The Barbecue Smoker Science Of Food Preservation - And A Bit Of Fun Too!

Mindful of this dictum, the trendy TriBeCa cocktail emporium Macao Trading Co. recently enlisted the services of Chef Josh Blakely, who earned his culinary stripes under Mario Batali in the kitchen at Babbo. Judging from a recent tasting, Blakely fills the void and then some.

Because Terry and I are both old fuddy-duddies, we talked about how all of the professional cooks we knew growing up learned their trade in the Army. Kendall's students seem to be learning how to cook for television as much as anything. The whole atmosphere was very Top Chef not too surprising since one of the five judges slow cooker pork belly was Stephanie Izard the winner.

We didn't know what food we would be eating as the chef, Shannon Bennett, decides the menu on the day. Once we are seated at our table we are asked if anyone has any food allergies or what people will and won't eat. In our group we had one person who is lactose intolerant, me, a few who are vegetarian and a major pork belly nachos eater.

Possibilities include tongue on rye with onions and spicy mustard; bone marrow and snails on toast, and salt cod with chorizo and black olive. Other offerings are a mouth-watering slow cooked pork belly roast Cubano sandwich and a plentiful pulled pork with coleslaw slathered between grilled poppy-seed hard rolls from neighborhood bakery, Fleur de Lys. For the less adventurous, order the meatball Parmigiano hero; Italian cured meats with provolone picante and hot peppers, or the roast beef with crispy onions and horseradish.

Pigs make very good housekeepers and ensure the dirt outside of their sty is kept very clean. They love to interact with those who care for them and enjoy nothing slow cooked pork belly more than a scratch on their backs or a good pat.

Day two of the auditions begins with Bime, a Puerto Rican guy who uses his kids as his inspiration. He hits the judges with a few jokes then tells them about his kids and his family. He gets emotional during the tasting so Joe questions his emotional stability and gives him a no. Graham gives him a yes. Gordon is worried he won't be able to be able to stand being away from his kids for long periods of time which is what this will take, but he gives him a shot and gives him a yes so Bime gets an apron.

Local's bustling patio can be seen from Sunset and always looks inviting. In the morning little brunch bunches unite from the neighborhood. A sense of getting together and fresh food and kindness make it what it is. And what it is is sweet and savory. It is tired eyes waking up to start the day.