Sunday April 06, 2008
celebrity seduction: chef john
Chef John's Most Memorable Seduction Meal
Here is the very true, and amazing story behind Chef John's best ever Seduction Meal.
Our ultimate seduction meal would have to be "fireplace salmon." Many years ago, I took my wife for a romantic getaway in Mendocino, CA. I promised to arrange everything, but being a typical male, I procrastinated, and just assumed dinner reservations would be no problem. Much to my horror, there were only a handful of restaurants open that time of year, and they were all booked! I was panicking trying to think how I was going to get out of this one!
Luckily the B&B we were staying at had a fireplace. I had a brainstorm...I would tell my wife I had a surprise for her, and that I was going to cook her a romantic dinner in the room, in the fireplace. She loved the idea! Now, I had to find the food. Fortunately, this area features great salmon fishing, and a local store had some amazing wild salmon. I bought some heavy-duty aluminum foil and did a simple, yet fabulous salmon filet with butter and fresh herbs. I also wrapped up some baby potatoes. I tossed these foil pouches into the hot ashes and soon we were enjoying the sexiest, most romantic meal of our lives.
But, the adventure didn't end there. I also bought a zip lock bag of wild huckberrries at a fruit stand, and a single frozen piecrust at the main store. I poured the berries into the pie crust, and opened all 12 of the little sugar packets from our coffee kit, and added them. This was carefully wrapped in lots of foil and placed on the dying coals.
As we waited for dessert, we finished what was one too many bottles of wine, and both fell asleep. I woke up about 4 hours later to the smell of burnt pie crust. Oh, no! I had burned the pie. I pulled it out of the still warm ashes and tore it open. Much to my amazement it was perfectly cooked! The burned smell was from some of the syrup that had leaked out into the ashes, but the pie itself was a perfectly crisp, golden brown, and the sugared berries had caramelized into a beautiful warm jam.
I woke up my wife and we ate the pie with coffee, and toasted this incredible evening. So, the next time you are away and the room has a fireplace, maybe you can try what I consider the ultimate seduction meal.
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Chef John graduated with honors in Culinary Arts/Chef Training. After 20 years in the food industry, Chef John went on to teach at the California Culinary Academy. His reputation among those who've had him as a teacher at culinary school is second to none. His students universally enjoyed his insightful lectures. Along with his legendary sense of humor, his ability to reach and inspire others made him one of the most popular Chef's at the school. Now, Chef John has taken this same engaging approach to the online culinary realm and has quickly gained a large and loyal following of foodies that anxiously await his daily video recipes.