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Gourmet Food: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Top 10 Chocolate Bunnies for Easter
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 Crepes from Scratch
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.
What's in Season - April Fruits, Vegetables,...
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.
How to Make Pasta
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.
Top 12 Places to Buy Food Gift Baskets
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.
How to Cut a Pineapple
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.
Top 12 Fruits and Vegetables You Should Buy...
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. Page 2.
Top 12 Places to Buy Quality Meats - Beef,...
Trying to buy good meat can be a frustrating experience. Butcher shops are almost nonexistent anymore and we are stuck with limited choices at our local supermarket. The only time we see the butcher is when he comes out of the back to restock the cooler. If you know of a good butcher in your city, make him your friend. There are few things more important than a great steak. If you can't find a real butcher locally, check these online shops for incredible meats and respectable service.
FAQ: What are the Best Dippers to Serve with...
Lots of ideas for cheese fondue dippers, plus fondue recipes, and suggestions for what to serve to make a meal of cheese fondue.
The Best Online Gourmet Food Shops
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.
The Best Chef Knives
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.
Top 10 Vanilla Extract Brands
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.
Top 16 Places to Buy Seafood
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.
Where to Find 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 Least Contaminated Fruits and Vegetables
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. Page 3.
Best Places To Buy Cookware & Kitchen Tools...
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.
Top 10 Places To Buy Wild Game
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.
Top 9 Drinking Chocolates
"Drinking Chocolates" are made from real chocolate as opposed to "Hot Cocoa" which is made from cocoa
FAQ: I'm Out of Arborio Rice. What Else Can I...
Learn about Arborio rice substitutes for risotto recipes, including short grained rices and other starchy grains.
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.
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.
How to Trim an Artichoke
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.
How to Make Fresh Ravioli From Scratch
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.
Ferran Adria
Ferran Adria has been called the world's greatest chef. He is certainly one of the most creative. Gourmet
Mexican 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.
What is Torula Yeast?
A brief definition of the flavor enhancer Torula yeast, plus information on its use as a natural flavor enhancer and MSG alternative.
Creme Brulee French Toast with Drunken...
Here is a sinfully rich and sweet recipe for French toast. Perfect for special occasions or Sunday brunch. Easy to make.
What is 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.
How to Open an Oyster
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.
What is Caster Sugar?
A definition of caster sugar, along with recipe suggestions for using caster sugar. Plus how to make and where to buy caster sugar.
Lemon Mascarpone Layer Cake
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.
Hot and Spicy Chicken Feet
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.
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.
Clinton Street Baking Company's Famous...
Twice, New York Magazine voted Neil Kleinberg’s blueberry pancakes best in the city. These are really good!
Top 8 Places to Buy Truffles
Prized since ancient times, the "Food of Kings" has a richly deserved flavor reputation. It's grand taste
Watermelon Martini
Cool, refreshing watermelon in a martini. Sweet perfection!
Top 10 Where to Buy Caviar
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.
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.
The Best Food of the Month Clubs
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.
Top 10 Places to Buy Gourmet Salts
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.
The Best 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.
Herb Butter
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.
The Best Mail Order Appetizer Companies
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.
What is Panko?
A definition of panko bread crumbs, along with panko uses, recipes, and information on where to buy panko online.
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.
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.
How to Seed a Pomegranate Without the Mess
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.
Potato Gratin Dauphinoise
Dauphinoise is the French method of baking potatoes in milk, cream and cheese. In the French region of Dauphiné, every home cook has her own formula for preparing this gratin.
Top 10 Magazines for Food Lovers
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.
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.
All About Caviar
Caviar was once served as an appetizer in saloons of the Old West. In another time it was considered extremely valuable and only suitable to be served to royalty and the upper class. But 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.
Vichyssoise - Chilled Potato and Leek Soup
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.
Potato Crust Quiche with Leeks and Mushrooms
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.
The Top 5 Ice Cream Brands by Mail Order
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.
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.
Top 7 Mexican Restaurants in New York City
The Michelin Guide (Le Guide Michelin) is an annual guide book to hotels and restaurants in over a dozen
Herb Focaccia with Artichokes, Roasted Garlic,...
Tangy and savory, this wonderful focaccia tastes complex but is simple to make. Serve as an appetizer or makes a great meal when accompanied by a bowl of tomato or mushroom soup.
How to Peel an Avocado
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).
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.
Beurre Noisette
: Beurre Noisette - French term for "brown butter" or literally "hazelnut butter". Butter is cooked in
Bobby Flay's Fish Tacos
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.
Top 9 Gourmet Food of the Month Clubs
"Of the Month" clubs make a great gift for food lovers. Many of the top gourmet companies now feature
Top 5 Where to Buy Kobe 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.
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.
What is Hominy?
A brief definition of hominy, a Southern food staple ingredient also known as posole.
Carrot Cake Ice Cream
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.
Edible Mushroom Varieties
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.
Where to Buy Fresh Wild Mushrooms
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.
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!
Meyer Lemon Pound Cake with Citrus Syrup
Meyer lemons are beautiful fruit. Originating in China, Meyer lemons are thought to be a cross between lemons and Mandarin oranges. They are slightly sweeter than regular lemons. They work great in this delicious pound cake.
How to Make Gnocchi
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.
World's Greatest Chef Ferran Adrià and the...
A photo collection of the world's greatest chef, Ferran Adria, and his restaurant El Bulli.
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.
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.
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.
Top 11 Online Gourmet Cheese Shops
Gourmet cheeses are a world apart from the factory produced cheeses found in the chain supermarkets. Gourmet cheeses can be hard to find locally if you don't have a specialty market or cheese shop. Here are some online sources where you're sure to find some fantastic tasting cheeses.
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!
Top 10 Long Term Food Storage Companies
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.
Crisp Coconut and Chocolate Pie
This delicious chocolate pie recipe only has four ingredients: butter, coconut, cream and chocolate. Very simple in nature but with quality ingredients the taste is divine!
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.
FAQ: What is Umami?
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.
Interview with Next Food Network Star Winner...
Los Angeles food blogger Aarti Sequeira is the winner of the sixth season of The Next Food Network Star. “Aarti has that all-too-rare combination we seek in our stars: a passionate food expert who is warm, radiant, fun, and relatable,” said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Programming & Production, Food Network. Page 4.
Anthony Bourdain Biography
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.
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.
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.
Belgian Ale-Braised Mussels
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.
Monk’s Famous Seafood Chowder
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.
Candied Walnut Crusted Salmon with Lemon Zest...
Fresh salmon is seared to perfection then finished in the oven with a candied walnut butter that creates a deliciously sweet and flaky fish. Pea sprouts are tossed in a lemon zest vinaigrette to top the salmon adding a crisp bite to the dish.
Mussels al Diablo
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.
Semolina Cookies with Date (Ma’amoul)
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.
Watermelon, Basil, & Mozzarella Salad with...
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.
Get Grilling! BBQ Menu Ideas and Checklist
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.
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.
Seared Baby Squid with Parsley and Garlic
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.
Sweet and Spicy Bourbon Baked Beans
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!
Chocolate Raspberry Tart
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.
FAQ: What Are Some Good Cheese Accompaniments?
An extensive list of cheese accompaniment suggestions, including gourmet specialty crackers, chutneys, cracker crisps, and much more.
Hickory Smoked Pork Shoulder with Carolina...
Nothing says southern cooking like slow-cooked pork and Carolina BBQ sauce.
Boston Cream Pie
Boston Cream Pie is actually a cake made of two layers of sponge cake with vanilla pastry cream sandwiched
Top 10 Artisan Cheesemakers of Vermont
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.
Birthday Treats for Nut-free Schools
If your child has a nut allergy, or attends a nut-free school, it can be tricky to find allergy-safe birthday treats. These creative snacks are all made in nut-free facilities, and are perfect for classroom birthday parties.
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.
What is Farro?
A brief definition of farro, an ancient whole grain, including information on its uses in recipes.
2014 Food & Wine Magazine's Best New Chefs
Food & Wine Magazine has announced the 2014 Best New Chefs (this year announced through F&W's Instagram page). Since 1988 Food & Wine Magazine has recognized up and coming young chefs with their Best New Chef title. The title brings a huge amount of attention to the young chef and his or her restaurant. The coveted award is definitely seen as a big career booster. This year's list contains a husband and wife team and 3 Texas residents. Popular theme this year: Wood-fired Cooking.
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.
Best Places to Buy Fruit Gift Baskets
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.
What's In Season? - October Foods
A list of what fruits and vegetables are in season in October.
Royal Wedding Luncheon Reception Menu - Prince...
Queen Elizabeth hosted the luncheon reception at Buckingham Palace for about 650 guests after the wedding of Britain's Prince William to Catherine Middleton.
Eggs Benedict
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. The key is heat. Too hot and you get scrambled eggs. Using a double boiler or a bowl over steaming water helps control the heat.
Kosher for Passover Specialty Foods
Read about Kosher for Passover specialty foods that will help make your Passover celebration delicious. Here's a round up of gourmet Passover foods for the 2010 holiday, including kosher Demerara sugar, Himalayan pink salt, chocolate covered almonds, soup bases, nut butters, and gourmet cheeses including kosher Parmigiano Reggiano, Manchego, and goat cheese.
What is Sriracha?
Read about sriracha, and learn how to use sriracha Thai chili sauce. Plus, find out where to buy sriracha online.
Calamari a la Plancha
This Spanish-inspired calamari dish is a little on the spicy side and loaded with flavor with the addition of fresh garlic and parsley. Don't be shy with the seasonings, this dish is meant to be bold.
Raspberry Tequila Sangria
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.
Vodka Espresso
A vodka espresso would be called an espresso martini by many, but the bartender-creator Dick Bradsell wanted to avoid the cliché. This more elaborate version of the original requires two types of coffee liqueur, with the drier Tia Maria acting as a foil for the sweeter, richer Kahlúa.
Top 6 Mexican Restaurants in San Francisco
The Michelin Guide (Le Guide Michelin) is an annual guide book to hotels and restaurants in over a dozen
Top 10 Chocolate-of-the-Month Clubs
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.
Stovetop Popcorn Recipe - How to Pop Popcorn on...
An easy recipe for old fashioned stovetop popcorn.
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.
Coconut Creme Brulee
Crème brûlée is a very popular dessert that you will find in almost every fine dining restaurant. The smooth creamy custard contrasts very nicely with the crunch of the hardened sugar topping. A delightful dessert that will impress your guests, crème brûlée is actually quite simple to make. This particular version has a wonderfully rich and creamy coconut flavor.
Peach Upside-down Cake
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.
Specialty Food Trade Shows
An overview of the major specialty food-related trade shows, along with dates and locations for upcoming shows.
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).
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.
Fruited Breakfast Quinoa with Honey
An easy, nutritious recipe for quinoa hot cereal with honey and fruit.
Heirloom Tomato Flat Bread
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.
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. 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.
Easter Brunch Menu
A collection of delicious spring recipes perfect for entertaining friends and family on Easter.
Flourless Chocolate Cake with Crème Anglaise
Flourless chocolate cake is a beautifully rich dessert. You will find it on the menu of many upscale restaurants but it is quite simple to make. Easier than most regular cakes, in fact, because if undercooked it will have a nice fudgy texture unlike the sogginess of an undercooked flour cake. I like to serve this with crème anglaise. Vanilla and chocolate naturally compliment each other and you get a nice contrast in temperatures and textures.
Chipotle Pulled Pork Tacos with Queso Fresco
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.
What is a Pseudocereal?
A brief definition of pseudocereal, along with examples of pseudocereal grains.
Top 10 Places for Gourmet 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.
Top 10 Food Blogs Good Enough To Eat
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.
Baby Artichokes with Parmesan, Meyer Lemon, and...
Sometimes simple is best. This recipe only has a few ingredients. Use the best you can find and this dish is extraordinary.
Salmon Ceviche with Mango
Simplicity itself, this healthy ceviche dish makes a great starter or light dinner.
Chipotle Pepper - Specialty Food Glossary
The definition and pronunciation of chipotle, along with a photo of chipotle peppers, information on the types of chipotle products available, where to buy chipotles, and how to use and store chipotle peppers. Also included are chipotle pepper recipe suggestions.
Rocco Dispirito
Rocco DiSpirito has had an illustrious career full of awards and recognition. Once viewed as having a very bright career, Rocco, still in his early 30's, is a chef without a restaurant. An extraordinary chef with keen business skills, it remains a mystery why Rocco's endeavors continue to fail. Although his personality grates on some, the same can be said of many successful restaurateurs. Will Rocco ever reach his full potential?
Maple Creme Brulee
Crème brûlée is a wonderfully creamy dessert that is elegant yet simple to make. This recipe calls for pure maple syrup. The flavor of pure maple is really highlighted in this dish. Don't use artificial maple, it won't taste anything near the quality of the real stuff.
Penne Pasta with Fresh Artichokes
Fresh artichokes in season are wonderful prepared as simply as possible. A little garlic and butter, a splash of lemon, some onions and you're all set. Add some pasta and you have a meal.
Truffled Mac & Cheese
Mac and Cheese is classic comfort food at its best. This is definitely a more sophisticated version making it appropriate for your next dinner party or a special meal with the family. It pairs very well with a nicely grilled steak or even a chicken dish. Three kinds of cheese are used and a light touch of truffle oil for a very aromatic and complex side dish or even as a meal itself. If you really want to impress, add a few shavings of truffle and gentle mix in.
Specialty Food Concessions at New York Mets...
Read about Catch of the Day, chef David Pasternack's seafood concession at New York Mets Citi Field, including menu details. Page 3.
Forbidden Rice Salad
A cold rice salad featuring purple Forbidden Rice, a variety of crunchy vegetables, and a bracing rice vinegar dressing.
Crab and Avocado Margaritas
Here's an easy avocado appetizer to jazz up your next party.
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.
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. Plus it tends to be on the healthy side with oats and nuts and naturally sweetened with dried fruit, honey and maple syrup. Good stuff to keep on hand in the pantry.
Spain's 10
Spain's best chefs - Ferran Adria, Paco Torreblanca, Juan Mari Arzak, Martin Berasategui, Alberto Chicote, Quique Dacosta, Daniel García, Enrique Martínez, Joan Roca, and Paco Roncero - come together in New York City to celebrate the opening of the International Culinary Center. Page 2.
Moroccan-Spiced Carrot Soup
This vegetarian Moroccan-Spiced Carrot Soup recipe is very adaptable. Try replacing the ginger, cumin, and cinnamon in this carrot soup with your favorite spice blend, from ras el hanout to curry powder.
Rack Of Lamb With Mustard & Herb Crust On...
Who knows more about cooking lamb than the Irish? Here's a wonderful recipe for roasted lamb from Ashford Castle in Cong, County Mayo. Ashford Castle is one of the most luxurious castle-hotels in Ireland.

Recipe courtesy Tauck World of Discovery.

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.
Classic Boeuf Bourguignon (French Beef Stew)
Boeuf Bourguignon is a wonderful comfort food that is a favorite in France. If you can't make it into a nice French restaurant anytime soon, this recipe is a very good substitute. It will take you a bit of time, as the beef is slow cooked until it's very tender, but it's definitely worth the wait! With bacon, carrots, onions, fresh garlic, mushrooms, herbs, Cognac, and wine - this stew is definitely a meal in itself.

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