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Grilled Potato Salad
with Watercress, Green Onions & Blue Cheese Vinaigrette
About the Recipe: The potato salad was very attractive, easy to make, and had a wonderful flavor. If watercress is not available, you could substitute radish sprouts, tender spinach leaves, belgian endive, young dandelion greens, or arugula.
Recipes from: Chef Bobby Flay –
Food Network Favorites. Meredith Books: 2005, p. 43; p. 31.
Fresh Fruit Batidos
Note: This is Bobby Flay’s recipe. He has a weakness for ice cream.
About the Recipe: The drink is very thick, filled with a tropical mango and orange flavor. It used one whole mango for one large drink. Serve it chilled.
AND SO THE STORY GOES… It almost seems unbelievable that a person could drop out of high school at 17, have his first job at a pizza parlor, serve ice cream, make restaurant salads, be gifted with a scholarship to a culinary school and end up being one of the most famous, talented Iron Chefs on the Food Network, a real celebrity.
Bobby Flay said that he just fell in love with working with food. He had the passion, talent, and made it happen. The idea that he dropped out of school didn’t hold him back. The time was right for him. It was the magic of the Millennium. The time when you could make your dreams come true.
The Best American Recipes 2005-2006;
The Best American Recipes 2004-2005;
The Flavors of Bon Appetit 2000,
Top Chef The Cookbook,
2000’s An Era of Millennium Magic
Opportunities to Create, Dream, and Discover
This was the age that provided opportunities to create, dream, and discover your own talents. Small business ventures appeared with sophisticated and imaginative ideas. Computer generated services, FaceBook, and even cupcakes made the hit parade. Chefs became celebrities on television and even amateur cooks earned their way into culinary competitions, providing entertainment and advice to the masses on cable television cooking programs.
Technology changed how information and ideas were transmitted, revolutionizing communication, commerce, and creating shifting fragmented groups and cultural divides. Immigration brought more Asians and Latinos into the country, changing the composition of the population. Entertainment and media sources developed niche publications, targeted program choices, and less national experiences. Entertainment was on-demand, provided on an I-PAD Tablet or SmartPhone for the individual without having to consider the needs of others. Websites existed for like-minded individuals, confirming their own ideas and thus created individuals to become less tolerant of divergent ideas and more self-centered.
There was a resurgence of ethnic nationalism, religious fundamentalism, a rise of global terrorism, weak economic growth, and lots of social change. Terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, conflicts in Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan embroiled the nation in endless conflicts. Globalization presented its own challenges as US companies reduced labor costs by lowering wages, moving plants and production to other countries.
One can clearly understand why consumers became more skeptical about pre-packaged “healthy” goods and looked to return to basics, which included Artisan breads, farmer’s markets, sushi, small sized sandwiches and burgers. Flavored waters, fruits, and veggies appeared in beverage form and smoothies loaded with energy or nutrition were chosen for breakfast or desserts. The world was slowly sliding towards organic vegetables, Artisan everything, less processed foods, authentic ethnic recipes, healthy alternatives, and special diets.