My palate is stuck in Paris…while my body is still happily enjoying what we call local summer at the Jersey Shore. This is the moment when most of the tourists and summer denizens have gone back to where-ever-they-live and the traffic returns to something we consider normal. After living here for a quarter of a century I can attest to the fact that this is truly a time to rejoice. But why are my taste buds wishing to hang out at a true Parisian café?
Stuffed peppers, yawn…the old fashioned dish I was sure to try to miss in my Mom’s kitchen. Green peppers stuffed with a mixture of hamburger meat and rice, covered in tomato sauce and baked. Not something we tend to crave, but toward the end of summer when the garden is swimming knee deep in peppers, it’s the poblano that puts a new spin on this tired old dish.
In the New York Times restaurant review section this weekend I found a critic who might just be a kindred spirit. David Kocieniewski wrote a terrific review for this restaurant that has impressed me so much that I have written about them on my blog, Black Eyed Susans’ Kitchen, here, here, and on this blog here. There is a little thrill of validation when others agree with you.
Last night, chefs from all around Monmouth County, NJ showed their appreciation for Joe Romanowski, a well known and esteemed chef who will always be remembered for his amazing talent in the kitchen and for sharing his mentoring skills to up and coming chefs. You can learn more about the Joe Romanowski Culinary Education Foundation at this website, as well as this Facebook page.