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mudbug 08-31-2011 03:02 PM

Getting to Know | Chef June
 
Outside of NYC, but still within the U.S., where do you like to eat?

what's the coolest noise made by food?

Guilty pleasure late-night snack?

ChefJune 08-31-2011 03:39 PM

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Originally Posted by mudbug (Post 1044029)
Outside of NYC, but still within the U.S., where do you like to eat?

In Chicago: Tre Kronor, Bin 36, Ribs and Bibs; In Boston: Rialto, Santarpio's Pizza, Hamersley's Bistro, Turner Fisheries, Summer Shack, can't remember the name of the clam shack in Essex!; In NoCal: Scoma's, Zuni Cafe, Zin, Bistro Jeanty and of course, in New Jersey... Madame Claude, CulinAriane, Lorena's, Light Horse, Edward's Steak House, still searching for good pizza!

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what's the coolest noise made by food?
CRUNCH!

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Guilty pleasure late-night snack?
Peanut butter and Guittard chocolate chip sandwich. Homemade ice cream.

tinlizzie 08-31-2011 04:31 PM

I think there's another thread to visit for this sort of question, but looks like you might be a good person to recommend a lobster restaurant in the Bar Harbor, ME, vicinity. Might you know of the one to look up for a vacationing lobster-lover?

Andy M. 08-31-2011 04:41 PM

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Originally Posted by ChefJune (Post 1044046)
...can't remember the name of the clam shack in Essex!; ...



Woodman's?

mudbug 08-31-2011 05:15 PM

first dish you cooked?

first dish you messed up? (who was watching?)

LPBeier 08-31-2011 07:47 PM

What was your "ah ha moment" when you knew that you would make cooking your life's work?

Other than Julia, who has been/still is your biggest inspiration (famous or in your life)?

Who is your best critic?

ChefJune 09-01-2011 09:53 AM

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Originally Posted by Andy M. (Post 1044087)
Woodman's?

definitely not. have never cared much for Woodman's Clam Rolls. I'll have to find out. :wacko:

ChefJune 09-01-2011 09:59 AM

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Originally Posted by mudbug (Post 1044102)
first dish you cooked?

That's a hard one. I started out in the kitchen at 3 cutting out Christmas cookies; at 5 I was making the gravy for Sunday dinner. But the first dish I remember cooking was something called "Shrimp Wiggle." I think it was from "Miss B's First Cookbook." or something like that. I was probably 8?

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first dish you messed up? (who was watching?)
I don't have recollection of very many mess-ups. but for sure I remember the first Christmastime my folks were coming to MY house to stay for the holiday and I was making Christmas Eve dinner. Mom was famous for a sour cream coffee cake we all loved, and I wanted to make it for dessert. However, my oven was waaaaaaaaaay off temperature. I had never thought to test the temp before. and no matter how long I left the cake in the oven, it didn't bake. At all! I tossed it and made a batch of brownies, which I had to leave in the almost cold oven for 3 or 4 hours, but they did set up properly. Thank Heavens for brownies' forgivingness! The day after Christmas I called the gas company to come out and reset my oven!

No one was watching, but my whole family learned about it when we sat down to dinner Christmas Eve.

ChefJune 09-01-2011 10:05 AM

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Originally Posted by LPBeier (Post 1044150)
What was your "ah ha moment" when you knew that you would make cooking your life's work?

I didn't have one. I was out of work, and pretty despondent over being passed over for jobs I was already overqualified for. A good friend suggested I start a catering business, and -- in fact -- shoved me into it. She was a PR writer, who not only named my company, but helped me write a letter of introduction to 100 friends and acquaintances (which I copied longhand onto hot pink stationery). And I was in business.

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Other than Julia, who has been/still is your biggest inspiration (famous or in your life)?
My mom and her sister, my Aunt Eleanor. They were the two best cooks I knew then, and they still qualify for that pantheon I call "Truly Great Cooks." Neither of them ever cooked anything that I (nor anyone else I knew) didn't like, or want to eat again. In today's vernacular, "they rocked!"

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Who is your best critic?
do you mean of my cooking?
that would be/have been my former catering partner and also my cousin who has been my business partner for eons. They keep/kept me grounded.

danbuter 09-06-2011 01:31 PM

What is your perfect dinner?


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