JFAT Iron Skillet baked Cornbread

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So, as I mentioned earlier, our Sirloin and Black Bean Chili is back on the menu and there is nothing better to go with it than warm, moist cornbread right out of the oven. Cornbread is one of America’s iconic foods but often it resembles a dry, boring version like those made from a box. My version is anything but … Read More

A Holiday Pie Dilemma Resolved

Pumpkin pie straight from the oven.

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I’m not a big pie guy but during the holiday season there are two that I really love… Pumpkin and Pecan. And not being a big dessert guy either, I don’t normally like to spend a lot of times making desserts, especially since they require following recipes… not my strong suit. So my dilemma was always whether I made a … Read More

Jimmy’s becomes a ‘Seafood Watch’ Restaurant Partner

Promotion banner for JFAT partnering with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch.

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I am proud to announce a formal partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium ‘Seafood Watch’ program, committing to serve only seafood caught or farmed in ocean friendly ways. JFAT has been a Green Certified restaurant since its inception in 2010 and we are proud to now be a part of the longstanding ‘Seafood Watch’ Program. Previously, JFAT was a partner … Read More

Holiday Pumpkin-Thyme Dinner Rolls

Finished pumpkin rolls still hot in the pan.

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Dinner rolls are truly an American icon. Growing up in the Midwest, every holiday meal included warm, yeasty dinner rolls served with plenty of butter. Given the southern California aversion to carbs, I think it’s sad that more people don’t have the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy homemade dinner rolls. I have childhood memories of my parents occasionally treating us … Read More

A Dark Meat Turkey Day

Boned Turkey Leg Platter

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I would be the first to admit that there’s nothing more visually satisfying to see on a holiday buffet table than a large, golden brown, lacquered turkey fresh out of the oven. For me, it evokes the image of Norman Rockwell’s classic ‘Freedom from Want’ painting every time. However, there’s always the issue of having to carve it, often done … Read More

Famous Chicken Dish… A gift from Florence

Pollo al Burro, my version.

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A friend of mine’s son recently shared that he was going to Italy to see Tuscany for the first time. Only in his mid-20’s, he was already extremely well-traveled throughout both Europe and South America and had already been to Italy 4 times, but never to Tuscany. He planned on meeting a girl who lived in Bologna and that they … Read More

American Melting Pot

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One of the unique and wonderful aspects of American food is that it all came from someplace else…just like us. Maybe because of this we’ve never had any issue with combining ingredients in non-traditional ways, which is so unlike European traditions, where each country has its own cuisine and there’s not a lot of ‘fusion’ of different ethnic dishes going … Read More

Anthony Bourdain

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I never heard of Anthony Bourdain until I read a review of his first book ‘Kitchen Confidential’. In the summer of 1970 I had lied my way into my first restaurant job working as a Captain at Maxwell’s Plum in Manhattan, one of the most popular restaurants in the city at that time. Working in a gorgeous dining room, waiting … Read More