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Chef John Malik grew up in New Orleans. He owned 33 Liberty Restaurant in Greenville, SC until 2008 and following that John was Executive Chef at two retirement communities. He received a James Beard semi-finalist nomination for Best Chef, Southeast in 2008. He was named to Who’s Who in American Barbecue by Bon Appetit Magazine and is a Certified Kingsford Flame Master. He blogs at chefjohnmalik.com and is author of Doughnuts for Amy, an E-Novel. John began writing stories for his Mom when he was in 5th grade and has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Entries by John Malik

I'll Have St. Pete With a Squeeze of Lime

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 10:41 AM

The rain pelted against the house, sounding like rocks tossed by an angry neighbor, waking us well before our 6 a.m. alarm went off. I trudged out of bed, turned up the heater then returned with two cups of strong coffee and crawled under the blankets. A strong gust lashed...

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Goodbye Glossophobia

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 6:02 PM

"Our biggest challenge with respect to our clients is trying to instill a little confidence at just the right moment. We've trained senators and generals, teachers and CEOs, and they all have the same issue: No matter how seemingly confident and prepared they think they are, they just fall apart...
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The Ripple Effect

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 11:38 AM

"Mom? It's John. Just calling to say we just got home."

We had spent an entire week with my mother. We cooked for her almost every day, took her out for oysters, looked through old photos, sat with her in the kitchen and shared coffee, and listened as she told...

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Last Minute Gift

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 5:12 PM

Only a handful of shopping days left before Christmas and you've got a few gits yet to purchase. Why not make a donation in someone's name to their favorite charity? One of my favorites is the Humane Society. The Humane Society will always have needs to be filled...

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Would You Like to See My Collection of Cleavers?

(1) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 1:49 PM

We're a peculiar lot. Professional cooks often have quirks and idiosyncrasies that most rational people would find, perhaps, circumspect. Yet we earn those quirks sincerely. It comes with our territory. Long hours in a brutal environment, late night trips to the emergency room and looking at all those tattoos and...

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Goliath vs. David

(2) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 5:33 PM

Want to compete in a big time BBQ contest? $275.00 is all it takes to enter the NC BBQ Championships and that gets you a 25 by 30 foot piece of grass with water and electricity. The only thing left to pay for is meat, fire, spice and beer. A...

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The Best Medicine

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 12:19 PM

In a retirement community or health-care facility, potential liability can be found in the least likely of settings -- the threshold of a door, the step into an elevator or a frail hand searching for balance on the back of an unoccupied chair. When caring for our elders, it's critical...

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Bovinova!

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2013 | 1:44 PM

Anyone can cook a whole hog; it's not as daunting a task as it may seem. In the South, that kind of cooking happens every weekend. Whole hog BBQ is usually done in support of a big event, such as a birthday party, church gathering or a fundraiser for a...

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A Modest Proposal for the TSA

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 2:59 PM

I recently read that the Transportation and Security Administration is purchasing $50 million worth of new uniforms in spite of the fact that President Obama's "Sequester" is forcing sharp cutbacks at many government agencies. Damn, fifty mill is a big chunk of money. I actually like their royal...

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Mr. Ready Is Coming!

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 2:55 PM

For a cook, there's something very endearing about a cookbook that contains a recipe that begins with, "For 1,000 pounds of pork..." For a modern chef that would translate into 12 80-pound cases of pork butts. And that my friends, is a lot of pork.

From Rivets and Rails, Recipes...

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The Weight of Mercy

(2) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 11:39 AM

A few years ago my wife and I were invited to a dinner party hosted by a professor of a local university. The guests were likewise on staff of this university and after dinner the conversation turned to the trauma of participating in a charitable endeavor. One of the guests...

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Lance Who?

(12) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 12:55 PM

Information traveled at a different pace in 1983. If you were a fan of a fringe sport such as cycling, then you might have to wait a week or two for the news. Such was the case for me and my cycling teammates in the summer of 1983. An American...

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Keowee Valley

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 3:21 PM

On the surface, Keowee Valley, the debut novel of Katherine Scott Crawford has all the right ingredients of a corset-ripping romance. There's a voluptuous blonde heroine with a heart of gold, a muscular tomahawk-wielding hero that no woman can tame, and simmering sexual tension all in an exotic...

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Sharon, Will You Go Out With Me?

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 10:55 AM

It took me 20 minutes to make the 10 minute drive to the bank. My palms were sweating and my heart was racing as I finally came to a stop at the drive through. Sharon waved and smiled, pulled the microphone close and said "Hi John." I fumbled with the...

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A Christmas Present

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 12:42 PM

Mary Katherine was petrified and she wasn't going anywhere.

"Mary Katharine, your team needs you, come on sweetheart, I know you can do this."

She shook her head no. She was wringing her hands and beads of perspiration had bubbled up on her forehead and upper lip. Yet, I...

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Barbed Wire Butterflies

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 12:07 PM

On first glance, Jessica Kristie's debut novel has a distinct Dickens' like narrative: Kidnapped pre-teen children living out a meager existence as slave labor of a shadowy manufacturing complex far removed from the caring eyes of civilized society. The child-laborers are coerced through beatings, rape, intimidation and starvation and should...

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I Am Liking Your Spam a Lot

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 5:31 PM

A short story inspired by all the broken-English Spam that my blog has received over the last few months:

Janice crumbled up her Starbuck's cup and tossed it disgustedly into the garbage can. She hated the thought of one more blind date and given her run of luck, why would...

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Shrimp, Grits and Murder

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 12:45 PM

Are you looking for a clever murder mystery? One with a unique sense of place and enough quirky characters to make the cast of The Big Bang Theory take notice? Can you deal with a ghost as a central character? And I don't mean a ghost in the traditional sense,...

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15

(6) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 3:12 PM

Father and son. Both shirtless, we stood in front of the mirror, razors in hand. He carefully mimicked my actions as we apply a thin sheen of Gillette's best before he hefted the razor suspiciously.

"You don't need to rush this," I offered. "These blades may be incredibly thin...

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Do You Hear That?

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 2:22 PM

Those were footsteps. No question about it. Even in the darkness I could see the fright on my wife's face. She threw the blanket over her head and clutched me like never before, my biceps proving no match for her recently manicured nails. Someone was walking on the third floor...

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