Hi. Nice to meet you. I am not a chef. I have never worked in a restaurant. Actually, I am a touring musician, songwriter and teacher by trade and I have a passion for making, eating and talking about food. (More about the music at danvaillancourt.com.)
I love to learn and teach how to make food from real ingredients. I grew up eating home-cooked meals every day and have sought out quirky little restaurants with unique fare and regional foods across the country (and a few other countries.) I also usually research techniques and ingredients and take a tradition dish and put a new twist on it.
The food on this blog will include the styles of foods that I most often make including (but not limited to) Southwestern (and other US regional foods), Italian, home-style and lots of pizzas and artisan breads. Simple ingredients, a little creativity and a little technique go a long way.
The origin of Funktified Food.
In the summer of 2009, video producer Paul Schmidt from UnoDuece Multimedia approached me at a music festival that I was performing at with a crazy idea of making an online cooking show that would combine food and music. He had seen my food photos on facebook! ha. For the last decade, my music has been described as “Funktified Folk” so “Funktified Food” was the logic choice for a name… We shot a pilot in December 2009 and the rest is history. View the videos on: www.youtube.com/funktifiedfood
Why the blog?
After making a few dozen video recipes and posting hundreds of food photos on facebook… I decided to start a blog for a few reasons.
- To expand on some of the videos and have a place for the print version of the recipes.
- Often times I am still experimenting with a recipe (sometimes for years) and it isn’t ready for a video but I really want to tell you about it! I have been using facebook for this but wanted a more permanent place to talk about it also.
- The more steps a recipe has or the longer it takes to make… the harder it can be to condense it into a video but sometimes it can be explained easily in writing.
What to expect?
- Photos (and sometimes also videos) with recipes, tips and tricks… or instead of a recipe, I might just explain how to do it.
- Expect the occasional misspelling and some other errors. I just want to get the ideas down and will surely miss a few things… you’ll just have to bear with me… it is a blog after all. ha. (It might drive the official Funktified Food copy-editor Emily a little bit crazy.
- I don’t believe that there is “one way” or a “best way” to make most dishes… I will tell you what works best for me… and I usually give you a few options to customize it to your own tastes and I often give vegetarian options too. I usually change the way I make a recipe just about every time.
I believe that everyone can cook. It doesn’t have to be hard. YOU can make food from REAL ingredients. This is Funktified Food.