. Acorn Squash

½ lb. Russet Potatoes

¼ cup. Flour

Seasoning: ¼ Tbs, of freshly grated Nutmeg, salt pepper to taste.

Sauce;

¾  pnt,  Heavy Cream

3 oz. toasted, chopped walnuts

½ cup grated parmesan cheese

Spring of chervil

Split washed pumpkins on half remove the seeds, arrange on the baking pan cut side down with peeled potatoes, bake until both are very tender. purred pumpkin and potatoes for smooth paste, place the paste in saucepan , cook mixture over low heat until become to be almost dry stirring frequently with wooden spoon. Remove from heat and blend in flour to make slightly sticky dough. Shape the dough into ¼ inch cylinders (of course on floured cutting board) cut cylindered dough into ¼ inch thick pieces. Press top of each round with floured fork, make indentation in center with fork curling dough round-up. Transfer the gnocchi on the parchment paper let a few minutes for drying. You can cook immediately or cover and hold in the refrigerator about one day. Cook like any other pasta in large saucepan with plenty of water. Cooked gnocchi should be sautéed in the butter add salt, pepper, nutmeg, and walnuts tosses gently pour cream and simmer till saucy consistency, before serving add fresh shredded parmesan cheese. (Do not hold with parmesan cheese, sauce will break and turn to oily substance)

 

Soup; Yellow Lentil Soup  –  6 to 8 servings

7oz. Yellow lentil (dahl)

7cup. Chicken stock

½ cup, of Eggplant and Tomato, peeled and medium diced

½ cup, Onion – diced

1 clove of fresh garlic – minced

¼ cup, Red Chili – seeded julienne

Oil  olive to sauté veggie.

Seasonings; turmeric, curry powder and salt to taste. Start with seasoning low ¼ teaspoon (tsp) Seasoning always can be add it, but will cost you better knowledge and trick to deduct it.

Lentils need to be washed, discard the water and pour the chicken stock over the lentil; let the set about 30 mn. Meanwhile heat the oil in the large enough pot, add all sliced and chopped ingredients, add seasoning and sauté until onion is transparent. Pour all lentil mixture, increase heat and bring the soup to boil, turn down the heat and simmer for a few minutes, now is the time to tasted and seasoning the soup to your desire; Lentil should be  medium hard, veggie crunchy, taste should be semi-sweet and spicy. You can serve with homemade mini croutons or puff pastry mini florets

 

Main Course: Turkey Beast Filet with leeks  approx 360cal.

6oz. Turkey breast tenderloin  2pc.

4oz. Fresh leeks julienne

2oz. Chicken stock

1 tsp. Margarine

4 garlic buts

3oz. Cooke potatoes (Red B-size)

2ea. Roma tomatoes

2tbs. whole wheat bread crumbs

Fresh basil

 

Sauté the leeks in the margarine, soak in the chicken stock. Brush the turkey breast tenders with margarine. Season lightly and seared quickly. Slice the boiled potatoes and sauté in remaining margarine with garlic. Prepare Roma tomatoes as for Provencale, using whole grain breadcrumbs and basil.

Serve the chicken on the top of leeks, and garnish with Roma tomatoes Provencale and accompanied with Red skin roasted potato wedges.

 

Maple-Glazed Turkey with Apple and Ginger Sauce

Medium Whole Turkey (14-16lb.)

½ cup Calvados liquor

1 cup. Maple syrup

1 stick butter

Salt, Pepper, Rosemary fresh (minced)

1 medium onion

2 large apples

 

Pat turkey dry, sprinkle with salt and pepper, rub rosemary allover inside cavity, cut onion and apples into chunks place into cavity, truss turkey in proper shape. Rub turkey skin with butter and salt pepper. Arrange turkey breast-up on the roasting rack, cook in the preheated oven 450*F 45 minutes, reduce heat to 350*F combine the syruop and Calvado and baste the turkey, continiu cooking frequently busting with mixture of Calvado until thermometer inserted in the join or under breast area shows 165-170*F After cooking let the rest for no longer than 30 minutes. Clean cavities and save your apple for sauce, discard onion.

 

Sauce :  In the skillet sauté the apple chunks for few minutes, add cranberries and strained juice of turkey pan or chicken stock, simmer for 5min. add apple from turkey cavities and reduce by half. Add Calvado and grated fresh ginger add a drop of heavy cream, boil until sauce thickens and coats spoon, fix the seasoning as needed. Enjoy.

 

Sausage sage stuffing

2lb. hot Italian sausage

4 stalks celery, finely diced

2 carrot, finely diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 large red onion, finely diced

6 fresh sage leaves, chopped

1 large egg, slightly beaten

4 cups stale country bread, cut into 1-inch dice

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1½. cups warm chicken stock

2 tbs. unsalted butter

 

Directions

Sauté the sausage over high heat   until golden brown. Remove the sausage with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towels. Add butter to the rendered fat in the pan, and then add the onions, celery and carrots and cook until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Remove the mixture from the heat and fold in the sage. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

When the vegetable mixture has cooled slightly, add the sausage to the bowl. Add the egg and bread and mix to coat. Add the chicken stock until the mixture is moist. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Butter a large baking dish and scrape the mixture into the dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.

 

Cranberry Sauce

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup fresh orange juice

12-ounces fresh cranberries (frozen may be substituted)

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

DIRECTIONS:

Bring to sugar, water and orange juice to a boil in a medium saucepan.

Add cranberries and cinnamon. Bring to a simmer and cook stirring occasionally for about 10-15 minutes, until sauce thickens.

Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

 

Dessert: Fresh Berry Zabaglione  (low seasoning for Kids) for adults spice-up with splash of Grand Marniere.

2pnt. Fresh Blackberry

2pnt. Fresh Raspberry

2pnt. Fresh Blueberry

1pnt. Fresh Strawberry

2 cup Sour Cream

1 cup Clover Honey

Raspberry Coulis

Sugar powder, Salt, Pepper, Lemon juice to taste.

 

Clean – cut strawberry combine with all other berries, sprinkle with raspberry coulis toss gently to not damage raspberries, set aside to chill, meanwhile in the mixing bowl combine honey, sour cream sugar powder, mix well. Season with salt pepper and lemon juice as desired, place fruit mixture in the cups or Martini Glasses spoon over liquid mixture garnish with chocolate sticks or wafers.

Live good eat well

To eat well or serve good food is not so easy task, my customers enjoys my cooking and they keep telling me each time, last time was the roasted stuffed baby pig. I would like to show you what’s taking to make far job, and have customers line-up to make picture first before cutting. I just made four little pigs to be carved.EN076

I need to remove a rib cage, it is not much to be consume on it anyhow, exclude cartilage which because is so young can be enjoyed as crusty crunch. Removing a rib cage and stuffing expends value of meat and let you carve just like loaf of bread, you still will have shoulder and but on the bone to deal with. Whole corpus should be brained with seasoning and salty water for about 2 hours.

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Now they are patted dry and waiting to be stuffed. Stuffing should be your choice; I am using plenty diced veggie, sautéed onion, (never raw onion) garlic, pistachio nut, ground pork tender and prime quality diced bacon (smokedhouse) seasoning, herbs and more.

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As is stuffed could be stitched with a bamboo skewers but I prefer saw up with butcher twain, gives you more security during formatting the shape

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Well ready to go to oven, but I prefers to chilled for at least hour in the cooler before goes to oven and of course after 3.5 – 4 hours of baking in 350°F let rest for minimum 0.5 hr (if you going to serve as a galantine need to be chilled completely) Must be cover with aluminum foil, ears should be fixed with bamboo skewers to keep the shape and protected with foil, if not they will burns up. During the roasting from time to time whole pig should be basted with any bear to make skin nice and crispy at the same time to prevent skin from folding as gets chill even on a carving station.

Whole process will take some time and effort, but if you put some TLC to it you will come with marvelous results and satisfaction. That is what your customers are looking for and you will enjoy.

Sorry if you not enjoy these pictures but not always the thing which look good taste good, maybe vice versa.

Friend – Mentor – my Hero

Dear Friend Rene

Any time you make remarks about me or to me you makes me very special, I am not trying to flattering you but you are my „HERO” many things which happen to me I should be grateful to you for. Just mention a few; take me out of New York in 1983 that was great move, promotes  me to the position of Exec Sous Chef, in Four Season Hotel that was like to open door of carrier for me, even to serve me as guardian; to take me to you home and let me stay some time until I get my apartment, and as I remember when banquet sous chef pull on me (don’t remember the name) you stop him telling him pointing on me “he is not  Pittsburgh guy” There is many more other things you shows me or did for me which inspired me to do same to others, as I become to be chef on my own I always had picture of you in front of me, struggling  like you to be gentle but demanding, work with the staff give them direction and tools before pulling the disciplinary consequences. In addition to that with my personality I was doing many times “impassible mission” which put me way in the front of others (one gold two bronze, two black Geneva, zillion trophies and awards) and encounters me with lot of different peoples-dignitaries; All Gore – twice, Clinton – once, General James McCall, Prime minister of Poland Gen Jaruzelski, even just last year wife of Polish president M Duda. Well we all have from time to time such people in our dining room; most weird about it is; they are normal sometimes humble people but organizers  drive you crazy  most difficult are City officials. Just like you and me we did many things where we can look back on in with pride. Don’t want to take much of your time but just mention young generation of ambassadors of world gastronomy (I was teaching in L’Ecole ) one time I need to hire a chef in the process of the interview we talk about four mother sauces, I ask about Demi Glace his answer was “o yes we getting that from Sysco” Well that’s where we heading to “Prefabrication” even now teaching in the culinary school – institute have different concept, I wrote a lot about in my book.

My dear friend my Hero Chef Rene; Thank you very much for all you have done for me as well and others, your name should be “Stone Written” so nobody can forgot, I hope one day me and you we will work again together in St. Peter’s banquet function serving beautiful angels with Chateaubriand Flambé  11-18-2012 6;26;53 PM11-18-2012 5;44;58 PM

Memphis in Poland fest

Memphis in Poland fest

I feel very honored and privileged to be a part of very special event, which will happen in Poland next week.

I am posting the fragments of the article from „Memphis Business Journal” as well as links where you can read more about it.                 http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/news/2017/05/30/memphis-in-may-leads-to-memphis-in-poland.html

Beside all support I am getting from Polish -American Society, I have to mention Restaurant in Sopot “Kancelaria” which will let me do my all prep and cooking in their kitchen, (it is so generous)

Even as a Master Chef having vast experience my feeling is a little disturbed taking for consideration that the last time I was working in Polish Kitchen was year 1977 . To come to other nation kitchen is always challenge, remember beginning of my work in US kitchen and looking for Cornstarch, I turn my back to the kitchen and tasted Confectioners’ Sugar and Cornstarch to make sure I am not mistaking. Well that was the language barrier I didn’t know the English that time but I never forgot the Polish. I like to put all I have to make success not only for me, but after all I am representing US “BBQ” Well that’s going to be many gatherings with World class chefs like Wojciech Amaro Michelin Star Chef  or Jarek Uśćiński Prezes Stowarzyszenia Szefόw

Two years ago, the Memphis in May (MIM) International Festival honored Poland. In a few weeks, the country will return the favor.

From June 12-18, Memphis in Poland will take place in Gdańsk, and Sopot, a neighboring city.

The idea originated from Ryszard Schnepf, Poland’s former ambassor to the United States. The idea was born while he was an honorary guest at Memphis in May MIM 2015. The Polish-American Society of Memphis is coordinating the event. Next week, a promotional push will begin in Poland that will include five billboards, 5,000 flyers, 30 radio spots and coverage on TVN, the country’s largest media outlet.

The festival will kick off with an inaugural National Civil Rights Museum(NCRM) exhibition at the European Solidarity Center and lectures from Noelle Trent, director of interpretations, collections and education of the NCRM, about the museum.

The event will also include a Memphis barbecue festival featuring Chef Edward Nowakowski, who formerly lived and worked in Memphis; a virtual chess tournament between Memphis’ Douglass Elementary School and Jan Matejka School in Sopot; performances from Rock for Human Rights and Memphis Mix, a blues-rock-soul band formed by Marcin Arendt, professor at the Rudi Scheidt School of Music and a member of the IRIS Orchestra.

The festival will also feature performances from a Polish blues band, Blues Night Shift, that competed in the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

The society raised money from its members to make the event a reality, and the event received a grant from the U.S. embassy in Poland. Sponsors include International Paper, which has operations in Poland. Other sponsors are Memphis-based Belvedere Management and Memphis-based Eco Services LLC. Support also came from the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB),

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Valentine

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Let your Loved ones know that they are the heartbeat of your every single days. It is said that love is as close as we get to God – because to love fully, selflessly, with all our spiritual and physical energy, is God itself. So all you need is love, but a few of twice chocolate dipped strawberry doesn’t hurt and improve your feeling