Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s cookbook


/               Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was not only a patron and contributor to the arts but he also wrote a cookbook. It is titled   L’art  de  la Cuisine and was published after his death by his friend Maurice Joyant. The book includes Lautrec  sketches and  interesting menu selections.  Lautrec enjoyed culture and liked to cook, drink and celebrate. He liked to dress up as a samurai or flamenco dancer at his parties and once served a Degas painting for dessert.  Lautrec  also was known to add goldfish to the water pitchers encouraging his guests to imbibe alcohol fueled concoctions instead of water.

More can be read about this fascinating character and his life at the following sites and on wikipedia.



Not my favorite.

 Flour de Cana rum is a 12 year old rum from Nicaragua.

flor rum


      The Caribbean Islands and Guatemala are known for their rum creations and I’m sure

      you can find a more palatable rum for the time and money it took to make this product.

Mr. Coffee is back in my kitchen!

Welcome back Mr. Coffee.
Back in July of 2013 I had to lay my Mr. Coffee to rest after many years of good service.
I was given another brand that I tried to embrace but the brewer just could not perform
like my trusted Mr. Coffee maker. The biggest thing was the new one just would not brew
the coffee or tea water hot enough.
Anyways, after a couple months of struggling I gave the new one away to my security guard
buddy who works nights and bought another Mr. Coffee. Now all is good in my kitchen.

Thanks Mr. Coffee     Welcome back


Whitman’s  vs.  Russell Stover  chocolate candy showdown



Today I had the awesome task of tasting a bunch of chocolates and then telling the world my opinion. Well let me get down to business.

I had a box of Whitman’s assorted chocolates containing 7 candies, a box of Whitman’s Reserve that had 2 candies in it and a box of Russell

Stover chocolates containing 4 candies.

After tasting each I came to the conclusion that I like the Russell Stover chocolates a bit more. It’s hard to say chocolate is better than chocolate

but being side by side made it easier to pick a favorite. My taste buds told me that I favor the Russell Stover candies a little more than I liked the

Whitman’s candy.

Unfortunately See’s candies were not sold at Rite Aid and were not able to participate in this survey.




AQUINAS – California Cabernet

AQUINAS  2011 California Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon


Named after St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274),  an Italian Dominican friar,

priest and revolutionary scholar who used the laws of science to support

his belief in the Almighty.  This wine, like it’s namesake, is smart, bold,

dedicated and has lots of good characteristics.


The dude of food rating  -Give this wine a try.

RAVENSWOOD California wine

Going to a party and can’t decide how much to spend and not buy some junk wine that was a waste of money and made you the indirect voice of ridicule as the tasters made their statements regarding your choice? Well there is another wine to add to the list. Reasonably priced, decent tasting. The Ravenwood line is alright.ravens wood


R.I.P. my beloved Mr. Coffee coffee maker

I have owned a Mr. Coffee coffee maker for the last 10 years and have formed images-2

somewhat of a bond with it. The basic machine got my day started right.


Every morning it patiently waits on the counter for me to

decide if I will be making coffee or not.


Well much to my dismay earlier this week my  Mr. Coffee coffee maker just

decided to quit working this week. It was easy to clean, worked quick and

efficiently and made good, hot coffee.


So this week, I have been getting to know my new, replacement coffee maker, the Toastmaster. it looks pretty

similar to the old Mr. Coffee. Same color and about the same size. Easy change.


Well now I have been using a Toastmaster and have to say that I am not

all that impressed. I know you are thinking that how can a coffee maker

be that different, but they are, and this one bugs me a little.


The new cone shaped filter change is the first change I am dealing with.

It seems the the fine folks at Toastmaster want to use cone shaped filters,

so I am adapting my old filters to work since I have so many square ones.

The second thing I immediately noticed was when I poured the coffee out, the fluid hits the lips of the pitcher

and gets diverted onto the countertop. This I fixed by taking the top off and cutting it back on my band saw.

The next thing I noticed was that the heating element is not as hearty as the Mr. Coffee coffee maker and now

my cups of morning java are not quite hot enough after I add a little milk.


Personally, the Dude of Food would like to buy another Mr. Coffee coffee maker and return to quality.




Bodega ELENA de Mendoza 2010 Red Blend

This family of fine wine is named after the matriarch who came from Italy, Elena Napoli.

peter pearce photo

peter pearce photo


Bodega ELENA de Mendoza    Argentina

2010    RED BLEND

62% Malbec    21% Syrah     17% Bonarda


This family has developed some of my top wines from Argentina. The Malbec and

the Red Blend from Bodega Elena de Mendoza are my favorites.


According to wikipedia, the “legs” or  ”tears” of wine that run down the inside of

the wine glass are a sign of low alcohol. The heavier the legs, the lower the alcoholic

content of the wine. If this is in fact true, then these wines are low in alcohol and big

in flavor.


This Red Blend, like it’s sister Malbec, are loaded with solid flavors. Not too sweet.

Not too dry, but just right. These wines will slowly undress for your tongue,

landing softly, pleasure your taste buds and leave you wanting another sip.


Priced under $10.

MALBEC Review – Espuela del Gaucho Reserve 2012

peter pearce photo

peter pearce photo

This tasty limited edition Malbec was also grown and bottled in the  Mendoza region of Argentina.

Imported by WX Imports, Novato, CA



Another fine Malbec that is now on my Top 5 Malbec list. Not as good as my favorite, Bodega de

ELENA, but gets close. This wine is a 2012, so maybe it needs a year, but still was a very good selection.

The Espuela del Gaucho has unique, slow running, heavy legs. It carries a lighter body, landing gently

on the tongue, joyfully leaving hints of mixed berries grown in the fresh Andes air and then drifts away.


Another quality Malbec, that any California cab or merlot drinker would enjoy for under $12.


Kudos to this kitchen product maker.

http://www.farberware.com                                        http://www.lifetimebrands.com

A couple weeks ago the Dude of Food needed a new “spatchula” and ended up purchasing a Farberware “slotted turner”.  It turns out there was a problem with the one I bought and I wrote the company an email to ask about it. To the credit of the company, they were interested in hearing what happened and were more than happy to replace the product. Today the new product arrived and all is good in the kitchen again.

Thank you Farberware and parent company Lifetime Brands, for supporting your customers and standing behind your product line. Maximum respect. You can bet the Dude of Food endorses your kitchen gear and when I need new kitchen utensils you can bet I will be looking at your brands.


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