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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

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Cheers!

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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

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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!!

Jacob Lyons

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Jacob Lyons is one talented chef !!  Read on and see what makes Jacob tick… and get tattooed!

Molly: Tell me about your background and a little bit about what you are doing now.

Jacob: My name is Jacob Lyons I am a caterer and personal Chef  from the Florida keys. I am a member of Cutthroat Culinary, I represent for  the 1%er chefs  pushing the envelope of the culinary scene.  I grew up in restaurants with my pops, absorbing as much knowledge as I could and began creating my own dishes at the age of twelve. I continue to learn and develop daily. I have a high passion for cooking, and I appreciate the artistry in this industry and feel as if there is no limits in between. The transformation of ingredients to the finished product is a story within the journey. In 2010 I received a culinary expertise award. As of now I am currently working on finalizing a seafood blend which will be available online, as well as a couple of pop ups i am still in the planning stages. And I am leaning towards a food truck to share my passion with the masses and ultimately see where my knives take me…. The future is now.

M: So what was your first tattoo?

J: My first tattoo was done at my house while my mom was out of town. I got the word KREW In old English writing. it’s an acronym for Knowledge Reigns Especially Wisdom, Something i made up listening to a lot of Nas.

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M: Haha, I love Nas! Do you still have it?

J: Yes its on my right arm

M: Why do you think so many chefs are so heavily tattooed? Is there some sort of connection?

J: I feel chefs are heavily tattooed because of the art that correlates between food and tattoos. There is an underlying love for the both. They coexist perfectly being rebellious from thought to action. I mean most tattoos tell stories or are in remembrance of something. In cooking we tell stories on a plate our form of canvas and skin and ink is to the tattooist what ingredients and preparation are to us culinary minds.

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M: Totally get the memory thing. A particular dish definitely can be an homage to one thing or another from that chef’s mind. I can see that connecting with tattoos. If you could get tattooed by any tattooer in the world right now, who would it be and why?

J: It’s going to sound crazy but i’d say Cesar from Black Ink in New York, I respect his hustle and grind as far as urban artists goes plus he’s got dope ink abilities.

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M: What is your next tattoo going to be?

J: That is a great question I am probably going with a bed of seaweed with oysters on half shells and halved lemons!

M: Yum! One last tattooer question: Who do you admire in the tattoo industry?

J: I like Nikko Hurtado ,Yoji Harada, Chris Garver, Henk Schiffmacher, Caesar from Black Ink. I admire all artists though I pull inspiration from everywhere. I remember listening to a song where the lyric was “So Tell the kids to keep coloring outside the lines and lose their limitations till there minds are free.” I find admiration in the art industry period. I love it.

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I can totally agree. Thank you Mr. Lyons, for taking the time with knivesandneedlesblog! Now for the goodness…  Jacob was kind enough to share a mouth-watering recipe! Read on…

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Chili-Lime Mango Grilled Chicken Bao

(Bao Dough Recipe)

1 package dried yeast or 1 cake fresh yeast

1 cup lukewarm water

4 1/2 cups flour

1/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons Crisco or vegetable oil

1/2 cup boiling water

2 tablespoons sesame seed oil

Preparation:

Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water. Add 1 cup of flour. Mix thoroughly. Cover with cloth. Let rise 1 hour, until bubbles appear.

Dissolve sugar and vegetable oil in 1/2 cup boiling water. Stir well. Cool until lukewarm. Pour into yeast mixture. Add 3 1/2 cups flour.

Knead dough on lightly floured board until smooth. Put into extra large, greased bowl in a warm place. Cover with damp cloth. Let rise until double in bulk, about 2 hours.

Divide into 2 portions. Remove first portion and knead 2 minutes. Repeat with second. Roll each into roll 12 inches long and 2 inches wide. Cut into 12 pieces (24 total).

Flatten each piece with palm of hand. Roll with rolling pin into 3 inch circles.

Brush with sesame seed oil. Indent middle of circle with chopstick. Fold circle in half so that it becomes a half moon. Crimp edges tightly with fork.

Place each roll on separate square piece of foil on steamer tray. Cover tray with towel. Let buns rise to double in bulk, about 30 minutes. Remove towel.

Steam, tightly covered, over briskly boiling water for 10 minutes. Serve with Peking Duck, Crispy Duck, or with any filling you desire. May be prepared in advance. May be frozen. Thaw out in plastic bag and re-steam 10 minutes.

Chili Lime Mango Sauce:

1 6 0z Package Chili Mango Candy

1/2 cup ketchup

A few splashes soy sauce

2 teaspoons fresh chopped ginger

1/4 cup lime juice

Add all ingredients in a small sauce pan and simmer till candy breaks down and becomes smooth continue to cook on low heat to meld the flavors.

Quick Pickled Cabbage:

1/2 cup rice vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar

1/4 head of red cabbage

1 plum diced

2 cloves garlic finely chopped

Add all ingredients to a bowl and let chill.

Lightly salt and pepper the chicken breasts and grill over medium high heat glazing with the chili lime mango bbq sauce assemble with the steamed buns add more sauce and finish with pickled cabbage and plums

And you have an amazing asian fusion dish.

Try it at home, let us know how it turned out!

For more on Chef Jacob Lyons:

JJ Ace Catering & Personal Chef

DISTRICT DINE

Chef Jacob Lyons

863.202.6540

JJAceCatering.webs.com

If you are a tattooed chef or a foodie tattooer, we would love to interview you! We love sharing talent with the world!

knivesandneedles@gmail.com

Have a great day!

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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Stan Moore

Happy Monday everybody! Today I have a killer interview with chef Stan Moore done by my friend Eiland Hogan of Forever Tattoo out of Sacramento, so….

Read on!!

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Stan Moore chef Interview

By Eiland Hogan

 E:  What’s your name and where are u from? How old are u?

S: My name is Stan I’m from Stevenville Texas 2 hours south of Dallas I’m 37

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E: How long have u been cooking professionally? Were do u currently work?

S: I’ve been cooking 20 years… And currently work at taste in Plymouth, CA

 

E: Where are some of your favorite restaurants you’ve worked at?

S: The Kitchen (which is Sacramento’s nicest restaurant) and the water boy …

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E: Who inspired you to start cooking?

S: My mom…. I hated her cooking…. Lol!!! But seriously

 

E: Did you go to culinary school?

S: No

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E: Have you traveled for work?

S: I went to New York for the James Beard…. It’s the highest achievement to do in America … (America’s Michelin Star)

 

E: Where would be your food paradise?

S: Vietnam 

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Tattoo questions

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E: When was the first time you saw a tattoo?

S: I was 8 years old… It was a death before dishonor… Eagle globe and anchor… On my uncle…I was a disgruntled youth… So I was basically hooked from there and couldn’t wait to get tattooed

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E: Who inspired you to get a tattoo?

S: I just always wanted to…. Maybe because I couldn’t join the service? 

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E: What artist’s did most of your tattoos?

S: Eric Hogan your brother… And mostly all the guys at American Graffiti in Sacramento… Wrath…Tycho Veldhoen…. Rob Hostetter…and the rest of the guys

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E: Who’s next on your list to get tattooed by… Or who is doing amazing work these days

S: I’ve always wanted to get tattooed by Scott Sylvia …. An 8 legged Viking or something from Chad Koeplinger would be rad.

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Photos courtesy of Stan Moore and Eiland Hogan

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If you have a recipe or food tattoo you would like to see up on knives and needles blog, email us at knivesandneedles@gmail.com

We would love to share your work, food or tattoos!

Christian Dolias

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Christian Dolias

Christian Dolias of CutThroat Culinary is a force to be reckoned with. He is an innovator in the culinary world, taking kitchens by storm leaving no pot unstirred! He runs an ever-expanding social club for chefs called CutThroat Culinary with members all over the States, Europe and South America.

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Their mission is to bring cutting edge chefs together and push gastronomic envelopes. Basically cause a culinary ruckus by creating the new and recreating the old. They specialize in pop-up dinners, kitchen takeovers to invent unique and exciting dining experiences for all to enjoy. Crazy stuff!

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Christian is 34 and graduated from California Culinary Academy in 1997. He eventually left the professional kitchen to start CutThroat Culinary. When he is not tearing up the restaurant scene, he spends time with his wife and kids, and one new one on the way!

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He got his first tattoo in 1994, age 16. It was a bad copy of a signature of Jimi Hendrix and he has since covered it up. Christian is a take-life-by-the-balls kinda guy, so its not a surprise his favorite tattoo is one of his wife by Nate Esteras. Its done cartoon-style and got it after dating for only two weeks!

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One of his more memorable tattoo stories happened a few years back. He was in town (here in San Jose) for a speaking engagement with the celebrity-chef Anthony Bourdain. Christian has a portrait of Anthony Bourdain (done by Ben Corn) on his thigh and somehow ended up getting on stage and showing it to Mr. Bourdain and the rest of the crowd. I asked him if the chef was flattered or creeped out. He was flattered!

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Christian names Mike Ferguson as a tattoo hero and his advice on dealing with a healing tattoo in the kitchen is just deal with it. Rightfully said, sir!

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Here is a Christian recipe, you gotta try it!

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Foie gras and Waffles with Vanilla and Riesling Grape Comfiture 

Waffle

2 c cake flour

1/2 c sugar

1/4 c brown sugar

3 1/2 tsp baking powder

2 eggs separated

1 c milk

1/2 c buttermilk

1 c melted butter

1 tsp pure vanilla ext

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Combine dry ingredients

Whisk egg whites to stiff peaks

Beat yolks, add milk,butter and vanilla

Stir into dry ingredients until moist then fold in whites

Foie Gras

Cut a nice uniform slice of Foie gras approximately 3oz (1 serving) score the foie gras and place scorn side down in a ripping hot sauté pan and allow to caramelize, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Flip and sear for another minute

(Hold all Foie gras rendering, this shit is good on everything!)

White grape / vanilla comfiture

Add to med saucepan

1/2 # whole white grapes

2 c clover honey

1/4 # white raisins

1/4 # white raisins (for finishing)

1/2 bottle Muscat wine

1/4 gal apple juice

Bring to med boil

And reduce by 1/2

Remove from heat and pulse with submission blender until smooth

Pour through chinios

Return liquid to med heat and whole white raisins, split and scrap one vanilla bean and vanilla and bean to liquid, reduce again approximately by 1/2 allowing the raisins to plump.

That sounds incredibly mouth-watering!

Thank you Christian, YOU ROCK!!

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You can check out more on CutThroat Culinary at www.cuthroatculinary.com.

photos compliments of Christian

Start it off easy!

Hi everyone! My name is Brynne Palmer. I’m a tattooer out of southern California with a passion for food. Molly has asked me to collaborate with her on this amazing platform, and I’m so excited to bring you my cooking experience, and learn a lot along the way!
For my first post, I though I’d begin with a simple favorite that’s a go to for any starter. Caprese! Whether you’d like an appetizer for a dinner party, a salad to compliment a savory meal, or just a late night snack, this easy recipe can be whipped up in just a few minutes.

You’ll need:
2 vine ripened tomatoes
8 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
Fresh basil
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper, to taste

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Slice the tomatoes into 4 slices each, and arrange on plate.
Top each tomato slice with a slice of mozzarella
Top each mozzarella slice with a proportionately sized leaf of basil
Lightly drizzle each caprese with olive oil and balsamic (I personally drench them)
Finish with a healthy sprinkle of salt and pepper
And just like that, you’re ready to impress!

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Another reason I love this recipe is because there are so may ways to change it up. Burrata cheese instead of mozzarella adds a different creamy texture. A slice of prosciutto, cucumber, onion,or avocado can add a new layer of flavor as well. Just like in tattooing, it’s fun to get creative!
xoxo

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