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I have recently developed this huge passion for cooking, even though I've been cooking since i was 15 and have been a chef for the last 10 years. I think I am addicted to it. Or am I addicted to eating my cooking? Either way, I want to share my experiences with whom ever is interested. That is why I started this blog. Currently I am self employed as a private/personal chef and a stay at home dad. I am very thankful to have ended my restaurant career not so long ago! It's a hard life, especially when your trying to raise a family! I live in Naples, Florida where I met my beautiful wife while working at a yacht club about 3 years ago. We now have a little 6 month old daughter and life as we know it has changed forever ( for the better)! There is something going on in the food world that is very exciting! People are starting to open their eyes a little. We're going back in time, back to the farm, back to the dinner table. Something that has to be done in my opinion. I spent a lot of time at the dinner table as a child and thought is was very beneficial in how I ended up. The thing I like best about being a chef is that I will never learn it all. Ever!

Monday, April 26, 2010

What's a Rutabaga?

This is a Rutabaga.  It's a cruciferous root vegetable that is thought to be a cross between a cabbage and a turnip.  While being very affordable (.89 cents a pound) it is also quite nutritious and delicious.  It might be considered a winter vegetable but they are available year round in most super markets.  Not many people know about this vegetable.  It can be a little starchy and has a bitter undertone.  Personally I like to prepare them like I would prepare mashed potatoes except I add some agave nectar to bring out the natural sweetness.  You might be wondering what cruciferous means.  It means that it contains anti-oxidants that may help reduce some forms of cancer.  Other vegetable that are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals are: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, kale, mustard greens and turnips.
You can also slice the rutabaga really thin and drizzle them with olive oil and bake them at 350 for about 20-30 minutes for a nice rutabaga chip.  Some people might dice them, toss them with garlic, herbs and olive oil and roast them in a 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.  Roasting them makes them much sweeter.  So next time your feeling a little adventurous in the kitchen pick up a few of these and experiment.

Chef Don      

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