Tips and Facts

This is sort of a catch all category, but one thing all of these articles have in common is that they all give insight into particularly cooking challenges that can help us all become better, more efficient cooks.  From how many ways to use a pizza cutter to setting a romantic table setting to how to clarify butter, many of these articles were inspired by readers’ questions.
 

What Is The Difference Between French Bread and Italian Bread

July 16, 2014 3 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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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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Cooking Fat and Oil Smoke Points

February 15, 2014 0 Comments
Cooking Fat and Oil Smoke Points

What Are The Smoking Points For Common Cooking Fats & Oils? It’s a good idea to know the smoke points of your favorite cooking fats and oils because if you exceed the smoke point temperature, it no longer is any good for cooking or eating.  Besides using a thermometer to know the precise temperature, the […]

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Do Not Press Down On The Burgers

June 11, 2013 0 Comments
Do Not Press Down On The Burgers

Cooking Tip – Don’t press down on your hamburgers after you give them a flip or for that matter, at any time. Easier said than done. I grew up watching my dad flip burgers on our round kettle barbecue grill and I can’t remember any time he DIDN’T press down on the chop meat paddies, […]

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8 Tips To Grill Like A Pro

April 5, 2013 0 Comments
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 […]

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Secret to Mashed Potatoes

September 16, 2012 0 Comments
Secret to Mashed Potatoes

Is There A Secret to Great Mashed Potatoes? After reading this email from Master Chef Kuntze, I realized how much there is I can learn about cooking. I have my own Perfect Mashed Potatoes recipe that I’ve been using for years, but now I have a better understanding of the basics. As Chef Hartmut says […]

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Links

September 16, 2012 0 Comments
Links

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Restaurant Recipes

September 16, 2012 0 Comments
Restaurant Recipes

Learn the secrets to some of the most popular restaurant dishes from The Cheesecake Factory, KFC, Red Lobster, The Olive Garden, Hard Rock Cafe plus many, many more! With two young children under the age of 10, we often go out to many of the restaurants mentioned in this book and I’m sure I have […]

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Top 10 Steak Buying Tips

September 16, 2012 11 Comments
Top 10 Steak Buying Tips

My Ten Best Steak Buying Tips For the Home Cook A lot of visitors ask me about buying steaks so I thought I would start putting together some tips together on buying steaks, describing various cuts and what to look for when purchasing a good steak. I asked Jimmy Kerstein, someone who worked forty years […]

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How to Make Thickened Soups

September 15, 2012 1 Comment
How to Make Thickened Soups

How to Make Thickened Soups Soup is such a versatile dish, and there are literally thousands of kinds of soups. I generally tend to think of thickened soups during cold weather, but a comforting, creamy soup is really welcome any time of the year. Thickened soups are soups that have been thickened in any of […]

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