PAZAZ™ Kitchen Tools for the Discerning Chef

Recipes are the architecture that builds the foundation of a meal. Every recipe contains steps produced in a certain sequence that reveals the most effective and efficient way to extract the greatest flavor and presentation. Through-out this process (as in anything worth doing) the tools you use must be of the highest quality to ensure the greatest possibility of success.

Several years ago I enlisted a company to build my PAZAZ™Kitchen Tools. These tools were built to my specifications using the finest materials available. Each tool was tested to rigorous standards based upon strength of composition, ability to withstand extreme temperatures both cold and hot, and dishwasher safe.

The idea the PAZAZ™ logo would represent was sent out to a design website which contacted graphic artists from around the world. An amount was agreed upon to ensure designers would be interested and so the contest was on. Eventually the contest was won by a person from Bangladesh. The chefs hat and the magic wand, the wording, and ultimate design represent an exhaustive process that took several months to complete.

As I tested each manufacturers tools I realized that one stood out from the rest. That company I enlisted to produce PAZAZ™ Kitchen Tools crafted each tool to my specifications so that the Silicone baking mat would fit snuggly inside the sheet pan with the cooling rack on top of the baking mat. Like a culinary puzzle each piece is crafted to accentuate the even flow of heat to ensure any product placed on the cooling rack will be cooked evenly through-out.

Currently my PAZAZ™ Kitchen Tools are being used by three star Michelin Chef Jean George Vongerichten, Michael Mina, and Dave Adlard (Candle in the Woods, Idaho). These world class chefs understand that manufacturing of product for a multitude of guests requires sturdy, hand-crafted Kitchen Tools. The PAZAZ™ products could have only made it to the kitchens of these world renowned chefs if they stood up to the rigorous test of quality enriched by craftsmanship.

My PAZAZ™ Kitchen Tools can be used to produce the most amazing savory or sweet dishes. As many of us gravitate towards chicken and fish and away from beef we can access flavors that accentuate the nuances of the flavor profile. One such recipe which can feature chicken or fish is a “Classic Lemon Pepper Chicken”.

Prep time is 10 minutes, cook time is 15 minutes, calories 221 using four ingredients and serving four people. Simple and delicious in one soul-stirring hot shot.

First:

    • 1/4 cup of flour
    • 1 tablespoon of McCormick perfect pinch lemon and pepper seasoning
    • 1 pound of thinly sliced boneless and skinless chicken breasts
    • 2 tablespoons of butter
    1. Mix flour and lemon/pepper seasoning in shallow dish. Moisten chicken lightly with water. Coat evenly with seasoned flour.

    2. Melt butter in large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Pan sear 1/2 of the chicken pieces 2 to 3 minutes per side or until golden brown.

    3. Place chicken on steel mesh rack which is placed over the silicone baking mat on top of the aluminum sheet pan. Oven should be set for 300 degrees and chicken should cook for 4 minutes.

    4. If you’d like to “kick it up a notch” place chicken over mixed greens with avocado, tomato, and goat cheese or blue cheese. A homemade dressing of a mango or peach white vinegar mixed with basil oil 2 parts oil to one part vinegar will be the perfect balance of acid to alkaline.

Included if you purchase all three PAZAZ ™ “Kitchen Tools” at www.pazazshop.com will be a cookbook with original recipes tried and tested by me. Enjoy for yourself or as a gift for the upcoming months when the bounty of the earth is at its peak.

PAZAZ™ Coming To A Theater Near You!

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I created this brand, PAZAZ™ just over a year ago. The process prior to that took me through a learning curve that included but was not limited to Sales People, Manufacturers, Custom Brokers, Patent Attorney, Selling Platforms, Shipping, Accountant, and of course the all important Marketing.

When I thought of and created the brand I wanted something that spoke about a magical experience that helps author a special event. I enlisted the help of “Design Contest” to craft the logo. I told artists around the world what I wanted my product to say without being able to talk. This helped me to analyze the dialogue I wished to communicate, through the design of a logo, and thus formulate the brand image I wanted to fabricate.

The product itself was an exorcise in communicating dimensions, quality, and the all important integrity of this PAZAZ™ brand. I went through one hundred manufacturers, drilled that down to twenty and eventually five that sent me samples. Each product had its own challenges which included but were not limited to the grueling tests of repeated heat and cold application, and of course withstanding the dishwasher.

After all that attention to quality based upon my own extreme tests I was able to decide upon a manufacturer that checked all the boxes. The reason I’m telling you all this is quite simple. I have enlisted the help of a gentlemen that I’ve worked with before to market my brand. His name is Ravyn and he is an amazing person that is helping me film a video for all of you to enjoy.

This video incorporates not only a short introduction about my background in food and beverage, a couple recipes from my cookbook (which is included with the purchase of any of my PAZAZ™ products), and my PAZAZ™ table set up for wine pairing with these recipes. As a special surprise I have a treat I believe you will really enjoy.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank those of you that have already purchased my PAZAZ™ products on Amazon, E-Bay, or at my web site, www.pazazshop.com. And for those that haven’t I can promise you one thing… if you need exceptional kitchen tools that will enhance your experience in the kitchen…you’ve come to the right place!

The Bundle (All Three Products) The Way To Go!

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Southern Utah… PAZAZ™ Style

The beautiful topography of Southern Utah captures the nuances of nature in the form of multi-colored rock formations that dance across canyons sculpted by rivers, streams, and creeks.

As the alpine glow transmits different brush strokes of color, the time and the direction of the sun wave a magicians wand to play with the optics transmitted by seasonal change.

Driving north of Las Vegas to this land of enchanted vistas you pass through the Virgin River Gorge located between St. George, Utah, and Beaver Dam Arizona. This long canyon is carved by the Virgin River in Northwest Arizona. The Virgin River rises on the Colorado Plateau creating both the Zion National Park and the Virgin River Gorge.

Each mile brings me closer to my favorite restaurant destination located in St. George Utah. This town was named in honor of Mormon apostle George A. Smith also known as the “potato saint” because he urged early settlers to eat raw, unpeeled potatoes to cure scurvy. Smith didn’t participate in the town’s settlement but chose the first pioneers to enhabit this area.

Besides the natural beauty there is one restaurant that stands far above the rest in consistent food quality high-lighted by spot on service. This restaurant,”The Painted Pony”, is a text book example of caring owners finding a formula and staying within the boundaries of their expertise.

A warm greeting begins the experience expedited by prompt service. Then, the server questions the direction the guest wishes to be taken through the land of culinary delights.

For me, one of the menu items that stands above the rest (in the appetizer category) is the organic beet napoleon. Organic beets topped with julienne crispy beets with a layer of goat cheese in between to create the desired napoleon affect. This dish is served with a balsamic dressing garnished with beet leaves and fresh herbs. This dish should be paired with a Sancerre (sauvignon blanc) from France.

The entree course is a Hawaiian fish called “ONO” which means “delicious” in Hawaiian. Place the “ONO” (a delicate white fish) onto the PAZAZ™ baking mat inside the PAZAZ™ cookie sheet in the oven at 350 degrees. The slow cooked fish should be in the oven no longer than 6 minutes to create the desired med-rare composition. The rest of the formula to compliment this fish that melts in your mouth consists of couscous with roasted Brussel sprouts in a citrus beurre blanc. The fish is then topped with an apricot chutney to complete this flavor explosion. I love to pair this dish with an Argentinian white wine varietal called Torrontes.

Completing this meal is a classic bread pudding in a creme anglaise paired with an ice wine from Niagara-on-the-lake in south eastern Canada called Inniskillin.

When you find yourself in Southern Utah don’t forget to stop at this amazing destination restaurant, “The Painted Pony”, fueled by the expectation of a meal produced by chefs that care, expedited by professional servers in an environment that calms the spirit and enhances the experience.

This post is sponsored by PAZAZ™ “The Magic of Cooking” kitchen tools for the discerning chef. Please go to pazazshop.com to purchase the amazing Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat, Heavy Duty Aluminum Cookie Sheet, and the Steel Mesh Cooling Rack. Bring PAZAZ™ into your life!!!

 

Quality and the Art of PAZAZ

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In the land of blogs and infomercials we tend to get lost if the message is too long and the product not to our immediate needs. The beauty of the Art of PAZAZ™ is the ability to find those that demand from the products we buy the inalienable right to the best quality available.

Yesterday I got a call from a dear friend that had purchased the combo PAZAZ™ Baking Sheet, Cooling Rack, and Baking mat. He has been a professional baker and was interested to test what I had told him are the best products available.

Now in the framework of an infomercial this would be a perfect time to dial the caller on line one and discuss their success with the product. Unfortunately because of limited time and money I can only tell you second hand what my friend (the baker) relayed to me.

He said, “I typically bake with the sheet pans I’ve been using for years. The problem was that the cookies at the back of the pan would cook faster then those in the front of the pan. Because of this one set of cookies would be overdone and the cookies in the front would be underdone. However, when I used your PAZAZ™ Baking Mat inside of the Cookie Sheet Pan it was Magic! The cookies cooked evenly and all I had to do was leave them alone for the allotted time and bingo… they were perfect.”

“In addition to that, I didn’t have to place any aluminum foil inside the cookie sheet pan or spray with an oil or other product to prevent sticking. Because of the silicone baking mat I could easily extract the cookies and enjoy the perfect product I’ve been looking for all these years. Bravo to PAZAZ™ and the wonderful products you produce.”

It is with great joy I relay this story to you, the customer, as I enjoy the satisfaction of producing the most amazing baking tools for home or commercial use.

Speaking of which, I also want to mention that because of the quality of the PAZAZ™ products, our baking mats are now being used at Jean George Steakhouse in Las Vegas under the umbrella of three star Michelin chef Jean George.

Thank you for your support and encouragement from all of us at PAZAZ™.

PAZAZ ™ “The Heart of the Recipe is in your Ability to Create.”

To develop a wonderful recipe you must first determine the desired effect.pazaz premium bakewareYou must then add your experience, your skill set, time frame, and goal of your creation.

If your goal is to wow people that is one thing, if it is to prepare a dinner, lunch or breakfast for your family… that is another.

As we evolve within the frame work of our capabilities and within the parameters of kitchen exploration we become comfortable with what was once uncomfortable. A recipe is merely a guide line to execute a communication into a living breathing dish. This dish (if the recipe is followed to a tee) can make you feel your creative juices flow, and then the possibility for success grows exponentially.

Bringing a smile to those that watch the chef create involves a connection to the process and then the guests become a part of the experience. Using the PAZAZ ™ kitchen products makes the likely hood for a successful dining event almost a certainty.

I have been involved in the restaurant business for many years. I can attest to the importance of each and every ingredient and the kitchen tools you use tying together as one for the desired winning result. Purchasing certified organic produce, quality wild caught fish, and even organic meat brings the flavors together in perfect harmony.

As a kid I remember my grandmother making apple pie with apples from her tree. I couldn’t identify then why everything tasted so much better… but today I can. Not only was this truly organic (as my grandmother and grandfather never used pesticides) but there was the unidentifiable ingredient that bound this composition together, love.

My parents were musically inclined and so was my grandmother. They would play the piano, organ, and violin as an ensemble to accompany our amazing desert. I didn’t realize how blessed I was to enjoy world class entertainment within the confines of the living room. Each bite made me wish the taste and experience would never end.

This experience motivated me to study violin and enlist that teaching into cooking, and cooking into the business I bring to you, PAZAZ ™.

PAZAZ ™ – “The Magic of Cooking”

Cooking Is Like A Concert

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Within this concert of kitchen wizardry lies the skill of connecting ingredients in a symphony of flavors that will dazzle the palate and stimulate the senses.

Through-out time food has been a conduit between family and friends bringing dialogue, joy, and laughter to very special occasions centered around culture and religion. Every culture has its mantra of dishes that are high-lighted at certain festive events.

From tail gate parties at football games, Thanksgiving, and a myriad of other important social interactions the moment that smile comes to your face that brings you back to a wonderful memory… the connection is made.

This is how PAZAZ ™ was born. Quality based products that are orchestrated to produce the finest recipes passed down from generation to generation.

It is with this first blog that I enter these products into the realm of outstanding culinary kitchen tools that will withstand the most rigorous tests within the parameters as shown on the PAZAZ ™ product site.

PAZAZ ™ will bring a smile to your face as you open the package and see the complimentary cook book and the wonderful products you’ve purchased.

If you have an issue with any product packaged and sent to your door by PAZAZ ™ we would hope you reach out to me first – my name is Jack – and I will take care of your problem ASAP.

Because, without fine customer service we would be just like any other company… and that we are not.