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All About Pomegranates

September 23, 2015 1 Comment
All About Pomegranates

What are Pomegranates and How Are They Used In Cooking? What Does A Pomegranate Look Like? The pomegranate is one of those fruits that everyone has heard of and few have actually tried. From the outside, it does not always look particularly appealing. Although the skin, when ripe, takes on a deep ruby color rarely […]

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How To Know When Shrimp Are Done Cooking

June 27, 2015 12 Comments
How To Know When Shrimp Are Done Cooking

How Do I Know When Shrimp Are Perfectly Cooked & Ready to Eat? There are many ways to cook and serve shrimp. Do you remember Pvt. Benjamin Buford’s line in Forest Gump? “Anyway, like I was sayin’, shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté […]

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Taleggio Cheese

February 5, 2015 4 Comments
Taleggio Cheese

Taleggio – One of the Best “Value” Cheeses Lately I’ve been on the hunt for “value cheeses” and the washed rind Taleggio from Italy is one of the best examples I can describe that fits my idea of a great value cheese.  Taleggio is a washed rind cheese that can be found in every gourmet […]

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Chocolate Truffles or Truffles Underground

January 18, 2015 2 Comments
Chocolate Truffles or Truffles Underground

When Is a Truffle NOT a Truffle? Ask a chef at a white tablecloth restaurant to describe a truffle, and he or she will probably wax poetic about the very expensive fungi that grow beneath oak trees. Ask a pastry chef to describe a truffle, and you will hear of a soft-centered confection coated in […]

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Sainte Maure Caprifeuille Cheese

January 15, 2015 0 Comments
Sainte Maure Caprifeuille Cheese

One of My New Favorite Goat Cheeses If you enjoy goat cheese and are looking for one to serve to friends or just enjoy at home with a piece of French bread, I recommend you take a look at Caprifeuille. I was looking for a cheese to serve at a small dinner party with some […]

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What Is Baby Flounder

November 20, 2014 0 Comments
What Is Baby Flounder

Have You Ever Heard of Baby Flounder? Today I went to one of two of my favorite local fish markets called Bywood Seafood Market and asked the owner, Bill, what recommended for tonight’s dinner. He suggested the “baby flounder” that was sitting right next to the regular flounder which I soon learned was really fluke […]

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The Best of the Wurst

August 30, 2014 6 Comments
The Best of the Wurst

An Introduction to German Sausages Bratwurst, Knockwurst, Bockwurst….all part of the wurst family. They may all sound very similar but they are very different. You have your pork varieties, then your veal varieties and then there is the veal and beef varieties and so on. I don’t know about you, but I still have to […]

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What Is The Difference Between French Bread and Italian Bread

July 16, 2014 40 Comments
What Is The Difference Between French Bread and Italian Bread

What Is The Difference Between French Bread and Italian Bread? 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 Italy […]

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Difference Between Ice Cream and Gelato

June 20, 2014 6 Comments
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 […]

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Cracked Wheat Berries with Jalapeno Herb Salsa

April 14, 2014 0 Comments
Cracked Wheat Berries with Jalapeno Herb Salsa

Cracked Wheat Berries – A Tasty Side Dish That’s Good For You This recipe is part of the third meal we received from Blue Apron and was served with roasted bone-in chicken breasts. Roasting chicken breasts is easy but finding a delicious side dish to go with them can turn a very simple, basic meal […]

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