Opinion

My Opinion On All Things Food and Cooking Related
What’s my opinion on matters of cooking, cooking techniques, school lunch boxes, fake food, or just about anything having to do with food?
Here’s where you will find out. While I’m known as the Reluctant Gourmet, I have never been reluctant about sharing my opinions about food and cooking.  Whether it’s a post about what mayonnaise I think tastes best or a full-blown harangue about fast food, you’ll find it here.


The Official Somm Movie Trailer

November 23, 2015 0 Comments
The Official Somm Movie Trailer

A Must See Movie for Wine Lovers This weekend my wife and I watched Somm on Netflix and loved it. Yes, we both enjoy wine from regions around the world and I used to collect some favorite Bordeaux wines from good vintages in the past but even if you don’t drink much wine, this is […]

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Official Burnt Movie Trailer

November 9, 2015 0 Comments
Official Burnt Movie Trailer

Have You Seen This New Culinary Movie? I have not seen Burnt yet but I’m looking forward to seeing it but I’m interested in hearing from those of you who have and what did you think of it.  I’ve read some of the critic’s reviews online but they are all over the place. I’m really […]

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What I Had For Dinner Last Night

October 18, 2015 0 Comments
What I Had For Dinner Last Night

What Did You Cook For Dinner Last Night? I thought it would be interesting to ask my Facebook friends what they had for dinner last night and start by posting what I had for dinner the night before. I wanted to know if people who visit my site are: Cooking at Home? Going Out For […]

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The 5:2 Diet for Beginners

August 27, 2015 0 Comments
The 5:2 Diet for Beginners

What Is the 5:2 Diet & How Does It Work? This week my I am starting the 5:2 Diet to lose a few pounds. We heard about it from my wife’s sister who lost over 20 pounds in just a couple of months so my wife decided to give it a try. I’m not a […]

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Top Food Movies of All Time

December 2, 2014 6 Comments
Top Food Movies of All Time

A Collection of Great Movies About Food & Cooking There have been so many great movies with food and cooking in the storyline. Doesn’t it seems like there are more and more of these movies being made every week? I think it has to do with the greater interest in food altogether.  With so many […]

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What to Pack in Your Childs Lunch Box

November 12, 2013 0 Comments
What to Pack in Your Childs Lunch Box

What To Pack In Your Kid’s Lunch Box My youngest daughter Maddie gave me the idea for this post and even helped write it. For many years, one of my stay-at-home responsibilities was making lunch for the kids. Sounds easy enough but for those of you who prepare your child’s lunch every day, five days […]

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How I Come Up With Recipes

September 16, 2012 0 Comments
How I Come Up With Recipes

Where Do Recipes Come From? Often I am asked where I come up with the recipes I write about and do I make them all up from scratch. Wherever I look I seem to be able to find interesting recipes. Cookbooks, magazines (cooking and non-cooking), supermarket isles, television shows, the Internet and of course newspapers. […]

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Are Whole Grains Really Better for You?

April 11, 2012 2 Comments
Are Whole Grains Really Better for You?

What I Learned About Whole Grains and White Flour My wife and I try to eat whole grain breads even though I grew up on Wonder Bread.  You know – the one with the colored dots on the white bag that “helps build strong bodies eight ways?”  But my girls?  They’ll only eat white bread.  […]

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In Memory of My Dad

January 17, 2012 29 Comments
In Memory of My Dad

January 31, 1922 – January 16, 2012 My Dad passed yesterday just a couple of weeks shy of his 90th birthday. He loved to cook and was not “reluctant” at all to try new ideas in the kitchen. He tried Chinese, Italian, French, but without much success, although his burgers and steaks were terrific. As […]

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Restaurant Pet Peeves

August 23, 2011 108 Comments
Restaurant Pet Peeves

What Are Your Restaurant Pet Peeves? I don’t know about you, but when I go out to a restaurant there are certain things that drive me crazy and can ruin the entire experience. Of course if the food is bad, it’s not going to be a great experience. But what about those times when the […]

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