July 25, 2017

Supermensch

Supermensch

My husband John reached out to Shep Gordon a few months ago about CrateChef after hearing him interviewed on Mark Maron's podcast and watching the documentary "Supermensch - The Legend of Shep Gordon". If you are not familiar with Shep Gordon, he has managed a long list of musicians, entertainers and, most notably for us, Chefs such as Wolfgang Puck and Emeril Lagasse. His experiences in the entertainment... Read More

July 10, 2017

Road Trip!

Road Trip!

Summer is made for driving and Rebekah and I are hitting the road tomorrow! We are headed to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to meet our next Chef. I don't want to give anymore away, but we are super excited to partner with him and share his love of Louisiana cuisine and culture with you.

Rebekah’s behind the wheel which I guess means I’ll need to pay attention to the navigation :) It’s about a nine hour drive... Read More

July 04, 2017

Independence Day

Independence Day

Fireworks, parades, picnics, concerts, baseball games and barbecues. Fourth of July is my favorite time of the summer. I won’t get too political here, maybe nostalgic is a better word.

As Americans, this year we will commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago declaring that the thirteen original colonies were a new nation. Growing up in one of the original colonies, Connecticut, I was keenly aware of this history and extraordinary... Read More

June 28, 2017

Have You Gone Back to the Pan?

Have You Gone Back to the Pan?

We hope you all have been enjoying Chef Tesar's cookbook, Knife. We love the simplicity and elegance of his recipes. I recently made Chef Tesar's Classic Green Salad with Italian Dressing (p. 193) served alongside a filet. It was perfection. Rebekah elevated burgers to an art form for her hungry crowd (p. 132).

Don't miss "John's Playlist - - Top Ten All Time Favorite Kitchen Songs and a Dish to Cook... Read More

June 21, 2017

The Jerky Renaissance

The Jerky Renaissance

Remember jerky growing up? The long thin packages of Slim Jim sold at gas stations and newspaper stands at the train station. I never knew exactly what it was. Fast forward to the low carb, paleo driven diets of today. Jerky exploded onto the snack scene a few years ago and has made a comeback in a big way. No longer a preservative laden faux meat, real jerky is sliced from a single piece of... Read More