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Cost of Thanksgiving 2014

Cost of Thanksgiving 2014

  The cost of a Thanksgiving Dinner is up in 2014, but not by too much! I just read an article about the cost of Thanksgiving this year (2014) is going up but not by much. According to AP News, The price for putting Thanksgiving dinner on the table for 10 people is expected to […]

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 […]

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 Seafood Recipes

Pineapple Shrimp Recipe

Pineapple Shrimp Recipe

Photo by Maddie Jones (iphone) Maddie’s Pineapple Shrimp Recipe by Maddie Jones Now that school is out for the summer, I have time to cook, so a few days ago I decided to cook whatever was around for lunch. I remembered that there was some delicious looking pineapple in the fridge, which was just begging […]

Grilled Salmon Steaks with Lemon and Dill Recipe

Grilled Salmon Steaks with Lemon and Dill Recipe

    How to Grill Salmon Using Cedar Planks Last week I told you about a dinner party for some friends where my wife chose a menu from one of our cooking magazines and we prepared it in its entirety. I shared with you the Grilled Eggplant Caponata and now I’d like to share the Salmon […]

My Best Chicken Recipes

Pan Seared Chicken Breasts Over Quinoa Recipe

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 […]

Pollo Guisado Recipe

Pollo Guisado Recipe

  Pollo Guisado Otherwise Known As Braised Chicken We are celebrating the Christmas holidays in the Dominican Republic in a town called  Cabarete. It’s Christmas Eve and we treated ourselves by hiring local Chef Catalino along with his wife to cook breakfast, lunch and dinner so we can enjoy the island and still be home […]

Cooking Tips & Facts

What Is The Difference Between French Bread and Italian Bread

What Is The Difference Between French Bread and Italian Bread

Some Say There Is No Difference –  Here’s What I Learned Both Italy and France are countries that specialize in bread making. Sure, when we sit down to eat at a restaurant in the US we are given a bread basket to start off our dinner. But bread is essential to almost every meal in […]

Everyday Food Phrases Explained

Everyday Food Phrases Explained

The Apple of My Eye Food Expressions We Use All The Time Without even realizing it, we often use food-related phrases, idioms, colloquialisms, expressions, or whatever you want to call them in everyday language. Sometimes we don’t think about the origins of these fascinating food phrases or how they became so conventional in the English […]

Recent Posts

What Is Baby Flounder

November 20, 2014 0 Comments
What Is Baby Flounder

Have You Ever Heard of Baby Flounder? Today I went to one of two of my favorite local fish markets called Bywood Seafood Market and asked the owner, Bill, what recommended for tonight’s dinner. He suggested the “baby flounder” that was sitting right next to the regular flounder which I soon learned was really fluke […]

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Simple Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

November 14, 2014 4 Comments
Simple Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

A Delicious Four Ingredient Squash Soup It’s hard to belive how good a soup with just 4 ingredients can taste and be so good for you. This soup is not loaded with salt like most of the commercial soups available to us and is rediculously easy to prepare at home. The soup is so naturally […]

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Know Your Knife Cuts

November 10, 2014 0 Comments
Know Your Knife Cuts

Most Important Knife Cuts For Home Cooks Knife skills are arguably one of the pivotal skills that separate the professional chef from the home cook.  Many home cooks are intimidated by the flourish with which knives are wielded on Top Chef and Iron Chef.  We are afraid that we might hurt ourselves if we try […]

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Salt Mill or Pepper Mill

November 4, 2014 0 Comments
Salt Mill or Pepper Mill

The Difference Between Salt Mills & Pepper Mills We most likely use salt and pepper in every recipe, yet not much thought goes into how we store, use and produce these ingredients. For example, did you know that high-end pepper mills use hardened steel for its machinery whereas salt mills use stainless steel? Or to […]

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Chinese Noodles Stir Fry Recipe

October 31, 2014 0 Comments
Chinese Noodles Stir Fry Recipe

A Delicious Stir Fry with Hong Kong-Style Noodles When we are looking for a quick and easy meal on a weeknight, we often turn to a stir fry recipe like this one. You can use the ingredients listed below or substitute foods you have on hand. If you live near an Asian food market or […]

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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 4 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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