Saute Like The Pros

The Secret To Great Saute

The Secret To Great Saute

How to Saute Like a Professional Chef Probably the most important technique I can share with you is how to sauté properly. When you learn how to saute, you can prepare hundreds of meals with this technique. What Is Saute? Saute in French means “to jump” and can be a method of cooking or a […]

Saute Cooking Videos

Saute Cooking Videos

How To Saute Cooking Video One of the most important cooking techniques you can learn is how to saute properly. Once you learn how to saute, you can prepare hundreds of recipes by substituting ingredients. For example, learn how to saute onions and your can saute most vegetables. Learn how to saute a piece of […]

The Art of Roasting

Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts with Sauteed Spinach Recipe

Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts with Sauteed Spinach Recipe

How to Pan Roast Chicken Breasts with Sautéed Spinach If you are looking for a great midweek meal that only takes 30 minutes from start to finish, this pan roasted chicken breast dishs with sautéed spinach is a good choice. My wife found this recipe created by Italian chef Massimo Bottura in a weekend section […]

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 […]

All About Baking

The Egg Foam Method In Baking

The Egg Foam Method In Baking

The Egg Foam Method of Combining Ingredients When Baking This is the last of the series describing how to mix (combine) ingredients when baking by my friend and professional baker Chef Jenni. She saved this method for last because it is the only method in which the addition of chemical leaveners is not the norm […]

Baking Two Stage Method

Baking Two Stage Method

The Two-Stage Mixing Method There are many methods for mixing ingredients when it comes to baking. Not being much of a baker myself, I asked my friend Pastry Chef Jenni Field to explain various methods of mixing, where and when to use them and tips for doing it properly. You can read her post Important […]

Thinking of Culinary School?

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 […]

Doing Your Homework When Choosing Culinary School

Doing Your Homework When Choosing Culinary School

Mistake #2: Not Doing Your Homework Once you know what you want out of your culinary education experience, you must find the right school to get you exactly that. Unfortunately, for most of us, this isn’t as easy as opening the Yellow Pages and seeing what schools are located within city limits. Choosing a culinary […]

My Best Chicken Recipes

Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts with Sauteed Spinach Recipe

Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts with Sauteed Spinach Recipe

How to Pan Roast Chicken Breasts with Sautéed Spinach If you are looking for a great midweek meal that only takes 30 minutes from start to finish, this pan roasted chicken breast dishs with sautéed spinach is a good choice. My wife found this recipe created by Italian chef Massimo Bottura in a weekend section […]

Low Cal Chicken Thighs with Cole Slaw Recipe

Low Cal Chicken Thighs with Cole Slaw Recipe

How to Prepare An Extremely Low Calorie Chicken Thighs and Cole Slaw Dinner? This week I started a new diet called The 5:2 Diet where you eat normally for 5 days a week and eat extremely low calorie meals on the other 2 days. The goal for me is to eat a total of 600 […]

Cooking Tips & Facts

Stop Bananas From Ripening Too Soon

Stop Bananas From Ripening Too Soon

  How To Keep Bananas From Over Ripening In our house there are always bananas on hand for banana pancakes, fruit bowls, smoothies or a topping on cereal and granola. Most likely by the end of the week there are a couple of over ripe, brown bananas no one wants to eat so they just […]

What Is The Difference Between French Bread and Italian Bread

What Is The Difference Between French Bread and Italian Bread

What Is The Difference Between French Bread and Italian Bread? 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 Italy […]

Recent Posts

Reluctant Gourmet Playbook June 27 2016

June 27, 2016 0 Comments
Reluctant Gourmet Playbook June 27 2016

Gourmet News Week Ending June 27th 2016 Looking at today’s culinary news and what’s been going on for the past few days, here are some of the stories I think you will find interesting and checking out further. From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Plate – Gretchen McKay’s Let’s eat: Barbecue Pork Puffs: Sticky char siu-style pork is […]

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The Reluctant Gourmet Playbook Inaugural

June 21, 2016 0 Comments
The Reluctant Gourmet Playbook Inaugural

What’s Really Going On In the Food World Today – This Week – This Month? If you are into politics and enjoy keeping up with all the latest comings and goings in the upcoming election, I’m sure you’ve heard of the Politico Playbook and learned that Mike Allen is handing over the reins to Anna […]

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Trader Joe’s Is Going Mango Crazy

June 13, 2016 1 Comment
Trader Joe’s Is Going Mango Crazy

How Many Way’s Can You Sell Mango at Trader Joe’s? Was at Trader Joe’s this weekend to do a little shopping with my wife as we do most weekends and everywhere I turned there were products featuring mango. I’m figuring June must be mango month so I looked it up online and yes it is. […]

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Fennel & Farro Salad Recipe

June 10, 2016 0 Comments
Fennel & Farro Salad Recipe

Learn How to Prepare a Delicious Salad with Fennel & Farro This is a Middle Eastern style salad featuring farro and fresh peas. The recipe and ingredients were meant to be a vegetarian meal by itself for four people but we prepared it as a side dish to bring to a Memorial Day barbecue and […]

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How I Saved My Legs and Back From Long Hours In The Kitchen

June 6, 2016 0 Comments
How I Saved My Legs and Back From Long Hours In The Kitchen

Are Those GelPro Mats As Good As They Look? For years I’ve seen GelPro mats advertised in my cooking magazines and wondered if they were as good as the reviews I’ve read. Then, a few weeks ago, I was contacted by a representative from the company asking me to talk about their product and I […]

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How To Know When The Grill Is Hot Enough

June 1, 2016 0 Comments
How To Know When The Grill Is Hot Enough

Just How Much Heat Is Coming From My Grill? Have you ever wondered how hot your grill gets when cooking burgers, hot dogs or steaks? I’m not talking about the internal temperature of grill area with the cover on as shown by the thermometer most grills have today. Gas or charcoal, those thermometers are usually […]

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Spring Into Summer Wine Tasting

May 25, 2016 0 Comments
Spring Into Summer Wine Tasting

Great Wines to Drink This Spring & Summer Last week my wife and I attended a wine tasting at The Philadelphia Museum of Art.  The event was hosted by The Starr Catering Group who handle many of the Museum’s dining operations. They also provided the food that was specially selected to show off the wines […]

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So You’re A Chef – Now What

May 19, 2016 0 Comments
So You’re A Chef – Now What

The Business End of Opening A Restaurant or Catering Business I recently received this paperback book So You’re A Chef – Now What? from Chef Deb Cantrell’s publicist. Since I’m more interested in cooking techniques and not opening my own restaurant, I’ve been “reluctant” to pick it up. But once I did, I found all […]

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