New Rice Dish Creation – Coming along just fine

written by Charlie Mundi on December 7, 2014 0 Comments
riceWell, I didn't think I would try re-creating my new version of wild rice so soon.

I told you in the previous article that the first rice dish I prepared with Balsamic Vinegar and Sugar was OK. But I thought about it, and have changed my mind. It was not OK. It was bad, and I mean, very bad. So, I went back to the drawing board, and changed a few things. The new dish I prepared was much better, but not yet the dish I want. It did taste good, and that's the main thing. Now, I have something to work with, and am headed in the right direction. By Christmas, I'll reach the finish line. (more…)

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New version of Wild Rice, Courtesy of my Niece

written by Charlie Mundi on December 6, 2014 0 Comments
balsamic-vinegarI tried something very interesting, and quite different, last evening.

My sister, Lisa and her daughter, Samantha went to Italy about a month ago. Samantha is an I Love Lucy fanatic. She was determined to visit the Vineyards, and see the place where Lucy danced around in the grapes and fought with the other lady. She did just that. She also brought me a bottle of genuine Italian Balsamic Vinegar from the Vineyards. (more…)

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I once wanted to be a Chef

written by Charlie Mundi on  1 Comment
pastry-chefLet me clarify this. I once wanted to be a savory chef. I've changed my mind. I still want to be a chef, but a pastry chef.

There are many similarities and differences between the two. I'm going to tell you the only difference that has made me want to be a pastry chef instead of a savory chef. (more…)

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Bread Pudding – Usually Dry, but Not This Time

written by Charlie Mundi on December 2, 2014 0 Comments
I love having fun, playing golf and going places. I do these things during the week. On weekends, I like to relax. Usually, I spend Saturday afternoons with my mother. Every Saturday, she tries to come up with something unique that we can prepare. A few weeks ago, we made some of the delicious Chow Chow. This past Saturday, she got the bug for bread pudding. It was funny she mentioned this, because earlier in the week I was talking with World Class Chef, Charles Allen, and we were talking about good bread pudding. Bread pudding has always been a dish that I have had an indifferent attitude about. In the past, whenever I had bread pudding, I only had it because of the sauce. Face it, bread pudding is bland. It has no character, no style. This is what I thought. (more…)

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Amy’s Baking Company – Not Entirely to Blame

written by Charlie Mundi on April 12, 2014 1 Comment
amys-baking-companyLike millions of people, I tuned in to Fox last evening to watch the long awaited return of Amys Baking Company & Bistro. Before watching the latest showing of Kitchen Nightmares, which featured the return of Samy and Amy Bouzaglo, I was a little skeptical about the attitudes of these two illustrious owners. While viewing the show very closely, my purpose was to remain objective. Now that I have seen it, I have formulated my own opinion of the owners. (more…)