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I love kitchen knives, and enjoy going into lengthy detail when discussing the joys and woes of knives. Most of us take great care of our knives, who wouldn’t they are as much an investment as our homes are when it comes down to it.

The chef’s knife, a blade of at least 10 inches long made from German steel and usually of  wood for the handle is THE staple for the chef. Honed to incredible sharpness it is a treasured item for every chef bag out there.

When I was a culinary arts educator the students took painfully long hours to sharpen this instrument to surgeon sharpness before making those julienne or the perfect dice for that Minestrone soup. It could be regarded at best an extension of the hand for chefs.

Using this introduction I would like to make the next couple of posts a pivotal point of discussion. Do you like the Oriental cleaver, a serrated knife, a ceramic, or perhaps these products of major importance you really just don’t put too much priority on.?

Let me know.

As this Blog develops we will bring into the stream more blades for discussion.

 

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So out you go you Florida strawberries it was a great season. Here come those Californian berries from Oxnard area, the main growing area. A few growers have started in a light way out of the Watsonville and Salinas areas. Best quality though is from Oxnard region still at this time. Blueberries are still strong in Florida and Mexico while Chile is coming to a close.

Tomatoes ~ Good weather conditions in Mexico have bought increased production with prices beginning to see a decline. Prices will soon begin to reach a minimum established floor levels for all tomato sizes due to the newly formed tomato Suspension Agreement between the USA and mexico. Also cooler weather this month caused crops to yield smaller fruit but quality remains very good.

Potatoes ~ Idaho potatoes are mostly steady on both Norkotahs and Burbanks. Idaho continues to peak on 70 counts and larger in both varieties. The Washington market is steady and continue to peak on the larger kind. Colorado is steady on 70 count and larger. Russet quality has been good to excellent in all areas.

Lettuce ~ head lettuce market is coming off compared to the previous week. There continues to be complaints of mechanical damage, pink ribbing and epidermal peel. Shippers are beginning to move production to Huron and Salina. Romaine and Romaine hearts are more readily available with a softer market.

Onions ~ Yellow onions are steady in all areas along with that demand. Idaho, Oregon Wshington packers are still bullish. Reds are steady in all areas.

Grapes ~ late season flame and new crop crimson seedless from Chile are still available. Flames prices are at a substantial discount reflecting a significant difference in quality. New crop grapes from Mexico and Cochelle valley of California will be ready for harvest in May 2013.

Citrus ~ The desert crop volume is finished for the season. The Ventura and the Central region are now in full production. Volume is good on 140’s and 115’s. navel crop volume is good along with great quality and flavor. Fruit is peaking heavy to the fancy grade and on 88’s, 113’s and 56’s.

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Once again the event of the year is fast coming upon us and this year is no exception.

The annual event is one of the longest running and most successful celebrity/amateur charity golf tournaments in the South Florida community. Hosted by former Miami Dolphin quarterback, Don Strock, participants begin their day with a lunch and a shotgun tee off at noon. After completing the course, golfers enjoy a cocktail party and awards dinner including live and silent auction. Sponsorships and donations welcome.

 

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DCOTA Cay

After a bit of a delay, this contemporary restaurant and lounge is now open in the Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA), the immense complex of interior and design showrooms facing Interstate 95. Cay, which can be converted into an event space, is situated in the central B building that underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation of its four-story atrium.Miami’s Thierry’s Catering and Event Design is running the kitchen and catering, serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. The light, airy Key West ambience features terrazzo geometric tiles in sparkling tones of blue, green and turquoise. White stripes on the navy canvas banquettes tie in with the white wood tables and mix n’ match modern chairs. The diverse menu focuses on classic Florida cuisine and seafood ranging from appetizers, such as corvina  ceviche with tostones ($10), to sandwiches such as Jamaican jerk chicken tenderized in a 12-herb marinade ($14). Entrees, such as plantain-crusted mahi mahi with roasted squash and habanero-grilled pineapple salsa ($19.50), and desserts, such as strawberry napoleon on crispy wonton with Grand Marnier Bavarian cream ($8), round out the menu.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

21073 Powerline Road, Suite 33
Boca Raton, FL 33433
Phone: 561-288-3490 Website: Dickeys.com

Slow Smoked. Served Fast.

So states one of the whimsical signs inside this new western-themed barbecue restaurant expected to open this week in The Shops of Boca Grove.”Florida is a very transient state and brings in people from all over the country,” franchise owner Carol Vu said in a press release. “Everyone appreciates good barbecue, and Florida is definitely lacking options for great barbecue.”Before moving to Florida three years ago, Vu lived in Texas, where the restaurant chain was founded in 1941 and grew to 43 states. This is Palm Beach County’s first location, joining Miramar in Broward County. Beef brisket, pulled pork, ham, turkey, chicken, sausage and pork ribs are smoked with hickory wood and are priced by portion with two sides from $7.75 to $10.75. Or choose from three sandwiches, such as The Westerner with two meats ($7.25). Three family packs range from $23.95 to $47.95.

Diners order at the faux-brick counter and sit at checkered tables amid wagon-wheel chandeliers and wood walls with corrugated metal.

Lunch and dinner are served daily with free cups or cones of soft-serve vanilla ice cream for dessert.

Bond Street Miami

Townhouse Hotel, 150 20th St., Miami Beach
Phone: 305-398-1806
Website: BondStRestaurant.com

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McDonals'sRestaurants are reeling from their worst three months since 2010, as American diners spooked by higher payroll taxes cut back on eating out. 

Sales at casual-dining establishments fell 5.4 percent last month, after declining 0.6 percent in January and 1.6 percent in December, according to the Knapp-Track Index of monthly restaurant sales. This was the first three months of consecutive declines in almost three years, with consumers caught in a “very emotional moment”. February was pretty ugly” for many chains — and probably will be the worst month of the year — after January delivered an “initial blow” while Americans grappled with increased payroll taxes and health care premiums, rising gasoline prices and budget debates in Washington.

It’s important to keep in mind that companies also are facing unusually tough comparable sales because of favorable weather in 2012, so the result is an industry that’s been a lot softer so far this year.

Even as consumers open their wallets for bigger-ticket purchases including cars and furniture, weakness has surfaced at full-service chains such as Darden RestaurantsOlive Garden and Red Lobster, as well as limited-service chains including McDonald’s.

U.S. paychecks have shrunk this year after Congress and President Barack Obama let the tax that funds Social Security benefits revert to 6.2 percent from 4.2 percent.

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Farm to SchoolA cookie or an apple? French fries or sweet potato wedges? Healthy eating choices may get easier for children in New Jersey, Hawaii and California this summer.

Pending funding from AmeriCorps, FoodCorps hopes to add those three states to the 12 states where the group currently operates, giving it up to 130 service members in 15 states next school year. FoodCorps is a national nonprofit organization that is part of the AmeriCorps service network. It seeks to reduce the country’s childhood obesity epidemic by placing motivated leaders in limited-resource communities for a year of public service.

Once in place, service members connect kids to healthy food through education, by building and tending school gardens and by bringing nutritious food from local farms into school cafeterias. Service members are currently carrying out that mission in Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina and Oregon. “We’d like to be in all 50 states by 2020, but growth is very much contingent upon being able to find funding and the right partners in each state,” said Jerusha Klemperer, FoodCorps communications director.

“Think of FoodCorps as a Peace Corps for food,” said Debra Eschmeyer , a dairy farmer’s daughter who co-founded FoodCorps in the fall of 2010. She serves as its director of Partnerships and Policy, and she won a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in October 2011 for her work in several areas of school food reform, including her work with FoodCorps.

The efforts of FoodCorps and other groups to reverse the country’s childhood obesity epidemic by changing the dietary landscape for thousands of schoolchildren is part of a broad national movement called Farm to School or F2S. Those efforts are coming at a critical time.

America has an alarming number of children who are either obese and overweight or hungry — and at the same time, Eschmeyer told a Georgia Organics statewide summit in Atlanta last month. “FoodCorps addresses the root cause of both,” she said, “which is access to healthy food.”

A 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that about 17 percent, or 12.5 million children and adolescents aged 2-19 in the United States are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since 1980, obesity among children and adolescents has almost tripled, according to the survey.

There are significant racial and ethnic disparities in obesity among U.S. children and adolescents, the survey found. In 2007-2008, Hispanic boys, aged 2 to 19, were significantly more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white boys, and non-Hispanic black girls were significantly more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white girls.

The Farm to School movement is not directed by any single nonprofit organization or top-down government agency. Rather, Farm to School is a grassroots movement led by groups such as FoodCorps, state and federal agencies and individuals such as parents, educators and members of local gardening groups in communities across the country. Active in all 50 states, Farm to School programs seek to bring regionally produced foods into K-12 school cafeterias, involve children in hands-on learning through participation in school gardens, farm visits and culinary classes, integrate food-related education into the regular, standards-based classroom curriculum and support local and regional farmers.

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