How to Cook Chinese Dumplings

September 10, 2012 6 Comments
How to Cook Chinese Dumplings

Learn How to Make the Best Chinese Dumplings I am no expert on cooking dumplings but Suzanna Foo is and I know because I have been to her restaurant in Philadelphia and enjoyed some of the most delicious pork dumplings imaginable. Her restaurant offers some of the most innovative, tasty Chinese food I have ever […]

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Cooking Aprons

September 10, 2012 1 Comment
Cooking Aprons

My Latest Collection of Reluctant Gourmet Cooking Aprons – featuring some of my newest cooking cartoons.   “Sometimes cutting an onion can be so emotional!”   Buy Now at Zazzle You can find my cooking cartoons on other Reluctant Gourmet Gear at Zazzle – Tee shirts, caps, mugs, aprons & more

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Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta with Shrimp Recipe

September 10, 2012 5 Comments
Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta with Shrimp Recipe

Sun- Dried Tomato Pesto Shrimp Pasta Recipe When we think of pesto, most of us think about a green sauce made predominantly with basil. While basil is the main ingredient of traditional pesto, sun dried tomatoes offer a bright, tangy twist on the classic. The word pesto comes from the Latin word for “to pound,” […]

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Clay-Pot Beef with Red Peppers

September 10, 2012 1 Comment
Clay-Pot Beef with Red Peppers

This recipe is adapted from The Cook’s Encyclopedia of One-Pot & Clay-Pot Cooking. Just for the record, this is my favorite cookbook for one-pot cooking and there’s plenty of great recipes for just one-pot with or without a clay-pot. There are so many advantages to cooking in a clay pot including the number of pans […]

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Cilantro How to Use It In Cooking

September 10, 2012 8 Comments
Cilantro How to Use It In Cooking

If you have never heard of cilantro (sih-LAHN-troh), you may know it by its other name – coriander (KOR-ee-an-der). Most of us are more familiar with coriander seeds that are not seeds at all but the dried fruit of the coriander plant. Coriander goes way back in history. In fact, the seeds have been found […]

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Christmas Ham

September 10, 2012 0 Comments
Christmas Ham

Memories of Christmas Ham During the Holidays At Christmas time in our house my mom usually prepared roast leg of lamb or a Christmas goose like you see in the original The Christmas Carol movie. My mom, being from Denmark, said they enjoyed goose while she was growing up. I do remember whenever we went […]

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Home Cooks

September 10, 2012 0 Comments
Christmas Gift Ideas for Home Cooks

What To Give Your Favorite Home Cook This Year? I love this time of year because of all the exciting new kitchen products that come on the market. Take a look at some of these great gift ideas for friends, family or co-workers.  If you are just looking for some great stocking stuffers, check out […]

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Cookware | Choosing the Right Cookware For Home

September 9, 2012 8 Comments
Cookware | Choosing the Right Cookware For Home

The Four Most Important Features When Buying Cookware I don’t know about you, but there are so many different kinds of pots and pans out there that my wife and I tend to get a bit confused when shopping for new ones. I have some old hard-anodized Calphalon and some newer stainless steel AllClad pans […]

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How to Make Homemade Chicken Stock

September 9, 2012 0 Comments
How to Make Homemade Chicken Stock

Two Types of Chicken Stock “If you want to prepare delicious food, “incredible” food, you absolutely must start with the right ingredients. And, without a doubt, that includes homemade stock. ” – Chef Jean-Pierre Brehier There are basically two types of chicken stock you can make at home. One is “brown” and the other “white”. […]

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Professional Head Chef Roles

September 9, 2012 0 Comments
Professional Head Chef Roles

What Are a Head Chef’s Duties? The main role of a head chef depends on the size of the establishment that he or she is managing. The term “head chef” is often used interchangeably with the term “executive chef” and in many cases it doesn’t matter but in other kitchens they are different. In a […]

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