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Karl Wilder
Originally from the south, at age 11 my family moved to Minnesota, the land of white people and white food – white bread, white gravy, and white meat. This is a place where rosemary is "spicy."

I learned to cook in self-defense.

Currently consulting and fixing restaurant menus and recipes, and teaching food improvisation at 'Fusion on the Fly'

Among my past professional credits I was the owner Executive Chef of The Country Club in New Orleans. I've worked in Italy, The Dominican Republic and Paris. All travel to me is an opportunity to learn.

I am often referred to as 'The Food Stamp Chef' due to my long commitment and activism on food insecurity issues.

Entries by Karl Wilder

Meat as a Seasoning

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 12:43 PM

The South has a long tradition of using cheap cuts of meat often cured and smoked to season dishes. A couple of ham hocks will flavor a big pot of beans, smoked turkey butts make collard greens a wonderful dish.



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Living on Food Stamps is Impossible

(69) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 3:15 PM

We keep hearing "supplemental." The food stamps are supposed to supplement your budget, not be all that you eat.


Here is the reality, with rent and other expenses, if you are living on minimum wage, food stamps may be all you have...

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Cancer, Crutches and the Road to New Orleans

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 6:41 PM

I have been friends with Arthur more years than I am willing to admit having been alive.

When I got the call last fall that he had a Sarcoma on his leg I remember my blood being chilled to the bone. He was in New Orleans caring for his...

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What They Don't Tell You About Wearing a Cast

(1) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 2:31 PM

Mine was surgery after a car accident, maybe for you it will be a broken leg, or another type of surgery. After you leave the hospital hobbling out on the crutches you life will change, at least temporarily.

Allow me to...

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How to Be a Successful Couch Surfer

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 4:15 PM

For those of you who don't know what couchsurfing is, it is a group of like-minded people who want a cultural exchange and open their homes to total strangers, hosting them for a few days and often helping them to see your city and learning about other cultures.

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NCIS New Orleans Pledges to get the Food RIGHT!

(1) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 8:08 AM

Jeffrey Lieber (Showrunner and Executive Producer NCIS New Orleans) pledged to give as much attention to the Food and culture, as the Forensics beginning in Episode 18 of NCIS New Orleans.

From L to R Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan, and Scot...

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TV Shows That Need a Chef's Advice

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 3:56 PM

Recently, I was working on broths. This means intense bone browning, followed by long slow cooking in water with aromatics. At the same time, I was smoking meats. Both projects required my presence, but neither required me to be standing over a stove.

And, so, the TV went on....

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I Will Not Wish You a Happy New Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 9:16 AM

I will not wish you a happy New Year, because in truth you will not have an entire year of happiness.

Things will happen that make you sad -- a breakup, a death, the loss of a job or worse.

That's okay, because it is the sad times...

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I Am Declaring a WAR on Christmas!

(2) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 11:00 PM

For too long Rush Limbaugh and Fox news have been fighting an imaginary enemy. There never really was a war on Christmas, until today! Come and get me.

Christians, cut out your whining. Get real. For a long time your churches fought against Christmas, they did not want your...

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An Open Letter to the Man Who Abused Me

(5) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 11:37 AM


Dear Bob,

It was Dwight Howard that motivated me to write you. I think that all men who are given the responsibility of caring for children should read this.

About a year ago you sent me a birthday card c/o...

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Stop the Thanksgiving Insanity

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 3:39 PM


I'm amazed that millions of people still travel for hundreds of miles in brutal traffic or go to crowded airports to go someplace they don't want to go to.

They do this in order to eat food they don't want to...

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New York City Needs Porn (and a Little More Crime.)

(3) Comments | Posted November 9, 2014 | 11:45 PM

To quote famous New Yorker James E. McMillen III, "THE RENT IS TOO DAMN HIGH!"

Los Angeles put a condom rule in place that just does not work for the porn industry. They left in droves. Pornographers, it is time to concentrate in NY. The rent is too high, but...

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Smoking Hot: Thanksgiving Edition

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 12:16 PM

2014-10-07-topturkey.jpeg....But it's too early to begin thinking about Thanksgiving. Actually it's not.

If you want to order a natural turkey from a local farmer, now would be the time. If you like what I am about to suggest it would be...

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9 Million Meals... Let's Not Stop There

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 10:25 AM


Dear Rachel Ray,

Thank you for taking up a cause dear to my heart: 9 million meals.

When celebrities bring things like hunger to light, it causes others to take note and you are a person of influence. Regardless of...

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Our Great Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 10:58 AM

"The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight." ~ Theodore Roosevelt


Wait a minute...republic? Hasn't every politician for the past 30 years talked about our great...

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The Ghosts of Restaurants Past

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 12:43 PM


What possible connection could The New Orleans Athletic Club and the Millennium Hotel in Manhattan have?

They both contain the ghosts of restaurants past.

Oh they both serve food of a sort. The NOAC has some pre-made wraps and sandwiches available at...

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How to Not Eat Like a Tourist: New Orleans

(16) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 5:21 PM

In New Orleans the elegant and the decadent live side by side and relish their need for one another.

Before I left for New Orleans I was telling friends and neighbors of my plans.

"Are you going to Eat at Mother's?"

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What Do You Feed to a Naked Lady?

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 11:50 AM

Every woman I know is on a diet, recently finished a diet, thinking about going on a diet, or saying she needs to diet.

The problem is often emotional eating. Upset, eat. Angry, eat. Depressed, eat.

Women are not the only ones afflicted. I had a

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Freedom from Religion

(5) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 12:58 AM

Photo: Artist Alan May and myself at an event for the SF Food Bank (photo by Blodwen Tarter)

I wrote "Losing My Religion" a scant 48 hours ago. Much has changed since the publication.

The next morning, I walked...

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Losing My Religion

(1463) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 12:54 AM

When I was a little boy, I was taught to love Jesus. Jesus would save me from sin and guarantee my place in heaven.


Early on my mother's husband "Bob" gave me a picture of Jesus with a wooden frame. At the...

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