Thanksgiving Help

How to Deconstruct A Turkey

How to Deconstruct A Turkey

How to De-construct and Then Re-assemble a Thanksgiving Turkey I call this technique for cooking turkey “De-constructed Turkey” and adapted it from Julia Child’s The Way to Cook where she calls it “The Re-assembled Roast Turkey”. Last year was my first attempt cooking a turkey this way and it was such a success my wife […]

Thanksgiving Tips From Facebook Friends

Thanksgiving Tips From Facebook Friends

21 Thanksgiving Tips From Me and My Facebook Friends Every November I try to come up with a collection of Thanksgiving Tips to make everyone’s turkey day just a little bit easier. I love this holiday because it typically brings family and friends together for a big meal and plenty of catching up. For years, […]

Turkey Recipes

Roast Turkey | How to Roast a Turkey

Roast Turkey | How to Roast a Turkey

How To Prepare A Great Roast Turkey For The Holidays Most of us only roast a large turkey once a year at Thanksgiving but we all want that turkey to be perfect. I’ve tried lots of methods for roasting turkey – breast up, breast down, cooked whole, de-constructed, fresh turkeys, frozen turkeys, organic free range […]

Leftover Thanksgiving Day Turkey Chili Recipe

Leftover Thanksgiving Day Turkey Chili Recipe

How to Make Great Turkey Chili from Thanksgiving Leftovers I know how it is. You buy a huge bird, you roast it, you feast and then you stare in dismay at all of the leftovers. Mentally, you try and calculate how many turkey sandwiches you can eat before running for the hills. I am here […]

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 […]

Favorite Soup Recipes

Soupe au Pistou Recipe

Soupe au Pistou Recipe

   Vegetable Soup with Basil and Garlic This simple and delicious vegetable soup is from the 1994 cookbook Backroad Bistros, Farmhouse Fare – A French Country Cookbook by Jane Sigal. Jane is a “journalist, author, editor, recipe developer and teacher” who lived in France for 12 years and went to culinary school at Ecole de […]

Lettuce Soup Recipe

Lettuce Soup Recipe

Incredibly Simple Yet Amazingly Tasty We enjoyed a great meal at the home of one of our oldest daughter’s friends recently. To start the meal Cathy served this lettuce soup recipe from her Grandma Marilyn. When I first heard we were having “lettuce” soup I thought to myself this isn’t going to taste like much […]

Cooking Techniques

How to Broil Lobster Tails

How to Broil Lobster Tails

Learn the Secrets to Great Broiled Lobster Tails For Mother’s Day, my wife was in the mood for a lobster dinner so I picked up a few lobster tails on my Costco run last weekend. Unfortunately, they only had warm water lobster tails for sale and I prefer cold water lobster.  You can read all […]

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 […]

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 […]

Recent Posts

Morning Muffins Recipe

October 20, 2014 4 Comments
Morning Muffins Recipe

Incredible Muffins for the Morning My wife Meg decided to prepare these incredibly tasty muffins with lots of healthy ingredients like carrots, raisins, apple and parsnips after reading about them in the WSJ weekend edition. She did substitute unsweetened shredded coconut for sweetened because that’s what we had on hand and I don’t think it […]

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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 […]

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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 2 Comments
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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