I have been exchanging emails with chilehead Dexter Holland, lead singer of The Offspring, who just bought a copy of The Complete Chile Pepper Book. He writes, “Got the complete chile pepper book in the mail today…nice one! Looks great, very professional, very informative. I might even try some growing now!” I wrote back and suggested hydroponics under grow lights aboard his private jet!
I’ll be off to the Bay Area November 10 for Round Two of Kingsford University. I graduated a couple of summers ago when it was held in Arizona (see the article here), but apparently this one is graduate school. Melanie Yunk of Melanie’s Fine Foods will be a student with me and two of our instructors are the delightful Corinne Trang, author of Noodles Every Day: Delicious Asian Recipes from Ramen to Rice Sticks,
and Chris Lilly, author of Big Bob Gibson BBQ Book: Recipes and Secrets from a Legendary Barbecue Joint. I shot this pic of him at the last Kingsford University class. Read all about him in this article.
And finally, my hobnobbing with the stars continued a few weeks ago when I was a Green Chile Stew Cookoff judge during Navy Week at El Pinto. I was rough work to be paired as a judge with KOAT-TV news anchor (and incredibly cute) Shelly Ribando, but somehow I survived.