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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.
A Photo Guide to Making Crepes from Scratch
Crepes are a deliciously thin and light alternative to pancakes. Here is my simple step-by-step method (with pictures) for making perfect crepes every time.
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.
How to Make Fresh Homemade Pasta - It's so easy!
Making your own fresh pasta is fast and easy. You only need 3 ingredients. Let me show you how simple it is with my step-by-step photo instructions.
The Recipe Calls for Caster Sugar? This is What...
A definition of caster sugar, along with recipe suggestions for using caster sugar. Plus how to make and where to buy caster sugar.
Give the Gift of Food: Top 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 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. Page 2.
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.
Top 12 Places to Buy Quality Meats Online
Check out this list of where to buy meat online. Find the best quality beef, pork, and lamb products delivered to your home.
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.
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.
The Best Food-of-the-Month Clubs
Some of the most respectable producers of delicious foods out there offer incredible gourmet food-of-the-month clubs to fit every taste and budget.
A Photo Guide to Making Fresh Ravioli from...
Making ravioli from scratch is easy to do. Once you learn the basics with these step-by-step instructions, you can fill your ravioli with anything you can imagine.
Don't Buy Just Any Vanilla: Top 10 Vanilla...
Vanilla is an essential cooking ingredient for which there is no true substitute. Here is a list of premium vanilla extracts that I consider to be the very best.
No Arborio Rice? You Can Make Risotto with...
Learn about Arborio rice substitutes for risotto recipes, including short grained rices and other starchy grains.
How to Choose and Cut Pineapples
Check out my step-by-step instructions (with pictures) on how to cut fresh, juicy pineapple with the least amount of work and still get the most amount of fruit.
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.
Top 10 Drinking Chocolates: Not Just Your...
"Drinking Chocolates" are made from real chocolate as opposed to "Hot Cocoa" which is made from cocoa
Top Ice Cream Brands to Order by Mail
Small Ice Cream Companies around the country are churning out some amazing frozen treats. Here are some of my favorite ice cream artisans who sell their products online.
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.
Watermelon Martini
Cool, refreshing watermelon in a martini. Sweet perfection!
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.
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.
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.
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
What's In Season? - October Foods
A list of what fruits and vegetables are in season in October.
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.
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.
How to Trim a Fresh Artichoke Like a Pro
Here is a step-by-step method to show you how to properly trim an artichoke. You'll be pleasantly rewarded with the superior taste of fresh artichoke.
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.
A Safe and Easy Way to Peel an Avocado Like a Pro
Fresh avocado is a real treat. Here is a simple technique for peeling an avocado to get to the delicious flesh and how to easily remove the pit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Corn Fritters with Dill Cream, Smoked Salmon,...
Warm, delicious fritters topped with a dill and horseradish cream, crisp bacon, smoked salmon, and spicy arugula leaves.
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.
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.
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...
If you can only have one good knife, a chef's knife is what you want. A high quality chef's knife will cost you money, but if properly taken care of it will last a lifetime.
Where to Shop for the Best Cookware Online
Fancy cookware or kitchen tools aren't necessary to cook great food. They can, however, make your life a whole lot easier. Here are a dozen of my favorite online stores for kitchenware, in no particular order. So whether you're looking for a chef's knife or a cherry pitter or that whatchamacallit that does that thing, look here first. These shops often have sales, so check around for the best price.
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.
Where's the Best Place to Buy Fresh Black...
The heavenly taste of truffles is only matched by its price tag. Luckily, it only takes a small slice to flavor an entire dish. Here are the best reputable shops online to find fresh truffles.
An Illustrated Guide to Opening an Oyster
Raw oysters on the half shell are a culinary treat. Opening the oysters is really a quite simple task, although it does take a bit of practice.
What Fruits and Vegetables Are in Season in...
A list of what fruits and vegetables are in season in November.
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.
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.
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.
How to Make Homemade Potato Gnocchi: An...
Follow these easy step-by-step instructions (with pictures) to make light as a feather gnocchi every time. These simple little potato pillows are delicious!
FAQ: What Are Some Good Cheese Accompaniments?
An extensive list of cheese accompaniment suggestions, including gourmet specialty crackers, chutneys, cracker crisps, and much more.
Say No Table Salt! 10 Places to Buy Gourmet...
There is more to life than plain, boring table salt! Find hundreds of different varieties of gourmet salts from around the world at these great online shops.
Top Chef Boston - Season 12
Emmy Award nominated show Top Chef returns for its 12th season. Head judge celebrity chef Tom Colicchio returns with Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons and Hugh Acheson along with 16 talented chefs competing in Boston.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Awesome Nut Free Birthday Treats for School the...
Parent of a child with a nut allergy? Check out this list of sweet treats, all made in nut-free facilities - perfect for classroom birthday parties.
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.
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.
Aioli - Garlic Mayonnaise
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.
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.
Top 5 Places to Buy Quality Kobe/Wagyu Beef...
Kobe beef is a very high grade of beef from Japanese cattle (Wagyu) raised in Kobe, Japan. The genetics, diet, and handling of Wagyu create a beef product with a highly desirable flavor and a texture that melts in your mouth. Today, there are several U.S. producers that sell Kobe beef. Here is a list of reputable ranchers and vendors that sell Kobe beef online.
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.
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.
Cooking with Edible Flowers
Many varieties of flowers are edible and, in fact, taste wonderful. Adding flowers to a dish can add color, taste, and an unexpected surprise for your dinner guests. There are, however, a few rules you should follow before tossing in some flowers from your garden into tonight’s salad: 1. Positively identify the flower you want to use. 2. Make sure the flower is free of chemicals and bugs. 3. The flower should taste good and compliment the dish you wish to add it to.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is Panko?
A definition of panko bread crumbs, along with panko uses, recipes, and information on where to buy panko online.
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.
Boston Cream Pie
Boston Cream Pie is actually a cake made of two layers of sponge cake with vanilla pastry cream sandwiched
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.
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.
What is Sriracha?
Read about sriracha, and learn how to use sriracha Thai chili sauce. Plus, find out where to buy sriracha online.
Frozen Watermelon Margarita
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!
Heritage Turkeys
Learn about heritage turkeys, and find out where to buy these flavorful birds online for your Thanksgiving feast.
Stovetop Popcorn Recipe - How to Pop Popcorn on...
An easy recipe for old fashioned stovetop popcorn.
How to Make 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.
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.
Limoncello Panna Cotta with Dried Cherries
A creamy, elegant dessert, this Limoncello Panna Cotta is wonderfully flavorful with the taste of Limoncello liqueur and a dried cherry sauce that is not too sweet and has a hint of brandy.
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.
Exotic Fig and Sherry Ice Cream
Amazing Fig and Sherry Ice Cream is delicious, creamy, with a deep, exotic flavor. You won't find this at your local market!
Best Chocolate of the Month Clubs!
If you or someone you know is a chocolate lover, the chocolate-of-the-month club is a delicious gift that will be appreciated all year long.
Beurre Noisette
: Beurre Noisette - French term for "brown butter" or literally "hazelnut butter". Butter is cooked in
Carrot Cake Ice Cream
It's ice cream that tastes like carrot cake, only better.
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.
Cherry Tomato, Mozzarella, and Zucchini Pie
This delicious savory pie is bursting with flavor. Fresh cherry tomatoes, Parmesan and fresh mozzarella, zucchini and basil make this dish a delightful summer treat for your guests. The crust is nothing fancy but laid in rustic style like a galette.
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.
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!
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.
Spicy Spanish Tapas - Mussels al Diablo
Easy to prepare Spanish seafood tapas. Simple ingredients - tomatoes, garlic, white wine and a little spice turn mussels into something spectacular.
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.
World's Greatest Chef Ferran Adrià and the...
A photo collection of the world's greatest chef, Ferran Adria, and his restaurant El Bulli.
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.
Top 5 Places to Buy Live Lobster Online
Looking for live lobsters to prepare for your next party or dinner? I recommend Maine lobsters for the best flavor. Lobsters are expensive and you don't want to get ripped off. I've listed 5 of my favorite lobster companies here - all reputable businesses who either are Maine lobster fishermen themselves or they buy directly from Maine lobster fishermen, and package and deliver the live lobsters to you overnight so they are the freshest possible.
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.
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.
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.
The Ultimate Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe
Love lemon meringue pie? Try this recipe with a delicious, tangy lemon curd and loads of billowing meringue piled high.
Perfect Beer Battered Fish
The secret ingredient to a really good beer battered fish fry is beer. Use good beer because the taste will definitely stand out. Fry up a bunch - everyone's gonna want seconds!
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.
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.
Fresh Fig Ice Cream
Here is a very simple to make recipe for ice cream that takes advantage of the wonderful flavor of fresh figs.
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.
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.
Hickory Smoked Pork Shoulder with Carolina...
Nothing says southern cooking like slow-cooked pork and Carolina BBQ sauce.
Specialty Food Trade Shows
An overview of the major specialty food-related trade shows, along with dates and locations for upcoming shows.
Top 10 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Eco-Friendly
Everyone knows they're suppose to recycle. But what are some other ways to make your kitchen eco-friendly. Here is a list of ten easy ideas to help the environment, many that you can do right now.
Baked Crab Cakes with Spicy Mango Lime Sauce
Crab cakes are a wonderful American tradition found in most areas of the country. Crab cakes are an elegant dish, yet comfort food at the same time. You will find them on the menus of five-star restaurants and at most hole-in-the wall crab shacks. This particular recipe uses fairly traditional ingredients for the crab cakes, but adds spicy fruity sauce for some extra pizzazz.
Heavenly Hibiscus
A bit of hibiscus tea creates a unique and delicious vodka cocktail.
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.
Ricotta and Pear Cake
This dessert is a little complicated to make but is definitely worth the effort. One taste and you'll understand why it's one of Southern Italy's favorites. Pears, hazelnuts, and ricotta compliment each other very well in this delicious cake.
Mary Ann Salcedo
Ramsay's Sous Chef, Mary Ann Salcedo, has an impressive resum‚: degree from Institute of Culinary Education (New York), Head Chef at Green Street Cafe‚, Executive Chef at Harvest Valley Restaurant, Executive Chef at Merchants Restaurant, Executive Sous Chef at Rene Pujol Restaurant (NYC). She also teaches cooking classes. Page 15.
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.
Gypsy Peppers Stuffed with Frommage Blanc
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.
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.
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 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.
Tuscan Rosemary Lemon Drop
This wonderfully refreshing cocktail comes from Chef Kathy Casey - "I created this cocktail for the wedding
What is Farro?
A brief definition of farro, an ancient whole grain, including information on its uses in recipes.
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.
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.
Where to Buy Fresh Oysters
Do you love the almost magical flavor of fresh oysters? That amazing mineral-tinged and salty flavor of the ocean? Looking for the best fresh live oysters you can have delivered? Here is a handful of great reliable companies I recommend for getting your oysters shipped directly to your home.
Vodka Espresso - Coffee Cocktail or Delicious...
This more complex version of the espresso martini cocktail requires two types of coffee liqueur, the drier Tia Maria and a sweeter, richer Kahlua.
Top 10 Gourmet Sandwich Recipes
What could be more enjoyable than a perfectly made, tasty sandwich? It's the perfect comfort food! We've kicked things up a notch here with an assortment of delicious gourmet sandwiches. Fresh ingredients are the key to a great sandwich, so be sure to use the best you can find.
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.
Here's the Best Places to Buy Gourmet Food Gift...
Gifts baskets are a great way to show someone they are appreciated. There are lots of gift basket companies out there. Here are some of my favorites.
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!
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.
Gordon Ramsay Biography
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 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!
Grilled Rockefeller Oysters
Oysters Rockefeller is a classic way to prepare fresh live oysters - a mixture of wine, spinach leaves, bread crumbs, bacon, and Parmesan cheese.
Slaughterhouse Five Ribs
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).
Basil Ice Cream
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.
Pork Belly Sandwiches
This sandwich is a play on the classic BLT. Pork Belly is substituted for the bacon. Slow roasting is a long process but the result is meat with some incredible flavor! Fresh peaches can be added to this sandwich if you really want to push it over the top!
Easy Messy Mexican Style Grilled Corn
Mexican-style Grilled Corn. Freshly grilled corn slathered in mayonnaise and crumbly cheese with lime juice and a hint of chili pepper.
Ratatouille with Summer Herbs
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.
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.
Mile High Apple Pie
This apple pie is called 'mile-high' because it has almost twice as many apples inside than your regular apple pie. It's even better the second day, after the juices have had time to thicken properly.
Oven Braised Beef Short Ribs
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.
Tyler Florence's Chicken Enchiladas
Here is a delicious recipe for chicken enchiladas - full of delicious herbs and spices and lots of lots of cheese.

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