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Daily Archives: July 12, 2009

New Link Added – $10,000 After Tipout

This is a new blog by a waiter in Arizona who’s trying to get $10,000 worth of tips in 6 months in order to be able to afford to move to NYC and pursue a second degree, having just graduated from college.

I like the idea of having a “tip thermometer” which rises when she earns money. Very cool.

I assume that this is a blog that isn’t going to be around more than a year, at least when it comes to concentrating on the restaurant world (although one never knows) but so far, the posts are witty and insightful, so I hope that you will check it out.

It’s going into the blog roll…



Cookbook of the day – Jerk, Barbecue from Jamaica


Jerk: Barbecue from Jamaica

By Helen Willinsky

Publisher  Crossing Press (September 1, 1990)

ISBN 10: 0895944391

ISBN 13: 978-0895944399

The book opens with the holy trinity of jerk cooking – jerk rub, jerk marinade and dry jerk rub. It then goes on to explain that allspice, one of the foundation spices of jerk, isn’t what most people think it is, that is, a mix of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. This is a reasonable mistake that many cooks make because they take the name of the spice too literally. It was named precisely because it mimics several other spices. But it’s actually a discrete product, pimento, which is the berry of the tree, Pimenta officianalis.

You’ll find recipes for such famous dishes as curry goat, jerk chicken, broiled jerk snapper, and the like. You’ll also find a very reasonable bread pudding as well as festival, an accompaniment similar to hush puppies. You’ll learn about a lovely dish of jerked lobster with coconut.

All in all, a no -nonsense, no-frills book which was praised by the Jamaican Daily Gleaner as “Charismatic! Spicy! Authentic”!

I highly recommend this out-of-print book if you come across it. You can preview a large part of the book here:


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You might not be surprised that the District of Columbia might come in first, but #2? Montana??!!?