Terry's Blog

Nov 18

Chef du jour.

What is the difference between a chef and a cook? I ask myself this question all of the time. Maybe I’m insecure, maybe it’s just my tremendous respect for chefs, or maybe it’s a bit of both. Either way, when people introduce me as a chef, in the back of my mind I’m thinking “but I didn’t go to culinary school…really, I’m just a cook.”

Then I started working on improving the school lunch program locally with Chef Tony Cammilleri, Executive Chef of Rizzuto’s in West Hartford, Connecticut, and another non-culinary-school trained “cook.” Except, I would never even dream of calling Tony anything other than “Chef.” It occurred to me, perhaps the difference wasn’t just the schooling, but the experience of running a restaurant kitchen. Realizing I had not one, but two strikes against me, I set out to get a glimpse of everything I was missing…and that’s how I found myself working side-by-side with Tony in the kitchen at Rizzuto’s.

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It was just one day (so far), but even in that short time, I received quite the education. And the biggest difference? When I’m contemplating what to make for dinner just 30 minutes before I plan to serve it, Tony is preparing for lunch and dinner for today, tomorrow, the next day and the day after that! But it turns out that Tony and I work in many similar ways as well. We both start with the freshest locally grown ingredients and then create our menus from there — letting the ingredients inspire our creativity and using all of our senses to yield dishes that look, smell and taste delicious — wether it’s a gallon of shallot pomegranate vinaigrette and wild mushroom risotto for 100 or Pumpkin and Cannellini Bean Chili with a salad for four.

I’ll be returning to Rizzuto’s to be schooled on the fine art of working the line and the bar, but really I’m going back more for the sheer enjoyment of working alongside a creative and accomplished chef like Chef Tony.

Eat clean live well!

Terry Walters

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Nov 4

Eat Clean Live Well – WINNERS!

You are all the greatest!

I can’t thank you enough for all of the kind thoughts you shared as part of this EAT CLEAN LIVE WELL giveaway. Your stories continue to inspire me; your presence at my classes, programs and even the farm, fills my days with great joy and nourishment; and it continues to be an honor to share this clean food passion and  journey. I wish I could give a book to each and every one of you, and so…

I have decided to launch another giveaway! Yes, everyone who was not picked in this week’s random drawing will be entered to win one of 3 more copies of EAT CLEAN LIVE WELL given away on Black Friday (a nice way to shop local for your holiday gifts this year). ; )

And now…drumroll please…this week’s winners are:

JANET

KIPPERLY

SUE

Thanks to all for joining the conversation. Please share this giveaway with your friends and family, and I’ll announce 3 more randomly-drawn winners (from the Continental US) on Friday, November 28th!

Until then…eat clean live well!

Terry Walters

 

 

Nov 2

Giveaway Extended!

Hi Everyone,

All this time I’ve been talking about EAT CLEAN LIVE WELL coming out November 1st…and I was wrong! The actual launch date is November 4th, and so I have decided to extend our giveaway and announce winners on Tuesday. If you haven’t yet submitted a comment, it’s not too late. And if you have, there’s still time to share this giveaway with friends and family.

I’ll talk to you on Tuesday, and until then…

Eat clean and live well!

Terry Walters