Web Exclusive: Cooking at Home with…Joel Barrett

By Maggie Weaver / Photography By Peter Ringenberg | October 14, 2015
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South Bend, Indiana, home cook and writer Joel Barrett shared his story, Big Fun from the Bayou, about making a Creole feast with Michiana ingredients in our Fall 2015 issue of Edible Michiana.

EM: What meal do you always have ingredients for in your kitchen?

JB: It’s more like “What ingredients do I have that I can make a meal with?” In general, it’s nothing that exciting. I always have homemade granola and oatmeal on hand because I like to prep my breakfasts.

EM: What do you make when you’re cooking for yourself or you’re at home alone?

JB: I don’t really have a go-to. I like the challenge of seeing what’s in my cupboards or what’s in season and forming a meal around it. I use fresh ingredients as my inspiration and try to stay away from repetition.

EM: What ingredient would you never buy?

JB: Well, I’m not picky, so there’s not much I don’t buy, but I’d have to say Velveeta cheese.

EM: What’s the last meal you made?

JB: I just made a frittata for brunch yesterday. It was vegetarian with things I found fresh in my garden.

EM: If you had a restaurant, what would the concept be?

JB: Well, I have about 10 restaurants I’d like to start, but I think because of the need for it in South Bend, I’d start a vegetarian restaurant called The Meat Lover’s Vegetarian Restaurant. Vegetarian food to satisfy every meat lover!

Look for more from Joel on his blog, Joel Speaks Out.

Article from Edible Michiana at http://ediblemichiana.ediblecommunities.com/food-thought/web-exclusive-cooking-home-joel-barrett
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