Saucing Foods

Simple Pan Sauce For Chicken

Simple Pan Sauce For Chicken

How to Make a Simple Pan Sauce For Pan Fried Chicken Most of us are comfortable with pan-frying a chicken breast or what some people call “saute a chicken breast”, but how many go the extra step to make a simple pan sauce to serve with it? Making a pan sauce is easy to do […]

Simple Reduction Sauce

Simple Reduction Sauce

How to Make a Simple Reduction Sauce A reader wrote to me to say that he cannot make a reduction correctly.  He said that it never reaches a saucy consistency unless he uses a slurry or a roux to thicken it.  He wants to know if he is missing something. I love reductions and reduction […]

Favorite Side Dish Recipes

Creamy Corn with Roasted Peppers Recipe

Creamy Corn with Roasted Peppers Recipe

Creamy Stove-Top Corn With Poblano Chiles I just came home from a week vacation with my wife and daughters that started in Maine and finished up in the Hamptons of New York. It was a great time filled with wonderful sites, plenty of great food, great visits with good friends, and a few tasty adult […]

Spicy Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe

Spicy Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe

Sweet Potato Mashers I adapted this recipe for mashed sweet potatoes from one of my cooking magazines. It’s pretty straight forward for any mashed potato dish except for the addition of an Anaheim pepper to spice it up a little. Anaheim Peppers This variety of pepper is a milder variety of the New Mexico chili […]

Basic Cooking Skills

How To Know When Shrimp Are Done Cooking

How To Know When Shrimp Are Done Cooking

How Do I Know When Shrimp Are Perfectly Cooked & Ready to Eat? There are many ways to cook and serve shrimp. Do you remember Pvt. Benjamin Buford’s line in Forest Gump? “Anyway, like I was sayin’, shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté […]

Basic Roast Beef Recipe

Basic Roast Beef Recipe

Simple Rump Roast Beef Recipe I was in our local organic supermarket called Mom’s for the best blueberry muffins in the township and noticed they had some organic meats on sale for 50% off. I don’t typically purchase organic meats for several reasons, all of which probably don’t make any sense and I’ll revisit this […]

Thinking of Culinary School?

First Steps In Finding a Culinary School

First Steps In Finding a Culinary School

Finding the Right Culinary School: What to Do First Once you’ve decided that you’re ready to take the plunge and go to culinary school, there is still quite a bit of work to be done—especially finding the right school. Unless you’ve received a culinary scholarship tied to one particular school, you’ll need to consider everything […]

The Difference Between Baking School and Pastry School

The Difference Between Baking School and Pastry School

How Do Baking School and Pastry School Differ From One Another? Most of the time, “baking school” is an umbrella term used to describe everything related to the act of baking, including both baking and the pastry arts. After all, pastry and baking are really two sides of the same coin; each one includes a […]

Who Doesn't Like Pasta

Cavatelli Pasta with Mushrooms Recipe

Cavatelli Pasta with Mushrooms Recipe

Cavatelli Pasta with Mushrooms, Kale & Soft Boiled Eggs When I first tried this recipe from Blue Apron, I was not so sure about the soft boiled eggs. I love them with toast points for breakfast but on top of my pasta? I’m seeing soft boiled eggs adorn more and more recipes these days so […]

Pasta with Shrimp Spinach and Garlic Recipe

Pasta with Shrimp Spinach and Garlic Recipe

  Spaghetti with Shrimp, Spinach, & Garlic Recipe We love pasta in our house and I love whipping up a quick pasta dish with on hand ingredients in the freezer and/or pantry. We usually always have a bag of frozen shrimp in the freezer for those nights we make another favorite dish – Shrimp Risotto […]

All About Cheese

Taleggio Cheese

Taleggio Cheese

Taleggio – One of the Best “Value” Cheeses Lately I’ve been on the hunt for “value cheeses” and the washed rind Taleggio from Italy is one of the best examples I can describe that fits my idea of a great value cheese.  Taleggio is a washed rind cheese that can be found in every gourmet […]

Sainte Maure Caprifeuille Cheese

Sainte Maure Caprifeuille Cheese

One of My New Favorite Goat Cheeses If you enjoy goat cheese and are looking for one to serve to friends or just enjoy at home with a piece of French bread, I recommend you take a look at Caprifeuille. I was looking for a cheese to serve at a small dinner party with some […]

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Cooking for Business or Pleasure

September 24, 2016 0 Comments
Cooking for Business or Pleasure

The Difference Between Cooking for Pleasure or As A Career Although most of the top culinary institutions and trade schools gear their curriculum toward students who desire to make a career out of cooking, the end goal doesn’t have to be a job in a restaurant or hotel. In fact, growing numbers of students at […]

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Give the Gift of Cooking Classes

September 21, 2016 0 Comments
Give the Gift of Cooking Classes

Why Do Cooking Classes Make Good Gifts? Cooking classes can be a great gift for that special someone in your life. It doesn’t matter whether they’re interested in all things culinary, or if they think the oven is just another place to store shoes – developing cooking skills can be a fun and interactive way […]

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Intro to Dining Etiquette

September 17, 2016 1 Comment
Intro to Dining Etiquette

How to Teach Your Kids Proper Table Manners My mother hosted elegant cocktail parties in the 1960’s, punctuated by martini’s, deviled quail eggs, and all the latest orange-on-pink raw silk fashions. Her attention to elegance extended to the family dinner table, where we were expected to display impeccable table manners and were briskly taken to […]

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First Steps In Finding a Culinary School

September 8, 2016 0 Comments
First Steps In Finding a Culinary School

Finding the Right Culinary School: What to Do First Once you’ve decided that you’re ready to take the plunge and go to culinary school, there is still quite a bit of work to be done—especially finding the right school. Unless you’ve received a culinary scholarship tied to one particular school, you’ll need to consider everything […]

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Simple Tomato Bruschetta Recipe

September 6, 2016 0 Comments
Simple Tomato Bruschetta Recipe

How to Prepare Homemade Bruschetta with Fresh Seasonal Tomatoes It’s still summer so it’s still bruschetta time. Let me start by describing what bruschetta is. Pronounced brew-SKET-ta, bruschetta is a simple Italian appetizer that starts with toasted slices of bread brushed with olive oil and rubbed with garlic and goes from there. I know you […]

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Kitchen Tools for First Year College Students

August 17, 2016 0 Comments
Kitchen Tools for First Year College Students

What Kitchen Gadgets Should You Bring to Your College Dorm? My oldest daughter is about to head off to college. It is her first year and we are trying to figure out what kitchen items, tools, gadgets she might need to help her transition. It’s been 40 years since I’ve been in college so I’m […]

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In Search of the Perfect Lobster Roll

August 15, 2016 0 Comments
In Search of the Perfect Lobster Roll

My Wife & Daughter’s Pursuit of the Perfect Lobster Roll While Touring New England Colleges Contributing Writer – Meg Jones Last February, we coupled my daughter’s wheelchair basketball tournament in Baltimore with a search for the best lobster roll in the area.  That was pretty successful, and a lot of fun, so we decided to […]

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For Your Consumption Weeks of August 8 and August 15

August 9, 2016 0 Comments
For Your Consumption Weeks of August 8 and August 15

What Are You Reading In Your Local Newspapers? If you like the news articles and topics I’m posting here, be sure to bookmark this page and come back often. I would also appreciate if you can share this page on your social media pages like Facebook and Google Plus. And if you come across a […]

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