Roasting Tips

Pan Roasting Technique

Pan Roasting Technique

Pan Roasting—the Chef’s Secret Cooking Technique One of my favorite cooking techniques not talked about in most cookbooks If I could teach you just one chef’s technique that will help you save time in the kitchen and deliver a thick cut of meat to the table with a perfect sear and juicy medium-rare throughout, it […]

Roasting Peppers | How to Roast Peppers at Home

Roasting Peppers | How to Roast Peppers at Home

How to Roast Pepper at Home You can purchase roasted red peppers in a jar and they are fine when you need them for a recipe, but there is nothing easier than making your own roasted red peppers with fresh red peppers. The price of red peppers fluctuates throughout the year so why not roast […]

Favorite Beef Recipes

3 Chili Beef Chili Recipe

3 Chili Beef Chili Recipe

Have You Discovered Blue Apron Yet? On Saturday Fed Ex dropped off a couple of large boxes from Blue Apron, “a new concept in grocery delivery, built around incredible cooking experiences.” A friend of ours sent us their once-a-week subscription service because they were out of town and thought we would enjoy the service and […]

Korean Style Beef Stir Fry Recipe

Korean Style Beef Stir Fry Recipe

Beef Stir-Fry Gangnam Style Have you ever cooked with kimchi, pronounced [KIHM-chee]  also spelled kimchee? Do you know what kimchee is? I heard of it but really had no idea what it is until I adapted this recipe from one of my cooking magazines. Kimchee is a Korean pickled side dish made with fermented vegetables […]

All About Baking

8 Tips For Better Bread Making

8 Tips For Better Bread Making

How to Bake Great Bread at Home Many people are extremely intimidated by bread making. I’ve heard folks say everything from “I’m afraid of yeast,” to “I can’t make bread.” And that last is usually before they even try their hand at it. With the proliferation of helpful tools–everything wonderful bread cookbooks to stand mixers […]

Bread Making Ingredients

Bread Making Ingredients

How Ingredients change bread characteristics As I described in How to Make Bread and then again in Basic Bread Recipe, most bread recipes include 4 ingredients (not counting the sugar that the yeast ate) and a very straightforward mixing method. There are infinite types of yeast breads out in the world, everything from bagels to […]

What's On Hand Recipes

Simple Roasted Chicken Thighs and Vegetables Recipe

Simple Roasted Chicken Thighs and Vegetables Recipe

“The Perfect Mid-Week Meal For Busy Homecooks” In our house, this is one of those staples we’ll prepare once or twice a month becuse it’s so easy to make, provides a balanced meal and everyone enjoys it. It’s also very adaptable and depending on what you have on hand, you can substitute ingredients to make […]

Whats On Hand Risotto

Whats On Hand Risotto

What Do I Make With Leftover Chicken? How About Chicken Risotto? You could call this recipe What’s On Hand, Quick & Easy, or Clean Out The Fridge risotto but in the end you’ll be calling it delicious. What do I love about risotto? Great when you can’t think of what to cook tonight and need […]

All About Cheese

Bloomy Cheese or Washed Rind Cheese

Bloomy Cheese or Washed Rind Cheese

What’s The Difference Between Bloomy  and Washed Rind Cheeses? Both are surfaced ripened cheeses but different. There is an exponential amount of information to know about cheese and cheese classification. Go to any cheese counter or crack open a guide to cheese and you will be inundated with endless choices, varieties, and classifications of cheese. […]

Conversation with a Cheesemonger

Conversation with a Cheesemonger

Let’s talk about cheese I grew up eating pre-sliced American cheese on my grilled sandwiches, ham and cheese sandwiches, and open-faced broiled tomato and cheese sandwiches (my dad’s version of pizza) Now I serve my 15 month old daughter slices of American cheese. She loves it! Some things never change, except today’s American cheese slices […]

Cooking Gadgets

Pepper Mills

Pepper Mills

All About Pepper Mills Chef’s All Say, “Use Freshly Ground Pepper”   Why?  Because once the peppercorns are ground they start to lose flavor and after about 3 months there will be a noticeable difference. Test it yourself by grinding some fresh pepper and comparing it to the pepper in your spice cabinet that’s been there […]

Wine Corkscrew

Wine Corkscrew

Yes, It’s A Screwpull A Good Corkscrew is an important item to have in your kitchen toolbox especially if you enjoy a glass of wine with your meals. The Reluctant Gourmet has been known to enjoy a sip or two while preparing a meal. So lucky for me, I was given the Cadillac of corkscrews […]

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Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

October 16, 2014 2 Comments
Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs with Fresh Tomato Sauce & Pecorino Cheese My daughters and I prepared spaghetti and meatballs one night a couple of weeks ago when my wife was out for a business dinner. Making both the meatballs and the sauce from scratch in under an hour was a challenge and I’m sure not […]

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Simple Fennel and Olive Salad Recipe

October 6, 2014 1 Comment
Simple Fennel and Olive Salad Recipe

Sliced Fennel Salad Is So Good & Good For You Fennel is one of my favorite ingredients to cook with and one of the most under-utilized vegetables around. See my post, Fennel & How to Use It to read more about fennel. We served this simple salad with pan-fried salmon last week and will prepare […]

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Roasted Rosemary Cashews Recipe

September 25, 2014 1 Comment
Roasted Rosemary Cashews Recipe

Danger Alert. These Cashews Are Dangerously Addictive If you are looking for a little sumpin sumpin to serve to friends and family, don’t have much time and want it to taste so good no one will be able to stop eating, this is the snack for you. Think about it, cashews are difficult enough to […]

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Spinach Balls Recipe

September 22, 2014 0 Comments
Spinach Balls Recipe

  A Good Old Fashioned Appetizer Recipe for Spinach Balls This recipe comes from my wife’s collection kept in a notebook filled with loose pieces of paper, some original, some copies but all containing some of my wife’s favorites.  This recipe has one of her mom’s friends name attached to it but who knows where […]

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Pan Seared Chicken Breasts Over Quinoa Recipe

September 18, 2014 1 Comment
Pan Seared Chicken Breasts Over Quinoa Recipe

 Pan Seared Chicken Breasts Served Over White Quinoa with Dried Cherries, Pistachios and Goat Cheese Last night we prepared pan seared chicken breasts and served them over a most delicious white quinoa salad prepared with dried cherries, toasted pistachios and fresh goat cheese. It’s the quinoa salad that makes this meal so special. Yes, you […]

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Apples Pecans and Craisins Salad Recipe

September 10, 2014 0 Comments
Apples Pecans and Craisins Salad Recipe

Apple, Pecan & Craisin Salad with a Sweet Dijon Vinaigrette Dressing My wife adapted this recipe from one we received with our weekly CSA package of local fruits and vegetables. She basically used “what’s on hand” in our pantry and refrigerator and you can do the same in your house. The dressing is a simple […]

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A Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner

September 2, 2014 0 Comments
A Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner

How To Prepare An Incredibly Romantic Valentine’s Day Meal Guy’s, How Would You Like To Prepare An Incredibly Romantic Meal For Your Loved One? Skip the expensive restaurant this year and treat you wife, girlfriend, significant other to a delicious, romantic dinner prepared by you right in the comfort of you own home. Forget fighting […]

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The Best of the Wurst

August 30, 2014 1 Comment
The Best of the Wurst

An Introduction to German Sausages Bratwurst, Knockwurst, Bockwurst….all part of the wurst family. They may all sound very similar but they are very different. You have your pork varieties, then your veal varieties and then there is the veal and beef varieties and so on. I don’t know about you, but I still have to […]

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