Grilling Tips

London Broil

London Broil

London Broil – Meat Cut or Cooking Technique? There are many common misconceptions about London broil and what exactly it is. When I was a kid, my mother would make London Broil for our family on occasion. She would walk into our local butcher, ask for “London broil,” and was inevitably handed a piece of […]

8 Tips To Grill Like A Pro

8 Tips To Grill Like A Pro

Become A Better Grill Master With These Simple 8 Tips I’m often asked by home cooking enthusiasts how to grill like the pros do. My first response is always practice, practice, practice. Think about it, professional chefs working the grill station on any given night may cook dozens of steaks. That adds up to hundreds […]

Favorite Chicken Recipes

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 […]

Mango Mexican Chicken Recipe

Mango Mexican Chicken Recipe

A Recipe From One of My High School Buddies One of my best friends from high school contacted me and told me how his daughter Jen started a cooking blog at  www.topateonyourplate.com and asked if I could call her to talk about her site. Jen is part time math teacher, full time mom and from […]

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 […]

What's On Hand Recipes

Simple Roasted Chicken Thighs and Vegetables Recipe

Simple Roasted Chicken Thighs and Vegetables Recipe

“The Perfect Mid-Week Meal For Busy Homecooks” In our house, this is one of those staples we’ll prepare once or twice a month becuse it’s so easy to make, provides a balanced meal and everyone enjoys it. It’s also very adaptable and depending on what you have on hand, you can substitute ingredients to make […]

Whats On Hand Risotto

Whats On Hand Risotto

What Do I Make With Leftover Chicken? How About Chicken Risotto? You could call this recipe What’s On Hand, Quick & Easy, or Clean Out The Fridge risotto but in the end you’ll be calling it delicious. What do I love about risotto? Great when you can’t think of what to cook tonight and need […]

All About Cheese

Bloomy Cheese or Washed Rind Cheese

Bloomy Cheese or Washed Rind Cheese

What’s The Difference Between Bloomy  and Washed Rind Cheeses? Both are surfaced ripened cheeses but different. There is an exponential amount of information to know about cheese and cheese classification. Go to any cheese counter or crack open a guide to cheese and you will be inundated with endless choices, varieties, and classifications of cheese. […]

Conversation with a Cheesemonger

Conversation with a Cheesemonger

Let’s talk about cheese I grew up eating pre-sliced American cheese on my grilled sandwiches, ham and cheese sandwiches, and open-faced broiled tomato and cheese sandwiches (my dad’s version of pizza) Now I serve my 15 month old daughter slices of American cheese. She loves it! Some things never change, except today’s American cheese slices […]

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 […]

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Chocolate Trail Mix Ice Cream

July 25, 2014 2 Comments
Chocolate Trail Mix Ice Cream

How About Some Chocolate Ice Cream with a Bit of Trail Mix While I was down in the basement working out, I heard my youngest daughter upstairs in the kitchen preparing something.  She has cerebral palsy and uses a walker to get around so I could hear the wheels rolling back and forth as she […]

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What Is The Difference Between French Bread and Italian Bread

July 16, 2014 5 Comments
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 […]

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Hot Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

July 10, 2014 0 Comments
Hot Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

 We Used Starbucks Hot Chocolate Mix For This One Maddie and I were thinking about making some homemade ice cream and since chocolate is her favorite, we thought we would give that a try. I looked in the recipe book that came with my new Cuisinart Ice Cream Gelato Maker and found a basic recipe […]

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Everyday Food Phrases Explained

July 8, 2014 2 Comments
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 […]

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Strawberry Gelato Recipe

June 29, 2014 0 Comments
Strawberry Gelato Recipe

Fresh Seasonal Strawberries Make For Great Gelato By now you know I am the proud owner of a Cuisinart Commercial Quality Ice Cream & Gelato Maker given to me by my neighbors Bob and Barbara for my recent birthday and I’ve been experimenting with it to learn how to make great homemade ice cream and […]

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Pineapple Shrimp Recipe

June 25, 2014 3 Comments
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 […]

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Rhubarb Chutney Recipe

June 23, 2014 3 Comments
Rhubarb Chutney Recipe

Rhubarb Chutney – A Condiment for All Seasons When you think of rhubarb do you think of rhubarb pie? I think of the small farm next to our house where every few years they grew rhubarb and as kids we use to play hide and seek under the big leaves. Every once in a while […]

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Difference Between Ice Cream and Gelato

June 20, 2014 3 Comments
Difference Between Ice Cream and Gelato

What’s the Difference Between Ice Cream & Gelato I celebrated a big birthday at the beginning of the month and my wife invited some friends over including my neighbor who gave me a Cuisinart Commercial Quality Ice Cream & Gelato Maker (ICE-100) as a birthday present.  This past weekend, my youngest daughter and I put […]

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