• Posts Tagged ‘kitchen’

    lenten journal: thirty-seven times

    by  • March 12, 2010 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Abel spent the afternoon prepping the vegetable plate: slicing shiitakes and scallions, reducing the risotto, and spreading the mixture onsheet pans to let it cool. Then he enlisted me to make the rice balls and roll them in Japanese breadcrumbs.He cut sweet potatoes, blanched greens, and roasted garlic to make the cream sauce. The...

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    lenten journal: in the soup

    by  • March 3, 2010 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Today I worked on a project that was off the menu, if you will, along with the other prep I had to do to get ready for dinner. One of the organizations in Durham that works hard to figure out how to feed and house folks who, for whatever reason, are hungry and homeless...

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    lenten journal: missing pucks and pound cake

    by  • March 2, 2010 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    The restaurant where I work at Duke serves dinner Monday through Thursday, which means we do our best to run out of everything on Thursday night and we have to recreate most everything on Monday. I go in on Monday mornings (I get there about eleven) and start working my way down the list....

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    think on these things

    by  • January 20, 2010 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    Communism forgets that life is individual. Capitalism forgets that life is social, and the kingdom of brotherhood is found neither in the thesis of communism nor the antithesis of capitalism but in a higher synthesis. It is found in a higher synthesis that combines the truths of both. Now, when I say question the...

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    advent journal: prep work

    by  • December 15, 2009 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    I’m not sure how much preparingfood for five hundred is likepreparing the way of the Lord,but I’ve had morning, afternoon,and evening to think about it. The best division of labor wasto choose and do one thing:I grilled vegetables – squash,actually – for an hour or two.It was not the featured food, but it was...

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    advent journal: what’s in a name

    by  • December 4, 2009 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    I had a couple of errands to run before I went to work this morning, both related to my in-laws coming to visit this coming week. The first was to take our recliner to get the springs on the bottom reattached; for whatever reason, they had chosen to let go over the past couple...

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    roots music

    by  • November 20, 2009 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    A couple of weeks ago, I took a Friday morning to do an exercise from Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write, which was to construct a time line of my life. I left the house thinking I would be gone a couple of hours. Almost three hours later, I came home with one section...

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    start the revolution

    by  • November 17, 2009 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Mondays are long days in the restaurant at Duke because, in the parlance of the kitchen, we have to “rebuild our prep”: we have to make all things (0r most things) new. We are open Monday through Thursday nights, and, well, we don’t really want to serve stuff that has sat around while we...

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    of cardboard and connectedness

    by  • November 10, 2009 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    The loading dock area behind the West Union at Duke, in which my restaurant is located, is also where we go to throw away our trash. The singular term no longer applies because of the way we are expected to separate and organize our refuse for disposal. There is a giant dumpster where the...

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    sailing around the kitchen

    by  • October 14, 2009 • Uncategorized • 4 Comments

    Tonight was a night to remember in the kitchen because nothing really happened. And it was a night I learned from my coworkers. I shared the evening with Mitch, our line cook (and among the best read line cooks with whom I’ve had the privilege of working), and Arnaldo, our dish washer (whom I...

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