Recipe: Chocolate Clafoutis

About This Recipe

Well… its French. How do I describe this delicious dessert? It is like a cross between a custard and a cake. Is my recipe traditional? Probably not. I’ll let you know for sure the first time I am able to get to France. Does it taste good? Yes. In fact, it’s very good. It also bakes rather quickly. If you want to be “traditional” then replace the chocolate with cherries. If you can’t decide which one you want, use both. The chocolate will sink to the bottom. It is supposed to. In the end you get a bite 3 layers. One chocolate, one custard/cake, and one of pure cake.

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Editorial: Customer Service and Restaurants

The importance of great customer service in a restaurant is obvious. One bad experience can cause the customer to not return and create bad word of mouth. I remember in high school going to a Denny’s with my girlfriend. We waited for 3 hours for our food. A table of 8 sat down after us and they got their food before us. We were offered little more than an apology. Needless to say, we never went back.
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Recipe: Elsa’s Favorite Grilled Chicken

About This Recipe

The are certain things I make that I have many recipes for. These recipes are usually for foods that go with a lot of different side dishes or combine in many ways as a main dish. One of these such recipes is for grilled chicken. Depending on if it’s going on a salad, a sandwich, or anything else I’m making I tend to add different flavors to my grilled chicken. This recipe is my girlfriends favorite that I make. She will eat it on anything. This recipe has a little kick to it from some Hungarian Paprika which I use a lot because of my roots. I will come back and post more of my different grilled chicken recipes in the future.

Elsa's Favorite Grilled Chicken

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Restaurant Review: Bella Bella

Bella BellaLocation: 123 East 5th Avenue Tallahassee, Florida 32301
Phone: (850)412-1114
Website: http://www.bellabellatallahassee.com/
Dinner Prices: Starters – $2.00 to $8.00
Meals – $13.00 to $18.00
Current Special:
Changes daily

Bella Bella is a locally owned Italian restaurant in Tallahassee. It has been opened for about 10 years. Lunch at Bella Bella has a menu of Italian sandwiches while Dinner is dominated by classics and pastas. The restaurant does offer an extensive wine menu.

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Recipe: Meatballs

About This Recipe

 I decided to share another recipe that builds on the tomato sauce we already made. If you haven’t made that tomato sauce a store bought one will work fine. I like big flavors and that’s what I focused on for these recipe. I actually had someone once tell me these were “meatloaf” meatballs. One day I will come back to this and show you how to stuff the meatballs with cheese.

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Technique: How to Cook and Serve Pasta

It’s ok to simply combine the pasta + sauce and serve but there is a better way. When prepared properly you will get a better taste out of your dish. It also gives you an extra opportunity to add additional flavors to your dish and give your food a more restaurant quality. Best part is how quick and easy it is.

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Office Recipe: Smoothie

I have been working in an office setting for about 5 years now. Most of this time was spent on internships while I was working on my undergrad. One of the first things I noticed about working at an office was how hard it is to eat something that won’t shorten your life. I love unhealthy foods. I could live off cheeseburgers and pasta. None the less, eating these things for lunch at an office slows me down. I have no energy to work.

The common “healthy idea” for a meal around the offices I have worked in are frozen meals such as lean cuisine. These things taste terrible and are more science the food.

Since this is a common problem around the office I have spent time coming up with healthy breakfast and lunch ideas that work in an office setting.

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Recipe: Garlic Tomato Sauce

About the recipe

To me all pasta sauces should be made from scratch. It doesn’t matter if its tomato, alfredo, pesto, vodka, or any other kind of sauce. Fresh pasta sauce makes all the difference in the world when working with pasta. The preservatives put into these (canned) sauces edit the flavor dramatically. I like my sauce without high fructose corn syrup. What’s nice about a homemade tomato sauce is how versatile it is. You can add virtually any spice or vegetable to it (popular choices are celery, carrot, onion, garlic, bell peppers, and mushrooms). This makes tomato sauce from scratch a great healthy choice (and a good way to trick kids into eating their vegetables). Since this is my first tomato sauce being posted (and the first recipe in general) I am going to keep it basic. This garlic tomato sauce is fantastic over pasta with meatballs. If you aren’t a big garlic fan don’t worry. If you cut it down it still tastes great.

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