Disclaimer: This blog is not for the faint of heart…or should I say faint of palate.
The Blog: Launched in 2016 as a Senior Thesis, Funky Foods explores the fabulous new culinary ingredients available in the U.S. My blog digs deep into the originality, ethnic origins, quality ingredients, and unexpected flavors of unusual produce and specialty items. My mission is to inspire home cooks, young and old, to get outside their comfort zone and cook with something new. I aim to create recipes accessible to all, offering tips, variations, and dietary substitutions. At the end of the day, I want you to be more adventurous with food because you never know what could potentially be habit-forming. Get ready for some seriously unconventional, exceptionally cool ways to change up your daily eating! (You haven’t truly lived until you’ve tried bacon jam)
The Chef: I, Tess Le Moing, am an adventurous eater, recipe designer, kitchen elf, and gourmand. My passion for food started when I took a Food Writing Class at Ithaca College. After graduating, I decided to pursue a cooking career. One day, former Food Network Star competitor and local chef, Emma Frisch, took me under her wing as a kitchen assistant. Every week we tested recipes for her debut cookbook, Feast by Firelight. On the side, I worked with numerous food businesses like Dolcé Delight, Early Morning Farm, Agava Restaurant, and Wegmans Cheese Shop. After learning all I could in Ithaca, I moved back home with parents in New Jersey to seek opportunities in New York City. Since then, I’ve worked as a cook at Whole Foods Market and a Test Kitchen Apprentice at VICE Munchies. Currently, I’m a personal chef with Easy Feast. When I’m not cooking at work, I’m cooking at home, continually learning, improving, and sharing funky foods as I discover them.
The Music: It’s a kitchen sin to cook without tunes. With each recipe, discover a new music artist with a playlist of their best songs. Let the funky grooves inspire you as much as the funky foods!
The Content: Funky Ingredient Profiles • Funky Recipes • Kitchen Experiments • Contest Submissions • Cookbook Reviews & Recipes • Life Events • Funky Snack Reviews
In a world of food restrictions and health problems, how do I please everyone?
Diets: I offer vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free recipe variations when applicable. Don’t see one? Let me know, or send me your own ideas.
Finding funky foods is a click away.
Acknowledgment to the people who spark my creative appetite.
Mentors: Mom • Papa • Chloé • friends (old and new) • neighbors • Barbara Adams • Emma Frisch • Andre Jaquet • Maria Salino • Farideh Sadeghin • Ina Garten • Frankie Celenza • Coley Cooks • Joann Spinelli • PopPop • Mammi
TV Shows: Binging with Babish • Chef’s Table • Cooking with Dog • Food Wishes with Chef John • French Guy Cooking • F*ck That’s Delicious • Great British Bake Off • Julia Child the French Chef • Liziqi • Peaceful Cuisine • Samurai Gourmet • Somebody Feed Phil
Learn about my quirks!
- I know the complete Micheal Jackson Thriller dance
- I compost!
- K-Pop boy bands are my guilty pleasure
- I keep my bread in the freezer
- Je parle français
- I’m a pineapple-on-pizza advocate
- I can roll my R’s
- I love me a good ol’ pickle & pb sandwich
- I’m a lefty
- Before cooking, I thought I wanted to be a doctor, masseuse, fashion designer, movie director, anthropologist, book editor, and yoga teacher
- This blog started as my Senior Thesis
Books and websites I use for research and recipe development.
All Recipes • America’s Test Kitchen • Food52 • Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking • Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything • NY Times Cooking • Serious Eats • Specialty Produce • Still Tasty • The Kitchn • Wikipedia