Culinary Style

Hi Everyone,

I go by Arlene or Coco, whatever you prefer.

The purpose of this blog is to share my culinary adventures at home and on the road. An avid traveler, my specialty is international foods, foods from the south, southwest, you name it, I have probably read about it, cooked it for a catering client or made it for my husband for dinner. I am a wanna be baker and bake bread and pizzas in my custom made outdoor  brick oven. Yes, that picture on my header is a pizza from a recent pizza party. I love to explore “no tech” cooking oven an open fire and entertain a lot at our lake house in the UP of Michigan, so my style is do ahead, simple and fresh with a focus on frugality and eating in season.

Arlene traveling through the largest produce market in the southern hemisphere in Adelaide, Australia

5 Responses to Culinary Style

  1. Betty Kolling says:

    Saw your header displaying your brick oven baked pizza, wow. Will you share your recipe?

    • Arlene Coco says:

      The pizza has been a real journey for me. I have tried many types of dough over the years and I have finally settled on a basic french bread dough with herbs in it as my house crust. As for the toppings, most of the time when we fire up the oven we have at least 10 people over and I just start making pizzas and my husband runs the oven. I have a tomato sauce, a pesto, 2-3 kinds of cheeses to include fresh moz,
      turkey sausage, pepperoni, Thai Spiced cooked chicken and assorted vegetables… Some people like to make their own, some just like to watch. It’s a great way to entertain in the summer.

  2. Hi Arlene, it was great to meet you at the Chaine event on Saturday. I wanted to extend my appreciation for your wisdom during our judging session. What a fun event and an awesome opportunity for these young chef’s to put there merit to a test. My wife, Emily and I plan to be up in the Duluth area thre first weekend of March. I would love to see your kitchen, or just stop in and day hello.

    Have a great day and I hope to connect again soon,
    Gabe Stockinger
    On face book too!

  3. Kathy says:

    Whenever I see the name “Coco”, I have to check it out. My husband’s mother’s family is the Coco family from Avoyelles parish; you may be related! I look forward to reading your recipes. I’m trying to preserve some of their recipes on my recipes. Some are so unique to the family. Congrats on your accomplishments in the culinary field and in spreading the truth of Cajun food. It’s not about the cayenne!

    • Arlene Coco says:

      You are right, we are probably related! Thanks for the shout out. I was at the old family home which is now a museum in Mansura. We have a very interesting family history!

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