The Difference Between a Roux and a Slurry

July 8, 2019 0 Comments
The Difference Between a Roux and a Slurry

What Is The Difference Between a Roux and a Slurry? by my daughter, Nell Jones November is an important month for citizens of the United States.  Nope, not because of elections.  Thanksgiving.  Do you ever wonder how your mom got the Thanksgiving gravy so thick?  She probably has some support. Thickeners Sauces thicken when a […]

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Where to Eat In Rome

June 28, 2019 1 Comment
Where to Eat In Rome

My Favorite Restaurants While In Rome by Nell Jones, my oldest daughter This year I was fortunate enough to spend a semester in Rome, Italy.  I had studied some of the language and the culture but what I was most excited for was the Italian food. It was almost as if this was a semester […]

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Making Your Own Stocks at Home

June 24, 2019 0 Comments
Making Your Own Stocks at Home

How to Make Restaurant Quality Stocks at Home Could you imagine having to create a singular sauce with singular ingredients for every dish on the menu? Long ago, European chefs realized that it was a much more efficient way to run a kitchen to have sauce components on hand that could be altered or made […]

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What to Eat When You Have a Cold

June 18, 2019 0 Comments
What to Eat When You Have a Cold

And What NOT to Eat When You Have a Cold by Nell Jones Wasn’t it nice to stay home from school and have someone serve you soup in bed when you got sick as a child?  Well those days are over and now you have to cook for yourself and use sick days sparingly. As […]

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How Important Is Organic Food

June 13, 2019 1 Comment
How Important Is Organic Food

What Does Organic Food Mean & Is It Worth It by Nell Jones, my oldest daughter The great thing about most grocery stores today is the array of options.  There are at least ten different kinds of chickens and eggs you can choose from. One of these choices is whether or not to choose the […]

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Saucing Food – How Much Is Enough

June 10, 2019 0 Comments
Saucing Food – How Much Is Enough

How Much Sauce Should You Put On Food? At restaurants, where food cost is king, the difference between 1 ounce and 3 ounces of sauce on a dish translates to cash for the restaurant. No matter what type of restaurant, portion control is a key to quality, consistency and revenue. At McDonald’s they have a […]

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Food Trucks – Gourmet Mobility in the 50 States

June 6, 2019 0 Comments
Food Trucks – Gourmet Mobility in the 50 States

Popular Food Trucks Around the USA by Nell Jones, my oldest daughter A tiny restaurant with no seating and a different location every day.  Sounds like a hassle, but these establishment are popping up everywhere, in the form of food trucks. Food trucks always served a purpose on city streets and large events but now […]

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Restaurant Quality Sauces – Equipment

May 29, 2019 1 Comment
Restaurant Quality Sauces – Equipment

Having the Right Equipment Makes a Difference Saucier A saucepan whose sides curve up gently from the bottom as opposed to having a completely flat bottom and straight sides. This makes it much easier to cover the entire bottom of the pan when stirring a sauce with a wooden spoon or a whisk. And the […]

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Restaurant Quality Sauces – Techniques

May 24, 2019 0 Comments
Restaurant Quality Sauces – Techniques

Important Techniques for Making Great Sauces at Home Now that we have looked at some of the important ingredients used for restaurant quality sauces, let’s look at a few of the important cooking techniques associated with sauce making. This is not a complete list. There are some great saucing cookbooks that go into much more […]

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More Ingredients for Successful Sauces

May 22, 2019 1 Comment
More Ingredients for Successful Sauces

More Ingredients for Great Sauces at Home Part 1 of The Secret to Successful Sauces – Ingredients Cooking with Flavor Enhancers One of the differences between restaurant chefs and home cooks is that chefs are familiar with a wide variety of specialty ingredients that can subtly or not-so-subtly enhance a sauce. They understand the diner’s palate, […]

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