Homemade Oatmeal Scones Recipe

February 17, 2014 0 Comments
Homemade Oatmeal Scones Recipe

A First Attempt At Making Homemade Scones Our friend Betsy is a dance movement therapist and is working with my daughter Maddie and me to stretch our muscles and strengthen our cores. For Maddie, it is to help her with cerebral palsy, for me it is to help me deal with the years. Betsy’s husband […]

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Cooking Fat and Oil Smoke Points

February 15, 2014 0 Comments
Cooking Fat and Oil Smoke Points

What Are The Smoking Points For Common Cooking Fats & Oils? It’s a good idea to know the smoke points of your favorite cooking fats and oils because if you exceed the smoke point temperature, it no longer is any good for cooking or eating.  Besides using a thermometer to know the precise temperature, the […]

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Interview with Andrew Hillman of Rastelli Direct

February 11, 2014 0 Comments
Interview with Andrew Hillman of Rastelli Direct

  I had the pleasure of interviewing Andrew Hillman of Rastelli Direct, a major player in the food-service business providing high end products to consumers and restaurants. Rastelli Direct has been doing some marketing on the Reluctant Gourmet and sent me some of their products to try out and have some fun with. I thought […]

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Beef Fabrication Video

February 6, 2014 1 Comment
Beef Fabrication Video

Where Do the Various Beef Cuts Come From On A Cow? How to Butcher a Cow in Just One Hour I have to admit I’m a little obsessed about where different cuts of steaks and roasts come from on a cow. I want to know the exact location of a rib eye compared to the […]

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The Butcher’s Guide – Book Review

February 3, 2014 26 Comments
The Butcher’s Guide – Book Review

The Butcher’s Guide An Insider’s View to Buy the Best Meat and Save Money Jimmy Kerstein is an “Insider to the Meat Business”. What makes him an insider? Forty years of working in the meat industry where he managed local meat markets, big volume retail chain stores and then got involved in the corporate side […]

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Braised Sage Pork Chops Recipe

January 31, 2014 0 Comments
Braised Sage Pork Chops Recipe

Simple Sage Pork Chops My youngest daughter Maddie requested pork chops for dinner. My wife and I thought that a strange request only because we couldn’t remember her ever asking for them before. So here’s a simple recipe for braised sage pork chops that are easy to prepare and have tons of flavor. Reluctant Gourmet […]

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8 Tips For Better Bread Making

January 30, 2014 11 Comments
8 Tips For Better Bread Making

How to Bake Great Bread at Home Many people are extremely intimidated by bread making. I’ve heard folks say everything from “I’m afraid of yeast,” to “I can’t make bread.” And that last is usually before they even try their hand at it. With the proliferation of helpful tools–everything wonderful bread cookbooks to stand mixers […]

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The Priests Omelette Recipe

January 29, 2014 3 Comments
The Priests Omelette Recipe

  Not sure why Chef Eric Arrouze calls this a “Priest’s Omelette” but it sure looks delicious and any recipe that calls for crème fraîche can’t be that bad. Chef Arrouze is from France where they spell omelet, omelette which is fine with me. Here’s what he says about this tasty looking recipe, A decadent […]

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Child to Chef – A Gourmand In Training

January 28, 2014 2 Comments
Child to Chef – A Gourmand In Training

An Interview with Chef Eric Arrouze Chef Eric Arrouze has over 30 years of experience in the kitchen working at world class restaurants in both France and Canada and he is now teaching cooking classes to future chefs as well as home cooking enthusiasts. One of his latest culinary adventures is offering tours “from market […]

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Roasted Butternut Squash with Israeli Couscous Recipe

January 26, 2014 2 Comments
Roasted Butternut Squash with Israeli Couscous Recipe

  For Fans of Roasted Butternut Squash If you are a fan of butternut squash but are tired of only enjoying it in soups and ravioli, take heart. Try this dish that pairs the warm, nutty sweetness of butternut squash with toasted Israeli couscous and sweet-tart dried cranberries. Israeli Couscous Regular Couscous is made from […]

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