Monday, August 24, 2015

The corner of Cooper and Young, Strano! Sicilian Kitchen & Bar

Strano! Sicilian Kitchen & Bar



I first heard of Strano from a FB post back when I was on TV. I got an invite to visit and to play with some of the cool culinary tools Chef Josh uses daily. He wanted to help me with Foam. So, this isn't an ordinary blog post.

Chef Josh is the youngest restaurant owner, he has a lot of molecular tools to help fuel his ideas.
He is naturally the kind of guy I like to be around.

Chef Josh also helped me host my final episode party, thanks Josh!


Chef Josh's restaurant Strano! is located at
 that cursed spot at Cooper and Young. The restaurant is decorated with cool art, and a nice flow. The restaurant has sound baffles which make a large space fell quiet and cozy.

When I went and played around with Josh, I made a pesto pizza and Dad really liked it....

You may know what happens when dad really likes something...   He gets a craving!


We ordered on the first visit ( It was that good!) the fried calamari, pesto pizza, and toasted ravioli. The calamari was nicely breaded and sliced nice and thin the dipping sauce was a simple marinara, a well balanced dish.

The fried ravioli were nice and crispy and very good.

Chef Josh let me go in the kitchen and make the pesto pizza , so I can't really critique the pizza but, I could have made it rounder.

On the second visit I ordered the calamari again.
Dad ordered The Sous Vide pork tenderloin, he thought that the Sous Vide was a very interesting way to cook, Dad liked it.

Mama ordered Chef Josh's Signature spinach pie, the recipe is Josh's grandma's so you know it has to be good!
Mama really enjoyed the pie.


Chef Josh did one of the hardest things to do, he un-cursed
a location.

Love the Cabbage, 
Logan 

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Strano! Sicilian Kitchen & BarStrano! Sicilian Kitchen & Bar

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Take The Challenge



Get Kids Cooking

Ok, I hope you have all seen at least one of my tips at Getkidscooking.ca!


I mean this is an amazing opportunity to spend some Thyme  in the kitchen and make a great meal.  When I check all my messages every day it always amazes me just how many kids write me and show me pictures of just what they have been cooking.

So working with Uncle Ben's to help get kids cooking was just too perfect for me!


Now up - some tips for Chicken, Rice, veggies - no matter how old you are you too can enjoy making great food.
So what have you been cooking Canada? It is time to upload photos and really impress me! I learned only 12% of kids in Canada cook and since I love cooking so much this just has to change. 

When you cook, you have total freedom and control of your own good healthy food. guaranteed you will eat better and enjoy the thyme in the kitchen! Explore fresh herbs and local farm fresh veggies!

So now is the thyme to get cooking and send me those photos!
I will send one lucky person an autographed apron that I used making these tips just for YOU Canada!

If you did not know I got my food success start in a contest and winning 10,000 in a resp for school is just a great opportunity!

So seize the day and get cooking KIDS!

Love the Cabbage Leaf
Logan


And I don't have enough Thyme to tell all my Thyme jokes.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Turning up the heat! Uncle Ben Beginners



Logan Guleff Kid Chef Uncle Ben's Beginner Rice

Ok, so I won Masterchef Junior. I mean, that is so cool, but do you know what has been even more exciting?

Knowing that I have inspired kids and adults to go into the unknown world of their kitchen and get cooking.

If you can cook, you can control exactly what goes into your food. This makes you way more healthy and savvy about your food. You start to raise your food standards and increase your palate. You can take control of your own diet and food resources and become a true foodie and even a Chef.

Also sitting down with those in your family- from your brothers and sisters to your pets or even just your neighbors, brings people together in a way you can't believe. It can give you a huge sense of pride to serve food that you created.



You may not know how my real success in food started, but honestly, I created my first recipe for a contest! I got to go on TV and be in the news paper, all from cooking! That inspired me to keep trying and keep entering contests - some I won and some I did not. But I always learned something.

It might surprise you to learn that I entered the Uncle Ben's Beginners contest in the USA. I wanted to meet Rachael Ray and help my local soup kitchen get a much needed face-lift. I did not even place, but I did make a great dish of gunpowder green tea rice and scallops.

So when Uncle Ben's asked me to help with some cooking tip videos and their contest to get Kids Cooking in Canada, I jumped to say yes!
I learned 12 % of kids in Canada are learning to cook,  and I know that kids in Canada want to cook. I mean, you guys message me all the time! You share your dishes and ask me for help, too.

So I spent some time in Canada, and made you guys some great videos with some great tips to help you get started! There are things everyone can do in the kitchen  no mater your age. Just remember, in the kitchen all rules must be obeyed or someone gets hurt. Cooking with a trusted adult can be a blast.

Here is my challenge to EACH kid in Canada: get cooking, take some pictures, share your success with me and even your failures. By the end of the 12 weeks, I expect you guys to blow me away with your creative dishes and fun stories of cooking with your families!
Just go to Getkidscooking.ca to enter! You could win $10,000 resp and start an amazing food journey JUST LIKE ME.

If nothing else, you will have some great fun cooking, learning new skills, and showing off your amazing food to me!

So get cooking Canada !!! And have a family meal with me! I want to see the pictures!

Love the Cabbage Leaf,
Logan






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Monday, June 22, 2015

Southern inspired recipe for the Lee Brothers


One of the coolest things about being a kid chef is that you get to meet and research cool chefs. One set of those cool chefs are the Lee Brothers.

The Lee Brothers have southern roots, and they are always pushing the envelope, they also have great cook books.

That got me thinking about this great pimento cheese I make and how could I push the envelope?



So, I decided to make this Pimento Macaroni and Cheese with a corn bread topping, I started with a blend of smoked cheeses 




including: Smoked Gruyere,Smoked Mozzarella,  Sharp Cheddar and Monterrey Jack.  I added half and half and 2 eggs. I then decided on some smoked salt, smoked paprika and pepper. I fire roasted a red pepper and diced it up fine. I used about 3/4 of it.
  
Then I mixed it all together and ladled it into some small square pan I have for an individual portion.


I knew I wanted a cornbread crumb topping so I whipped up a regular Jiffy mix and after it was done crumbled it into a small skillet with butter.

I topped each with some additional cheese and the butter crumbs and baked it up.

Next I thought about a doing some Catfish to go with. I used 1/2 cup of half and half and added some vinegar and some paprika, hot sauce and cayenne. I let the fish marinade a couple of hours. Then I saw those cornbread crumbs and thought why not? I simply dredged the fish and pan fried it.

I know I wanted a hot sauce so I used some Crystals, vinegar, Steen's syrup and butter and cooked it down for the top of the fish.



The cornbread give a nice slightly sweet flavor and the fish was super tender and moist. Pretty Unusual but hey that is why cooking is fun.


I forgot the Lee Brothers have a new Show on Ovation TV and  I cant wait to watch. Maybe I can even get a guest spot!













Love the Cabbage Leaf,

Logan




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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Fathers Day Steak Cookout With Stuart Edge

Logan Guleff Stuart Edge

Stuart  Edge I am a big FAN!

I had an amazing time! It was so cool to cook for all the Dads. I created a special seasoning blend,called Logan's Rub SE blend it is a great seasoning it will help you turn an ordinary steak and make it closer to a Wagyu beef steak it is available for pre order.



Now speaking of the Wagyu beef it was incredibly marbled so marbled that if it had any more marbling it wouldn't be a steak! This normally is kinda gross to me, but the fat is where most of the delicious flavor comes from. The seasoning created a crispy coat and that gave a difference in texture. 

I paired it with a Roasted Garlic Mashed Potato, Scorched Orange Pepper puree and grilled asparagus. I garnished with some wasabi peas.

Logan Guleff Stuart Edge YoutubeI also served my signature Rosemary Peppercorn Smoked Lemonade perfectly smoky herby and tangy.


Thanks again for all the fun. It was amazing and cool!
Logan Guleff Stuart Edge Youtube Utah Fathers DayLOVED IT!
Love the Cabbage
Logan




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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Get Shorty


I was nominated for a
Shorty Award in the Food Category. Shorty's are awards for Social Media Excellence. The award show was in NYC. Now, I love NYC, so I asked my Grandma if she would take me. She said yes, so we got tickets and headed to the Awards.

Logan MasterChef Winner

It was held near Times Square and that is one of the coolest spots in NYC. We had a good hotel and the adventures just were NYC were great.

Shorty Awards MasterChef Winner LoganWe ate at Guy Fieri's restaurant and boy was it good. To be honest. I had low expectations cause it is hooked into that whole Celebrity  Chef thing but they kicked it out of the park. Amazing!

I ordered the food we saw on one of the triple D episodes and yum! It was a party!

Sashimi tacos, egg rolls, and fried calamari with a Mac and Cheese burger to share. All really good!
I think the sashimi tacos were the best, but mom thinks the Mac and Cheese burger!

Logan MasterChef New York Shorty AwardsWe then went to the 9/11 memorial and while it was very sad it was also very moving and well historic. I guess I understand about it better since it happened before I was born.

The Award show was really fun- and funny they had little appetizers which were just killer good.

LOVED them. I did not win but as Grandma says I have time!
It was such a great trip Grandma even got us all cool watches cause it was a good time, special time, and great time.


MasterChef and Grandma

Thanks Grandma I loved it!
(including the van ride)

We also visited Christina Tosi MILK but that is another post!

Love the cabbage Leaf
Logan



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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

My Interview with WKNO. PBS interview in Memphis,TN

My Interview with WKNO. PBS interview in Memphis,TN

This was so much fun and my last local tv station to be on. Yes, I have even been on Library TV.






WKNO, thanks for having me.

Love the Cabbage Leaf,
Logan

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