Christmas Past and Present

December 3, 2012 0 Comments
Christmas Past and Present

Happy Holidays! This is one of my favorite times of year with the lights, classic Christmas music and lots of get togethers with family and friends. I wanted to share with you a few photos from my Christmas past along with some photos of my girls celebrating the holidays over the past few years. I’m […]

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2012 Holiday Wish List

November 27, 2012 0 Comments
2012 Holiday Wish List

Here’s my Reluctant Gourmet 2012 Holiday Wish List It’s that time of the year when I like to browse through the hundreds of catelogs sent to our house searching for those special holiday gifts fit for foodies like myself. It may be a new kitchen gadget I haven’t seen yet or some gourmet item that […]

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New Spins on the Old Standards

November 19, 2012 0 Comments
New Spins on the Old Standards

How to Update Some of Those Classic Thanksgiving Recipes I was raised on the standards, both musically and at the dinner table.  Often, the two coincided as we would listen to Deano or Frank or Sammy as we ate.  This Thanksgiving, I thought it would be fun to combine the two again, by giving you […]

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Kitoeo African Beef Stew

November 19, 2012 0 Comments
Kitoeo African Beef Stew

I told you about the African vegetable mash called Mukimo my friend Susan taught me how to prepare and now I want to share with you this African beef stew we served it with. It’s called Kitoeo and is another very easy dish to prepare. Susan comes from Kenya and told me all young girls […]

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Mukimo – Mashed Vegetables

November 15, 2012 1 Comment
Mukimo – Mashed Vegetables

African Mashed Vegetables My friend Susan from Nairobi, Kenya taught me how to prepare this traditional Kikuyu dish that’s served at all her major ceremonies in her homeland. It is a side dish made by mashing beans, corn, potatoes along with some other vegetables and served with beef, chicken and according to Susan, just about […]

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Moist Heat Cooking Technique – Boiling

October 23, 2012 0 Comments
Moist Heat Cooking Technique – Boiling

How To Boil Water As a cooking technique, boiling doesn’t get the same respect today as it did when I was growing up. Back in the day, my mom boiled everything and often. The problem was she only knew one kind of boil and that was a vigorous boil, what we now call a “Full […]

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Steak Stew Recipe

October 18, 2012 0 Comments
Steak Stew Recipe

What To Do With Leftover Steak? Friday night we grilled up some steaks and had one extra that did not get eaten so I was thinking of some way to use it up and decided on steak stew. This is a true “what’s on hand” type of meal and great for using up “stuff” in […]

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Asparagus Risotto Recipe

October 17, 2012 0 Comments
Asparagus Risotto Recipe

Risotto with Asparagus What inspired me to make the Asparagus Risotto is a wonderful little book by Chef Robert Reynolds called An Excuse to Be Together. It’s not really a cookbook like we think of, although it has numerous incredible recipes, but more of a dialogue with the reader about Chef Reynolds experiences in France […]

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So You Want To Be A Chef

October 4, 2012 86 Comments
So You Want To Be A Chef

So you Think You Want To Go To Culinary School To Become A Chef By Mark R. Vogel, Food Writer, Chef, PHD Chefs often question, warn, or even outright discourage individuals from seeking to join their ranks. I believe this emanates from the people frustrated with their dead-end, cubicle-trapped jobs, plopped on their Sunday couches […]

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Wild Mushroom Cream Sauce Recipe

October 1, 2012 6 Comments
Wild Mushroom Cream Sauce Recipe

A Mushroom Cream Sauce This weekend we had friends over for a dinner party and I wanted to share with you the wild mushroom cream sauce that we served on a fine commercial penne pasta imported from Umbria, Italy. We were thinking of making our own homemade fettuccine pasta but I thought the penne would […]

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