What You Do Not Know About Truffles

December 1, 2009 7 Comments
What You Do Not Know About Truffles

Truffles Are A Pig’s Best Friend I am a big fan of truffles and I’m talking about the truffles pigs and dogs find in the ground that are used to add their “perfumy fragrance” and intoxicating flavor into a simple pasta dish or bowl of risotto. Hard to find fresh here in the United States […]

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The History of Thanksgiving

November 25, 2009 2 Comments
The History of Thanksgiving

Do You Know the Real History of Thanksgiving? Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate this special holiday when families get together to give thanks. It is also one of those holidays where we get to test our skills in the kitchen by preparing a lot of dishes for a lot of people. I […]

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Traditional Creamy Pumpkin Pie

November 23, 2009 2 Comments
Traditional Creamy Pumpkin Pie

How To Make a Traditional Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin pie is basically a custard pie.  It contains dairy, and is thickened with eggs and sits in a wonderful, flaky pie crust like the one we just talked about a couple of days ago.  The pumpkin and spices evoke the aromas and flavors of fall, and more […]

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How To Line A Pie Pan

November 20, 2009 2 Comments
How To Line A Pie Pan

How to Line a Pie Pan Yesterday I wrote a post called  Pie Crust – Store Bought or Home Made that showed you how to make a scrumptious flaky pie crust at home and today I’m going to explain how to line a pie pan with it. To line a pie pan, remove the rolled […]

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Pie Crust – Store Bought or Home Made

November 19, 2009 20 Comments
Pie Crust – Store Bought or Home Made

How to Make Pie Crust at Home My wife makes a fantastic apple pie.  She is really good at it and can put together a perfect apple pie in about fifteen minutes.  She uses commercial pie crust found in the refrigerator section of the supermarket, and feels no guilt about it at all. Being a […]

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Male to Female Ratios in Culinary School

November 19, 2009 0 Comments
Male to Female Ratios in Culinary School

What Are The Ratios of Men to Women In Culinary School? Until very recently, the proportion of men to women in culinary schools (and in the restaurant industry as a whole) has been very uneven. Just twenty-five years ago, the percentage of women attending culinary school hovered somewhere below 10 percent. Fifteen years ago, that […]

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Skills Needed to Succeed in Baking School

November 10, 2009 0 Comments
Skills Needed to Succeed in Baking School

What Skills Do You Need to Do Well in Baking School? Although the two fall under the same umbrella concept of working in the kitchen, baking school and cooking school are two very different ideas. Cooking is very much an art form, requiring students to use their imaginations and their taste buds to come up […]

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Pounding Chicken Breasts, Smashed Potatoes, Egg Expiration

November 10, 2009 9 Comments
Pounding Chicken Breasts, Smashed Potatoes, Egg Expiration

Cooking Questions & Answers I get email from you guys all the time asking me questions about various cooking topics. The questions come from all over and I do my best to answer them. If I can’t give you a good response, I recruit the help of one of my many professional chef friends. Here […]

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Soy-Glazed Mahi Mahi with Cilantro Pesto Shrimp

November 6, 2009 2 Comments
Soy-Glazed Mahi Mahi with Cilantro Pesto Shrimp

The 2009 Winner of the LG Electronics / Bon Appetit’s Life Tastes Good Competition Kristine Snyder Interview featuring her winning Mahi Mahi recipe. I have been following this cooking contest and am thrilled to have been able to interview the winner, Kristine Snyder, who will be traveling to Thailand to compete in a global cooking […]

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How Do You Know When The Chicken Is Done

November 4, 2009 22 Comments
How Do You Know When The Chicken Is Done

For Great Chicken, You Have To Know When It’s Done – Don’t You? You’ve all seen those directions in your roast chicken recipes:  “Roast until Done.”  Gee, thanks for all the help. The same directions can be found in recipes for grilled chicken, sauteed, pan fried or any other way there is to cook this […]

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