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Alessandra Palotti

My new and dear friend, Alessandra Palotti is a great tattoo artist and a great cook! Alexandra is Italian from Bologna, Italy where she has been tattooing for over 6 years. Alessandra and her husband, Koji Ichimaru, run their private studio in Bologna, what a beautiful place to live, definitely on my go-to list!

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Alessandra and I got to cook together one day. I made beef Milanese and she made Bolognese sauce. I had never had traditional, authentic Bolognese before and had a completely different idea in my head on how it is made. I learned so much from her that day.

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Here is a mix of Alessandra’s tattoo photos, her recipe and photos of the process. Please enjoy and try out her recipe, it will become a staple in your culinary repertoire!

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Alessandra’s Bolognese Sauce

makes about 4 servings

To be served with pasta of your choice and garnished with a good grated parmesan cheese!

1 carrot, finely chopped

1 onion, finely chopped

1 celery stalk, finely chopped

2 fresh basil leaves, chiffonade

1/4-1/2c olive oil

1 pound ground beef

1/2 tsp sugar

salt and pepper if desired

26-27 oz crushed tomatoes

15-26 oz water

2-3 TBLS butter

Brown carrots, celery, onion over medium heat in the olive oil for about 10 minutes.

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Add the ground beef and cook until the beef is cooked. Then add the basil, salt and pepper (if desired) and sugar. Let it simmer for a few minutes, then add the tomatoes and 1/2 the water.

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Let the sauce lightly simmer for about 2-3 hours. If the water starts to evaporate too much, add more water little by little.

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You will want to end up with a very thick sauce, you want most of the water to be reduced in the cooking process. Add the butter at the end, before serving. Eat with pasta and parmesan. Enjoy!!

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Grazie Mille, Ale!!  Thank you for coming out to visit and for showing us all this amazing recipe!!!!!!!! We can’t wait till you come out next time!

You can catch more of Alessandra on her Instagram, @ale1126

If you are a tattooed chef or foodie tattooer and want to be featured on this blog or Instagram, email us at knivesandneedles@gmail.com

@knivesandneedles

Ciao!!

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Wilhelmina

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Wilhelmina is one of our first international chefs to interviewed for knivesandneedlesblog! Thank you Wilhelmina for taking the time to share your thoughts, tattoos and yummy recipe! Read on to see what Wilhelmina has to say…
Molly: So tell us a bit about yourself
Wilhelmina: My name is Wilhelmina, I’m 23 years old and live in Leiden, Holland. Since February I’m working as garde manger at the Hilton Garden Inn in Leiden/Oegstgeest, Holland.
M: I love Holland! The food there is so great, what are some of your favorite things to cook?
W: My favorite thing to cook is without a doubt cheesecake. I love, love, love cheesecake! But I don’t bake them. Just let them stiffen up in the fridge. In every flavor you can imagine.
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M: who doesn’t love cheesecake! So on to tattoos. When did you get your first tattoo and what was it?
W: I got my first tattoo when I just turned 15. I had a boyfriend [who is now my ex-husband] who had some tattoos and I really loved that kind of art. So I wanted something too. My mom didn’t agree, but when I said I’d love to have the Chinese character for ‘Mother’ she just sighed and said ‘Okay, love you’. Two weeks later I got my first tattoo and my mom even paid for it. It’s still there in my shoulder, but now I’ve got ‘The Big Wave’ from the Japanese painter Hokusai all around it.
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M: Hokusai… yes! So do you ever go to any tattoo conventions?

W: Tattoo conventions are so awesome and I really want to go to every convention I can go to. Love to get tattooed on conventions, but also hanging out with the artist and making some new friends. Unfortunately I can not go everytime because of my work. The conventions are mostly in the weekend, and I’m working almost every weekend. On top of that I only go to Dutch conventions, and one time went to Antwerp. But I really, really want to go abroad. I would love to go to London, Paris, Rome, Munchen-Gladbach and many more.

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M: Those are some good shows! Who do you admire in the tattooing and/or culinary industries?
W: In the culinary industry I really admire Sergio Herman, Ricardo van Ede, Brandon Baltzley, Heston Blumenthal, Jamie Oliver, Roderick Rijsdam, Jean Beddington and lots more!
In the tattoo industry I really admire Gerrit Termaat, Rob Deut, Maximo Lutz,  Lyz Diephuis, Leslie Reesen, Hankey Jee, Nikko Hurtado, Ade Itameda and many more.
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M: Nice! If you could get tattooed by anyone in the world right now, who would it be and why?

W: If I could get tattooed by any tattooer in the world right now I would probably go for Ade Itameda. I have an elephant tattooed on my back and my shoulder blades and everything around the elephant are still empty. I would love for him to get that covered with his amazing dotwork.

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M: Magazines. Food or tattoos, which ones do you read?
W: I really enjoy reading, or actually just looking at the pictures, food magazines. My absolute favorite is ‘Patisserie&Desserts’. I really just love all the sweetness. Tattoo magazines, same story. Love the pictures. Sometimes I feature in ‘Tattoo Planet’, a Dutch monthly magazine.
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M: Ah so you tattoo model as well, cool! Let’s end with some advice… Any cooking advice for beginners?

W: The only cooking advice I can give is just do your own thing. Go crazy, experimenter and taste. Taste everything. Go to the basis of the food, take a trip to your local farmer. Love your food ❤

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Great advice! I always say cook with feeling too!

As with weekly tradition, Wilhelmina has given us her over-the-top Oreo cheesecake recipe! Check it out….. I promise you wont regret it!

Oreo cheesecake

Oreo Cheesecake

Crust

2 cups Oreo crumbs (from about 20 Oreos)
1/4 cup butter, melted
 Filling
24 oz (three 8-oz packages) cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
8 oz whipped cream
1 1/2 cups Oreo crumbs (from about 16 Oreos)
7-10 Oreos, chopped, optional
Instructions
1. Combine Oreo crumbs (for crust) with melted butter.
2. Press into the bottom and halfway up the sides of a 9 inch springform pan. Set in refrigerator to firm.
3. Mix cream cheese, sugar and vanilla together in a large bowl until smooth and well combined.
4. Gently stir in whipped cream.
5. Add Oreo crumbs and chopped Oreos and gently mix until well combined.
6. Pour filling into crust and smooth the top.
7. Top with additional Oreo’s, if desired.
8. Refrigerate for about 4 hours or until firm.

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Thank you Wilhelmina! Your tattoos are amazing and I want to try your cheesecake recipe like yesterday!

You can catch more of Wilhelmina on IG: @WillayWilhelmina

If you are a tattooed chef or foodie tattooer and have any recipes or food tattoos, send them to us at knivesandneedles@gmail.com or tag us on IG: @knivesandneedles – we would love to feature you!

Cheers!

Asia Witherington Large

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I saw Asia on IG and had to get an interview with this beautiful and talented lady! Check out what inspires Asia cook and her thoughts on tattoos!

Molly: Tell me about yourself, please include what you are doing now

Asia: I am a born again Christian, child of God! I’m a mom of 3 and a newlywed wifey! In my past I was a tattoo artist of 17 years and a pinup model. I’m now a baker and established cake decorator and owner of Jireh Cakes!

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M: So how did you get into baking?

A: After surviving a tragic divorce and loosing everything I had down to my tattoo shop equipment, I was given an opportunity to cook and bake when looking for a new profession. The Lord basically threw baking in my lap! I hit the ground running and haven’t looked back since.

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M:  Wow, that takes guts. What do you enjoy most bout cooking?

A:  What’s not to enjoy. Cooking and baking is everything to me. Feeding others and helping them create happy memories! Mainly knowing its something God provided me with to survive. The Lord is really good.

M: So, what was your first tattoo?

A: At 15 I took a needle and thread with India ink I had from art class, I tapped a small yin and yang onto my left ankle. Hideous.

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M: Haha! Who do you admire in the tattoo industry?

A: Being in the industry for so long I have many people I admire. Since I’ve removed myself from that scene I don’t talk to anyone. I’m very out of the loop.

Clint Cummings, Johnny Jackson, Myke Chambers, Anthony Zamora, Zack Ross, David De La O (butter), Michael Oureque, Jesse Alvarado, Bunny Switchblade…the list goes on.

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M: If you could get tattooed by anyone right now, who would it be and why?

A: I’m out of space so there will be no more tattoos for this girl!

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M: Why do you think so many chefs are heavily tattooed?.

A: You can’t explain it, it’s just you are, or your not.

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M: I know you said space is limited, but what would your next tattoo be?

A: I do want to put Jehovah Jireh in a banner on an anchor on my left hand I did about 6 years ago. It comes from Genesis 22. God told Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. He took his son to build an alter and obeyed Gods command. Just when he was about to sacrifice his son, he saw a ram tangled in the bush by him. God had provided for them. To thank The Lord, Abraham named where the alter was Jehovah Jireh because God provided for him. God provides for us all (hence Jireh Cakes). He will make a way out of no way and will turn our mess into His message!

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Thank you, Asia! You can catch more of Asia on FB or IG here…

Www.facebook.com/jirehcakes

Instagram:  @Jireh_cakes

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Are you a tattooed chef or a foodie tattooer who wants to share their work inside the kitchen or studio? Contact us at knivesandneedles@gmail.com, we would love to talk to you!

Cheers!

Tomatoes

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Well October has arrived and what better way to start the scariest month of the year than to bring up the creepy, scary tomato. What do you mean the scary tomato, you ask? Well for over 200 hundred years the tomato was considered an inedible and poisonous plant. The tomato was dangerous food to eat as many people wound up sick after eating the fruit. This was because at that time aristocrats ate off of mostly pewter plates with pewter utensils. Lead in the pewter broke down and leeched into the highly acidic tomatoes.  This obviously led to lead poisoning (ba da bum ching!). The tomato was considered a Solanceae plant in Europe, the same category as the mandrake or the deadly nightshade (deadly and ominous plants). Tomatoes did not shed its infamous rep until around the 1800’s around the time the pizza was invented in Italy.

The plump veggie/fruit had a much better reputation in Mesoamerica, where they originated. Ironically, Tomatoes were brought to Europe by early explorers and brought back to the Americas with the Italians who paid little attention to their reputation and regularly enjoyed eating them. Thus the pizza, thank you Italy!

The name, tomato, comes from the Aztec word, tomatl. And In German history, the tomato was thought to conjure werewolves and was integral in lycanology. Creepy!

Nutritionally tomatoes are the ‘renaissance man’ of nutrition. Tomatoes are jam-packed with Vitamins A, C, K, B6, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and potassium. They help fight sun damage to your hair, skin, improve bone mass, and are a natural cancer fighter.  The tomato also regulates blood sugar and is an anti-inflammatory. What a talented food!

Lastly, there are many varieties of tomatoes. Many, many, many, many varieties. There are literally too many to name! Here is a good resource to read up on the different varieites, http://njaes.rutgers.edu/tomato-varieties/.  You will be surprised on how many there actually are! Choosing ripe tomatoes is not that difficult. Make sure the skin is unbroken and intact and the tomato should be plump yet firm not squishy or too juicy. The squishy ones will be good for cooking sauces or soups with, however.

One more note: the acid from tomatoes and the lining of cans (BPA or Bisphenal-A ) are not a good mix. It is more of a health risk with fetuses, infants and small children. So buy glass canned tomatoes whenever possible!!

Her is my recipe for basic tomato sauce, it never fails to impress people! And you can freeze it!

1- 1 1/4c olive oil

10 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped

4 yellow onions, roughly chopped

4-6 fresh Roma tomatoes, roughly chopped

4 TBLS dried oregano

1 tsp dried chili flakes

1/4c red wine

4 16oz jars of glass jarred tomatoes (I found them at Costco of all places!)

Salt and pepper to taste

Heat 1/2c of the olive oil in a large sauce pan on medium-high. Add the garlic, onions, fresh tomatoes, and chili flakes. Let the onions sweat until they are starting to turn translucent and become soft. Add the wine and cook off the alcohol, about 2-3 minutes. When the alcohol is cooked off, add the jarred tomatoes and bring the sauce to a very slow simmer. It should bubble every 2-3 seconds, not a full rolling simmer. Turn the heat down and let slowly simmer for about 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, transfer to a blender or use a hand blender and puree the sauce smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Now let the sauce cool and then divide it into plastic containers in portions you will eat later and place in the freezer. Enjoy!!

Get out and buys some tomatoes today and enoy this amazing food!!

Cheers!

Photo by the lovely Michelle Roberts!!

If you have a recipe or tattoo you would like to share, contact us at knivesandneedlesblog.com

Peas

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Peas are a classic side dish where I grew up. And I bet many people could say the same. This may be because the pea is one of the oldest cultivated vegetables. Archeologists say man as far back as 5,000 years have been eating the tiny green orbs. Over time cultivating them into a thousand different varieties around the world.

The origin of peas was hard to track down but most sources have quoted the Middle Asia and Near East regions from the north of India to Afghanistan and Iran to be ancient centers for agricultural development. The earliest evidence of pea consumption is said to be a cave in the Thai and Burmese border.

A few examples of pea usage through the ages:

Dishes like pea soup made from dried pea varieties were sold on the streets in ancient Greece.

The Chinese grew smaller peas and they could be eaten whole and raw.

The British bred many varieties, including white and yellow peas.

And the pea was the first vegetable to be canned. 

Peas can be eaten raw, steamed, stir-fried, mashed, stuffed into pastries, or in soup. They are very low in fat and high in phytonutrients which can lower the risk of stomach cancer and work as an anti-inflammatory. They are also a sustainable vegetable. Planting peas can give soil important nutrients and can be great for crop rotation. Yay for peas!

 

 Here is a recipe for one of my favorite ways to eat peas, good ol’ fashioned split pea soup!

 

Split Pea Soup

 

1/8c olive oil

1 large yellow onion, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, minced

2 Tbls dried oregano

2 carrots, medium diced

2 celery sticks, medium diced

4 red potatoes, medium diced

½ tsp salt

½ tsp black pepper

1 pound dried split peas

8c chicken or vegetable stock

½ pound thick cut bacon or ham, medium slices

Salt and pepper to taste

 Place a large enough stockpot (maybe about 4-5 quart stockpot) on the stove and turn the heat on medium high. Add the olive oil and let it heat up for about a minute. Add the onion, garlic, and oregano. Let the onions sweat for 2-3 minutes or until they start to turn translucent. Then add the carrots, celery, and potatoes. Add the salt and pepper and let them sauté for 2-3 minutes. After the vegetables have cooked for a couple minutes, add half of the split peas, chicken stock/vegetable stock and bacon/ham. Turn the stove up to high and bring to a light simmer. Turn heat down and simmer for 35 minutes. There will be some foam while the soup simmers, skim the foam off with a ladle or spoon. At the end of the 35 minutes, add the rest of the peas and keep the soup simmering for another 45 minutes or until the peas are at the desired softness. Stir the soup once in a while to keep the vegetables and meat from sticking to the pot. Salt and pepper to taste and serve hot with oyster crackers or a nice chunk of bread. Great for those winter nights, and it freezes nicely so make tons!

 

Photo by the talented Michelle Roberts, thanks Michelle!

Contact us if you have something you think we would want to share:

@knivesandneedles

knivesandneedles@gmail.com

Cheers!

Jeremy Smith

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I do not know Jeremy Smith very well personally, but I can tell just from speaking with him for this blog that he is one hard-working chef. You can see all his hard work paying off with his mouth-watering food photos. Read on and try out Jeremy’s recipes, you wont regret it! Let us know how it turns out!

Molly:  Tell me about yourself, background and what you are doing now

Jeremy:  My is Chef Jeremy Ryan Smith, I am currently a Sous chef at Harrahs Cherokee Casino and Resort in Cherokee, NC. Previous to this I was a sous chef for Norwegian Cruise Line on the MS pride of America based in Honolulu, HI. I just finished a 20 month contract. I’m 25 years old and I have been in the Industry since I was 14. My culinary background includes high end to greasy spoons but I specialize in new American to classic French typical gastro pub style.  I strive to do good wholesome food. Fresh ingredients and nothing too confusing… Just far enough outside the box to push the envelope of new cuisine.  I graduated from the Columbus Culinary Institute in Columbus, OH in 2009.

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M:  Gotta love cooking the classics! How did you get into tattoos?

J:  I have always been interested in tattoos from a very young age. My parents were the “partying” type and I was exposed to all walks of life growing up… Majority of them having tattoos. I always knew I would get a tattoo and I didn’t get my first one until I was 22. I was picky and wanted to make sure that I got something that told a story about my life and was able to express myself in the awesome art form of tattoos.

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M:  Cool, what was your first tattoo?

J:  My first tattoo was my B&G Chef skull with a Damascus steel chefs knife and cleaver crossing under the skull. The skull is wearing a chefs hat and is says Mise En Place under the knives.

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M:  Ah mis en place! So who do you admire in the tattoo industry?

J:  I admire every professional tattoo artist that works in a legal clean shop trying to earn an honest living making there clients lives that much more enjoyable by giving them a life changing tattoo. It takes a lot of courage to do what they do!

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M:  What will your next tattoo be?

J:  My next planned tattoo is a full chest Piece of an Anatomically correct heart “claddagh. ” crown on top of the heart with hands wrapping around the heart and the arms will be Celtic knot work going out towards my shoulders to show my Irish pride.

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M:  Cool. Do you read any tattoo magazines?  If so, which ones?

J:  Yes I do. I read Inked Magazine, Tattoo, Tattoo Culture Magazine,

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M:  You are the first chef to tell me he reads tattoo magazines! Has being tattooed ever been an issue in getting a cooking job?

J:  Tattoos have never been an issue with my career as a chef. They have always been welcomed and shown off with pride. It kind of comes with the territory I guess. Especially since most of tattoos relate to cooking.

Thank you Jeremy! Check out a couple dishes Jeremy wanted to share with all of us today. They look delicious!

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Raspberry coullis filled mellon ball our of Asian pear, thinly sliced green apple, yellow bananas sliced on a hard bias, crowned strawberries with blueberries in the center, crowned cantaloupe with sliced strawberries, pineapple leaves for garnish

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Fillet of beef stuffed with Gruyere cheese wrapped in apple wood smoked bacon

The steak is seasoned with Sea salt, corse ground black pepper, and garlic powder, the steak is basted in a rosemary beurre noisette ( place 4 T of salted butter in sauté pan with 1 sprig of rosemary and place on medium high heat until butter browns a little) place raw steak in pan and baste with a spoon until desired temperature. Mine is a nice medium rare. Under the steak is a potato gillet ( thinly sliced red bliss potatoes, shaved Gruyere, minced shallots) small cast iron skillet coated in butter, shingle one layer of potatoes in bottom of pan then add cheese, shallots S&p, another layer of potato until desired thickness. Place skillet on stove top on high heat for about 8 min… Long enough to brown potatoes. Place In an oven at 350 degrees F for 12 min. Turn gillet out onto a cutting board and cut into triangles. Fan triangles out on plate and place steak on edge of fanned potatoes. Blanch 1/4 C trimmed Brussels then sauté 1 T of Jillian onions and raw diced bacon in 2 T of butter. Add Brussels and sauté for 5 min. S&P to taste. Place Brussels on the end of plate and drizzle with rosemary infused balsamic glaze (2 C balsamic vinegar 1/2 C brown sugar)(  Mix balsamic vinegar fresh sprig of rosemary  with brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until glaze is reduced by half, about 20 minutes. Glaze should coat the back of a spoon. Bon appetite

…  Ughh I’m so hungry now, thank you Jeremy!

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You can catch more of Jeremy on IG at @jeremiah76 or on FB  at Jeremy.smith.3304@facebook.com

Also Jeremy’s work was done by Forbidden Color Tattoos in Waynesville, NC.  You can heck them out at:

http://www.forbiddencolortattoos.com

https://www.facebook.com/ForbiddenColorTattoos

Thanks for tuning in today, I hope you enjoyed this post! If you are a tattooed chef or foodie tattooer who has recipes or food tattoos they would like to share, give us a shout! We would love to feature you!

Cheers!

knivesandneedles@gmail.com

@knivesandneedles

Tattoo Tuesday

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Looks good enough to eat! Thank you Kyle!!
Send us your food tattoos or recipes, we would love to publish you!
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LIzette Gonzalez

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I am super stoked to introduce Lizette Gonzalez today! She is an incredible talent, a beautiful girl and a woman who knows whats she wants! Check out her interview and get inspired to bake your ass of!

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Molly: Tell us about yourself, background and what you are doing now.

Lizette: My name is Lizette Gonzalez.  I am a Chef de Partie (Pastry), residing in Las Vegas but originally from Rosemead, California.  I’ve been baking since the age of 6.  I grew up baking and making cakes galore with my mom in our kitchen at home.  She has taught me so much.  It’s because of her, I am the gal I am today.  I am a proud member of Cutthroat Culinary.  The ideas, convictions, and passion this group has towards the art of what we do amaze and inspire me every day.  I’m currently in the process of starting my own cake business, and possibly a catering business on the side.  I am not your average person, I am different.  I know who I am and what I want.  Every day I am challenged, I learn, and I continue to grow.  Every day I am that much closer to achieving my dream.

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M: Wow! Strong-minded person, very cool! When did you start getting tattooed?

L: It was the summer of 2004, I was 19

 

M: So what was your first tattoo?

L: It was 3 little music notes, the size of a quarter.  Later on it became part of a musical piece.

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M: What inspired you to get it and to get more?

L: I was anxious and nervous about my first tattoo, I did not just want anything, and it had to have a story… a meaning.  This may sound cliché, but it is very true.  Music has always been a part of my life since day 1.  In all that I do I’m always surrounded by music.  I listen to almost everything and anything.  From my rock ‘n roll and jazz, to hip hop and alternative.  And let’s not forget my Mexican music.  From this the ideas of self expression bloomed.

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“A picture is worth a thousand words”.  All I ever wanted to do was to tell my stories.  Show the world how and why I am the person I became to be.  So much thought has been put into each piece as well as the placement.  For example; My “smile” tattoo created by my beautiful niece, Gina, was originally drawn by her.  Gina has a form of Down Syndrome.  Each day that she is with us is a blessing, as she wasn’t suppose to see past 2 and now she is going strong at 25.  She is my heart and she inspires me.  This tattoo is very visible and those who have noticed it, smile.  Not only has Gina impacted me, but those around me as well, with just a simple smile J.  That joy and happiness people get from seeing this tattoo has the power to change a bad day into something wonderful.  That’s more than I could ever ask for.

There is so much more to share, I’m far from being done with telling my story.

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M: Very touching and interesting! Why do you think so many chefs are heavily tattooed?

L: We express our minds, our feelings, and convictions through our food.  It’s our art, our passion, our story.  Tattoos are another way to show our freedom to express our ideas and emotions through another form of art.  It’s a beautiful thing.

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M: Do you own any tattoo magazines, if so which ones?

L: Inked and Tattoo.  On Facebook I’m following Addicted to Ink, and Inked and Sexy, and Women with Ink.

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M: Nice! Who do you admire in the tattoo industry? Do you have a tattoo done by him/her?

L: Tim Mueller of Tim Mueller’s Secret Tattoo and Charly Reynoso of Black Diamond Tattoo.  These two artists have a gift in what they do.  I’ve been blessed to have crossed paths with these guys and be able to call them friends.  I have gotten work done by Charly, and I’m currently getting work done by Tim.  It’s amazing to see them work.  Without having to say much they know the ideas and concepts of what I want, and with that I allow them to have the freedom to add their artistic twist to the piece.

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Thank you Lizette!! Its always nice to interview talented people who have something to say and thank you all for taking the time to read our little blog : ) !!

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Lizette shared an amazing recipe; check it out, try it out, tell us about how it went!

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Baguettes with a Twist

Poolish Prefrement

Bread Flour       5.5 oz

Hi-Gluten Flour   5.5 oz

Water                11 oz

Fresh Yeast      5 grams

Combine bread flour, hi-gluten flour, water and yeast. Mix until water is incorporated and the consistency is smooth.

Cover product so that it does not form a skin.

Ferment over night in walk-in

Baguettes

Poolish

Star Anise      ¼ tsp

Honey             1 oz

Vanilla Extract  1 ½ tsps

Salt                 1 TBS

Cranberries   5 oz

Cinnamon      3 tsp

Poppy Seeds 3.5 oz

Infuse ¼ tsp star anise in half of the water.

Combine poolish, water, water infused with star anise, yeast, bread flour, honey, vanilla extract and salt. Mix at a low speed for 3 minutes (scrape bowl after 2 minutes)

Continue to mix dough at a medium for 2-3 minutes.

Divide the dough into three equal parts. Add ingredients as follo

Dough 1: Add 2.5 oz cranberries

Dough 2: Add 2.5 oz cranberries and 1 ½ tsp cinnamon

Dough 3: Add 1 ½ tsp cinnamon

In a well-oiled container, cover each of the three doughs, with plastic wrap, and ferment in a warm environment until the internal temperature reaches 75ºF. Stretch and fold after 45 minutes. Total fermentation will be 1.5 hours.

Once fermentation is complete, scale 4 equal strands from each of the 3 doughs (making 12 strands all together). Spray strands from doughs 1 and 3 with water and cover with poppy seeds. Pre-shape into mini baguetttes and let sit for 20-30 minutes, covered in plastic wrap.

Braid 3 strands (one from each different dough mixture) forming 4 different loaves.

Optional  Once braided, shape the braided dough into the form of a wreath. (Do this to all 4 loaves).

Proof for about 40 minutes

Bake at 400ºF (with steam). Bake for 20-25 minutes

Cool down and enjoy!!

Cream Cheese Topping

Cream Cheese, softened    16 oz

Powdered Sugar             1 ½ cups

Vanilla Extract                1 TBS

Combine all ingredients and mix until well blended

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Thank you Lizette again! You can check out more of Lizette and her creations at:

IG: @l1zzyg03

FB: http://www.facebook.com/lizette.gonzales.311

If you have a food tattoo or recipe you would like to share, please contact us at either

knivesandneedles@gmail.com or @knivesandneedles on IG.

Cheers!!

Dominic Ramos!

Today we have the talented Dominic Ramos…

So read on!!

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Hello my name is Dominic Ramos; I’m a cook who has obtained an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of San Antonio. I currently belong to a club that goes by the name Cutthroat Culinary. We are a worldwide group that believes in the passion of cooking. The passion of cooking, and tasting the most wonderful foods began immediately after I cooked my first egg at the age of six.

Molly: How long have you been a chef?

Dominic: I don’t consider myself a Chef, as a chef to me is a title that is earned, and may take many years to gain the respect required in being called a Chef. I am just a cook.

M: Where do you work now?

D: I own a food truck, Gourmet on the Fly. We have been in business for almost one year. I love being my own boss and I love that I make my own hours.

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M: When did you start getting tattooed?

D: My first tattoo, along with several others, was a homemade one a cross and the word “mom” on my left hand. It was about 10 years ago when I experienced my first professional tattoo.

M: What was it and do you still have it?

D: My first professional tattoo was a dragon on the inside of my right arm, I do still have it, and it still looks new. I couldn’t believe that I was spending hundreds of dollars on a tattoo, but it was well worth a thousand dollars.

M: What is your favorite piece and why?

D: My favorite piece is my Chef tat. Two reasons why: first, it was a cover up and second it represents me.

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What drew you to tattoos initially?

I think what drew me to tattoos was the fact that my body would be a walking canvas. I have always loved art. Most of all my tattoos are free hand. I didn’t want to have the same tattoo as anyone else or someone having the same tattoo as me.

M: Why do you think the tattoo industry and the culinary industry are so intertwined?

D: Well both industries have artist. The tattoo artist, his canvas is the body; to a Chef, the plates are his canvas. Both industries can create beautiful, Tasteful, and respectful art.

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M: Have you noticed this correlation (or lack thereof) in your travels in other countries?

D: Yes I have.  I believe tattoos on Chefs and Artists are battle scars or small stories of their lives. Everyone has a story to tell.

M: Do you have a tattoo experience that stands out for any reason? Funny/sentimental?

D: As stated earlier about my favorite tattoo, which is the Chef one, was a cover up. I was a girls name on my arm.  Well, one of my favorite tattoo artists, Mike Adair, was going to be in Austin. I called him to setup an appointment to do a cover up. When we starting talking about what I wanted and where I wanted it; I showed him my arm with the girl’s name. He laughed and said, “I figured you would want that covered up.” It was his sister’s name and he was the one who tatted the name in the first place.

M: Any cooking advice for a novice?

D: Stay true to your heart. Your food will taste of happiness.

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M: What recipe would you suggest for our readers?

D: I would say my Avocado Cilantro dipping sauce.

Dominic’s Avocado cilantro dipping sauce

4 Avocados (ripened)

1 bunch of Cilantro, trimmed

2 lemons, juiced

1 cup of sherry wine

1 tbsp of garlic powder

1 tbsp of onion powder

1 pinch of salt and pepper

4 tbsp of mayo

Place on ingredients in a blender or ninja. Chop or blend until all corporate. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Serve or chill covered.

 

Thank you Dominic!

If you have any food tattoo photos or recipes you would like to share, we would love to feature you!

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Andrew Santana

 Andrew Santana

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I have had the amazing opportunity to interview a talented chef named Andrew Santana. He is from California and is a jack-of-all trades when it comes to cooking! He has done it all! He has a passion for tattoos and kindly shared some of them and their story with me. Here is our interview along with a mouth-watering recipe courtesy of Andrew!  Read on and check it out!

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M: How long have you been a chef?

A: All my life I’ve been in kitchens. My family has owned restaurants since I was a child but professionally about 14 years. In 1999 I decided to go to culinary school in S.F. (best time of my life) then I made it to the big leagues. Right out the gate I landed a spot with Michael Mina (fuck me that was a blur! Shout out to Steven Fretz!) Then became his sous chef for a minute. Hung out with Chef Wade Hageman at Blanca, a French restaurant in Del Mar, was his opening sous. Also hung out at The Plumed Horse in Saratoga another French restaurant (Chef Peter Armellino a beast of a chef, learned so much from that man!) Then I did everything from opening a food truck  (shout out to the Mobowl crew Kevin and little Mijo aka the Willie) to a farm to table bistro and did private events! Man you name it, I did it … can’t even list it all.

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M: Where are you working now?

A: This industry has taking a toll on my family so now  I’m a culinary ronin . A knife for hire if you will . I keep in contact with everyone I’ve worked for in the past so I help when they need help. Sometimes a sous chef needs a couple of days or a chef will travel and I fill in for them. Chez Tj was the last place I worked. My good friend ( Chef Jarod ) needed me to step in and iIdid . I’ll be traveling the European country side with my wife and children this year and When I get back ill be opening up a spot. Stay tuned for that . @underwaterroads

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M: Any chefs you admire?

A: That’s a can of worms, here we go .  The French and UK greats would be Albert and Michel roux , Pierre Koffman, Raymond Blanc, Nico Ladenis , Marco Pierre White. Californian greats would be, George Morrone , Jeremiah Towers, Michael Mina, Alice Waters, Thomas Keller and Traci des Jardins. The Chefs I’ve worked for Micheal Mina  Wade Hageman, Peter Armellino, Steven Fretz, Joseph Humphrey, Robbie Lewis, Jarod Gallagher, Steven Hopcraft (weird to see him on top chef)  and Joe Cirone.

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M: There are so many amazing chefs out there! So on to tattooing, when did you first start getting tattooed?

A: I was a 13-year-old vato. Some homie’s uncle was giving out tats in the garage. He looked at me and said, “You’re next “. I thought he was joking. He wasn’t.

M: What was it and do you still have it?

A: It was my last name of course (Santana), left shoulder. Still have it. I’ll never get rid of that 3-inch blurred out, fat lined tattoo.

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M: What is your favorite piece and why?

A: Wow, that’s like asking who’s your favorite child. I like them all equally but for different reasons. The names of my family members are special. But if I had to pick one it would be my skull and roses. An ode to my rehabilitation! That was done by Cristo at polished tattoo in San Jose also shout out to Big homie Paco Excel and Chronic Joe from Death Before Dishonor. They have schooled me on ink politics.

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M: What drew you tattoos initially?

A: It’s always been part of my families DNA.  It started with my grandfather. He was getting inked up over seas while he was serving his country in WWII. Also, my gangster uncles who served their sentences in the pen, I wanted to be like them.

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M: Why do you think the tattoo industry and the culinary industry are so intertwined?

A: I believe we are cut from the same cloth in this way. There is deep rich history in both our industry I love that. We provide a great service for the individual who walks through our doors; a spiritual healing of sorts and Our Reputation is everything. We work, love and play hard…

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M: Have you noticed this correlation (or lack thereof) in your travels in other countries?

A: Currently I have taken some time off to pay homage to the culinary world on the other side of the planet. I wonder how people will react to my ink.

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M: I think they will be more curious than anything. Do you have a tattoo experience that stands out for any reason? Funny/sentimental?

A: Hahaha, yeah. My third tattoo was horrible (17 years of age). A best friend of mine was getting his moms name on his arm. He turned to me and said “your getting one too its on me, pick something.” So of course I pick something small original and different. It was a dual tattoo an evil face and half moon and star, half dollar in size. Now that I’m thinking back I’m not sure what it was or why I actually got it, ahahahaha. But man the guy who did it, didn’t know what the fuck he was doing. It was the worst pain I had ever experienced and I’ve chopped a nail completely off, stabbed my wrist trying to shuck an oyster, oil and oven burns galore but nothing compared to my third tatt. It bled for days and scarred like a bullet wound. Truthfully though if I could go back and change it, I wouldn’t. My good friend died that year…. So it’s a gift I’ll take with me till I’m six feet deep!

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M: Who do you admire as far as tattooers are concerned?

I admire any professional tattooer that takes his profession seriously! I
Like the up and comers like Cristo from Polish Tattoo,  the veterans like Paco Excel from Death Before Dishonor and then there is Horiyoshi 3. A man who is in a league of his own . Eddy Reyes from secret sidewalk is doing some crazy shit.

M: Any cooking advice for a novice?

A: Invest in a good knife and keep it sharp. Be clean and organized. Attack a recipe with great courage…. It’s as easy as that.

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M: A good quality, sharp knife is SO important! Great advice! What recipe would you suggest for our readers?

A: Magical bahn mi sandwiches!!!  Combines all my favorite cuisines with Californian seasonal vegetables.  Do the liver pate and pork the day before.

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Char Siu Pork

1 pork sirloin roast (1.5 pound)

1cup low sodium soy sauce

1/2cup h2o

1/2cup chopped green onion

1/4cup mince garlic

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1/2cup sugar

1 teaspoon cracked pepper

Splash of vinegar

1 jar of char siu sauce, Yee or Lee Kum Kee are good brands (or you could make your own)

Add all ingredients together except the jar of char- siu, mix well place in a heavy duty zip lock bag and marinate 6 hours.

Take the pork loin out of the marinade and put it on a sheet tray. Cover the loin with the char-siu and roast for 55min at 350-degree oven.

Take it out and let it rest.

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 Chicken liver pate

1pound air chilled, organic chicken livers, cleaned

1cup almond milk

1 stick cold unsalted butter cut into pieces

1cup chopped yellow onions

2teaspoon mince garlic

1 bay leaf

1teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves

1teaspoon chopped fresh parsley

1/2teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4cup aged whiskey or red wine

Chopped parsley leaves, for garnish

French bread croutons or toast, accompaniment

In a bowl, soak the livers in the almond milk for 2 hours. Drain well.

In a large sauté pan or skillet, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the chicken livers, the bay leaves, thyme, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring, until the livers are browned on the outside and still slightly pink on the inside, about 5 minutes. Add whiskey, cook until most of the liquid is evaporated and the livers are cooked through but still tender.

Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Discard the bay leaves.

In a food processor, puree the liver mixture. Add the remaining butter in pieces and pulse to blend and adjust the seasoning, to taste.

Pack the pate into a container Cover with plastic and refrigerate until firm, at least 6 hours.

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Quick pickled veg

1cup water

1/2cup rice wine

1/4cup fish sauce

2teaspoon kosher salt

1 mince garlic

1cucumber

1carrot

1diakon radish or radish of choice

Mix all the ingredients and cut veg, long and thin slices. Place the veg in the solution. Use solution over and over.

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Garlic Aioli

1egg yolk

1 cup of olive oil

2 garlic cloves minced

Juice of one lemon

1/2tablespoon salt

Place the yolk, lemon juice and salt in a mixing bowl and mix till salt is dissolved. Slowly add the olive oil to create a mayo consistency.

Buy some French bread and go to town spread the pate on the bottom and the aioli on top. Add the slice pork then the pickle veg. Add in some fresh cilantro and Serrano Chile’s! Sit back and enjoy the ride!

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Sounds delicious, Andrew- Thank you!!

Photos courtesy of Andrew Santana

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