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Give the Gift of Food: Top 12 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.
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.
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.
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.
A Photo Guide to Making 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Make Fresh 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 Quality Meats Online
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.
Top 10 Drinking Chocolates: Not Just Your...
"Drinking Chocolates" are made from real chocolate as opposed to "Hot Cocoa" which is made from cocoa
The History Behind Christmas Food Traditions
Find out how gingerbread houses became associated with Christmas, and learn where to buy a Christmas gingerbread house kit online.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Don't Buy Just Any Vanilla: Top 10 Vanilla...
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.
Where 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.
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.
You Need a Great Chef Knife: Here Are 8 of the...
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.
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.
Top 11 Online Gourmet Cheese Shops
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.
Top 8 Places to Buy Truffles Online
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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.
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.
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 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.
Best Tasting 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.
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 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.
Fancy Kitchenware (It's Not Required to Cook...
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.
How to Choose and Cut Pineapples
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.
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.
A Photo Guide to Making Fresh Ravioli from...
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.
Not Your Plain Table Salt: 10 Places to Buy...
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.
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.
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.
Winners of the 2014 James Beard Chef &...
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.
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.
Stovetop Popcorn Recipe - How to Pop Popcorn on...
An easy recipe for old fashioned stovetop popcorn.
An Illustrated Guide to Opening 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.
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 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.
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.
Vanillekipferl (Vanilla Crescents)
Vanillekipferl is a traditional Christmas cookie originating in Austria, although it has become a popular holiday sweet in Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary. Children love help making these delicious cookies, shaping the dough into little moons.
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.
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.
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.
Give the Gift of Food: Top 11 Edible Gift...
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.
FAQ: What Are Some Good Cheese Accompaniments?
An extensive list of cheese accompaniment suggestions, including gourmet specialty crackers, chutneys, cracker crisps, and much more.
Where to Buy the Best Gourmet Gift Baskets
Gifts baskets are a quick and convenient way to show someone they are appreciated. There are literally thousands of gift basket companies out there. I've narrowed it down to some of my favorites. I've divided this list of gift basket companies into 5 categories: Gourmet Food Baskets, Fruit Baskets, Chocolate Collections, Wine Baskets, and Luxury Food Baskets (Caviar, Foie Gras, & Smoked Salmon).
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.
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.
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.
Salmon Burgers with Hoisin Barbecue Sauce and...
These delicious Asian-inspired salmon burgers are sure to impress your dinner guests. Fresh salmon is smothered in an amazing hoisin barbecue sauce and topped with a helping of freshly made slaw and pickled ginger.
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.
Pumpkin Pecan Pie French Toast with Butterscotc...
A hearty and delicious breakfast that could almost pass for dessert! Pumpkin and spices flavor thick crusty slices of toast. Drizzled with a wonderful butterscotch syrup made from butterscotch liqueur and maple syrup.
Gift Ideas for the Child Cook
Whether a child is interested in actually cooking in the kitchen or only pretend play with friends, cooking is a valuable way for kids to learn and use their imaginations. Here are my picks for the best toys, kids cookware, books, and other gifts that will delight your child while developing useful skills. Page 3.
How to Trim a Fresh Artichoke Like a Pro
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.
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.
World's Greatest Chef Ferran Adrià and the...
A photo collection of the world's greatest chef, Ferran Adria, and his restaurant El Bulli.
How to Make Homemade Potato Gnocchi: An...
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.
White House Holiday Gingerbread Cookies with...
This holiday gingerbread cookie recipe was created by White House Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses. The recipe creates a wonderfully tasty cookie or, if baked a touch longer, makes excellent Christmas tree ornaments. A recipe for decorating with Royal Icing is included.
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.
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.
Heritage Turkeys
Learn about heritage turkeys, and find out where to buy these flavorful birds online for your Thanksgiving feast.
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.
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.
The Best Mail Order Turkeys for Thanksgiving
Whether you are looking for a Heritage Breed Turkey to roast this year for Thanksgiving or a turkey that has already been prepared and cooked, here is list of some of my favorite places to buy a mail order turkey - reputable companies with fantastic products!
Cranberry Smash
Here's a sweet and colorful cocktail perfect for fall and winter. Surprise your guests with this mixed drink made from fresh cranberries.
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.
Traditional Roast Goose for Christmas
Serving roast goose on Christmas Eve in France is a tradition that dates back centuries. Goose is still served at the family table today in America and across Europe. Here is a simple method that leaves the skin golden and crisp while the meat is tender and moist. This is a two day process as the duck must be refrigerated overnight for the parcooked skin to dry. Serve with a nice, fruity Pinot Noir.
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.
What Fruits and Vegetables Are in Season in...
A list of what fruits and vegetables are in season in November.
Traditional Christmas Pudding - A Cake You...
Christmas Pudding is a traditional British dessert that is as much fun to make as it is to eat! Rich, sticky and flavorful, it is truly more like a pudding than any kind of cake. Your guests will applaud with delight when the pudding is set aflame right before serving.
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.
Watermelon Martini
Cool, refreshing watermelon in a martini. Sweet perfection!
Top 5 Places to Buy Quality Kobe Beef Online
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.
Beurre Noisette
: Beurre Noisette - French term for "brown butter" or literally "hazelnut butter". Butter is cooked in
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Butternut Squash and Pear Ravioli with Rosemary...
Ravioli doesn't have to be boring kid stuff. Try this wonderful combination of earthy and sweet flavors. It's sure to change your opinion of ravioli.
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.
How to Shop for Gourmet Food
Shopping for gourmet foods can be very intimidating. Many products have labels in a foreign language and price variations that make no sense to the casual observer. How, then, is a consumer to make any rational buying decision without spending hours of preliminary research? Don't despair. Here are a few easy tips to reduce your stress and better prepare you as a gourmet shopper.
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.
Gourmet Maple Syrup Products - Specialty Foods...
Love maple syrup? Then look beyond the syrup bottle to this selection of maple-enhanced specialty foods, including maple drinks, chocolates, gourmet maple granola, and organic maple flakes.
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.
Boston Cream Pie
Boston Cream Pie is actually a cake made of two layers of sponge cake with vanilla pastry cream sandwiched
What is Panko?
A definition of panko bread crumbs, along with panko uses, recipes, and information on where to buy panko online.
Seared Beef with Smoked Tomato Drizzle
Cooked in a cast iron skillet on a hot charcoal grill, this is the Western version of beef carpaccio. The beef gets a delicious char on the outside but is still very rare on the inside. Served chilled and paper-thin on a bed of fresh baby arugula.
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.
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.
What is Sriracha?
Read about sriracha, and learn how to use sriracha Thai chili sauce. Plus, find out where to buy sriracha online.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Christmas Yule Log - Bûche de Noël
For centuries, many European cultures have burned a yule log (a large, hard log) in the hearth as part of the traditional Christmas celebration. At some point, it became fashionable to create a yule log out of cake and frosting. Tiny edible mushrooms are molded out of meringue to make the log more realistic, a very fun and delicious Christmas tradition.
What is Farro?
A brief definition of farro, an ancient whole grain, including information on its uses in recipes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mulled Wine
Mulled wine is a holiday tradition at our house. Simple to make, the warmed wine and spices fills the home with a wonderful aroma and cheerfulness. It's the perfect way to start any winter party. Cheap wine is okay for this recipe, just make sure it's something you would also drink cold.
What to Bring to the Party
If you have been invited to dinner or a party, but have not been asked to bring anything, you may still want to consider bringing a gift. The gift of drink or food is almost always appreciated. Even if your gift does not match well with the theme or flavors of the gathering, your small donation is highly unlikely to have any negative impact on either of these factors. Like the saying goes, the gift is in the giving.
Banana's Foster Bread Pudding
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.
Easy Duck Confit
You have probably heard of duck confit before but may not know how to prepare it or even what it is exactly. Duck Confit is a centuries old French method of preserving meat. The leg of the duck is salted (sometimes with additional herbs), then slowly cooked in its own fat.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
A Gallery of Aphrodisiac Foods, Lore & Recipes
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.
Sweet Potato & Pecan Pancakes
Sweet potato pancakes are just as simple to prepare as regular pancakes. Simply bake a sweet potato or used leftover sweet potatoes from dinner.
Sweet Potato Broccolini Soup
A very simple warming soup with complex flavors. Can be quickly prepared by microwaving the sweet potato and simmering gently with the onions and broccolini. Finished with grated Parmesan on top.
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.
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.
10 Shops That Make the Best Gourmet Chocolates...
Looking for the best artisan chocolates to give this Christmas? Here are some online chocolate shops with some truly extraordinary products for the holidays.
Salt and Herb-Crusted Prime Rib with Red Wine...
Prime Rib is a very delicious and tender cut of meat. Select a prime rib roast that has a lot of marbling, which is the visible fat running throughout the meat. The more marbling there is in the meat the more moist and flavorful it will be when cooked.
Bacon-Wrapped Parmesan-Stuffed Dates
Only 3 simple ingredients create this very delicious hors d'oeuvres. Sticky, rich dates are stuffed with quality Parmesan cheese, wrapped with smokey bacon and baked to perfection.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chorizo
Here's a wonderful little side dish big on flavor. The strong, spicy flavors of chorizo blend nicely with the strong flavor of roasted brussel sprouts. Unforgettable.

Reprinted with permission from Small Plates, Perfect Wines: Creating Little Dishes with Big Flavors by Lori Lyn Narlock (Andrews McMeel 2007).

Latkes - Potato Pancakes
Latkes are fried potato pancakes traditional eaten during Hanukkah. Made from grated potato, flour and egg, they are sometimes flavored with onion or garlic and served with applesauce or sour cream. True comfort food, here is a recipe for latkes that hits the spot.
E-Gift Cards for Foodies
Don't know what to give your favorite cook or foodie? Or maybe your just short of time? A gift card to their favorite store might be the solution! Really short of time? Try an e-Gift Card. These electronic gift cards can usually be delivered to your recipients email within an hour.
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.
What is Buckwheat?
A brief definition of buckwheat, along with buckwheat photos and buckwheat recipe suggestions.
Herb Crusted Lamb Chops with Creamy Morel...
A wonderful lamb recipes that combines the brightness of fresh herbs with earthy morel mushrooms.
Brie Fondue With Crab And Champagne
Here is a wonderfully rich fondue for your next party. Simple to make yet elegant and delicious. Serve with bread cubes or sticks, tiny roasted artichoke hearts, Belgian endive leaves, steamed fingerling potatoes, or asparagus spears.
Apple Pie Upside-Down Cake
This is a wonderful twist on upside-down cake - the batter creates more of a chewy crust when baked and the sliced apples and cinnamon sticks look incredible when the cake is finished.
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.
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.
Top 10 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.
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!
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.
Orange Cranberry Nut Fruit Cake
Moister and more cakey than a traditional fruitcake, this recipe for Orange Cranberry Nut Fruit Cake is full of sweet dried fruits and crunchy nuts like pecans or walnuts. Alcohol free, this delicious fruitcake is completed with a simple glaze of orange juice and sugar.
Mini Chocolate Velvet Bundt Cake
These mini cakes can be dressed up with a little Dark Chocolate Ganache (recipe follows) spooned over the top and allowed to drip down the sides.
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!
Chocolate-Dipped Vanilla Biscotti
These American-style biscotti are lighter and more tender than their Italian counterpart. Though not particularly suited to dunking in coffee or wine, they’re appreciated by kids and older people, or anyone whose idea of a cookie runs more towards something tender and crunchy, rather than the rock-hard biscotti favored in Italy.
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.
Fennel and Orange Salad with Fresh Cranberries...
Recipe for fennel and orange salad with fresh cranberries.
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