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.
 

Introducing Chef Terrell Garrett

April 16, 2007 0 Comments
Introducing Chef Terrell Garrett

In my last blog, Chocolate Fudge Cake, I mentioned Chef Terrell Garrett who sent me the recipe as part of my Ask A Chef feature but I forgot to introduce him. Chef Garrett wrote me and said he was “now retired and would be willing to provide my expertise.”  When he told me about his […]

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Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe

April 11, 2007 31 Comments
Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe

Help Please With A Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe Hilary contacted me and asked about helping her find a dense, extremely chocolaty and fudgey, chocolate layer cake. So I contacted Chef Terrell Garrett and he sent me this recipe that he calls, ‘The Absolute, Ultimate, Deep, Dark and Rich Chocolate Fudge Cake.” With a name like […]

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Bechamel Sauce Recipe

April 8, 2007 0 Comments
Bechamel Sauce Recipe

How to Make a Classic Béchamel Sauce I received this email from Danielle asking how to thicken her soups to duplicate a “can soup” texture. Here is what she said: “I have recently been into making home made soups, the cooler weather I’m sure being a factor.  I’ve been experimenting with trying to thicken my soup.  […]

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First Grilling Mistakes of the Season

April 4, 2007 0 Comments
First Grilling Mistakes of the Season

Some of My First Grilling Tips of the Year Friday night my youngest daughter had her first sleepover with a friend from her first grade class. When I asked my daughter what she wanted for dinner with her friend, she immediately replied, “Filet Mignon with Demi Glace Sauce!” This is her favorite meal of all […]

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Kitchen Cutlery – Buying & Caring For

March 17, 2007 7 Comments
Kitchen Cutlery – Buying & Caring For

Buying Kitchen Knives & How to Take Care of Them Terry S. wrote and asked, “Just renovated the kitchen and need to know what knives do I need for a well stocked kitchen. I have several “good” knives, but don’t know if they’re good, sharp or necessary.” Great question for Ask a Chef and I […]

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Homemade Spaetzle (Spatzle)

March 8, 2007 10 Comments
Homemade Spaetzle (Spatzle)

Homemade Spaetzle I’ve recently posted two Hungarian recipes, Beef Goulash and Paprikas Csirke on my blog under “Ask a Chef” and both would be great served with homemade spaetzle. I asked Chef Ricco, who provided the two recipes for his favorite spaetzle recipe, and I would like to share it with you. First, Ricco gave me his […]

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Beef Goulash Recipe

March 6, 2007 11 Comments
Beef Goulash Recipe

Beef Goulash – Really I recently posted an Ask A Chef recipe for Chicken Goulash that wasn’t really Goulash but a Paprikas Csirke. In the comments someone asked if Chef Ricco could share his recipe for a traditional Beef Goulash and he responded with the following history and recipe. And for those of you who […]

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Chicken Goulash Recipe

March 2, 2007 16 Comments
Chicken Goulash Recipe

Chicken Goulash – Not Really I received an email from Marisa who said she has “made a lot of dishes that are good but not great” and “know they could be improved by adding some of this or doing a little of that, so I invited her to send me a recipe to “fix”. So […]

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Saving Scorched Chili

February 7, 2007 63 Comments
Saving Scorched Chili

How Do I Save A Pot of Chili I Just Burned With all the emails I receive asking various cooking questions, I thought it would be fun to post some of the responses in a new section to my web site called Ask A Chef.  Many times when I get a question from you, I send […]

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Turkey Basics

November 22, 2006 5 Comments
Turkey Basics

Turkey Tips For Thanksgiving Cooking a turkey is not that difficult. In my opinion, it’s all the side dishes and desserts that become intimidating. But for those of you who are just a little intimidated or “reluctant” about cooking the Thanksgiving bird, here are some basic cooking tips that might help. I’ll also supply you […]

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