Opinion

What’s my opinion on matters of cooking, cooking techniques, school lunch boxes, fake food, or just about anything having to do with food? Here’s where you will find out. While I’m known as the Reluctant Gourmet, I have never been reluctant about sharing my opinions about food and cooking.  Whether it’s a post about what mayonnaise I think tastes best or a full-blown harangue about fast food, you’ll find it here.
 

Pros and Cons of a College Meal Plan

May 24, 2017 0 Comments
Pros and Cons of a College Meal Plan

What I Like & Don’t Like About My College Meal Plan by Nell Jones Lots of changes happen when you go to college, most importantly, meals.  Mom and Dad’s fresh, handcrafted home-cooked meals get replaced by a meal plan. This meal plan, at least for me, consisted of swipes and points that, in combination, got […]

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Recipe to My Heart Attack

April 20, 2017 19 Comments
Recipe to My Heart Attack

What Finally Got Me to the Emergency Room For My Chest Pains A week ago, Monday, I went to the hospital with chest pain. I ended up being admitted to the hospital only to have a stent put into my right coronary artery and to find out I needed bypass surgery for three blockages in […]

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How to Avoid the Freshman Fifteen

March 20, 2017 0 Comments
How to Avoid the Freshman Fifteen

How to Avoided Putting On Those Dreaded 15 Pounds As a Freshman in College by Nell Jones, contributor and my daughter When people would ask me what I most nervous for when going to college, I wouldn’t say schoolwork, I wouldn’t say being away from home, I would say the freshman fifteen.  Everyone tells you […]

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In Search of the Perfect Lobster Roll

August 15, 2016 0 Comments
In Search of the Perfect Lobster Roll

My Wife & Daughter’s Pursuit of the Perfect Lobster Roll While Touring New England Colleges Contributing Writer – Meg Jones Last February, we coupled my daughter’s wheelchair basketball tournament in Baltimore with a search for the best lobster roll in the area.  That was pretty successful, and a lot of fun, so we decided to […]

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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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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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Restaurant Wine Markups

February 4, 2016 6 Comments
Restaurant Wine Markups

How Much Do Restaurants Mark Up Their Wines? Last weekend I enjoyed dinner with my wife and a friend of ours at a tavern in Philadelphia. We started at the bar waiting for our table and ordered two draft beers and one glass of wine. The bill was over $35. Ouch! We sat down and […]

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The Official Somm Movie Trailer

November 23, 2015 0 Comments
The Official Somm Movie Trailer

A Must See Movie for Wine Lovers This weekend my wife and I watched Somm on Netflix and loved it. Yes, we both enjoy wine from regions around the world and I used to collect some favorite Bordeaux wines from good vintages in the past but even if you don’t drink much wine, this is […]

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Official Burnt Movie Trailer

November 9, 2015 0 Comments
Official Burnt Movie Trailer

Have You Seen This New Culinary Movie? I have not seen Burnt yet but I’m looking forward to seeing it but I’m interested in hearing from those of you who have and what did you think of it.  I’ve read some of the critic’s reviews online but they are all over the place. I’m really […]

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What I Had For Dinner Last Night

October 18, 2015 0 Comments
What I Had For Dinner Last Night

What Did You Cook For Dinner Last Night? I thought it would be interesting to ask my Facebook friends what they had for dinner last night and start by posting what I had for dinner the night before. I wanted to know if people who visit my site are: Cooking at Home? Going Out For […]

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