Food Photography

May 29, 2012 0 Comments
Food Photography

About Food Photography: Is it All for Show? Food photography is a unique culinary job that taps into the ability to prepare, stage, and photograph various foods and dishes. Although it’s not a job many people consider when they’re first starting out in the culinary world, there is actually quite a wide range of opportunities, […]

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Banana Caramel Milkshake

May 26, 2012 0 Comments
Banana Caramel Milkshake

My Daughter Make Me A Milkshake – Yeah! When I arrived home this morning after a visit with Meg to the Farmer’s Market, I was greeted with a banana caramel milkshake my 14 year old daughter prepared for me. She was thumbing through a teen magazine, saw this inviting concoction and decided she had to […]

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Asparagus Rolls Recipe

May 24, 2012 2 Comments
Asparagus Rolls Recipe

  Who Says Food From the 1960’s Isn’t Popular? My food related memories of the ’60s also include cocktail parties, where my parents and their friends consumed mysterious drink concoctions with enticing names like “Manhattan” or “Rob Roy.” I loved these parties because I could sneak in unnoticed and help myself to “pigs in a […]

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Penne Pasta with Roasted Squash, Sausage and Pecans Recipe

May 24, 2012 2 Comments
Penne Pasta with Roasted Squash, Sausage and Pecans Recipe

“Good As It Gets”  By that I mean when you take that first bite you are going to say, “It doesn’t get any better than this!” I love food and there are not many recipes that I prepare that I don’t like but every once in a while you come up with one that you […]

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Ravioli with Carrot Fennel Sauce

May 23, 2012 0 Comments
Ravioli with Carrot Fennel Sauce

A Simple “Quick & Easy” Weekday Meal The kids wanted their ravioli without sauce, just a little butter. My wife took some frozen peas to serve with this ravioli and carrot fennel sauce making it a better dish. Kind of creating a meal on the fly. This was a two-ingredient “short cut” meal. First, the […]

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Fresh Eggs Are The Best

May 21, 2012 2 Comments
Fresh Eggs Are The Best

Our Visit With An Amish Friend’s Family If you have never eaten a fresh egg less than a day old from a free range chicken, you don’t know what you are missing.   My family and I had the pleasure of trying fresh laid eggs this weekend and we all agreed they are something special. How […]

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Chipotle-Spiced Sweet Potato Chili

May 20, 2012 0 Comments
Chipotle-Spiced Sweet Potato Chili

I have a theory that the only people who don’t like sweet potatoes haven’t tried them. Or maybe they have tried them but they’ve tried them plain, cooked half-heartedly in a microwave and topped with something lackluster, like fat-free sour cream or worse: fake butter. Sweet potatoes also take a lot of flack when it […]

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A Different Way to View Boiling

May 18, 2012 0 Comments
A Different Way to View Boiling

Chinese Water Temperatures I remember as a kid my mom boiling a lot of foods. Vegetables – fresh, frozen or canned were thrown in a pan and brought to a boil.  Chicken, beef, pork, hot dogs, even some seafood was boiled.  There was no finesse about it; she just turned up the heat and let […]

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Cooking Terms for Home Cooks

May 11, 2012 1 Comment
Cooking Terms for Home Cooks

A to Z Cooking Terms – Important Cooking Terms In The Kitchen One of the reasons I started The Reluctant Gourmet years ago was because when I first started teaching myself how to cook, the cooking magazines used terms I didn’t understand. I would look up a recipe and come across words like chiffonade, panko, […]

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Tomatillo Sauce (Salsa) Recipe

May 9, 2012 9 Comments
Tomatillo Sauce (Salsa) Recipe

Tomatillo Salsa When I think of salsa, I think of fresh tomato salsa with chunks of red tomato and bell peppers. Salsa is Spanish for “sauce” so there are many different types of salsa to enjoy. Recently I showed you how I prepared a Chipotle salsa and now I want to teach you how to […]

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