Chocolate Truffles or Truffles Underground

January 18, 2015 1 Comment
Chocolate Truffles or Truffles Underground

When Is a Truffle NOT a Truffle? Ask a chef at a white tablecloth restaurant to describe a truffle, and he or she will probably wax poetic about the very expensive fungi that grow beneath oak trees. Ask a pastry chef to describe a truffle, and you will hear of a soft-centered confection coated in […]

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Sainte Maure Caprifeuille Cheese

January 15, 2015 0 Comments
Sainte Maure Caprifeuille Cheese

One of My New Favorite Goat Cheeses If you enjoy goat cheese and are looking for one to serve to friends or just enjoy at home with a piece of French bread, I recommend you take a look at Caprifeuille. I was looking for a cheese to serve at a small dinner party with some […]

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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 do […]

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Tagliatelle Pasta With Walnuts and Lemon Recipe

January 6, 2015 1 Comment
Tagliatelle Pasta With Walnuts and Lemon Recipe

A Simple Sauce for a Unique Pasta For Christmas, my wife gave me the hot, new cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi called Plenty More. It is his follow up to his bestselling, Plenty, and continues to delve into vegetarian cooking.  What I really like about this cookbook is that it is organized by cooking methods rather […]

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Culinary Jobs in the Wine Industry

January 1, 2015 0 Comments
Culinary Jobs in the Wine Industry

Interested in Finding a Career in the Wine Industry? Food and wine have been paired together for as long as vineyards have been in existence. Most culinary professionals have some experience with wine—whether it’s finding the right dishes to go along with it, cooking with it, or working in a restaurant where it is served—and […]

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Blanching Times For Fruits and Vegetables

December 31, 2014 0 Comments
Blanching Times For Fruits and Vegetables

How Long Does It Take To Blanch Foods? One of the most underrated cooking techniques is blanching. A 2-step process where you plunge ingredients into boiling water and then immediately stop the cooking by giving them a cold bath. Chefs and home cooks use blanching for a variety of reasons including peeling fruits and vegetables, […]

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Why Heat Up A Pan When Cooking

December 30, 2014 0 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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How Blanching Can Make You A Better Cook

December 23, 2014 0 Comments
How Blanching Can Make You A Better Cook

Why Professional Chefs Love to Blanch Ingredients You’ve probably read the directions in many different recipes. “Plunge into rapidly boiling water for one minute. Remove and plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process.” – that’s Blanching It’s a technique that is called for frequently, but I think it is frequently misunderstood. I think […]

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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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Four Historical American Cookbooks

December 15, 2014 0 Comments
Four Historical American Cookbooks

  Looking for Something Special For a Home Cook This Year? I recently received four historical cookbooks from Dover Publications to review and talk about. Dover Publications is a publishing company founded in 1941 by Hayward Cirker and his wife Blanch and known for publishing books that are no longer published by the original publishing […]

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