July 19, 2016

Do you cook on your days off?

  As a Chef this is a question I’m asked quite a bit.  And the answer is yes!  I love to cook for my family, for myself and for my friends.  That’s not to say I don’t ever eat frozen pizza cause I sure do!  But cooking is something I love to do not just […]

December 31, 2015

A Labor of Love

  Why did I come to work this morning at 7:45?  Well, in short I have stuff to get done.  It’s New Year’s Eve and we’re putting out special menus at both restaurants.  This means there is definitely stuff to get done! When I got here my work station looked like this… After an hour […]

October 4, 2015

You say tomato… I say tomato…

The last of our tomatoes are off the vines today.  Fall is in the air.  The first fires are lit in our Tavern and Living Room at the Inn.  And I’m grilling the last of our zucchini and summer squash. I’m making a very simple homage to summer salsa.  “Grilled Garden Vegetable and Fresh Garden […]

March 9, 2015

Vermont Spirits!

  Boo!  Haha, not really.  I’m talking about alcohol.  Silo Distillery to be precise. We, The Barrows House, are putting on a tasting April 17th with them.  Highlighting a few of their specialty spirits paired with a few of our savory somthin-somthins! Silo is based out of Windsor VT.  Their family of spirits has grown […]

February 9, 2015

In The Dish Pit with Chef Jon.

When I was 14 ½ I got my first real job. I was a dishwasher in a little restaurant in Albuquerque NM that was split down the middle, half Seafood Shanty and half Chinese Restaurant. It was truly amazing! The dish pit was centrally located and on one half was a row of fryolators and […]

February 10, 2014

The Incredible Edible Egg

One of my many hats at The Dorset Inn and Barrows House is that of a Breakfast Cook. It’s one of the hats I enjoy most actually. Egg cookery is a skill that many cooks never master. It’s said that the folds in a classic Chef’s Toque represent the 100 ways to cook an egg. […]

November 17, 2013


 Whenever I can I like to go out and about and experience new things.  Restaurants, Bars, Inns, Hotels, Sites and Sounds…   Last week I got to do some traveling like I hadn’t done in years.   In Boston I ate Oysters and Cherry Stones at the Raw Bar in Boston’s oldest restaurant then went […]

October 3, 2013

Giant Puffball!

Giant Puffballs are here!         Don’t kick ’em, eat ’em!                 Slice it…                       Fry it…                   Eat it!     This was fried in Pork Butter! […]

September 27, 2013

Did you know?

That you can roast a spaghetti squash whole? Well you can!  Just turn your oven up to 400, spray some non-stick on it, put it in a pan and bake for about an hour.                       That’s it!!!  Let it cool a little, peel the skin […]

September 3, 2013

Pork Belly!

C’mon! It’s Pork Belly!  Fatty and delicious, the belly is the King of pork for me.  Surprisingly simple to prepare!  Dry rubbed or marinated then slowly cooked until the meat is tender and the fat will melt in your mouth.  Chilled then seared and warmed through… Good Stuff!!!       I marinated The Dorset […]