Tips & Guides

I love to cook, but I am the first one to tell you that I’m no expert.  Fortunately, I know where to go for expert advice, tips and tricks.  Here you’ll find some of the best cook books and cooking magazines available.  If you want a peek into the life of a professional chef, check out my Chef Interviews. Not only will you learn a bit about what it’s like to work in a restaurant, most of the chefs I’ve interviewed have generously offered some pro tips that home cooks will find useful.

If you’re going to be a good cook, it helps to know the language. To that end, you’ll find a good glossary of culinary terms and techniques along with information on measurement conversions, ingredient substitutions, photography tips for the budding blogger (I’m still learning, too) and helpful cooking videos.

Tips & Food Facts

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Here’s where you will find a collection of cooking tips and fun food facts I’ve been posting over the years. I think you will find them both informative and useful and of course, I always like to hear from you with your tips.

Chef Interviews

chef interviews

Like most home cooks I know, I am fascinated with professional chefs. Where and how did they learn to cook? Where does their passion come from? What’s it like to work on the line? I am so interested that I interview lots of chefs to learn what it is that makes them tick and maybe learn some of the tricks of the trade to use in our home kitchens. Find all of these interviews here.

Ask a Chef

ask a chef

Many of you send me questions about your own cooking at home and although I try to answer what I can, I often have to refer to one of my chef friends for a better answer. This page will highlight some of the questions I get from you and the anwers I receive from the chefs. Here are some of the questions and answers I’ve received.



As more people search the ever-growing body of recipes on the Internet, not only do we need the standard teaspoons to tablespoons conversions, but we are more in need of Celsius to Fahrenheit and grams to ounces conversions as well. Find that and more in this section, including a section on converting the volume of dried beans to cooked.

Cooking Terms

cooking terms

This is a roundup of all the terms I think a novice home cook should know, but might not. From ingredient components like bouquet garnis and gremolata to cooking techniques such as resting and mise en place, learn the terms–and their meanings–so you can hold your own both in the kitchen and at your next foodie gathering.

Cooking Videos

cooking videos

If a picture is worth 1000 words, a video is worth 100,000. When I need to learn how to perform a cooking technique, I spend a lot of time reading about it, but if I find a video, I find that any questions I might have during my reading are answered just by watching. Here is a collection of videos that I have found particularly useful in learning cooking techniques. I’ll be adding to them as I find more. I hope you find them useful.


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The more I write about cooking, and the more cookbooks, cooking magazines and food blogs I read, the more I realize that good photographs really can make or break a recipe or recipe post. We really do eat with our eyes first, so it pays to take the best pictures that I can. As I learn more about photography, I’ll post it here so that all the information is in one place.



I don’t write about many restaurants and when I do, I only write about restaurants I enjoy. I’m hoping now that the kids are getting older, Meg & I will be able to get out more often to try new restaurants here in Philadelphia and the suburbs. Over time, I expect this section of the site to grow substantially.

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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