made · in – Made Right

20200929_114459The Made In Carbon Steel Wok is an all business pan for your kitchen.

Manufactured  in France, it comes nicely packaged with a set of instructions on a few simple seasoning steps to get it going. You can season with most high smoke point oils or purchase the Made In Wax, a combination of grapeseed oil, canola oil, and beeswax.

It’s a well-made pan weighting in at 4lbs 6.8oz. Lighter than cast iron but heavier than your stainless-steel fry pans. The 9-inch curved handle makes it easy to manipulate the pan. Unless you’re a bench-pressing line cook you will probably need 2 hands for tossing your vegetables. The 5-inch-wide flat bottom sits nicely above your largest burner. The pan is 4 inches deep and 12 3/4 inches wide and looks big. You may be tempted to load it up but don’t, keep it simple.


The 1 inch wide handle is not coming off and Made In knows it. The pan comes with a non-transferable lifetime warranty.

The 2-millimeter thick carbon steel heats up quickly so use a high smoke point oil like avocado or grapeseed.

It is awesome for stir-fry, sautéing mushrooms, or cooking anything fast with high heat.  A pan of this quality is a steal at their price of $99. This pan would make an excellent Christmas gift for someone that loves to cook and wants to explore the great things you can do with stir fry. Check out the complete line of Made In carbon steel, stainless steel, and non-stick cookware, there is no risk. Here is the company’s promise.

”Cookware can be confusing. That’s why we offer an industry-leading 45-day trial period and will pay for your return shipping if you’re not happy with your purchase for any reason. We promise that the real, caring people behind our customer experience team will do their best to make sure you’re satisfied before, during, and long after your purchase, so don’t hesitate to reach out to them at any point during the buying process. Note: Limited release, give back, and engraved products may differ. For Non Stick items, please see our 1-year limited-warranty.”

Bella Luna Harrisonburg’s Best Pizza

Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza
80 W. Water Street
Harrisonburg VA  22801

Pizza | $


They run the pizza over at about 700 degrees.

They use Central Milling Company Organic Type 00 Wheat Flour to make the pizza dough in-house.


They source much of their ingredients locally.

My wife ordered her pizza with a tomato puree sauce, garlic, meatballs, mozzarella, and mushrooms.


For my pizza I selected a pie with the tomato puree sauce, sausage, mozzarella, and prosciutto. The pizza was really good. The dough was baked perfectly and the sauce had a great light tomato taste.  The sausage and prosciutto were wonderful and not to salty.

The restaurant follows state COVID-19 guidelines with tables spaced generously and the staff all worn masks. We ate early so there was little noise. The service was excellent and everyone was friendly. We can’t wait to go back.

Three Blacksmiths 5-Star Dinner

Three Blacksmiths
20 Main St.
Sperryville, VA 22740
(540) 987-5105

American | $$$$



The simple elegant décor is comfortably inviting. It is like having dinner in Chef John MacPherson’s dinning room at home.


Co-Owner and Chef’s wife Diane MacPherson oversees the dinning room where no detail, large or small, escapes her.


After being welcomed by Diane and Chef at the front door it’s wine or a non-alcoholic drink for starters.




Shortly after being seated this wonderful bread arrived, kept warm on a bed of hot rocks.


For the bread you had a choice of whipped butter or whipped onion butter made with smoked and charred onions. Always choose the onion butter.


For starters…


Work begins on the first course.


A Seared New Bedford Scallop with Coconut Saffron, Edamane, Peaches, and Crispy Pork Belly. The scallop was cooked perfectly and nicely paired with the crispy pork belly.



Next up, Sunnyside Farm Kabocha Squash Soup with Carolina Shrimp Sausage and Tomato-Hyssop Preserve. Kabocha Squash is a Japanese winter squash with a nice slightly sweet taste. The soup was a very good accompaniment for the amazing shrimp sausage. It took me a couple of minutes to wrap my head around shrimp sausage. A first for me, it was fantastic with a nice shrimp taste paired with a hint of fennel.



My favorite dish of the night, Sweet Corn & Summer Truffle Tortelloni with Pickled Aji-Dolce Pepper and Sungold Tomato Dashi. The home-made pasta was cooked perfectly with a super creamy sweet corn filling that was fabulous.



For the entrée Chef served a Sorghum Glazed Cavendish Quail with Toasted Wheat Berries, Romano Beans, Castelvetrano Relish, and Blackberry Agrodolce. The sweetness of the sorghum in the skin mitigated the gameyness of the flawlessly cooked quail. I especially like the Castelvetrano Relish.




Dessert was a Sunnyside Asian Pear Galette with Crème Fraiche Gelato, Shattered Almond Glass, Mascarpone, and Pear Caramel. Every element here worked, from the gelato on a crumble to the pear caramel. Just the right amount of sweetness to finish the meal.

We are fortunate to have many wonderful restaurants in Virginia, from the Inn at Little Washington, The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm, and the Shack to The Ashby Inn, Restaurant Eve, and FOODE, all offering fantastic food. Three Blacksmiths has an edge because they offer a world class dining experience. The food is phenomenal for sure, but it is the attention to detail and service that make the experience. The warm welcome, interaction with the chef, and attentive but not intrusive service. The plating is first class and the timing and flow of the courses is flawless. Something few people notice unless it is not working.

Open Wednesday through Saturday, reservations and pre-payment for dinner are required and right now there are no openings until late March 2021. This is not likely to get better since they have an ever-growing loyal clientele and a reduction in seating to comply with statewide COVID-19 restrictions. Find a reason to celebrate something and make a reservation now, it will be the best meal you have had.


Some mini scones as a parting gift from Chef John.

We joined my Executive Event Chef Ken and Dee at dinner to celebrate her birthday. The staff all signed a nice card for her.  A small but meaningful gesture.


Aldi Announces Recall on Fresh Peaches Due to Salmonella Outbreak in 20 States

The contaminated peaches in question are from supplier Wawona Packing Company. This recall affects both organic loose bulk and packaged peaches found in two-pound plastic pouches. This announcement comes after more than 85 people around the country have reported experiencing sickness linked to the peach outbreak.

Source: Aldi Announces Recall on Fresh Peaches Due to Salmonella Outbreak in 20 States