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.
 

How To Fry Vegetables

August 30, 2008 4 Comments
How To Fry Vegetables

How Do I Coat Fried Breaded Zucchini Better? I received an email from Glenn asking “how to coat fried breaded zucchini better”. He asked, “My father just asked how to make the breading on fried zucchini stick (better)? He just made some but the bread crumbs didn’t stick to the zucchini very well.  He dipped zucchini […]

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Why Do Some Meals Taste Better The Next Day

August 10, 2008 14 Comments
Why Do Some Meals Taste Better The Next Day

Some Meals Just Taste Better The Next Day – How Come? I’m sure all of you have prepared a stew or lasagna and thought it tasted better the next day. I know I have and some meals like braised short ribs, I will purposely prepare them one day to eat the next so all the […]

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Fresh Homemade Pizza Help

July 1, 2008 3 Comments
Fresh Homemade Pizza Help

A Professional Chef’s Response to My Request For Help With Homemade Pizza As I mentioned in my Bermuda Pizza blog, I was going to do some more research on making great homemade pizza. I did a little research and found Chef Ruth Gresser, owner and chef at Pizzeria Paradiso in Washington, DC. Chef Gresser is […]

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Tomato Soup Baked With Pastry On Top

February 20, 2008 1 Comment
Tomato Soup Baked With Pastry On Top

Annelie B. asks”I was out for dinner – we had tomato soup baked with pastry on top – how do I do that?” So I asked my friend Chef Jennifer Field what she would do and her reply is below. I thought it was interesting that she gave the ingredients to me in grams and […]

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Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Tips

November 15, 2007 8 Comments
Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Tips

I asked a few of my favorite chefs for their advice on preparing the biggest meal of the year for most of us and put together this Top ? list to help make your holiday a little easier. You can also check out my article called Let’s Talk Turkey or my post, Turkey Basics to […]

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Sugar Cookie Recipe

October 10, 2007 20 Comments
Sugar Cookie Recipe

How to Make Perfect Sugar Cookies I received an email from Kathy about preparing the “perfect” sugar cookie. She told me she made two batches of sugar cookie dough using the same recipe and one batch turned out perfect while the other “was puffy and lost shape.” Kathy wanted to know why this happened so […]

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Pan Roasted Sea Bass Recipe Update

September 5, 2007 6 Comments
Pan Roasted Sea Bass Recipe Update

  Help, I Need Some Advice With This Pan Roasted Sea Bass Recipe I received an email from Kurt who made an attempt at the Pan Roasted Sea Bass recipe posted on my web site. He had a few problems and sent me some great questions describing in detail what had gone wrong. I immediately […]

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Deep Frying and Pan Frying Tips Plus Techniques

May 11, 2007 6 Comments
Deep Frying and Pan Frying Tips Plus Techniques

Desperate to Deep Fry When I received this question from Brenda who was having trouble frying chicken tenders for her kids, I asked a few my chef friends who brilliantly responded with ideas and suggestions. Brenda wrote, I need some pointers on frying…I’ve been cooking for years and just recently I’ve been having problems with […]

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Simple Reduction Sauce for Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

April 26, 2007 2 Comments
Simple Reduction Sauce for Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

I Need A Sauce for Stuffed Pork Tenderloin Danielle wrote and said, “I make this great stuffed pork tenderloin and I am looking for a sauce to go with it. It is stuffed with, spinach, pine nuts, goat cheese, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes.” When I asked Chef Terrell about a sauce, he immediately wanted to […]

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Cure for Crispy Top Layer of Lasagna

April 23, 2007 21 Comments
Cure for Crispy Top Layer of Lasagna

How to Keep the Top Layer if Lasagna from Getting Crispy I got sent me the following email: “Please Help! I’ve tried everything with the final top layer of pasta for my lasagna. It always cooks too crispy and hard. I’ve even tried a double layer and peeled the top off to still find the […]

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