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If you watch as much Food Network as I do, you might recall this young chef from last season…

Chef Brad Sorenson’s latest endeavor is a restaurant with a casual vibe due to open later this summer.   At the Austin F00d & Wine festival he was handing out samples of chicken molé, which was delicious, on locally made bean chips from Beanitos.  The chips are made with non-GMO ingredients, namely bean flour.  Something better for your body that actually tastes good!  It didn’t hurt to have a savory topper made by a local celebrity chef.

Sorry ladies, Brad is spoken for.  His girlfriend was also at the festival helping greet patrons milling around the tasting tents.

On working together: both agreed that working at the same restaurant would not be the best idea.  Probably even truer when you have to slave in a hot kitchen for hours on end, you don’t want to take that stress into a relationship.

Chef Sorenson is happy to return to Austin and excited to open his restaurant in August.

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Do you recycle food?

I was watching a new show The Waste on Food Network, where two teams of chefs were pitted against each other in a challenge to feed 100 guests with nothing but food that was destined for the trash.   They gave some staggering figures of how much imperfect produce ends up in compost heaps across the country, simply because they were not the biggest, prettiest, perfect fruit or vegetable.  I knew there was a problem (and I’m not going to lie and say I don’t pick nice produce) and this little show shed some light on it for me.

I’m not ready for dumpster dive lessons just yet.  However, I have been recycling food for a while without realizing it.  I guess it’s all about perspectives.

At work I’m one of the youngest employees, and one who has a family of four.  When there is left over food catered in for various events, the staff get a complimentary lunch using the leftovers.  Then, when everyone is in a carb-coma, any additional leftovers are saved and tossed in the fridge.  I take these leftovers, which otherwise would have been thrown out, and use it as part of a meal at home.  Sometimes there’s so much to take home that the entire dinner is reheated and enjoyed as is.

Today the big leftover was a pasta salad.  It was lacking enough fresh tomatoes to be appealing to everyone else, but I had a plan conjured up the moment I saw the nearly full bowl of pasta.  Since we’re watching our carbs (and I already had lunch with this salad) I added some other fresh ingredients at home.  More tomato, capers, fresh thyme, salt, pepper, parsley, lime juice, chicken breast, and spinach!

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This was a big weekend for us.  Little Sister turned two and we celebrated her life with a trip to the San Antonio Zoo!

Since we were out all day, I didn’t have time to bake a cake.  We stopped on the way home and picked up a chocolate and vanilla layered cake.  To. Die. For.  I have to find someone who works at the HEB bakery to find out how they made this cake.  From the bottom it had chocolate cake, chocolate cream, vanilla cream, vanilla cake, another layer of the creams, then a duplicate of the first four layers topped with a strawberry.  I’m not a fancy cake baker, at least at this point, so I leave it to the experts for now.  I can appreciate the time it takes to create all those layers!

Paula Deen was in Austin with her NY Times #1 best seller Southern Cooking Bible.  Hugh Acheson, soon to appear on Top Chef as a judge, moderated the conversation with Paula within the beautiful Paramount Theater.  This was my first visit to the Paramount and I’m looking for a reason to return.  It’s not much bigger than the average movie theater in town.  Sitting in the lower level gives an intimate feeling with the person on stage.  Today, that person was one of my Food Network idles!  Paula is very funny, she said she made Matt Lauer nervous when she appeared on the Today Show recently.  Her favorite food is potatoes, and she told the audience about how much she loves her garden and chicken coop at home.  Southern Cooking is not all about fried food, it’s comfort food, it’s food made with love and purpose.  “If you die, your family will get a pie.  If you have a baby, you get a pie.  And if you just moved into the neighborhood…. you get pie!” This was part of Paula’s way of explaining what Southern cooking means to her.  And Micheal’s favorite food?  Oxtail.  I actually have two of her cook books and she signed both of them 🙂  I missed Alton Brown (because we were at the zoo) but I’m sure he will be back to Austin again, all the authors love Texas hospitality!

While leaving, I stopped to see what the fuss was about at the Paramount.  Another author?  No.  Val Lauren was there with director James Franco to open his new film Sal.

Have a look….

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And “Hi” to Sonia, Claudia, and Cassie (I hope I caught your name right!), it was very nice to meet you at the book fair!

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