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Cookbooks & Magazines


Not all of us can afford to go to The Culinary Institute of America, but there is still plenty of ways we can learn to cook and learn more about cooking. Cookbooks, ecookbooks and cooking magazines all offer instruction and inspiration. And to help you find the ones that will fit your needs best, there are also cookbook reviews to help you make your decision.

Gourmet Foods

gourmet foods

While I’m the first to tell you to shop at your local grocery, farmer’s market or even warehouse store, there are times when you really want to find that one perfect ingredient to help you perfect a dish or to help you recreate a favorite meal enjoyed at a fancy restaurant. Here you will find online sources for ingredients from cheese to chocolate and from tea to truffles.

Reluctant Gourmet Merchandise


If you are a fan of The Reluctant Gourmet, show your support by wearing some of my gear. I have aprons, tee shirts, mugs and more, all featuring the cartoon RG in some sticky cooking situations including my favorite: “It’s not burnt! It’s Cajun!” grilling tee shirt. That cartoon makes me laugh every time I see it!

Fun Food Posters


Here you will find a whole array of food, drink and cooking-themed posters in a wide range of styles. You can get them framed or unframed, and there are so many available, you will be sure to find one that matches your décor. Mexican-themed kitchen? How about a chile pepper poster? Deco-era kitchen? Try an Art Deco Samovar print. Whatever your décor, I bet you can find a poster that will fit in perfectly.

Gift Baskets

gift baskets

Everyone likes to receive a nice gift basket, especially if filled with all of their favorite stuff. Gift Baskets are great when you’re too busy to go to the mall and find a gift. They’re also perfect for corporate giving or for sending to a friend or relative on special occasions and holidays. Choose from Gourmet Foods, Fruit and Chocolate Baskets.

Gift Ideas

gift ideas

Not only does this section contain links to shopping sites, but you’ll also find a collection of “caught my eye” articles highlighting some cool gifts that I would like to receive. Read up on why I think kindles and ipads are both the wave of the future in cookbooks, and find some unusual gift ideas that you may not have thought of otherwise.



Here is a collection of coupons for some of my favorite online ingredient and dining sources. If you like to eat out, try a coupon from If you’re more interested ingredients, check out the deals available from and For a wider selection of coupons, follow the Coupons link to find deals from, Omaha Steaks, My Wines Direct and more.

Culinary Schools

Ice Cream Sundays

Strawberry Chocolate with Almonds Gelato Recipe

Strawberry Chocolate with Almonds Gelato Recipe

Strawberry Chocolate with Almonds Gelato Recipe On a recent trip to State College, PA, my wife stopped at Tait Farms to pick up some local products including a Strawberry Dark Chocolate Sauce that my daughter thought would be a great ingredient to try in a new gelato or ice cream. I also had some Dark […]

August 13, 2014 0 Comments
Chocolate Trail Mix Ice Cream

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.  My daughter has cerebral palsy and uses a walker to get around so I could hear the wheels rolling back and forth as […]

July 25, 2014 5 Comments
Hot Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

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 […]

July 10, 2014 0 Comments
Strawberry Gelato Recipe

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 […]

June 29, 2014 0 Comments
Difference Between Ice Cream and Gelato

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 […]

June 20, 2014 5 Comments

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