On Saturday, November 15, 2003, Wendy & I opened our house for the second annual HIGH END APPETIZER & DESSERT PARTY. What’s a HIGH-END APPETIZER & DESSERT PARTY, you ask? We asked that each couple bring a high-end Appetizer OR high-end Dessert, and (at least)…
Â One Night,Â Twelve Kitchens April 29, 6-9 pm Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State CollegeÂ Â Top regional chefs showcase the eleven state-of-the-art kitchens at Midwest Culinary Institute to benefit the Cincinnati State College Foundation culinary scholarships. I have participated in this event for the…
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Herb Peterson, who invented the ubiquitous Egg McMuffin as a way to introduce breakfast to McDonald’s restaurants, has died, a Southern California McDonald’s official said Wednesday. He was 89.
Peterson died peacefully Tuesday at his Santa Barbara home, said Monte Fraker, vice president of operations for McDonald’s restaurants in that city.
He began his career with McDonald’s Corp (MCD, Fortune 500). as vice president of the company’s advertising firm, D’Arcy Advertising, in Chicago. He wrote McDonald’s first national advertising slogan, “Where Quality Starts Fresh Every Day.”
Peterson eventually became a franchisee and was currently co-owner and operator of six McDonald’s restaurants in Santa Barbara and Goleta, Fraker said.
Peterson came up with idea for the signature McDonald’s breakfast item in 1972. He “was very partial to eggs Benedict,” Fraker said, and worked on creating something similar.
The egg sandwich consisted of an egg that had been formed in a Teflon circle with the yolk broken, topped with a slice of cheese and grilled Canadian bacon. It was served open-faced on a toasted and buttered English muffin.
The Egg McMuffin made its debut at a restaurant in Santa Barbara that Peterson co-owned with his son, David Peterson.
Fraker said that, although semiretired, Peterson still visited all six of his stores in the Santa Barbara area until last year when his health began to deteriorate.
“He would talk to the customers, visit with the employees. He loved McDonald’s,” Fraker said.
Fraker, who said he worked with Peterson for 30 years, said “he was amazing as far as giving back to the community.”
“He embraced the community and the community embraced him,” Fraker said. “We loved the man.”
Peterson is survived by his wife, son and three daughters.
A public memorial service will be held April 23 at All Saints by the Sea church in Montecito.
On June 24, 2008, version 2.1 of the hydrocolloid recipe collection edited by Martin Lersch was released. This excellent collection is a useful (and free!) resource for those of us interested in molecular gastronomy. See below for download links for the PDF of the current…
Finally, after dealing with the crappy, original glass-top electric range in our house for as long as possible, I’ve had enough. Generally, modern glass-top electric ranges run the spectrum from crappy to very good. This old battlehorse was probably the very first one ever built,…
Are the weight-loss concerns of white, overweight, male bloggers taken seriously?
And my response…
Apparently not, if Cincinnati Losers is to be believed. Cincinnati Losers contains stories about a bunch of overweight (by their definition — I am not labeling anyone!) female bloggers. All the photos of them on the site (not all profiles have photos) indicate that the majority of them are in the majority (if you get my meaning… (If you don’t, the photos are of white females)). Or is the subtle suggestion from Cincinnati Losers that only women — white women — are overweight? This type of exclusionary thinking is what leads to travesties like all-you-can-eat, women’s-only buffets, dogs & cats living together, increased cell phone charges, Steven Seagal movies, and global warming. Please, ladies of Cincinnati Losers… Consider the fat males in the world. The fat white males in the world. The fat white male bloggers in the world… And reach out a grease-covered, chubby hand in friendship and brotherhood. In a spirit of inclusion <makes the interlocking finger gesture> and not exclusion.
What about the weight-loss-support concerns of white, overweight, male bloggers, ladies? Not to mention the non-white, non-overweight, gender-indeterminant bloggers?
I’ve recently been re-reading the new edition of MA GASTRONOMIE by Fernand Point and have again been taken by jottings from his notebook, some of which I have included below. As far as cuisine is concerned, one must read everything, see everything, hear everything, try…