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Disclaimer: This blog is not for the faint of heart…or should I say faint of palate. 

About the Blog: Launched in 2016 as a Senior Thesis, this site continues to explore the fabulous new culinary ingredients available in the U.S. If you love food with originality, ethnic origins, quality ingredients, and unexpected flavors, then boy are you in for a treat. My mission is to discover and use specialty foods accessible to all, providing useful information, recipes, and music to cook to! Learn about those exotic fruits you pass in the produce section, the new flour alternatives for gluten-free baking, and the funkiest of cheeses for your next party platter. 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 jowl)

About the Chef: Tess Le Moing is a kitchen elf—small in size, but big with enthusiasm, diligence, and imagination. In the mythical land of Ithaca, NY, she studied Writing and graduated with a passion for cooking and discovering the unknown. One day, a forest nymph took Tess under her wing as a kitchen assistant. Every week they meticulously tested recipes for her cookbook, Feast by Firelight. On the side,Tess learned more about the industry by working for different food businesses: her favorite local café, a farm-to-table startup, a rough and tough restaurant, and a cheese shop. When she’s not cooking at work, she’s cooking at home, continually learning, improving, and sharing funky foods as she discovers them.

About the Music: It’s a kitchen sin to cook without tunes. Every Monday, discover a new music artist with a playlist of their best songs. Let the funky grooves inspire you as much as the funky foods!



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. 

Stores: Wegman’s • Green Star • Whole Foods •  Stop & Shop • Tuesday Morning • Marhsall’s

Online: Zingerman’s • Funky Foods • Specialty Foods Association • iGourmet • Gold Mine Natural Food Co. • Stonewall Kitchen • Kalustyan’s • Mouth



Acknowledgment to the people who spark my creative appetite.  

Mentors: Mom • Papa • Chloé • my friends (old and new) • my neighbors • Barbara Adams • Emma Frisch • Andre Jaquet • Maria Salino • Ina Garten • Frankie Celenza • Coley Cooks • Joann Spinelli • PopPop • Mammi

TV Shows: Food Wishes with Chef John • Cooking with Dog • F*ck That’s Delicious • Binging with Babish • French Guy CookingPeaceful Cuisine • Great British Bake Off • Chef’s Table • Somebody Feed Phil  • Samurai Gourmet • Julia Child the French Chef



Learn my 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 my research and recipe development.

Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking • Mark Bittman’s How to Cook EverythingNY Times Cooking • The Kitchn • Serious EatsFood52All RecipesAmerica’s Test KitchenStill TastyWikipedia • Specialty Produce 









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  1. Tal Mintz
    May 12, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    best food blog ever

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