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.


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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Eating Geographically In New Jersey

August 23, 2010 0 Comments
Eating Geographically In New Jersey

Sitting here on the beach in Avalon, NJ, one of the most beautiful places to vacation reading Mark Schatzker’s new book Steak – One Man’s Search For the World’s Tastiest Piece of Beef, one of the most interesting books I’ve ever read on the subject of beef. No, it’s not a typical read for the […]

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Iced Coffee – Are They Kidding?

August 1, 2010 6 Comments
Iced Coffee – Are They Kidding?

I like my cup of coffee in the morning. And now that the temperature been hovering around 100 degrees F, I like my coffee iced. Most mornings I’ll brew a cup of half-caf with my Keurig Single Serve Coffeemaker, throw it in the refrigerator, let it chill for 15 minutes, pour it over ice, add […]

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I Hate Fake Food

February 20, 2010 4 Comments
I Hate Fake Food

Chef Mark Vogel Does Not Like the Fake Stuff by Chef Mark R. Vogel The Real Deal The other day I had lunch at a garden variety chain restaurant and ordered a cup of tea. The server delivered it with milk and the customary sugar container.  As I spied the sugar holder I noticed it […]

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Do You Like My Blood Pudding?

January 30, 2010 1 Comment
Do You Like My Blood Pudding?

Here’s a new contribution from Chef Mark Vogel discussing how to handle friends who insist on knowing what we think about their cooking. – RG Tell’ em What They Want to Hear I’m always amused when some public figure is in the limelight and being queried about possible misconduct or impropriety, or is simply avowing […]

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The Basics of Healthy Cooking

February 20, 2009 0 Comments
The Basics of Healthy Cooking

A Road Map to Your Culinary Destination Electronic GPS devices were big sellers for the past two holiday seasons and many cars now have them as standard features. In this article, my friend Chef Todd Mohr explains how recipes, like GPS devices, can sometimes lead you to dead ends and you’ll need to depend on […]

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Join My New Facebook Fan Page!

November 17, 2008 0 Comments
Join My New Facebook Fan Page!

I just created a Reluctant Gourmet fan page on Facebook! Join it here to to stay in touch and keep up with what’s going on in the culinary world. What is Facebook? For those of you who are not yet into social networking and I have to admit, I am learning most of this from […]

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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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Are You In a Cooking Rut?

March 12, 2008 11 Comments
Are You In a Cooking Rut?

I am often asked by fellow home cooks if I ever get into a cooking rut so I am posting this question here so those of you who feel you are can leave your comments. The answer is yes, of course I get into a rut from time to time but the good news is […]

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Too Many Cooking Catalogs

November 7, 2007 1 Comment
Too Many Cooking Catalogs

How Many Cooking Catalogs Do You Get In The Mail? I don’t know about you, but I get a lot of catalogs in the mail this time of year trying to sell me everything and anything. Every time I purchase merchandise on the Internet (which is quite often) I get another round of glossy picture […]

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