Chef Jacquie’s Blog

Try To Understand, It’s A Magic Pan, Mama!

I attended a fantastic event for bloggers this past June called “Eat, Write Retreat” held in Philadelphia. As a chef I attend lots of chef events to hone my culinary skills, techniques and keep up with culinary trends. I never attended any writing conferences; this was my first!

I only knew a few people and […]


As you all know, I have been on the road with my daughter visiting colleges.  During our travels we have been very lucky and have stumbled upon some culinary gems.

I don’t know about you, but I love to eat small or share big plates with someone.  After visiting Skidmore College, we decided to go […]

Grocery Delivery Services!

Are you being bombarded by grocery delivery service flyers?  I receive them frequently as well.  With this in mind, I decided to perform a comparison between two grocery delivery service companies.

Freshdirect – based out of New York

They claim to have perfect produce, premium meats and seafood, and farm fresh dairy products.  FreshDirect has their […]

Noodle Street, Boston, USA

Are you traveling to Boston?  Wanna try a place that serves healthy food, uses no MSG, is affordable, and serves the best Asian noodle dishes?  Then you need to get yourself over to Kenmore Square’s Noodle Street Restaurant – for lunch, a quick pick-me-up, or dinner.

While visiting nearby colleges with my daughter, who is […]

Planet of the “Scapes”

A scape is another word for flower stalk; it is the stem which emerges from the bulb above ground. They do not produce flowers; except for Amaryllis. All varieties of garlic produce a stem but only the Hardneck Rocombole garlic produces the curling scape that is edible; its nickname is “serpent garlic.” When the […]

Mama Mia

What are your plans for celebrating Mother’s Day this year?  Do all the mamas in your family gather at Grandma’s house? Do you make dinner? Do you go out for dinner?

For most Mothers, the most important present any child can give their Mom is a present of gratitude – a note of thanks, spending […]

Cured and Crafted: February 20, 2014

The Cured and Crafted event came to Philly on February 20th. It’s an opportunity to go hog wild by eating as much prosciutto and drinking as much craft beer as possible, while celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma. (Have I told you lately, that I love beer?)

I was […]

Almond Joy

National Almond Day was Sunday, February 16th. Besides the beloved Almond Joy chocolate bar,there are lots of other products almonds offer us – not only are almonds wonderful and nutritious, they are also made into great products like almond milk, almond butter, and almond flour.

Almonds are native to the Middle East and are considered […]

Year of the Horse!

Even though most of the western culture uses the Gregorian calendar there are other cultures like the ancient Egyptians, who used the Venus calendar. The Koreans and Chinese use the lunar calendar, accordingly their New Year will be celebrated on January 31st; it is the year of the Horse! If you were born in […]

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    A Bottle of Red, a Bottle of White, It All Depends on Your Appetite… Scenes from a BYOB Culinary Tour

A Bottle of Red, a Bottle of White, It All Depends on Your Appetite… Scenes from a BYOB Culinary Tour

What is a culinary tour? It is a tasting adventure through a neighborhood moving from one food establishment to another. Last week I had the pleasure of bringing a group of 12 on a culinary tour of the East Passyunk Dining District. The organizer is new to the area and wanted to sample what […]

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