The Blu Jam Blog

1605, 2018

A Weekend Getaway

May 16th, 2018|

LOS OLIVOS This little town is just a couple of hours north of Los Angeles in Santa Barbara County, and is part of what is typically referred to as Santa Barbara Wine Country. It's part of the Santa Ynez Valley, and is simply magical. Definitely worth a day-trip, or even a weekend if you have the time. There is one main street that runs through town and it's lined with [...]

2202, 2018

My Famous Ratatouille Recipe

February 22nd, 2018|

This is one of my most favorite vegetable dishes, made with tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, and peppers, mixed with Mediterranean herbs, and stewed in olive oil. The true origin is unknown, but it made its way to southern France, Northern Spain, and the Balearic Islands. Ratatouille as we know it is claimed by Nice in the Provence region of France, which borders Italy. There are many interpretations of Ratatouille, [...]

702, 2018

Teaching Kids About Food

February 7th, 2018|

If you know me or have been following me, you know that I love two things: family and food! You also know that I believe if I can't pronounce an ingredient, I won't cook with it. I love shopping at Farmers Markets because seeing the food, knowing where it comes from and the process it goes through is a great way to make better, healthier choices. I [...]

2501, 2018

Irene: The Woman Behind Blu Jam Café

January 25th, 2018|

To say there is only one woman behind Blu Jam Café would be remiss. First, without the support of my amazing wife— especially in the early days— there would be no Blu Jam Café. Not to mention all the wonderful and talented women that are on staff at each location and in the corporate office. But there is one woman, in particular, that deserves a special nod, [...]

1701, 2018

The Rogue Experience

January 17th, 2018|

Located within Wolfgang Puck's experimental test kitchen, The Rogue Experience presents an untraditional tasting menu for eight guests a night. And what an experience it was. Guest Chefs from around the world collaborate in the newest Wolfgang Puck venture.  A fun night filled with great food and... Japanese TV?? Yes, they were there to follow their Japanese Chef Tetsu. And when they saw me, they wanted to interview me as well. LOL! An incredible 14 courses [...]

1912, 2017

Czech Christmas Cookies

December 19th, 2017|

FAMOUS CZECH CHRISTMAS COOKIES - VANILLA CRESCENTS INGREDIENTS: 2 cups of all purpose flour 1 cup of ground walnuts, fine, not coarse You can purchase them finely ground or grind them yourself in a food processor. 1/2 cup of powder sugar 2 teaspoons of vanilla sugar In my Czech homeland, we have this vanilla sugar. You can find it here in the states, as well as in Polish or [...]

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