Archive for August, 2010
A few weeks ago on Cape Cod I was approached with an amazing request: My neighbor, who reads my blog and has eaten my food, was having her family from out of town up for a week and wanted to hire me to cook food from my blog for a dinner party. How could I possibly say no? We put together a 4-course meal of dishes from the blog along with cocktail and wine pairings, and I recruited my brother Jeff to be my sous chef. What followed was an incredibly fun and interesting evening, where we met wonderful people and ate some (hopefully?) delicious food. This was my first “professional” cooking engagement, and I have to say that I would do it again in a second. My neighbor’s daughter is, coincidentally, training to be a food photographer, so all of the beautiful photos in this post are courtesy of her.
Le Chef has been busy. Busy traveling, busy sailing, and busy eating food that for the most part doesn’t belong on this blog. So now, after a solid month of not posting anything, I am returning to post a meal that I cooked for my family at the Cape this summer. This is not a quick meal, by any means. It involves a homemade smoker and about 8 hours of cooking time. But the results are worth the wait, and I will show you how to make a $50 smoker that works as well as the $300 model from Home Depot.