Mardi Gras

JFAT's mardi gras brunch special

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Surely one of the most colorful holiday celebrations in the US is that of Mardi Gras and at JFAT we feature a week-long celebration that brings a little bit of N’awlins to all our Guests. Mardi Gras is said to date back thousands of years to pagan celebrations of spring and fertility, including the raucous Roman festivals of Saturnalia and … Read More

Chicken Pot Pie

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So this is the third in my series of favorite winter stews or one pot dishes and certainly one of America’s all-time favorites… Chicken pot pie. Like many American comfort food classics, the pot pie’s origins go way back, in this case all the way to the ancient Egyptians where images of them can be found etched on tomb walls. … Read More

My Basque Chicken

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The next post in my series about winter stews is one from my childhood. Mom, always looking to expose us to new foods while keeping an eye on the family food budget, often served ‘Chicken Paprikash’ during the chilly winter months in Michigan. Its funny how many international classics ended up on the tables of Midwestern families I think mostly … Read More

Tis’ the Season… for Slow Roasted Goodness

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After a lengthy run of 80-plus-degree weather, thanks to the seasonal Santa Anas; cool, clear fall weather has finally arrived and with it the time to embrace those slow-cooked dishes that I love to make, eat and share with friends and family. One of my favorites is the old Italian classic ‘Osso Buco’ which literally means ‘pierced bone’. I don’t … Read More

Christmas

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I recently shared with my readers that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year, but my favorite season is unquestionably the Christmas season. Thanksgiving has a minimal period of anticipation, mostly by those who actually are cooking the meal, and is pretty much relegated to the big turkey dinner event and maybe a couple days following of leftovers. I … Read More

Lobster Shepherd Pie… A Unique Maine Classic

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As my first post-collegiate job, I spent 4 years working at the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston where I worked in a series of positions including restaurant manager, food & beverage controller and weekend resident manager of the hotel. The hours are long and intense working in hotels but I loved every minute of it. But when the weekend came, … Read More

Pistachio Tiramisu… An Italian Classic

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When I originally bought Sorrento Grilled in Laguna Beach the most popular dessert on the menu was the tiramisu. In fact, for a time it was a de rigueur dessert on every Italian restaurant’s menu that was worth its Sicilian sea salt but then for some unknown reason it began disappearing. Sorrento had been known as a pretty hard core … Read More

Bone Marrow… An Ancient ‘Flintstonian’ Delicacy Revisited

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The saying about all things old becoming new again is true. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors instinctively feasted on the marrow inside of the bones of their kill knowing intuitively that it was the most nutritious part of the animal. Years later, many ancient cultures still believed in the medicinal properties of marrow and used it as a special dietary supplement for … Read More