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 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 […]

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

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 […]

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

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

December 17, 2014 0 Comments
2014 Holiday Gift Guide

 Looking For That Unique Gift For Your Favorite Cook? It’s that time of year again when you urgently try to find the perfect gift for that someone special who loves to cook but they have every gadget imaginable. Well, The Reluctant Gourmet is hear to help you find something new and different this year if […]

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Four Historical American Cookbooks

December 15, 2014 0 Comments
Four Historical American Cookbooks

  Looking for Something Special For a Home Cook This Year? I recently received four historical cookbooks from Dover Publications to review and talk about. Dover Publications is a publishing company founded in 1941 by Hayward Cirker and his wife Blanch and known for publishing books that are no longer published by the original publishing […]

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Top 12 Cooking Utensils to Have In Your Kitchen

December 9, 2014 0 Comments
Top 12 Cooking Utensils to Have In Your Kitchen

  What Are the Top 12 Cooking Utensils Every Cook Should Own? There are so many great cooking gadgets on the market and lots of options associated with each tool. What it’s made of? Size? Type of handle? Weight? Design? You may think this makes choosing the right one for you needs more confusing and […]

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Top Food Movies of All Time

December 2, 2014 3 Comments
Top Food Movies of All Time

A Collection of Great Movies About Food & Cooking There have been so many great movies with food and cooking in the storyline. Doesn’t it seems like there are more and more of these movies being made every week? I think it has to do with the greater interest in food altogether.  With so many […]

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Cost of Thanksgiving 2014

November 24, 2014 0 Comments
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 […]

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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 6 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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