Gourmet Food: Most Popular Articles
Making crepes at home is as easy as cooking pancakes. You don't need a special gourmet crepe pan, either, a small nonstick pan will work just fine. Here is my simple step-by-step method (with batter recipe) for making crepes. The accompanying photos will show you exactly how to create these delicious treats for your guests or family.
Making your own pasta is a skill every cook should know. It's a very simple process and uses only three ingredients. Your dinner guests, however, will be deservedly impressed. Let me show you how easy it is with my step-by-step photo instructions.
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.
Cool, refreshing watermelon in a martini. Sweet perfection!
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.
Fresh cut pineapple is much more flavorful than the canned variety. There is more than one way to peel a pineapple. Here is my preferred method for peeling and cutting a pineapple accompanied by step-by-step photos.
A definition of caster sugar, along with recipe suggestions for using caster sugar. Plus how to make and where to buy caster sugar.
Lots of ideas for cheese fondue dippers, plus fondue recipes, and suggestions for what to serve to make a meal of cheese fondue.
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.
Trying to buy good meat can be a frustrating experience. If you can't find a good butcher locally, check these online shops for incredible meats and respectable service.
Every cook needs a good knife. It's the one thing you can't do without in the kitchen. If you can only have one good knife, a chef's knife is what you want. A chef's knife has a blade between 8- and 10-inches long and is the most suitable for the greatest variety of tasks. A high quality chef's knife will cost you at least a hundred dollars, but if properly taken care of it will last a lifetime.
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.
Finding great seafood can be more difficult than the actual cooking itself. If you live far from the ocean or in a small town, your choices can be very limited. Luckily, with modern shipping and online shopping, high quality seafood is available to everyone. One word of caution with buying seafood online, check shipping costs. Overnight shipping can be very expensive, especially when half your package is ice. But if you're looking for some great seafood, here are the companies I recommend.
Vanilla is an essential cooking ingredient for which there is no true substitute. The flavor of real vanilla is made up of over 250 organic components, which gives it great depth and complexity, compared to only one flavor component in artificial vanilla. There are three main types of vanilla: Madagascar Bourbon (named after the Bourbon islands not the liquor), Tahitian (fruity),and Mexican (spicy). Here is a list of premium vanilla extracts that I consider to be the very best.
Ravioli doesn't have to being boring kid stuff from a can. Making ravioli from scratch is easy to do and should be part of every cooks repertoire. Once you learn the basics, you can fill your ravioli with anything you can imagine from sweet, cheesy concoctions to savory meats or even dessert raviolis. Follow these easy step-by-step instructions for a meal sure to impress your family or guests.
There are many edible varieties of mushrooms, many of which are available at specialty shops, natural grocers, and from farmers markets. Many varieties are wild and are collected by mushroom hunters. These photos are intended to show you the different edible mushrooms out there and not to be used for identifying in the wild. Leave that to the professionals, please.
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.
Learn about Arborio rice substitutes for risotto recipes, including short grained rices and other starchy grains.
"Drinking Chocolates" are made from real chocolate as opposed to "Hot Cocoa" which is made from cocoa
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.
Here's something different from Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods. Hot and spicy chicken feet are a favorite treat in Asian countries.
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.
Raw oysters on the half shell are a culinary treat that everyone should experience at least once in their lives, hopefully several times. The only way to properly ensure that your oysters are fresh is to open them yourself. Opening oysters is really a quite simple task, although it does take a bit of practice. Always start with oysters that are alive and fresh. The shell of a good oyster will be tightly shut. If the shell is slightly open, discard the oyster.
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.
Why give a gift just once when you can give someone a gift every month of the year? Some of the most respectable producers of delicious foods out there offer incredible food-of-the-month clubs to fit every taste and budget. From gourmet chocolates to craft coffees to artisan bacon, homemade pies to farmhouse cheese to fresh seafood - there is a perfect food-of-the-month club for you or your favorite foodie. Here is a list of my favorites.
Most consider vichyssoise to be a classic cold French soup although some believe it was invented in New York City at the Ritz Carlton. Regardless, this potato and leek soup remains a true classic with simply wonderful flavor.
Call me sentimental, but there is something amazing about walking into a shop where the ice cream is made by hand. Even the most mundane of flavors seems extraordinary compared to most of the stuff you find in the frozen food section of your local supermarket. Here are some of my favorite ice cream artisans.
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.
All salts are not created equal! As most cooks know, using sea salt rather than iodized or kosher salt adds more flavor to a dish. Sea salts, however, come in a variety of flavors and colors. Experiment with different salts in your recipes and see what happens. For best results, many of these salts should be sprinkled lastly on a dish like a garnish. Sea salt is a product of the minerals found in the seawater where it is harvested.
Winners of the 2014 James Beard Awards have been announced. Women chefs won big this year with 6 bringing home the gold medals. This is the highest number for women in James Beard history and a sign of how powerful a force women have become in the restaurant industry. Top honor, Outstanding Chef, went to Nancy Silverton of Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles. Other women chefs winning Best Chef awards include April Bloomfield (Spotted Pig), Naomi Pomeroy (Beast), Sue Zemanick (Gautreau's), and Ashley Christensen (Poole's Downtown Diner). Barbara Lynch won for Outstanding Restaurateur.
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.
Prized since ancient times, the
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.
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.
Here is a delightfully refreshing salad that combines watermelon with fresh mozzarella. Basil adds an herby spiciness, while sweet balsamic syrup brings out the best flavors of both the watermelon and the mozzarella.
You love artichokes. You may have been tempted to buy raw artichokes in the produce section of the supermarket. But how do you turn a giant green pinecone-looking vegetable into the delectable little morsels of artichoke heart? It's really quite simple and here is a step-by-step method to show you how. You'll be pleasantly rewarded with the superior taste of fresh artichoke.
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.
Gordon Ramsay has been called a lot of things in his life. Nice guy probably isnt 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.
Fresh avocado is a real treat. Eat it plain, as guacamole, or in your favorite recipe. Here are is a simple technique for peeling an avocado and removing the pit (with photos).
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.
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.
Ferran Adria has been called the world's greatest chef. He is certainly one of the most creative. Gourmet magazine referred to Adria as
Twice, New York Magazine voted Neil Kleinberg’s blueberry pancakes best in the city. These are really good, and now you can make them.
Emergency Preparedness (being a Prepper, as it's called) seems to be in fashion these days. You may not believe in a coming zombie apocalypse, pandemic, or government collapse but it's perfectly reasonable to assume you may find yourself a victim of a natural disaster. Disasters can come in many forms: tornadoes, forest fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, blizzards. Any of which may leave you without access to a food source, sometimes for a considerable amount of time.
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.
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 one method of cutting open a pomegranate that minimizes the mess and gives you the greatest possible yield of edible fruit.
A brief definition of the flavor enhancer Torula yeast, plus information on its use as a natural flavor enhancer and MSG alternative.
Using fresh and dried basil, this wonderful ice cream shows basil's versatility. Very flavorful and still sweet, this frozen dessert is perfect after a nicely cooked steak. The addition of fresh berries makes a very colorful presentation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lemons are especially nice in cakes. Here is a wonderful dessert that is part cake, part trifle. The layers are soaked with lemon syrup with delicious lemon and mascarpone cream in between. Meyer lemons add a distinct flavor, but regular lemons will work just fine.
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.
Fish tacos are delicious and very simple to make. Use a white, flaky fish like mahi mahi or orata. You can fry the fish or, in this case, grill which is much healthier. Be sure to serve with all the sides - that's what makes a great fish taco.
FOX's new culinary competition series, MASTERCHEF, features Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay along with judges restaurateur and wine maker Joe Bastianich, owner of some of the most-celebrated Italian restaurants across the country; and Graham Elliot, the youngest four-star chef in the U.S. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich.
A roundup of the best BBQ sauces on the market, including lots of all natural barbecue sauces in a range of styles and flavors.
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.
A list of what fruits and vegetables are in season in October.
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.
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.
Herb butter is great to use in any dish that benefits from the addition of herbs: pasta, steamed vegetables, fish, etc. Herb butter is easy to make and keeps well in your freezer. It's great to keep on hand for jazzing up those last minute meals.
Here's a wonderful fruit-packed version of chicken salad from Marjorie Druker, chef and co-owner of the New England Soup Factory located in the Boston area.
Gnocchi (pronounced nyoh-kee) is Italian for dumplings. Traditionally it is made from potatoes and flour. Eggs or cheese are often added. The gnocchi is shaped into balls, cooked in boiling water, and served with butter, Parmesan, or any number of sauces. The dough can also be chilled and then baked or fried. Gnocchi makes an excellent appetizer or starter or can be used as a side dish for meat or poultry.
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!
A definition of panko bread crumbs, along with panko uses, recipes, and information on where to buy panko online.
Peach upside-down cake looks like a difficult, fancy dessert to make but it's actually quite simple to make. Your guests won't know that, though. More importantly, using fresh peaches creates an unforgettable dessert that is simply delicious. It's pretty good with canned peaches, too. Great for entertaining your friends or just dinner with the family.
A description of the savory fifth taste known as umami, along with examples of umami-rich foods, umami recipes, and where to buy umami ingredients.
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.
Quiche is a wonderful baked dish based on an egg custard with vegetables and/or meat. The crust is typically pastry but here we're substituting potatoes for a delicious twist. Potatoes and leeks are a classic combination. Mushrooms add a nice earthy flavor.
Firing up the grill for a family get-together or big BBQ bash? Check here first for amazing recipe and menu ideas, the best BBQ sauces, and gourmet condiments that will help you throw an outstanding BBQ.
Roasted garlic paste is a wonderful ingredient to keep on hand in your kitchen. Garlic paste makes a wonderful spread for bread or sandwiches. Use it to add rich flavor to soups, pastas, vegetable dips, or basted on meats. Simple to make, garlic paste will keep for about a week in the fridge.
The Michelin Guide (Le Guide Michelin) is an annual guide book to hotels and restaurants in over a dozen
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Curious about Greek yogurt? Find out how Greek yogurt differs from American yogurt, plus get links to Greek yogurt reviews and recipes.
Mussels have a wonderful flavor and are inexpensive compared to oysters or clams. Belgium beer adds a nice earthy flavor. Smoked ham, garlic, and fresh herbs leaves create a delicious appetizer for your guests or add bread and a green salad for a complete meal.
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.
"Of the Month" clubs make a great gift for food lovers. Many of the top gourmet companies now feature
Try white truffle oil drizzled over eggs, popcorn, creamy cheeses, pasta, salads, or mushroom dishes. Use to finish polenta or as a dipping oil.
Deliciously sweet with brown sugar, molasses and honey, these baked beans have a nice kick with chipotle peppers and Bourbon whiskey. The secret to good baked beans is slow cooking! After 3 hours in the oven, these beans are thick and rich!
Nothing says southern cooking like slow-cooked pork and Carolina BBQ sauce.
Watermelon margaritas are a sweet way to keep cool in the summer. Freezing the watermelon beforehand creates a slushy, frozen cocktail without the ice. Delicious!
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.
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.
An easy recipe for old fashioned stovetop popcorn.
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.
A photo collection of the world's greatest chef, Ferran Adria, and his restaurant El Bulli.
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.
A simple, seasonal recipe for Garlic Scape Pesto, made with garlic scapes, walnuts,Parmesan,and olive oil.
Find lots ideas for using up stale bread, and get recipe suggestions for day old artisan breads and leftover homemade loaves.
This wonderful mussel recipe comes from Barcelona, the Spanish tapas restaurant in Connecticut. Simple ingredients: tomatoes, garlic, white wine and a little spice turn mussels into something spectacular.
An extensive list of cheese accompaniment suggestions, including gourmet specialty crackers, chutneys, cracker crisps, and much more.
Sangria is a traditional Spanish drink that combines wine and fresh fruit. This Mexican-style sangria has a higher alcohol content than most sangrias (great for pairing with spicy foods) and is as much a margarita as it is a sangria. Always use a tasty wine when making sangria as it will be the most prominent flavor.
Why give someone a box of chocolates when you can give them chocolates every month of the year? Well, price is the biggest reason. Chocolate-of-the-month clubs are not cheap and will likely cost you hundreds of dollars. But considering the price of buying boxes of chocolate individually, the price is fairly reasonable. That said, 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.
Gazpacho is a cold, tomato soup that is refreshing on a hot day and adds variety to any meal. It's the perfect recipe to use those wonderful fresh tomatoes.
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.
The best place to buy fresh wild mushrooms is locally such as the farmers market or a specialty grocer. When that's not possible, though, here are some online mushroom sellers that provide quality products. Some mushrooms are highly toxic, so whether it's your local vendor at a farmers market or a box store, always be sure of the seller's credentials when buying wild mushrooms. If you're unsure, ask for references. Wild mushrooms are also seasonal which affects their availability and price.
Here is a very simple to make recipe for ice cream that takes advantage of the wonderful flavor of fresh figs.
Here is a delicious recipe for pulled pork tacos. Slow-roasted pork is shredded and mixed with chipotles, dried chiles, garlic and topped with queso fresco and a spicy red cabbage slaw. Great flavor and great eye appeal.
Paella is a versatile Spanish dish that can incorporate many different types of vegetables and meats. Classically, you need a base of rice, saffron, and olive oil. In this recipe we add chicken, shrimp, and chorizo (with an assortment of vegetables).
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.
Here is a sinfully rich and sweet recipe for French toast. Perfect for special occasions or Sunday brunch. Easy to make.
There is something magical about the combination of blueberries and cornbread. This recipe puts a delicious spin on that classic pairing by incorporating a wonderful corn bread streusel for the cake and an even more incredible corn bread ice cream. This dessert was created by award-winning pastry chef Nicole Kaplan, formerly of Del Posto.
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.
This is a beautiful way to use those tasty ripe heirloom tomatoes of summer. Fried garlic, basil oil and some good cheese make this a delicious first course or light lunch. This recipe comes from Bungalow 44 Restaurant in California.
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.
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!
A brief definition of farro, an ancient whole grain, including information on its uses in recipes.
Braised in a very flavorful marinade of soy sauce and red wine, these beef short ribs are rich and succulent - the meat is tender, falling off the bone. Serve on a bed of polenta or rice.
Gelato is the Italian form of ice cream. Typically it is more dense than the American version. Sea salt is a wonderful complement to caramel and does not create an overpowering salty flavor at all.
A list of what fruits and vegetables are in season in November.
: Beurre Noisette - French term for "brown butter" or literally "hazelnut butter". Butter is cooked in
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.
Here's a nice twist on Sangria: blueberries! You can make this either with wine or with juice for a non-alcoholic version. If using wine, be sure to try it with the Grand Marnier. The orange flavored liqueur is a nice complement to blueberries.
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!
'Cooking with the Seasons' means using local produce that is in season at the time you're preparing your meal. Here are the best fruits and vegetables in July.
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.
This classic French dish is so beautifully simple: fresh squid, parsley, and garlic. Fleur de sel is called for in this special dish but any nice sea salt will do.
A brief definition of hominy, a Southern food staple ingredient also known as posole.
This luscious dessert recipe combines two classics: Banana's Foster and bread pudding. It make the perfect ending to a New Orleans' Mardi Gras party or a special dinner with friends. Using whole milk and a buttery bread like challah or brioche creates a very delightful but rich dish. If you prefer something not so heavy, substitute 2 percent milk and French bread.
This beautiful French country dessert takes sweet juicy nectarines and wraps them in a crunchy pastry dough. The ground almonds in the recipe help to absorb some of the fruit's moisture and keep the dough crisp.
Aioli is a wonderful garlic mayonnaise that can be used as a sandwich spread, a dip for a cold deli tray, or as a sauce for pasta and other dishes.
Here is a beautiful and delicious tart made with a luscious rich chocolate ganache and fresh raspberries. We use a pâte sablée for the tart crust which has a buttery, crumbly texture almost like a cookie.
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.
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.
Lobster is a culinary delight that many cooks enjoy but are afraid to cook at home. This is a simple method for preparing lobster - boiled very briefly, cut in half, then finished on a hot grill - that results in delicious seafood cooked right every time. Served with melted butter, it's absolute heaven.
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.
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).
The Michelin Guide (Le Guide Michelin) is an annual guide book to hotels and restaurants in over a dozen
Anthony Bourdain, executive chef of Brasserie Les Halles in New York City, is the anti-celebrity chef. He’s crass, offensive, and doesn’t wear starched, white jackets or fancy hats. He is, however, a great cook, a great writer, and has an infectious passion for food of every kind. His passion and adventurous spirit are what have created millions of gourmet fans around the world. Chef Bourdain may have turned more people onto good food than any five-star, fancy-hat chef out there.
From Geoffrey Zakarian's Town/Country Cookbook. Geoffrey Zakarian has cooked at some of the worlds 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.
My wife likes carrot cake. I like ice cream. So I combined the two to make everyone happy. This is not ice cream that has bits of carrot cake in it. It's ice cream that tastes like carrot cake.
This delicious soups is velvety smooth but quite hearty. Fresh tomatoes, onion, and fennel are roasted to bring out the best flavor, seasoned, and pureed. Served with fried polenta croutons that match the soup wonderfully.
Simplicity itself, this healthy ceviche dish makes a great starter or light dinner.
Read about sriracha, and learn how to use sriracha Thai chili sauce. Plus, find out where to buy sriracha online.
There are many edible varieties of mushrooms, many of which are available at specialty shops, natural grocers, and from farmers markets. Many varieties are wild and are collected by mushroom hunters. These photos are intended to show you the different edible mushrooms out there and not to be used for identifying in the wild. Leave that to the professionals, please. Page 10.
An overview of the major specialty food-related trade shows, along with dates and locations for upcoming shows.
This wonderful stuffed pepper recipe comes from Greens Restaurant in San Francisco. This recipe calls for Gypsy peppers (also called bull's horn peppers) but any frying pepper will work.
This delicious rib recipe is done in Kansas City barbecue style and comes from our friends at Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue and Catering (3002 West 47th Street, Kansas City, KS).
Ma’mouls are a traditional Lebanese cookie served for Easter. These holiday cookies are made with semolina flour and flavored with rose water and orange blossom water and stuffed with dates, pistachios or almonds or walnuts. The cookies are somewhat conical in shape that represents the crown that Christ wore on the cross and the sponge that was given to him when he asked for water.
There are many edible varieties of mushrooms, many of which are available at specialty shops, natural grocers, and from farmers markets. Many varieties are wild and are collected by mushroom hunters. These photos are intended to show you the different edible mushrooms out there and not to be used for identifying in the wild. Leave that to the professionals, please. Page 17.
Chocolate Lava Cakes are so called because the center of the cake is a thick liquid chocolate and oozes out when cut, like molten lava. These make a great surprise dessert and, although pretty simple to make, will impress your guests. The chocolate flavor is intense (especially if you use bittersweet), so I like to serve it with vanilla ice cream to balance the flavor.
There are many edible varieties of mushrooms, many of which are available at specialty shops, natural grocers, and from farmers markets. Many varieties are wild and are collected by mushroom hunters. These photos are intended to show you the different edible mushrooms out there and not to be used for identifying in the wild. Leave that to the professionals, please. Page 14.
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.
This is a simple recipe that uses lots of summer vegetables and fresh herbs. This aromatic dish works wonderfully as a first course or as a light entree.
Blogs (or web logs) are an interesting phenomenon. Anyone with a computer and an opinion can start a blog, a sort of online diary, for the entire world to read. Food blogs generally relate the dining adventures or cooking experiments of the writer. Many of these blogs are very well written, extremely interesting, and can be addictive. Here are some of my favorite food blogs. Explore these and you may want to start your own. Surely someone out there cares what you had for breakfast.
This amazingly tasty burger comes off the menu of Bobby Flay's Spanish-inspired restaurant Bolo (now closed). This upscale burger features premium Spanish ingredients such as Serrano ham, Manchego cheese, and piquillo peppers. The homemade smokey aioli adds a richness and complexity to the burger but is very easy to make.
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.
Quick and easy, watermelon sorbet is a refreshing summer treat that everyone will love.