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Has it really been one year since we started this blog?

Happy Blogoversary!

Blogoversary! uncha-uncha-uncha

We started this blog on February 2nd, 2010: so what better way to recap one year in the blog-o-sphere with a list of my favorite posts, sexy time posts, and of course our favorite food porn.

Most favorite posts:

1. Boeuf Bourguignon and guest Chef Fornication Francois : This is one of my favorite posts because I actually write a character evolution piece using food and Julia Child as the vehicle. Brings me back to my creative writing class in college. I am most proud of this post.

 2. Cantankerous Clams – Cause you’re gonna want to lick the bowl clean : Start to finish, step by step, almost all pictures. Keepin it real yo.

3. What is the best part of a McDonalds cheeseburger? : This post/memory drove me back to childhood…like hanabata days kine. Almost like that moment in Ratatouille where one is thrust back into childhood. The post obv not so much about the actual food itself, but the actions around food that drives us to eat.

4. Iron Chef Cat Cora meets a stoned stager and photographer : My attention to gas station details are second to none.

5. Chef Rick Bayless, as an orphan, were you found on the steps of a church wrapped in a tortilla shell? : Did you just picture Chef Bayless IN a tortilla shell? I did.

Sexy time posts:

1. Top Chef Jennifer Carroll in a bikini, Bacon bikini, Padma licking BBQ sauce sweaty-naked or https://quarrylanefarms.wordpress.com/2011/01/16/beach-fufu-drink-top-chef-boobs-thanks-chefjencarroll-damn-you-ericripert-caymancookout/ : The first started out as we mocked another Cleveland blogger. But with the popularity of Top Chef and BravoTV, these two posts seem to be very popular thanks to the bikini pictures, Chef Eric Ripert’s je ne sais quoi, and of course Host Padma Lakshmi licking. Grab a kleenex.

2. Wear your bikini for the 120lbs of pig Happy 4th of July – #oinkfest2010 : Cause our foodie friends are way cool esp since the piggy was so. damn. good. and the hot chicks in bikinis were outstanding. Love America on the 4th of July.

3. Symon Fieri QuarryLaneFarms Brown and DeLaurentiis: All in one place – Cleveland : One picture at the end (thanks HD) makes this post worth visiting. You’ll need a moment.

Food porn:



1. The Best Burger in the world is… : This post is still causing plenty of controversy. Food porn indeed as my vote for the best burger in the world.

2. Gigantic smoked turkey leg…Disneyland style. : Lotsa people with large pieces of meat. Nuff said.

3. @Nomnomtruck – The best banh mi sandwich ever #perfection #hotchick : The detail and close up/macro shots we took of this amazing sandwich is enough to get you a “culinary boner”.

Bonus: B-Y-O-Bacon at Mhenry in Chicago #eggslut : Just look at the last picture post. Happens to me all the time. “Don’t move, I’ll get you a towel…”

Entree the proverbial Bourdain phrase: “So what have we learned?” Well, I can easily say we here at QuarryLaneFarms enjoy our successes/failures of cooking, writing, photography, and of course eating. Our belief remains: Sharing your food is really sharing your soul, your thoughts, your imagination, and most importantly, the history of your family.

Thank you to all of our readers.

Special thanks to Joolie, Snoozie, Curtis, Giner, Sneakerhead, KHWattz, Ms. Veggie, Mr. Drenalin and of course all of our families. We’d be lost without you.

A wise friend said to me, “Keep drinking cause it gets better!”

Wilco

Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms…

Reference our pre show excitement here.

So our few observations from our trek through Food Network’s Fabulous Food Show held in Cleveland November 12-14, 2010:

Fabulous Food Show

1. For a town that’s ALWAYS accused of being overweight and WAY into food, this show was not well attended.

Why not so busy?

Just walking around, it seemed a bit empty.

Not that busy at all

Well, maybe everyone was home watching Iron Chef Michael Symon, Chef Giada DeLaurentiisChef Guy Firei, or Alton Brown on Food Network already.

2. We have one of the industry’s greatest resources for farm fresh veggies right in Ohio…but yet, no where to be found on the roster.

Farmer's Market Stage

The Chef’s Garden should have been invited. And yes, IRL-Farmer Lee Jones is a REALLY SUPER nice guy.

3. People that build gingerbread houses are amazing.

Can I live there?

Mine NEVER turn out like these.

I kinda want to live here too

Yep-I suck.

4. Vitamix surely pushes their wares hard.

Vita-everything

We’re just waiting to see the famous Live to Cook at Home blogger Dave Whittaker doing a demo.

5. The wine garden was not worth it.

6 for $20? Bah humbug!

Do you know what $20 can buy you? Seriously? Help a fellow foodie out!

6. Who the hell comes to a “Food Show” and buys a scarf?

"Thought it was food...so I bought a scarf!"

That’s like going to a strip club because they have the best roast beef sandwich in town.

"But honey, the wings are SO good..."

I know you have to sell space…but this one was a bit far-fetched.

PEOPLE! It’s about food. That’s why you’re reading this blog right? FOOD!

Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms…

Top Chef Masters Season 2 – Spoiler alert – you’ve been warned. 

Top Chef Masters Season 2 final episode-Of course each Chef had their own great stories…but the word “Master” should evoke years of respect and accomplishments…clearly not the case in this season’s final judgement. 

As a “Master”, the Chef should take chances and envision the future. Even Rick Moonen, a Chef with overcompensating man parts cause he’s “the fish guy”, went out of his comfort zone and made venison. Venison people! Purely on his exploration of his future, out of his comfort zone, this should have gandered him more stars. 

The Fish Guy Chef Rick Moonen

Judge/Author Jay Rayner was swooned by Moonen’s oyster. In fact, hilariously homo Saveur Editor James Oseland asked Moonen to marry him. Give your future husband 5 stars will ya?!?!? 

Oseland said, "Will you marry me?"

SuSur Lee’s heartbreaking story of his first wife, no doubt, brought a tear to everyone in the audience. In SuSur’s first dish, Gail Simmons of Food and Wine Magazine gushes about the black bean sauce. 

Gail-Is that your nipple?

Oseland said they were transported to the Dim Sum Restaurant that SuSur and Father visited. Love it. From the heart. 

Dim Sum = From the heart

Susur’s third dish, according to Frontera Grill’s Chef Rick Bayless, Chiang Mai sausage on lamb “…pretty much nailed it” and “even better than the original Chiang Mai”. 

Top Chef Master Bayless said Susur, "Nailed it!"

Chef Samuelson should not have won. A bit younger, Chef Samuelson has been featured in TONS of food publications-but we feel the young lad needs a bit more time to braise before elevating him into the Top Chef “Masters” category. Besides, flan is so 2004 (Check the cover of America’s Test Kichen’s Cooks Illustrated, The New Best Recipe). 

Named Top Chef Master Marcus Samuelson

True his dishes were a reflection on his skills and his plight to introduce Ethopian food to the world should not outshine the efforts of his Sweedish background which wasn’t really apparent. Now if he tied more of the Sweedish into the Ethopian…now you got a show. 

A real Sweedish Chef

So envision in your mind about a “Master” …now Marcus Samuelson and Rick Bayless. Even at 4am, drunk with slurred speech, Chef Rick Bayless wins. 

The loveable Top Chef Master Rick Bayless

All three chefs worked hard and appeared to have produced dishes that they were generally happy with. 

Other random thoughts: 

1. Kelly Choi should not be so skinny if she is adjudicates a cooking competition. Eat something! 

Choi needs to eat...Put something in your mouth!

2. Apreciated that Bottega Chef Michael Chiarello kept his mouth shut. 

The Prick, Chef Frenchy, Chef Loves Everything

3. Wanted more mainstream reviewers to weigh in on the final judgement. Maybe Les Halles Chef Anthony Bourdain, The French Laundry Chef Thomas Keller, Lola/Lolita Iron Chef Michael Symon…I’d even take Food Network’s hotness Chef Giada DeLaurentiis (C’mon, play nice with the other networks). 

Giada in a moment of bliss...Mmmmm

Overall Top Chef Masters Season 2 wasn’t as exciting as Season 1…but we did appreciate more theatrics and f-bombs (Bayless, you’re just too nice). And if this is any indication of “Masters” seasons to come, I am sure a Chef, on the show, will get drunk…then naked…and then pregnant…typical Bravo TV. We can all thank those Real Housewives of Stupidtown shows. 

The Real Housewives of Skanksville, USA

So raise a glass to ratings…I mean good food! 

Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms 

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