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2016 Holiday Gift Guide

December 2, 2016 0 Comments
2016 Holiday Gift Guide

All I Want For Christmas in 2016 Each year I make a wish list of cool toys for the kitchen that I would love to find under the tree Christmas morning.  It’s sort of my Dear Santa letter that I send this time of year. I’m not sure Santa is checking out The Reluctant Gourmet, […]

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Cost of Thanksgiving Meal 2016

November 21, 2016 0 Comments
Cost of Thanksgiving Meal 2016

The Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner in 2016 Is Back Under $50 The price of a Thanksgiving meal according to The American Farm Bureau Federation is now less than $5 per person. Before you get too excited, last year it was $5.01 per person so not much of a decline but I’ll take it. Every year […]

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Pasta and Rice Conversions

November 8, 2016 14 Comments
Pasta and Rice Conversions

Pasta and Rice Conversions & Equivalents How frustrating is it when you’re cooking dinner from a great recipe you found in your favorite cooking magazine that says you need 2 cups of cooked rice but you have no idea how much dry rice that takes. Or what if you need to know how many cups […]

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Fall Soups Infographic

October 13, 2016 0 Comments
Fall Soups Infographic

Fall Soup Recipes I was sent an email from PersonalCreations promoting this cool infographic for fall soups that I thought you might enjoy. It offers some very simple ideas for classic Fall soups. If you are interested, I have posted many of these same soups on my site that are a little more involved and […]

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Intro to Dining Etiquette

September 17, 2016 1 Comment
Intro to Dining Etiquette

How to Teach Your Kids Proper Table Manners My mother hosted elegant cocktail parties in the 1960’s, punctuated by martini’s, deviled quail eggs, and all the latest orange-on-pink raw silk fashions. Her attention to elegance extended to the family dinner table, where we were expected to display impeccable table manners and were briskly taken to […]

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In Search of the Perfect Lobster Roll

August 15, 2016 0 Comments
In Search of the Perfect Lobster Roll

My Wife & Daughter’s Pursuit of the Perfect Lobster Roll While Touring New England Colleges Contributing Writer – Meg Jones Last February, we coupled my daughter’s wheelchair basketball tournament in Baltimore with a search for the best lobster roll in the area.  That was pretty successful, and a lot of fun, so we decided to […]

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How Well Do You Know Your Favorite Celebrity Chef Quiz

August 2, 2016 2 Comments
How Well Do You Know Your Favorite Celebrity Chef Quiz

You may know your favority celebrity chef’s favorite cooking ingredients or style of cooking they enjoy most, but how well do you really know your favorite chefs? Here’s a quick quiz to test your knowledge. And please be sure to share the quiz with all of your friends and family on Facebook and Google+. [os-widget […]

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Culinary Terms Quiz

May 7, 2016 3 Comments
Culinary Terms Quiz

  One of the reasons I started The Reluctant Gourmet website over 20 years ago was to teach myself how to cook. One of the problems I faced as a newbie cook was culinary terms. There were so many of them I didn’t understand and needed to learn to even begin my culinary adventure.  Mis […]

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Eating Pinchos in San Sebastian

April 17, 2016 0 Comments
Eating Pinchos in San Sebastian

Top Dining Experience in Spain On our journey through northern Spain, we stayed in the city of San Sebastian where I had one of my Top 5 favorite dining experiences. Our guide Jess started us out in a very narrow bar, Bar Paco Bueno, that was packed with locals enjoying pinchos (I’ll explain in a […]

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Eating My Way Through Northern Spain – Barcelona

April 5, 2016 0 Comments
Eating My Way Through Northern Spain – Barcelona

In Barcelona, It’s All About Tapas I’m just back from a trip to northern Spain that included stays in Barcelona, San Sebastian, Logrono in the Rioja region and Madrid. All I can say is wow, these people know how to eat, drink wine and live. It was one of the greatest food adventures of my […]

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