White Lasagna with Gorgonzola and Butternut Squash

February 1, 2007 2 Comments
White Lasagna with Gorgonzola and Butternut Squash

Gorgonzola and Butternut Squash Recipes Chef Barbara Freda is a restaurant chef, food and travel writer, cooking instructor and gourmet. Nothing reluctant about this talented lady. I was fortunate Barbara agreed to participate in my Novice to Pro interview where she talks about how she got involved in cooking, her favorite food to cook with, […]

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Stinky Kitchen Sponge – Sterilize It

January 30, 2007 15 Comments
Stinky Kitchen Sponge – Sterilize It

How to Clean and Sterilize a Stinky Sponge I read in the paper today that you can sterilize your kitchen sponge in the microwave for a couple of minutes.  I know after a couple of days our sponges start to stink of grease and whatever we were cooking. You think if they smell that bad, […]

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How to Make Reduction Sauces

January 21, 2007 46 Comments
How to Make Reduction Sauces

How Do I Make A Restaurant Quality Reduction Sauce Last night my wife and I had the privilege to attend the first Lemon Ball to support the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation at the Bellevue in downtown Philadelphia. It was a terrific “yellow-tie” event that raised a lot of money to be used for childhood cancer […]

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Chicken and Hominy Soup Recipe

January 18, 2007 9 Comments
Chicken and Hominy Soup Recipe

How to Make Hominy Soup with Chicken The other day I talked about roasting a couple of chickens, one for that night’s meal and the other for something else later in the week. The first night we ate part of one chicken as our main meal with a few side dishes, the next night I […]

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Ron Sexsmith in Concert

January 15, 2007 0 Comments
Ron Sexsmith in Concert

This has nothing to do with cooking, although I did have a great Tommy Gunn’s pulled pork sandwich before the show, but I wanted to share my concert experience with you. Last night my wife treated a couple of our friends and me to see Ron Sexsmith play at World Café Live here in Philadelphia.  […]

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Perciatelli Pasta

January 14, 2007 20 Comments
Perciatelli Pasta

A Pasta That Looks Like A Straw I thought I have heard about most types of pasta but this was a new one to me. I’m not even sure how it ended up in our pantry except I must of grabbed it when purchasing a bunch of what I thought were boxes of spaghetti. We […]

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Penne with Chicken & Peas in a Cream Sauce

January 10, 2007 6 Comments
Penne with Chicken & Peas in a Cream Sauce

What to do with leftover roasted chicken breasts? I roasted a couple of chickens the other night and will write about roasting chickens another time.  I thought as long as I was roasting one whole chicken; I might as well roast two and use the meat from the second chicken for something else. And as […]

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Making Great Sauces at Home

January 5, 2007 3 Comments
Making Great Sauces at Home

Preparing Restaurant Quality Sauces If you have spent any time on my web site, you know I am a huge fan of preparing sauces pan sauces, classic French style sauce and everyday simple sauces. As Fernand Point, the man considered to be the father of modern French cuisine said, “It is the sauce that distinguishes […]

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Cream Puff Cheese Biscuits

January 3, 2007 7 Comments
Cream Puff Cheese Biscuits

Cream Puff Cheese Biscuits also known as Gougere One of the many cooking related gifts I received for Christmas was a cookbook from my daughter’s elementary school. It was filled with recipes sent in from various students’ parents. Funny, I sent one in but don’t see it listed. Hmmm. Looking over the recipes, they are […]

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Starting With Ingredients

December 28, 2006 0 Comments
Starting With Ingredients

Happy Holidays to all of you avid home cooks. We had a wonderful Christmas and as usual there were many kitchen items exchanged between my wife and me. I hope to tell you about them all in the next couple of weeks and share with you how I’ve been using them. My 9 year old […]

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