Someone’s In The Kitchen With… Rachel Wharton!

In just a few hours, the one and only Rachel Wharton (James Beard Award winner, writer for Edible Brooklyn, Edible Manhattan and the new Gilt Taste) is coming over to teach me her recipe for pimento cheese. I’m about to go food shopping for it, but join us at 3 PM EST right here or, if you want to join the chat (and please do! we want questions!) click here.

UPDATE: So we had some technical problems along the way (the video would freeze every so often and people couldn’t get into the chat room), but Episode 1 of “Someone’s In The Kitchen With…” was a lot of fun—this pimento cheese is so amazing, I can’t stop eating it (here’s the recipe)–and now the video is archived and watchable above. Thanks, Rachel, for being such a great first guest!

Cooking Live with Special Guest Cole Escola (10/7/10, 5:30 PM)

So the last time I tried to cook for you live from my kitchen (remember?), I had trouble balancing the art of entertainment with the art of doing dishes. This time around, we have a very special guest to help us out in that regard: TV’s own COLE ESCOLA! Best known for his work on Logo’s “Jeffery & Cole Casserole,” Cole has also appeared on “Law & Order” (his episode, in which he plays an autistic 16 year old, airs again tonight (10/7) at 6 on TNT.) Cole will help me field questions in the chat room while I go about making dinner. Now for the menu: whatever shall I make? See you here with Cole, Thursday, at 5:30!

UPDATE: Thanks everyone who came! We had 67 people watching. The video is archived and playable above.

The Big Reveal: Amateur Gourmet on Food2

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Remember a long time ago, after I finished The FN Dish, I told you I had a top secret project I was working on, something I couldn’t tell you about yet? Well, at last, the project is here and I’m incredibly excited to share it with you: it’s my brand new web show The Amateur Gourmet on Scripps’s brand new site, Food2.

This show–which I co-created with my friend, co-writer and director, Joshua Hume–takes you, the viewer, along with me as I learn how to make classic staples from incredibly talented chefs. In our first episode, for example, we tackle the omelet; Josh Grinker from The Stone Park Cafe demonstrates the right way to do it and then you watch me fumble and flail until I, too, get it right. (Now, almost every weekend, I make an omelet based on the techniques I learned in this episode.)

In our pasta episode, Marc Forgione of Marc Forgione restaurant (formerly Forge) gives us his grandmother’s recipe for homemade pasta dough (a ratio even Michael Ruhlman might like) so I can appease the evil pasta puppets who attack me vis-a-vis A&E’s “Intervention.”

Yes, it’s pretty silly, but that’s part of the fun. And in upcoming episodes we learn how to make steak from Chris Lim of BLT Steak, fish from Rebecca Charles of Pearl Oyster Bar and chocolate souffle from Michael Laiskonis of Le Bernardin. So please, by all means, click over, watch the shows, send them to your friends, rate them, leave comments, embed them on your websites and hopefully we’ll be able to make more!