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?

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 […]

Knowing Your Culinary School Goals and Aspirations

Knowing Your Culinary School Goals and Aspirations

Mistake #1: Not Knowing Your Goals and Aspirations When it comes to the culinary world, not all schools are created equally. Some programs are meant to provide classical training for use in top-tier restaurants, while others take a look at knife skills and basic nutrition education as a way to start working in the fast […]

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

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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Restaurant Wine By The Glass Markups

May 16, 2016 0 Comments
Restaurant Wine By The Glass Markups

How Much Do Restaurants Markup Their Wines By The Glass? My wife and I were out for a quick bite and a glass of wine last week and I was shocked when I learned that the $14 glass of Chardonnay wine I purchased came from a bottle of wine that cost the restaurant about $16. […]

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Mojo Glaze Recipe

May 13, 2016 0 Comments
Mojo Glaze Recipe

Got My Mojo Glaze Working The definition for “mojo” is a magic charm, talisman, or spell. Over the years, mojo has been used in song titles and lyrics including “Got My Mojo Working, a blues song written by Preston “Red” Foster and made popular by Muddy Waters in 1957. Jim Morrison of the Doors used […]

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Culinary Terms Quiz

May 7, 2016 0 Comments
Culinary Terms Quiz

  One of the reasons I started The Reluctant Gourmet website over 20 years ago was to teach myself how to cook. One of the problems I faced as a newbie cook was culinary terms. There were so many of them I didn’t understand and needed to learn to even begin my culinary adventure.  Mis […]

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Spicy Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe

May 4, 2016 0 Comments
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 […]

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Top Selling Cookbooks in May 2016

May 2, 2016 0 Comments
Top Selling Cookbooks in May 2016

What Are 5 Top Selling Cookbooks in May of 2015? I’m a huge fan of cookbooks and like to keep up with the best selling ones and share them with you from time to time. So from my research, here are the Top 5 Best Selling Cookbooks at this moment just in case you are […]

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Basic Saute Spinach Recipe

April 25, 2016 1 Comment
Basic Saute Spinach Recipe

“I’m strong to the finish, cause I eat my spinach…” This sauteed spinach side-dish is a huge hit in our house and one we go back to time and time again. There are lots of ways you can alter this recipe by adding a little of this or a little of that but we like […]

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Pickled Mustard Seeds Recipe

April 20, 2016 0 Comments
Pickled Mustard Seeds Recipe

Pickled Mustard Seeds Make a Wonderful Garnish I found this recipe as part of a Blue Apron package featuring salmon as the entry. The pickled mustard seeds were used as a finishing topping for the salmon to give it an extra layer of flavor and they did just that. I’ve used mustard seeds in a […]

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