Tyler Wants To Feed Us, Get Us Drunk, and Inspire Us to Use Fresh Herbs
Tyler Florence is a Southern gentleman. While giving a cooking demo at LA Food & Wine this past weekend, he told the crowd that if any of us are ever in the Bay Area, we should please stop by as he’d love to feed us! And he has quite a few restaurants up there to do that (Wayfare Tavern in San Francisco – with their “unbelievable” new Caramel Apple dessert, El Paseo in Mill Valley, and Rotisserie & Wine in Napa). Adding with a smile, “and we’d love to get you drunk too!” Alright, Tyler, you got our attention!
Tyler feels that everyone connects with Fall flavors and so it’s his favorite time of year to cook. Perhaps that was much of the inspiration for his new cookbook, “Tyler Florence Family Meal: Bringing People Together Never Tasted Better.” I love watching Tyler in a live cooking demo. The first time I saw him do it was in . The great thing about him is that you learn a lot while being totally entertained.
In this demo, he shared many juicy tidbits such as:
- Use real pumpkin – not the canned stuff. He encouraged us by saying that real pumpkin is easy to work with (“like butternut squash”) and the canned stuff “just takes like you’re licking the inside of a can” and that the “only way you can make it taste good is to put so much spicing in it that it tastes like a holiday potpourri.” He then challenged everyone in the audience to make their pumpkin pies this year from FRESH pumpkin.
- Use FRESH herbs in our cooking, “not that stuff in a jar.”
- For fish, use grapeseed oil for cooking as it’s the “cleanest” and let’s the true flavor of the fish come out.
- For those who ever get to Memphis, he said we must try “Rendezvous BBQ,” saying, “You haven’t lived til you’ve gone there.” Based on their website (with the very cool: hogsfly.com address), Tyler is not alone … Justin Timberlake, Bill Clinton and The Rolling Stones are fans as well. Looks like this is definitely DeathbedFood-worthy BBQ to remember.
- And, last but not least, my personal favorite, he says that, after after sauteing, the crispy bits at the bottom of the pan are, “Money.” Tyler, I’m with you on that – both from the flavor standpoint and from the movie reference homage. The 1996 comedy, Swingers (for those who may not be avid, crazy fans like me) is the source of many a great line (“You’re so Money” … “This is the guy behind the guy behind the guy” … “Vegas, baby! Vegas!” … or, later when they’re tired, “Vegas. Baby. Vegas.” – just to name a few). If you haven’t seen it for some unknown reason, you really should (it’s Money).
Oh, sorry, I got distracted. Tyler made me think of my favorite movie. OK, back on track now …
And, voila! The man delivers an incredibly enticing Squab with pumpkin dish for Fall!
Thank you, Tyler, for another fun-filled cooking demo. I’m looking forward to taking you up on your hospitality offer sometime soon!