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.
 

Stinky Brie Cheese

March 1, 2011 17 Comments
Stinky Brie Cheese

Why Does My Brie Cheese Smell Like Ammonia? I received a comment from Angie who read my post, Moldy Brie Cheese asking about some brie she purchased that looked lovely, but had an overwhelming ammonia smell. I sent her question to my favorite cheesemonger, Jack Morgan, who gave a great reply. Jack gives a small […]

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Mushy Wontons for Wonton Soup

February 25, 2011 2 Comments
Mushy Wontons for Wonton Soup

How do you keep the Wontons from getting mushy In Wonton Soup? The Reluctant Gourmet receives a lot of questions via email.  Some of them I can answer right away, and others I rely on the help of some of my chef friends for answers.  Remember, I am by no means a professional chef.  I’m […]

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Cooking Beef Tenderloin

January 3, 2011 3 Comments
Cooking Beef Tenderloin

New Year’s Eve Beef Tenderloin Dinner If you are reading this holiday recipe, it just may be near the New Year so I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday, full of great joy and wonderful meals.  I’m looking forward to the New Year and all the new cooking techniques and recipes I will learn and […]

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Turkey Tips From Harold McGee

November 23, 2010 2 Comments
Turkey Tips From Harold McGee

Great Turkey Tips from The Curious Cook Yesterday I was sitting here listening to Harold McGee on NPR’s “Radio Times” with Marty Moss-Coane promoting his new cookbook. Harold is a food scientist and author, with a regular column titled “The Curious Cook” in the New York Times. On the radio show this morning, Harold gave […]

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Meet Ann Marie Michaels

August 10, 2010 1 Comment
Meet Ann Marie Michaels

New Online Cooking Classes with Ann Marie Michaels I want to introduce you to a new culinary friend of mine, Ann Marie Michaels.  Ann Marie is a cookbook author, cooking instructor, advertising guru and now online cooking instructor. She is also involved with teaching families how to eat healthier meals by eating at home with […]

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Carrot Cake Recipe Question

June 4, 2010 3 Comments
Carrot Cake Recipe Question

Carrot Cake – A Question of Timing I received this question from Laurie Koch asking, Can I prepare a carrot cake at 8 in the morning, put it in a 9×13 pan, put it in the fridge, and then take it out and bake it at 8 p.m. at night? If not, why not? The […]

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Cooking Smoke Point Versus Flash Point

February 23, 2010 8 Comments
Cooking Smoke Point Versus Flash Point

Dazed and Confused:  Smoke Point Versus Flash Point A couple of days ago, I received a question from Carla regarding cooking oils.  There are tons of oils out there that are suitable for cooking, but it can be very confusing. I have certainly been confused, and Carla is, so I figured that there would be […]

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Reusing Used Breadcrumbs?

January 20, 2010 0 Comments
Reusing Used Breadcrumbs?

Can you reuse breadcrumbs that have already been used? Debating with friends whether you can reuse breadcrumbs that egg battered fish were dipped in if I froze it immediately and will cook with it immediately.  Everyone says “no” but I don’t understand why when you can freeze raw egg, freeze raw meat and no bacteria […]

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How To Prevent Fish From Sticking To The Pan

December 29, 2009 43 Comments
How To Prevent Fish From Sticking To The Pan

Why Does My Fish Stick To The Pan? A while ago I had quite a lengthy discussion of how to properly pan fry or saute fish to prevent it from sticking. There was so much conversation about it that I thought it would make a good article. I think we’ve all experienced that awful feeling […]

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Ganache Recipe

December 21, 2009 4 Comments
Ganache Recipe

 Seizing Ganache Some of you may not be that familiar with “ganache”. I know I wasn’t until I became friends with Pastry Chef Jenni Field and she started teaching me about various baking techniques and how some of my recipes call for ganache and I didn’t even know it.  See Chocolate Pudding Recipe Italian Style […]

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