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Interview with Top Ten Pastry Chef in America Mary Cech

January 19, 2016 1 Comment
Interview with Top Ten Pastry Chef in America Mary Cech

Why a Pastry Chef of the Year Chose Her Career Chef Mary Cech has amazing credentials. She has worked in some of the top kitchens in America, taught in some of the finest culinary schools, been recognized as one of the “Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America” by Chocolatier magazine, named “Pastry chef of the […]

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Tomato Conversions

December 21, 2015 12 Comments
Tomato Conversions

Tomato Conversions & Equivalents I seem to have a lot of trouble remembering how to convert some ingredients. How many cups of dry beans convert to how many ounces of cooked beans is always hard for me to remember. The same is true with tomatoes. I needed to know how many ounces of fresh tomatoes […]

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Culinary Christmas Gift Ideas 2015

December 1, 2015 0 Comments
Culinary Christmas Gift Ideas 2015

All I Want For Christmas 2015 Every year at this time I make a Wish List of some of the cool gadgets and kitchenware I would like Santa to put under our Christmas tree and hope my wife reads this post.  There are so many exciting new products on the market I would like to […]

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Cost of Thanksgiving Meal 2015

November 24, 2015 0 Comments
Cost of Thanksgiving Meal 2015

The 2015 Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner Tops $50 Once again the cost of Thanksgiving dinner is going up but not by much and for different reasons. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s informal price survey of classic items for a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people is up about 70 cents from last year to […]

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Stop Bananas From Ripening Too Soon

October 23, 2015 10 Comments
Stop Bananas From Ripening Too Soon

  How To Keep Bananas From Over Ripening In our house there are always bananas on hand for banana pancakes, fruit bowls, smoothies or a topping on cereal and granola. Most likely by the end of the week there are a couple of over ripe, brown bananas no one wants to eat so they just […]

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Chicken Stock Video

September 26, 2015 0 Comments
Chicken Stock Video

Source: Food Wishes.com How to Make Chicken Stock Video With all the chicken stocks and broths on the market today, why learn how to make a good homemade chicken stock? Simple, chicken stock made at home in your own kitchen is going to be better than anything you can buy on the market and most […]

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Dinner at Restaurant Cerise in Bryn Mawr

March 24, 2015 0 Comments
Dinner at Restaurant Cerise in Bryn Mawr

Dining Out in Bryn Mawr – Restaurant Cerise One of my favorite restaurants in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, just outside Philadelphia is Restaurant Cerise. It took over from a burger joint that just so happened was called Burger Joint and did a complete makeover of the look and cuisine. Chef Ben Thomas, a graduate of  L’Academie […]

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Simple Pan Sauce For Chicken

January 7, 2015 0 Comments
Simple Pan Sauce For Chicken

  How to Make a Simple Pan Sauce For Pan Fried Chicken Most of us are comfortable with pan-frying a chicken breast or what some people call “saute a chicken breast”, but how many go the extra step to make a simple pan sauce to serve with it? Making a pan sauce is easy to […]

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Why Heat Up A Pan When Cooking

December 30, 2014 2 Comments
Why Heat Up A Pan When Cooking

How Do I Know When A Pan Is Hot Enough to Add Oil? Most people don’t heat up a pan before adding oil. Some don’t even get the oil hot before they start cooking. They might put the pan on a burner, turn the heat on, add some oil and immediately throw in a chicken […]

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide

December 17, 2014 0 Comments
2014 Holiday Gift Guide

 Looking For That Unique Gift For Your Favorite Cook? It’s that time of year again when you urgently try to find the perfect gift for that someone special who loves to cook but they have every gadget imaginable. Well, The Reluctant Gourmet is hear to help you find something new and different this year if […]

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