John DenBoer

Gourmet chef John DenBoer is starting this food blog to share the things he loves about the industry he is a part of – from cooking tips, techniques, and equipment and tools to the popular delicacies and exotic dishes from all around the world.  Chef John hopes that his blogs will inspire aspiring chefs and food enthusiasts to learn more about the different cuisines that have inspired their gastronomical affair.

On this site, readers can expect several articles on gourmet cooking and world cuisine. Naturally, there will blogs that focus on food from around the world, dishes that John has enjoyed during his travels and has learned how to prepare. This means that there will be a bit of travel blogging in here as well, much akin to other travel and food sites.

Meanwhile, another blog section will explore cuisine that everyone, from kids to the elderly, will enjoy and keep coming back to. For health-conscious readers, chef John DenBoer will also write about the growing popularity of plant-based diets, and how many of today’s superstar athletes have subscribed to such eating regiment.

Apart from recipes, food preparation techniques and tips, and cuisine evaluation and review, there will also be articles on the many aspects of owning and running a gourmet kitchen, from deciding on the best interior design to buying equipment and tools to building the space inside the home.  The blog site will feature both technical information as well as chef John’s advice to homeowners.

Finally, gourmet chef John DenBoer will share his thoughts on why cooking classes are important not only for those who are passionate about food or those who dream of being part of the culinary industry but for all people from all walks of life.  Cooking, as chef John notes, can be incredibly transformational.

About

John DenBoer is a gourmet chef who has traveled all around the world, tasting and learning about local cuisines.  From the deserts, grasslands, and forests of Africa to the highlands and lowlands of South and Central America to the mountains and grassy plains of Europe and North America, John has visited them all and savored every gastronomical trip.  But from all the countries he has stayed in and from all the dishes that he has enjoyed, John picks the Asian cuisine as his favorite.  In fact, he has traveled all over Asia to study from the locals how they prepare food for their families and guests.  Among his most favorite dishes are Indonesia’s beef rendang and Kyrgyzstan’s paloo.


John DenBoer also loves to try all kinds of food that some people deem exotic and rare, sometimes even dangerous.  While some of these dishes such as the Philippines’ balut, Iceland’s hakarl , and Sardinia, Italy’s casu marzu are not for the faint of heart,  John believes tasting these exotic delicacies is one way of learning about a place and its culture.

When not traveling, John DenBoer holds private classes to groups of students on gourmet cooking.  He shares some of the best recipes that he has learned through his travels to people who may not have had the chance to learn them elsewhere.  Along with his beloved recipes, John also imparts valuable insights on gourmet cooking, such as the essential tools and equipment people need in their kitchen.

Nowadays, John has taken to the internet to come up with a series of blogs where he writes about his passion for food from all over the world.  Through his blogs, he hopes to inspire his readers to not only travel to the world but to taste and enjoy the different exotic and popular dishes they will come across on their journey.  

Cook at Home

There are several reasons why people should consider cooking at home rather than buying food outside, getting delivery food, or eating out. For one, it can be a whole lot cheaper. Secondly, a person will be aware of the ingredients they put in their meal, which makes keeping with their diet a lot easier. And thirdly, it can help develop one’s culinary creativity. Gourmet chef John DenBoer believes that cooking gourmet dishes at home can be achieved if one has the patience and the curiosity to try new things. Here are some easy to cook gourmet meals for home cooking.

Cajun Seafood Pasta: Cajun dishes aren’t the most difficult to cook, but they are worth the time preparing. It’s a good departure from the typical tomato-based pasta and brings a new kind of spice to the regular seafood meal. Seafood lovers can spoil themselves silly by adding extra scallops and shrimps. One can also experiment on the types of cheeses they want to put in if Swiss cheese isn’t their thing.

Pork chop in garlic mushroom sauce: Some folks find it hard to believe that they can have something fancy done right at their kitchen. What’s even more surprising, notes chef John DenBoer is that one can prepare and cook everything in just 30 minutes. Savory, tender, and visually stunning, the pork chop in garlic mushroom sauce is that dish one will find themselves enjoying every bit, from the aroma down to the last bite.

Gourmet pub burgers: Sometimes, one looks forward to a nice meal while friends are over. Gourmet pub burgers are a staple during nights out, so why not make them at home? According to John DenBoer, one can mix and match standard burger ingredients and come up with new combinations. Highly customizable, easily filling, and great for any day of the week, these gourmet burgers can turn one’s ordinary weeknight into laid back chill night.

Asian Cuisine

What defines Asian cuisine?

One could fly to Southeast Asia for a vacation, go restaurant-hopping in China Town, or try the various Asian looking take out menus in their district, and still not figure out what defines Asian cuisine.  Unlike other specific types of food like Italian, Cajun, or All-American, it’s difficult to pin down Asian cuisine.  This is mainly because of the different regions in the area, all of which have their unique characteristics and cooking styles.

Gourmet chef John DenBoer recommends looking at essential elements of Asian cuisines when trying to identify which region the cuisine comes from.  Rice, for example, is a widely used ingredient for most Asian cuisines. It has various arrangements on how it is consumed.  In Southeast Asian countries like Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines, rice is a staple partner to meat and vegetables while other countries like Japan prepares it differently.

Curry is another widely popular dish in East Asia, South East Asia, and South Asia.  Having origins in India, this meal comprises of a coconut milk foundation, meat, vegetables, and different types of spices.  However, other countries like Northern India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan use yogurt instead of coconut milk.

Noodles are also a staple for several Asian countries, most notably in China, Taiwan, and Japan.  These countries serve their noodles differently.  John DenBoer observed that Japan’s noodle-based meals usually come with a broth soup while Chinese noodles are often served moist.

Asian cuisine has been so popular that every other culture has tried its own combination or fusion with Asian dishes.  Although the definition of what Asian cuisine remains vague, those who try and make an attempt at pinpointing specific elements can narrow it down to specific ingredients like rice, soy sauce, and noodles, while other people look at the different cooking methods used to create Asian cuisine, notes John DenBoer.

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