Secret to Great Sauces Is Demi Glace

September 14, 2012 14 Comments
Secret to Great Sauces Is Demi Glace

The Secret to Great Sauces is Great Ingredients If you ask my daughters what is their favorite meal and they will tell you, “Daddy’s steak with sauce!” I love that my little girls enjoy a good cut of beef like New York strip steak or a filet Mignon served with a rich brown sauce made […]

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Deglazing: What it Is and Why Do It

September 14, 2012 32 Comments
Deglazing: What it Is and Why Do It

How to Deglaze a Pan for Making Restaurant Quality Pan Sauces The Secret to Great Pan Sauces Deglazing is a fancy and intimidating word that means to pour some cold liquid into a very hot pan to get up all the brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Those brown bits are where […]

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Chef David Nelson

September 14, 2012 0 Comments
Chef David Nelson

Chef David Nelson on Culinary Arts Schools I am happy to say I am a friend of Chef David Nelson. He had already done a lot for culinary junkies both professional and novice with his previous web site, Chef2Chef, but now he is giving back to that same community with his new Chefs4Students.org (no longer […]

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Dan’s Chocolate

September 14, 2012 0 Comments
Dan’s Chocolate

A Great Gift Idea Is Dan’s Chocolates The Reluctant Gourmet is not a big candy fan except when it comes to chocolate. I love it and work very hard not to eat too much of the terrific truffles when they just happens to be around our house. But I am always thrilled to find a […]

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Wine Corkscrews

September 14, 2012 0 Comments
Wine Corkscrews

A Good Corkscrew Is Important In Every Kitchen! A Good Corkscrew is an important item to have in your kitchen toolbox especially if you enjoy a glass of wine with your meals. The Reluctant Gourmet has been known to enjoy a sip or two while preparing a meal. So lucky for me, I was given […]

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Where To Find Great Gourmet Products

September 14, 2012
Where To Find Great Gourmet Products

Gourmet Cooking Starts With The Very Best Ingredients You Can Find & Afford When someone asks me about gourmet foods, I tell them anything can be gourmet if it is the best product available. A home grown tomato is more gourmet than any tomato I can find in the supermarket. Of course there are many […]

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Spices and How to Cook With Them

September 14, 2012 7 Comments
Spices and How to Cook With Them

Spice Up Your Life! By: Mark R. Vogel The Quest for Herbs & Spices Every school kid is taught that Columbus discovered the new world. But few of them know why. Columbus was seeking an alternative route to India in an attempt to break the monopoly that Venice held on the world spice trade. Little […]

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Cooking Utensils

September 14, 2012 0 Comments
Cooking Utensils

Cooking Utensils Don’t Get the Credit They Deserve I have an inexpensive industrial plastic slotted spoon that won’t scratch any of my nonstick pan surfaces, but I have to admit those stainless steel ones sure look good. I purchased my plastic slotted spoon at the same place I purchase my tongs but they are available […]

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Cooking Tongs

September 14, 2012 0 Comments
Cooking Tongs

  Cooking Tongs might just be the most used tool in my kitchen! I purchased my first pair of kitchen tongs (not to be confused with those extra long barbecue tongs) in a kitchen supply shop. They only cost me about $8.00 but are one of the most utilized utensils in my kitchen. Great for […]

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New Dynamic Reluctant Gourmet Website Coming Soon

September 13, 2012
New Dynamic Reluctant Gourmet Website Coming Soon

I’ve received some emails from some of you noticing I haven’t been posting many blog posts recently and if everything is all right. First let me thank you for your concerns and let you know that everything is just fine. The reason I haven’t been posting much lately is because we are putting the finishing […]

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