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Molecular Gastronomy: Lemon Air

How do you make an ordinary dinner a memorable one? I think about this a lot. When planning menus, The Austin Artisans aren’t just interested in feeding people; we’re interested in providing an experience. I’ve been exploring the world of molecular gastronomy, because it offers a new platform for plating and presenting meals. But it’s […]

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Host an Elegant, Eco-Friendly Event

When I was writing the mission statement for The Austin Artisan, I realized how important it was for us to be responsible stewards of the community. To me, that means shopping locally, utilizing seasonal ingredients and minimizing waste. With Earth Day on its way (April 22), I wanted to share with you just some of […]

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Gluten-Free General Tso’s Chicken

Today’s blog post was written by our amazing Kitchen Manager, Clayton Jewell. Learn more about Clayton here. While attending The Culinary Institute of America, my Cuisines and Cultures of Asia instructor, Shirley Shuliang Cheng, always reminded her students that G.G.S. (garlic, ginger, and scallion) are the three staple ingredients of Asian cooking. This acronym made […]

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Easter Lamb Stew | The Austin Artisan

This Lamb Stew Is The Perfect Traditional Easter Dinner Lamb is synonymous with Easter, and it’s one of my favorite cuts of meat to prepare this time of year. Texas is actually one of the primary lamb-producing regions in North America. There are so many ways to cook lamb stew, from slow cooker to instant […]

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El Paso Pasole Recipe

My mother’s side of the family was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, where much of the cuisine is heavily influenced by Mexican culture. So growing up, my staple diet consisted of chile rellenos, tacos, and anything with Hatch green chiles. Needless to say, I’m not at all adverse to spice! Every time my […]

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Personal Chef vs. Catering Chef

It’s largely believed that a chef is a chef. But it’s a common misconception that a Line Chef is also a Catering Chef and a Catering Chef is the same as a Personal Chef. Like lawyers and doctors, there are many different facets of the business. It’s important to be able to make the distinction, because […]

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Olive Oil Dust

A few years ago, I started hosting Stone Cold Smooth Criminal Supper Clubs with a couple of my culinary friends. What began as a passion project quickly turned into a highly-coveted event. I don’t run them anymore, but our team is proud to bring it back for one night only on February 13th. (Tickets on […]

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Old Fashioned w/ Citrus Confit

When I sip an Old Fashioned, I can’t help but conjure images of Mad Men, 19th century America, and the fall of prohibition. While this cocktail has been around since the 1800s, it’s hard to classify it as, well, old. Nearly two centuries later, and the trendiest bars across the country are still serving this […]

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How to Set a Table

You’ve invited some friends over for dinner. You’re making a delicious meal (perhaps our Artisan Beef Wellington?) and you’ve purchased a few bottles of wine that will pair perfectly with the evening. You baked a homemade dessert and spent hours on the playlist. After all of that effort, you’d like everyone to sit around a […]

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Why Your Neighbor Hired The Austin Artisans

You were chatting with your neighbor and she told you that she ate a healthy, homemade meal every night this week. After work, she still had time to pick up her kids from school, walk her dog, and enjoy a glass of wine with her husband. Then you walked into her kitchen and noticed it […]

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Artisan Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington is a traditional English dish, featuring tender beef wrapped in flaky puff pastry. The beef is smothered in a duxelles—a finely chopped and sautéed mushroom mixture. My “Artisan” preparation includes a layer of thinly sliced prosciutto to render a rich, salty flavor. Baked to a glorious golden brown, this recipe is pure comfort. […]

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Stick to Your Resolutions

Every New Year, scores of people declare that this is the year they’re going to eat better! But after a few weeks, they’re usually ready to throw in the towel. Although we might blame ourselves for a lack of willpower, I think the problem is rooted in the approach. Food is a source of pleasure, fulfillment, and […]

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