Chef John's Pro Tips

Pumpkin Log

Pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla and pecans are a few of the ingredients award-winning Chef John Farley combined to create a delicious Pumpkin Log.

Chef John is a master of creativity in the kitchen. He set the winning record of 253 consecutive menus prepared without duplicating the main course even once. Chef John begins each day with random ingredients in bulk and ends with a hot, nourishing meal every night of the year.

He prepares 300-500 meals every day without a single recipe. In fact, he doesn’t even have measuring cups and spoons. Working in a commercial kitchen with a convection oven and industrial-size pans means that the Pumpkin Log is approximately three times the size of a typical recipe.

Chef John’s Pumpkin Log is sure to please this Christmas. The video below illustrates the steps involved. Enjoy!


Paz de Cristo helps people struggling with hunger, poverty and homelessness. More than 50,000 meals are provided each month, and it doesn’t stop there. Clean clothes, a hot shower and a haircut give guests a fresh start. People receive help finding jobs and removing barriers so they can get ahead.

Thanks to caring volunteers and generous donors, Paz de Cristo is the only place where a hot, nutritious meal, a fresh start and a new job come together. This powerful intervention of food, clothing, shelter and jobs is helping end the cycle of poverty.

Chef John’s Sweet & Spicy Thanksgiving is back by popular demand. It’s a favorite at Christmas too!

Chef John’s Sweet & Spicy Thanksgiving

  • – Learn how to brine, roast and carve a traditional Thanksgiving turkey
  • – Make Chef John’s original Sweet & Spicy Cranberry Sauce plus Turkey Tacos with mouthwatering Cranberry Salsa, de-lish!
  • – Bring your culinary game to a whole new level with Chef John’s Pro Tips






Did You Know?

Of every dollar given to Paz de Cristo, 93 cents goes directly to help people struggling with hunger, poverty and homelessness.