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oiling your wood.

From my Culinary Mercenary blog, a piece about taking care of your wooden equipment! Because it’s not only food that makes a great cook…

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One thing life has taught me, is that some things really are made to last – and there are definitely some kitchen equipment I plan to have for my lifetime. Our throw-away culture is destroying our minds into thinking that most of what we have is disposable. So treat it rough, with American panache, and then dump it in the trash.

Well, I’m here to tell you that your things – with a little cultivation – can remain functional for a long, long time. In specific, you wooden equipment will smile at you if you follow two simple rules: do not soak and oil regularly.

Below I have included pictures of my sadly neglected wooden cutting boards and spoons that I loved up on and oiled on one side, to show you the contrast.
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The hows and whys.

Why wood? First of all, I prefer wooden equipment for many…

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Midwest Book Review!

We got a great review from the Midwest Book Review’s CookBook Shelf:

Synopsis: “Shop Like a Chef: A Food Lover’s Guide to St. Louis Neighborhoods” by Chef Clara Moore and St. Louis food and beverage writer Matt Sorrell will enable the reader to locate the exact ingredient needed with its index of over 1,000 items; learn new foods, recipes, and skills; eat better; save money; support a range of local businesses and farmers; fell comfortable in St. Louis’s gourmet outlets, specialty shops, and ethnic grocery stores; and simply expand personal culinary horizons in all directions.

Critique: Although the shopping information is oriented towards St. Louis, the basic information is universal. Plus the recipes are simply terrific and guaranteed ‘kitchen cook friendly’. Highly recommended, especial for St. Louis residents, “Shop Like a Chef: A Food Lover’s Guide to St. Louis Neighborhoods” has a great deal to commend it to the attention of non-St. Louis residents and would aptly serve as a template for similar works set in other American cities.

You can find the real thing here!

An Old North Sausage Shop. Photo by Neil Das

An Old North Sausage Shop. Photo by Neil Das

Kickstarter Launched!!!!!

It has happened!

Find it here folks: KICKSTARTER!

A still from our Kickstarter Video: Clara and Matt at El Torito begging for your money.

A still from our Kickstarter Video: Clara and Matt at El Torito begging for your money.