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, Funky Foods continues to explore the fabulous new culinary ingredients available in the U.S. The blog digs deep into the originality, ethnic origins, quality ingredients, and unexpected flavors of unusual produce and specialty products. My mission is to inspire home cooks, young and old, to get outside their comfort zone and cook with something new. Each ingredient on the blog comes with an extensive information guide on how to prepare, store, and use it. 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)
About the Chef: Tess Le Moing is an adventurous eater, recipe designer, kitchen elf, and gourmand. Her passion started when she took a Food Writing Class at Ithaca College. She graduated in ’16 with a plan to pursue cooking and continue her food blog, FunkyFoods. One day, former Food Network Star and local Ithaca chef, Emma Frisch, took Tess under her wing as a kitchen assistant. Every week they tested recipes for her debut cookbook, Feast by Firelight. Tess continued to learn about the culinary industry working with other local food businesses including Dolcé Delight, Early Morning Farm (GreenFork), Agava Restaurant, and Wegman’s Cheese Shop. Now Tess works as an Apprentice at Vice in the Munchies Test Kitchen and a BOH cook at Whole Foods Market. She currently lives in New Jersey with her parents but visits Ithaca often as her sister studies at Cornell. When Tess isn’t 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. 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!
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.
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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 Cooking • Peaceful 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 Everything • NY Times Cooking • The Kitchn • Serious Eats • Food52 • All Recipes • America’s Test Kitchen • Still Tasty • Wikipedia • Specialty Produce