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Gourmet Food: Most Popular Articles

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Best Traditional and Creative Dippers for Your...
Lots of ideas for cheese fondue dippers, plus fondue recipes, and suggestions for what to serve to make a meal of cheese fondue.
12 Places to Buy Quality Seafood (No Matter...
Finding great seafood can be more difficult than the actual cooking itself. But through the internet and overnight shipping, good fresh seafood is available to everyone.
A Photo Guide to Making Crepes from Scratch
Crepes are a deliciously thin and light alternative to pancakes. Here is my simple step-by-step method (with pictures) for making perfect crepes every time.
Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan
Roasting a whole head of cauliflower at high heat creates a caramelized coating that is extremely flavorful! This zesty recipe combines cumin, garlic, and coriander with a bit of olive oil and lemon juice for a vegetable dish that is both easy to prepare and healthy.
How to Make Fresh Homemade Pasta - It's so easy!
Making your own fresh pasta is fast and easy. You only need 3 ingredients. Let me show you how simple it is with my step-by-step photo instructions.
The Recipe Calls for Caster Sugar? This is What...
A definition of caster sugar, along with recipe suggestions for using caster sugar. Plus how to make and where to buy caster sugar.
Give the Gift of Food: Top 10 Places to Buy...
Gourmet gift baskets make a wonderful gift any time of the year but are especially welcome around the holidays. Don't know what to give someone or short on time? Almost everyone loves and appreciates the gift of food. It's hard to go wrong. There are thousands of gift basket companies, a few good ones and a lot of not so good ones. Here are some of my favorite companies that are reliable, feature high quality gourmet foods, and have good customer service.
Best Tasting Long Term Food Storage Companies
Long Term Food Storage or Emergency Survival Foods. I've listed ten of my favorite food storage companies with great tasting products at a reasonable cost.
Charities That Fight Hunger
Looking to make a difference in the world? One of the greatest problems today is hunger. Millions of people, many children, in America and around the World do not have enough to eat. This best way to end hunger is to get involved locally, donate or volunteer at your city's food bank or soup kitchen. Here is a list of ten organizations that will use your charitable donations to fight hunger.
Where to Buy Gourmet Foods Online
Looking for the best places to buy gourmet foods? Let me show you my favorite online stores for getting the best specialty foods at the best prices.
Top 10 Places to Buy Quality Beef, Pork, Lamb...
Check out this list of where to buy meat online. Find the best quality beef, pork, and lamb products delivered to your home.
10 Shops That Make the Best Gourmet Chocolates
Chocolate is the voice of passion and love, whether it is the love of chocolate itself or as an expression of love for another human being. Valentine's Day or Saturday, chocolate is the perfect gift for those we care about or just want to impress. Here are some online chocolate shops with some truly extraordinary products.
The Best Food-of-the-Month Clubs
Some of the most respectable producers of delicious foods out there offer incredible gourmet food-of-the-month clubs to fit every taste and budget.
No Arborio Rice? You Can Make Risotto with...
Learn about Arborio rice substitutes for risotto recipes, including short grained rices and other starchy grains.
Top 10 Places to Buy Wild Game Meats Online
A few decades ago wild game was a huge part of the average American's diet. As people moved away from the country and into the cities, however, we lost this connection to the land. Consumers relied more and more on factory farms and our meat choices were reduced to beef, pork, chicken, and lamb. Today several companies specialize in game meats and have made these once rare products readily available to consumers.
Gourmet Food - Search Results
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A Photo Guide to Making Fresh Ravioli from...
Making ravioli from scratch is easy to do. Once you learn the basics with these step-by-step instructions, you can fill your ravioli with anything you can imagine.
The Top 12 Fruits and Vegetables You Should...
There's lots of reasons to buy organic. The USDA's own tests show that most non-organic produce contain residual pesticides even after washing. The long term effects of consuming these pesticides has not been sufficiently studied, but they can't be good for you. Here is a list of the fruits and vegetables most contaminated and which you should buy organic if possible.
Don't Buy Just Any Vanilla: Top 10 Vanilla...
Vanilla is an essential cooking ingredient for which there is no true substitute. Here is a list of premium vanilla extracts that I consider to be the very best.
How to Choose and Cut Pineapples
Check out my step-by-step instructions (with pictures) on how to cut fresh, juicy pineapple with the least amount of work and still get the most amount of fruit.
Top 10 Drinking Chocolates: Not Just Your...
"Drinking Chocolates" are made from real chocolate as opposed to "Hot Cocoa" which is made from cocoa
Top Ice Cream Brands to Order by Mail
Small Ice Cream Companies around the country are churning out some amazing frozen treats. Here are some of my favorite ice cream artisans who sell their products online.
An Illustrated Guide to Opening an Oyster
Raw oysters on the half shell are a culinary treat. Opening the oysters is really a quite simple task, although it does take a bit of practice.
The Best Way to Open a Pomegranate Without the...
Pomegranates are in season during the fall and winter months. The edible seeds (actually called arils, the tiny seed is surrounded by a juice sac) and juice, which have a wonderful sweet flavor, are great for cooking or enjoying on their own. Here is a great method for cutting open a pomegranate that minimizes the mess and gives you the greatest possible yield of edible fruit.
Top 10 Magazines for the Self-Proclaimed...
As gourmet food and celebrity chefs have become more popular, dozens of magazines have devoted themselves to the culinary world. You can find magazines today dedicated to any number of specific cuisines or particular groups of readers. Like anything else, some examples have become outstanding in their field, while others flail helplessly with poor journalism and vision. Here are my choices for some of the best food magazines available.
11 Stores That Will Deliver Gourmet Appetizers...
When planning a party, especially a large one, using prepared foods can be a huge time saver. Cooking for 5 or 6 people is one thing, but what about cooking for 12 or 20 or 50! Talk about stress. If you can make it yourself, great. Other options are recruiting some help (good luck) or hiring a caterer (not cheap) or buying the food premade. Here are some companies that will deliver high quality appetizers right to your door. Just heat and serve.
Have the World's Best Artisan Cheeses delivered...
Gourmet cheese can be hard to find locally if you don't have a specialty market or cheese shop. Here are some online sources to find some fantastic cheeses.
You Need a Great Chef Knife: Here Are 8 of the...
If you can only have one good knife, a chef's knife is what you want. A high quality chef's knife will cost you money, but if properly taken care of it will last a lifetime.
Where to Buy Organic Foods Online
Are you looking for the best places to buy organic foods online? If you don't have a neighborhood natural food store or a grocer that has an organic section, it can be difficult to find some organic food products. Even if you are lucky enough to have a nearby shop, buying online can save you a lot of money not to mention the convenience. Many of the stores listed here also have deals on shipping. Here is a list of some of my favorite internet shops to find organic ingredients for cooking.
A Safe and Easy Way to Peel an Avocado Like a Pro
Fresh avocado is a real treat. Here is a simple technique for peeling an avocado to get to the delicious flesh and how to easily remove the pit.
Top 10 Places to Buy Quality Caviar Online
There are dozens of shops out there selling caviar. The high price of caviar makes it a very lucrative business for retailers. However, many sellers don't have the experience for properly handling caviar or for guaranteeing their products are genuine. Here is a list of shops that have consistently provided quality products and good service.
Top Ten Gourmet Chicken Recipes
Chicken seems to be everybody's most popular ingredient for dinner. It is certainly the most versatile meat you can use in cooking, taking on the flavor of whatever you add to your dish. Here are ten of the most popular gourmet chicken recipes. Sautéed, roasted, or fried - you will find delicious dishes from regional America and around the world.
Paula Deen
Paula Deen is a true American success story. Newly divorced, almost penniless, afraid of public places, and trying to raise two teenage sons, Paula could have easily become another sad forgotten story. Instead, Paula Deen took what she knew, Southern cooking, and with it not only overcame her situation but has became a huge success with her own restaurant and popular television show.
Meet Chef Ferran Adria: Why He's the World's...
Ferran Adria has been called the world's greatest chef. He is certainly one of the most creative. Gourmet magazine referred to Adria as
Top Chocolate Bunnies for Your Easter Basket
What is Easter without a chocolate bunny rabbit? Among a basket of jellybeans, chocolate eggs, and marshmallow chickens, only the chocolate rabbit stands alone. Towering over the other treats, the bunny surveys all he sees and decides he is the most worthy of being eaten. Rightly so, but all bunnies are not created equal. For a truly gourmet chocolate experience, you must go to the artisan chocolate maker. Here is a list of my favorite chocolate rabbits from world class chocolatiers.
How to Make Homemade Potato Gnocchi: An...
Follow these easy step-by-step instructions (with pictures) to make light as a feather gnocchi every time. These simple little potato pillows are delicious!
Food Network to Open Studios for Tours
For the first time ever, the Food Network will give the general public exclusive, behind-the-scenes tours of its studios. Tour goers will see where Food Network stars like Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri produce their shows as well as a look inside Iron Chef's Kitchen Stadium. Guests will also see Food Network Kitchens where the network’s recipes are developed and tested.
Whoa! Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Pesto,...
Cauliflower is the new 'it' vegetable and this is a fantastic way to prepare it! The cauliflower is roasted whole with a delightful pesto sauce, creamy goat cheese, and tomatoes; then sliced into cauliflower steaks and served hot.
Homemade Granola
Homemade granola is so much better than the variety in the store, and so easy to make. Granola makes a great snack (even kids like it) or breakfast cereal.
How to Trim a Fresh Artichoke Like a Pro
Here is a step-by-step method to show you how to properly trim an artichoke. You'll be pleasantly rewarded with the superior taste of fresh artichoke.
Rachael Ray
It’s easy to dismiss Rachael as an amateur chef. She uses boxed ingredients, she hates specialty foods in recipes, her food often has silly nicknames, and she uses abbreviations like EVOO for extra-virgin olive oil. But people love Rachael because of her engaging personality, her recipes fit the American lifestyle – cheap and easy, and most importantly, Rachael Ray is someone they can relate to.
White Truffle Oil: Specialty Ingredient Resources
Try white truffle oil drizzled over eggs, popcorn, creamy cheeses, pasta, salads, or mushroom dishes. Use to finish polenta or as a dipping oil.
Elegant, Delicious Lemon Mascarpone Layer Cake...
Lemons are especially nice in cakes. The layers are soaked with lemon syrup with delicious lemon and mascarpone cream in between.
Top 10 Gourmet Chutney Brands
Chutney is a traditional Indian condiment that is made from fruit, sugar, and spices. It's a wonderfully versatile ingredient to have in the kitchen. Chutneys are good for more than just Indian dishes. Try chutneys as an accompaniment to cheese, as a sauce for meats (especially pork, lamb, and chicken), stirred into rice, as a sandwich spread, or even over ice cream.
Limoncello
Limoncello is a delicious lemon liqueur native to Southern Italy. You can make your own limoncello at home with this simple recipe. Put it in a nice bottle, add a handmade tag and it makes a beautiful gift. Use organic lemons if possible because only the peel is used and you want to avoid any unnecessary coating or pesticides.
Where to Shop for the Best Cookware Online
Fancy cookware or kitchen tools aren't necessary to cook great food. They can, however, make your life a whole lot easier. Here are a dozen of my favorite online stores for kitchenware, in no particular order. So whether you're looking for a chef's knife or a cherry pitter or that whatchamacallit that does that thing, look here first. These shops often have sales, so check around for the best price.
Where's the Best Place to Buy Fresh Black...
The heavenly taste of truffles is only matched by its price tag. Luckily, it only takes a small slice to flavor an entire dish. Here are the best reputable shops online to find fresh truffles.
FAQ: What Are Some Good Cheese Accompaniments?
An extensive list of cheese accompaniment suggestions, including gourmet specialty crackers, chutneys, cracker crisps, and much more.
Jamie Oliver
Jamie Oliver, Great Britain's wonder boy chef, is as much a humanitarian as a great cook. A very skilled chef with an impressive resume, Jamie has chosen not to create a restaurant empire like many of his contemporaries but rather start a cooking school for underprivileged youth and campaign for better food in the school systems. He's not quite penniless, though. His charming personality and good looks have made him a television star, as well as creating numerous book deals.
How to Make an Italian Gourmet Gift Basket
Get ideas and inspiration for crafting a gourmet Italian gift basket filled with everything your gift recipient needs to make a gourmet Italian pasta dinner. Plus learn where to shop online for gourmet Italian specialty foods.
Say No Table Salt! 10 Places to Buy Gourmet...
There is more to life than plain, boring table salt! Find hundreds of different varieties of gourmet salts from around the world at these great online shops.
Edna Lewis - The Grande Dame of Southern Cooking
This biography highlights the life of inspirational Southern chef Edna Lewis, discussing her influential career and famous cookbooks.
Top 9 Bacon of the Month Clubs
Bacon is one of the most popular foods today and is showing up in everything from bacon candy to bacon-infused vodka. But the best way to enjoy bacon is just frying it up in a pan. Here is list of some of my favorite bacon makers that are producing this delicious meat the old fashioned way without a lot of chemicals. This artisan bacon (made on the farm or in the butcher shop) is meaty, smokey, and all natural.
Bobby Flay's Amazing Fish Tacos
These amazing fish tacos are delicious and very simple to make. Use a white, flaky fish like mahi mahi or orata.
Restaurant Recipe Copy Cat: Monk's Famous...
Monks Bar and Restaurant (http://monks.ie)is a famous Irish landmark in the village of Ballyvaughan, in County Clare, located in the West of Ireland. The Seafood Chowder is their signature dish. Here's the recipe.
Here's Everything You Need to Know about Polenta
A definition of polenta, including a quick guide to the different types of polenta available, polenta uses, polenta recipes, and where to buy polenta online.
The Ultimate Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe
Love lemon meringue pie? Try this recipe with a delicious, tangy lemon curd and loads of billowing meringue piled high.
Clinton Street Baking Company's Famous...
Twice, New York Magazine voted Neil Kleinberg’s blueberry pancakes best in the city. These are really good, and now you can make them.
It Might Not Have MSG, But It Probably Has...
A brief definition of the flavor enhancer Torula yeast, plus information on its use as a natural flavor enhancer and MSG alternative.
The Perfect Summer Sangria
Sangria is a traditional Spanish drink that combines wine with fruit and a little sugar. This Mexican version is a similar fruity concotion but has a higher level of alcohol which makes it great for pairing with spicy foods. Always use a decent wine when making sangria, as the wine will be the most prominent flavor.
Fillet of Beef with an Easy Bearnaise Sauce
Bearnaise sauce has many wonderful uses but is absolutely exquisite on a nicely finished steak!
10 Gourmet Appetizers for an Upscale Superbowl...
The big day is here and it's time for the biggest football party of the year! Here are 10 of our favorite gourmet dishes for you to make - delicious with lots of flavor but not complicated or time-consuming to prepare. Try these great finger foods at your get together. Your guests will love them!
Amazing Street Food! Hot and Spicy Chicken Feet
Hot and spicy chicken feet are a favorite treat in Asian countries. This wonderful street food doesn't have much meat on it but is packed with flavor.
Eat Fresh This Spring: See What's in Season in...
Cooking with the seasons means choosing fruits and vegetables that are at the peak of freshness and flavor. Buying locally grown produce is the best.
Easy Eggs Benedict with real Hollandaise sauce
Eggs Benedict is a classic egg dish of poached eggs, ham and hollandaise sauce. Hollandaise sauce can be a little tricky but there's no substitute for homemade.
What is Farro?
A brief definition of farro, an ancient whole grain, including information on its uses in recipes.
Best Chocolate of the Month Clubs!
If you or someone you know is a chocolate lover, the chocolate-of-the-month club is a delicious gift that will be appreciated all year long.
Gordon Ramsay
Gordon Ramsay has been called a lot of things in his life. “Nice guy” probably isn’t one of them. Chef Ramsay is more known for his temper and scathing outbursts in the kitchen. However, despite his unconventional management style, he is without a doubt one of the best chefs in the world and has several successful restaurants to prove it.
Potatoes Cooked Simply but with Perfection -...
This is a simple but beautiful way to prepare potatoes with just a few ingredients. The potatoes turn out crispy on the outside but buttery soft inside.
Top 5 Places to Buy Quality Kobe/Wagyu Beef...
Kobe beef is a very high grade of beef from Japanese cattle (Wagyu) raised in Kobe, Japan. The genetics, diet, and handling of Wagyu create a beef product with a highly desirable flavor and a texture that melts in your mouth. Today, there are several U.S. producers that sell Kobe beef. Here is a list of reputable ranchers and vendors that sell Kobe beef online.
The Best Sustainable Seafood Choices
Choosing sustainable seafood means the seafood is harvested in a way that doesn't harm other sea creatures or harm the ecosystem where it is found. The species aren't overfished so they can be enjoyed by future generations. This benefits chefs, the consumer, fisherman and the environment. This is my Top Ten list of ecofriendly seafood choices that are not only good for the future of fishing but also very delicious and healthy products for the dining table your whole family can get excited about!
FAQ: What's The Difference Between Greek Yogurt...
Curious about Greek yogurt? Find out how Greek yogurt differs from American yogurt, plus get links to Greek yogurt reviews and recipes.
Poaching
Poaching is a simple technique for cooking dishes that are flavorful and low-fat. Let me show you how easy this method is and enjoy some wonderful dishes in the process.
All About Caviar
What exactly is caviar? Why is it so highly prized and so expensive? Here are the facts on where caviar comes from and what all the fuss is about.
Find the Best Places to Buy Fresh Wild...
When you can't find fresh wild mushrooms locally, here are some fantastic online mushroom sellers that provide quality products.
Food Network Stars - Giada de Laurentiis
Giada de Laurentiis is the charming host of the Food Network’s hit show, Everyday Italian. A private chef and caterer in Los Angeles, Giada had no intention of getting into the family business of entertaining (she is the granddaughter of the famous producer Dino de Laurentiis).
Top 10 Cookbooks for Kids
Cooking is an excellent way for children to learn responsibility, teamwork, and valuable skills they can use later in life. Spending time together in the kitchen also creates quality family time and wonderful memories. Here are my choices for kid-friendly cookbooks that are well-written, engaging, and teach valuable culinary skills.
Trader Joe's Precooked Organic Polenta Review
A review of Trader Joe's Precooked Organic Polenta, plus pros and cons of using precooked polenta vs making homemade polenta from scratch with cornmeal.
Stovetop Popcorn Recipe - How to Pop Popcorn on...
An easy recipe for old fashioned stovetop popcorn.
Boston Cream Pie
Boston Cream Pie is actually a cake made of two layers of sponge cake with vanilla pastry cream sandwiched
Meyer Lemon Pound Cake with Citrus Syrup
Meyer lemons are beautiful fruit, slightly sweeter than regular lemons. They work great in this delicious pound cake.
DIY How to Make Your Own Roasted Garlic Paste
Roasted garlic paste is a wonderful ingredient to keep on hand in your kitchen. Garlic paste makes a wonderful spread for bread or sandwiches.
Specialty Food Trade Shows
An overview of the major specialty food-related trade shows, along with dates and locations for upcoming shows.
World's Greatest Chef Ferran Adrià and the...
A photo collection of the world's greatest chef, Ferran Adria, and his restaurant El Bulli.
What is Sriracha?
Read about sriracha, and learn how to use sriracha Thai chili sauce. Plus, find out where to buy sriracha online.
Storing and Serving Caviar
Improper care of caviar will change a delicious, expensive caviar into a cheap tasting mound of fish eggs. Caviar is a very perishable product and needs to be properly stored and served to retain its delicate flavors. Here are a few tips for keeping caviar at its best.
Awesome Nut Free Birthday Treats for School the...
Parent of a child with a nut allergy? Check out this list of sweet treats, all made in nut-free facilities - perfect for classroom birthday parties.
Tyler Florence's Chicken Enchiladas
Here is a delicious recipe for chicken enchiladas - full of delicious herbs and spices and lots of lots of cheese.
Top 8 Fruit Gift Baskets Online
Fruit gift baskets make a wonderful gift any time of the year but are especially welcome around the holidays. Don't know what to give someone or short on time? Almost everyone loves and appreciates the gift of fruit. It's hard to go wrong. There are thousands of gift basket companies, a few good ones and a lot of not so good ones. Here are some of my favorite companies that are reliable, feature high quality fresh fruit, and have good customer service.
Top Picks at Trader Joe's - Specialty Food...
You never know what you'll find at Trader Joe's, a quirky mashup of trading post and specialty food store; the stock can change unexpectedly. But shopping there is fun, and while there are duds in the product selection, there are lots of gems. Here are my current gourmet Trader Joe's must-buys.
Easy Classic Creme Brulee
This classic creme brulee has a smooth creamy custard that contrasts very nicely with the crunch of the hardened sugar topping.
Watermelon Martinis - the Sweet Taste of Summer...
Very quick and simple to prepare when unexpected guests arrive. Fresh watermelon juice is combined with vodka, simple syrup and lime juice.
Food That Acts as an Aphrodisiac
A visual guide to classic aphrodisiac foods, long revered for their power to increase virility or fertility, enhance sexual pleasure, or inspire fidelity, along with aphrodisiac history,lore, science, and recipes.
The World's Easiest Lemon Souffle
Try this amazing light and citrusy lemon souffle. It's very simple to prepare with perfect results every time! Serve with fresh fruit, a raspberry or strawberry coulis, or vanilla ice cream.
Top 5 Places to Buy Live Lobster Online
Looking for live lobsters to prepare for your next party or dinner? I recommend Maine lobsters for the best flavor. Lobsters are expensive and you don't want to get ripped off. I've listed 5 of my favorite lobster companies here - all reputable businesses who either are Maine lobster fishermen themselves or they buy directly from Maine lobster fishermen, and package and deliver the live lobsters to you overnight so they are the freshest possible.
DIY Homemade Cronuts
Cronuts are the latest dessert craze to hit the world. A cross between croissants and donuts = cronuts, they are wonderfully flaky and delicious. We make a buttery croissant dough which we cut into donut shapes and then fry. The cronuts have a cream or fruit filling (here I use vanilla pastry cream) and are topped with cinnamon sugar and a sugar glaze.
Gourmet Gift Basket How-To
Tips and ideas for crafting your own gourmet gift baskets, from budgeting to choosing a theme to shopping for the perfect specialty foods. Plus, get pointers on assembling and shipping your gift basket.
Top 10 Places to Buy Fine Tableware
Company's coming! Having appropriate tableware: plates, bowls, glasses, flatware, and whatever else adds to the general well-being of the party. Although we could all survive with paper plates and cups, having beautiful dinnerware makes life all the more enjoyable. Here are some places to start looking.
Perfect Beer Battered Fish
The secret ingredient to a really good beer battered fish fry is beer. Use good beer because the taste will definitely stand out. Fry up a bunch - everyone's gonna want seconds!
Bourbon Street Buffalo Wings
Buffalo, New York is the birthplace of the simple but ingenious fiery snack - Buffalo Wings. Drew Cerza, the Wing King, is the founder of the National Buffalo Wing Festival. Drew has 3 rules for the perfect Buffalo Wing: 1. No breading. Breading is a big no-no. 2. Deep fry. You can cook chicken an hundred different ways, but deep frying is the only way for true Buffalo. 3. Real Buffalo sauce - butter and cayenne pepper sauce (Frank's Red Hot is a good one).
Where to Buy Restaurant Kitchen Equipment
If you are starting a new food service business or have an existing one, having good, working equipment will make or break your establishment. Restaurant equipment is one of the biggest expenses for your business, choose wisely. The upfront cost is important but remember to calculate the cost of repairs or replacement in the years to come. Also, remember that large restaurant equipment's depreciation can be calculated into your financial statement.
Gourmet Defined
Gourmet refers to someone who is a connoiseur of good food and drink. or food that is of the highest quality and flavor, prepared well and presented in an artful manner.
BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Homemade Apple...
Sometimes you just need good old comfort food. Pulled pork takes a long time to cook, but it's well worth the wait. Juicy, tender pork melts in your mouth. Rich, tangy barbecue sauce and spicy apple chutney create a wonderful taste sensation. Messy, fatty, and rich. Good stuff!
What is Panko?
A definition of panko bread crumbs, along with panko uses, recipes, and information on where to buy panko online.
Best Vermont Cheesemakers and Artisan Cheeses
Only recently, in the past 20 years or so, has the craft of American cheesemaking been able to compete with the Europeans. A revolution has occurred with major hotspots for cheese developing in California, Vermont, and elsewhere. The small state of Vermont hosts dozens of artisan cheesemakers. With so many great cheesemakers creating a huge variety of cheeses, it's impossible to say who's the best. This list only reflects some of my favorites.
Hickory Smoked Pork Shoulder with Carolina...
Nothing says southern cooking like slow-cooked pork and Carolina BBQ sauce.
Tuscan Rosemary Lemon Drop
This wonderfully refreshing cocktail comes from Chef Kathy Casey - "I created this cocktail for the wedding
10 Best BBQ Sauces
A roundup of the best BBQ sauces on the market, including lots of all natural barbecue sauces in a range of styles and flavors.
French Style Potato Gratin Dauphinoise
Dauphinoise is the French method of baking potatoes in milk, cream and cheese. In France every home cook has his or her own formula for preparing this gratin.
Where to Buy Fresh Oysters
Do you love the almost magical flavor of fresh oysters? That amazing mineral-tinged and salty flavor of the ocean? Looking for the best fresh live oysters you can have delivered? Here is a handful of great reliable companies I recommend for getting your oysters shipped directly to your home.
Crispy Pork Belly with Caramel Vinegar
Although a little time consuming, this pork belly dish is easy to make. The pork has an amazing meaty flavor with a terrific crunch. The caramel vinegar add a touch of sweetness to cut through the fatty pork. Popular in Asian cuisine, pork belly is found in many European dishes and is becoming more trendy in American restaurants.
Amazing Southern-style Banana's Foster Bread...
This luscious dessert recipe combines two classics: Banana's Foster and bread pudding - a very delightful and rich dish.
Top 10 Gourmet Cooking Gift Ideas for Men
Looking for gift ideas for a guy that likes to cook? Here are my top ten gift suggestions that will please any would be chef. Somewhat unique and kind of cool, these kitchen tools are still useful enough to be used on a regular basis. Sure to be appreciated.
Top 10 Gourmet Beef Recipes
Here is a delicious assortment of some of my favorite gourmet beef recipes that will make any carnivore happy. An assortment of beef cuts are used here in a variety of dishes from an appetizer of beef carpaccio to a holiday prime rib.
Chicken Stock
Nothing adds flavor and richness to a soup or dish better than a really good stock. Making your own is a simple process and will reward you with better tasting meals. If you buy your chicken as whole carcasses to cut up yourself, save any bones you have left over to use in stock. Keep the bones well wrapped in the freezer until you have enough to make batch of stock.
Foie Gras Mousse
This very simple recipe combines the luxurious fattiness of foie gras with the tartness of apple brandy. A divine combination that is sure to be a party favorite.
Chicken Paillards with Pancetta and Sage
Fresh sage and delicious pancetta create a wonderfully flavorful chicken dish perfect for a family dinner or casual meal with friends. The chicken is pan fried and finished with a very nice butter wine sauce. Add a mixed salad and crusty bread for the complete dining experience.
Coconut Infused Jasmine Rice - Recipe for Light...
A quick, simple, very low-fat coconut rice recipe, using electrolyte- and nutrient-rich coconut water and Thai Jasmine rice. This coconut rice recipe is kid-friendly, and great with spicy foods, seafood, and Southeast Asian, Caribbean, or South American cuisines.
Irish Potato Cakes with Sour Cream Sauce
Potato cakes make a wonderful starter or party appetizer. They also work well at brunch time.
Top Chip Picks for Super Bowl Party Snacking -...
A round up of the best chips for Super Bowl parties (or general entertaining), from tortilla and bean chips to potato chips. Get mini-reviews and flavor picks, and find out where to buy our top chip picks online.
Your New Favorite Condiment - Aioli!
Aioli is a wonderful garlic mayonnaise that can be used as a sandwich spread, sauce, or dip. Although used like mayo, aioli has a lot more complexity and flavor.
Eat your Potato Soup Cold! Classic Vichyssoise
Invented in New York City at the Ritz Carlton, this potato and leek soup remains a true classic with simply wonderful flavor.
Make Your Mouth Happy with a Pork Belly Sandwich
This sandwich is a play on the classic BLT. Pork Belly is substituted for the bacon. Slow roasting is a long process but the result is meat with some incredible flavor! Fresh peaches can be added to this sandwich if you really want to push it over the top!
Our favorite vegetable, Cauliflower, in a...
Simple to make yet very flavorful, this cauliflower and prosciutto dish matches well with chicken or pork.
10 Steps to a Traditional Clambake
An old-fashioned clambake on the beach is an event that shouldn't be missed. An American tradition, the clambake date back hundreds of years to when the first European settlers learned the practice of cooking food in a pit of hot rocks from the Native Americans. The tradition is still popular today and is often a grand celebration.
Heavenly Hibiscus
A bit of hibiscus tea creates a unique and delicious vodka cocktail.
How to Make Classic Tiramisu
Tiramisu is a delicious Italian cake dessert that people love to order at restaurants and are always impressed when you bring it out at a dinner party. The traditional recipe consists of just a few ingredients: lady fingers, sugar, mascarpone, coffee and cocoa powder.
Milk Fudge - Jamoncillo De Leche
Mexican desserts are brightly colored and deliciously sweet. This tasty milk fudge recipe only uses 5 ingredients but tastes divine. Add food coloring to create a rainbow of treats. You can also experiment with additional flavorings such as coffee extract or coconut oil.
Carrot Cake Ice Cream - 2 desserts in 1 amazing...
It's ice cream that tastes like carrot cake, only better! We use all the ingredients of traditional carrot cake and put it in a creamy, vanilla ice cream base.
The History Behind Christmas Food Traditions
Enjoy photos of classic Christmas foods while reading about the history behind Christmas food traditions and customs. Plus, learn where to buy traditional Christmas specialty foods online.
Hertitage Turkeys - Where to Buy Heritage...
Learn about heritage turkeys, and find out where to buy these flavorful birds online for your Thanksgiving feast.
Cauliflower and Goat Cheese Gratin
Three kinds of cheese are mixed with cauliflower in this delicious side dish - goat cheese, Monterey Jack and Parmesan! Wonderfully complex and tasty, this baked vegetable dish is quite simple to make.
Tumeric Chicken with Sumac and Lime recipe
This very simple chicken dish is packed with great exotic flavor. Persian in origin, chicken thighs are braised with turmeric and sumac. Chicken thighs are suggested because they have more flavor but breasts would work just fine. Serve on rice or quinoa.
Here's the Best Places to Buy Gourmet Food Gift...
Gifts baskets are a great way to show someone they are appreciated. There are lots of gift basket companies out there. Here are some of my favorites.
Decadent Overnight Creme Brulee French Toast...
This decadent breakfast of Creme Brulee French Toast is soaked overnight and then baked. The result is a delicious puffy French Toast with a crunchy crust.
Seared Bay Scallops with Brown Butter Emulsion
From Geoffrey Zakarian's Town/Country Cookbook. Geoffrey Zakarian has cooked at some of the world’s best restaurants over the past twenty years, including Arpège in Paris and the Dorchester in London. In New York City, he was the Chef de Cuisine at Le Cirque and Executive Chef of 44 at the Royalton and “21.” In 2001, he opened Town in midtown Manhattan and in 2005 Country near Madison Square Park.
Pan-seared King Salmon with Blood Orange...
Reprinted with permission from Welcome to Michael's by Michael McCarty (Hachette 2007). King salmon has
Palm Sugar -- Specialty Food Glossary
A definition of palm sugar, along with information about palm sugar and coconut palm sugar, forms of palm sugar, palm sugar shopping tips, palm sugar recipes, and online sources for buying palm sugar.
Great Goat Milk Specialty Foods - Gourmet Goat...
Read about goat milk specialty food products, and the health benefits of goat milk. Get shopping recommendations and reviews of goat butter, goat cheese, goat milk yogurt, goat milk ice cream, cajeta, and caramel.
Creamy Risotto with Pan-seared Scallops,...
Risotto is a wonderful method of cooking rice. By constantly stirring and adding liquid little by little, the arborio rice finishes with a nice creamy consistency. This recipes adds a trio of scallops, spicy sausage, and earthy mushrooms along with some fresh herbs that creates a delightfully tasty and aromatic dish. This is comfort food at its best!
Secret Ingredient to Amazing Steak: Coffee!
Ground coffee adds a nice complex flavor to meats, especially beef. This grilled coffee-rubbed steak has great bold flavor that pairs very well with roasted vegetables.
Have Awesome Steaks Delivered to Your Doorstep
Here are some great online meat shops with extremely good steaks (most are prime beef or wagyu) and amazing customer service.
Mario Batali
Mario Batali, the zealous and stylish star of the Food Network, has become one of the most recognizable chefs in America. With a restaurant empire, several cookbooks, a line of food products, and appearances on television and in print too numerous to mention, it is hard to discuss current culinary trends in America without citing the name of Mario Batali.
Top 10 Gourmet Sandwich Recipes
What could be more enjoyable than a perfectly made, tasty sandwich? It's the perfect comfort food! We've kicked things up a notch here with an assortment of delicious gourmet sandwiches. Fresh ingredients are the key to a great sandwich, so be sure to use the best you can find.
Baked Crab Cakes with Spicy Mango Lime Sauce
Crab cakes are a wonderful American tradition found in most areas of the country. Crab cakes are an elegant dish, yet comfort food at the same time. You will find them on the menus of five-star restaurants and at most hole-in-the wall crab shacks. This particular recipe uses fairly traditional ingredients for the crab cakes, but adds spicy fruity sauce for some extra pizzazz.
Maple Syrup Baked Beans
It's essential to have a good baked bean recipe! Baked beans are a classic dish that match well with so many foods. I love this one because it includes two of my favorite ingredients: maple syrup and bacon.
Top 10 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Eco-Friendly
Everyone knows they're suppose to recycle. But what are some other ways to make your kitchen eco-friendly. Here is a list of ten easy ideas to help the environment, many that you can do right now.
FAQ: What is Forbidden Rice?
A brief description of Forbidden Rice, including details about how it got its name, health benefits, and why it's purple.
Bold Spanish-inspired Calamari dish
A Spanish-inspired calamari dish, a little on the spicy side and loaded with flavor with the addition of fresh garlic and parsley.

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