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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.
Pomegranates are in season during the fall and winter months. The edible seeds (actually called arils, the tiny seed is surrounded by a juice sac) and juice, which have a wonderful sweet flavor, are great for cooking or enjoying on their own. Here is one method of cutting open a pomegranate that minimizes the mess and gives you the greatest possible yield of edible fruit.
A list of what fruits and vegetables are in season in October.
Making your own pasta is a skill every cook should know. It's a very simple process and uses only three ingredients. Your dinner guests, however, will be deservedly impressed. Let me show you how easy it is with my step-by-step photo instructions.
Gourmet gift baskets make a wonderful gift any time of the year but are especially welcome around the holidays. Don't know what to give someone or short on time? Almost everyone loves and appreciates the gift of food. It's hard to go wrong. There are thousands of gift basket companies, a few good ones and a lot of not so good ones. Here are some of my favorite companies that are reliable, feature high quality gourmet foods, and have good customer service.
Lots of ideas for cheese fondue dippers, plus fondue recipes, and suggestions for what to serve to make a meal of cheese fondue.
A definition of caster sugar, along with recipe suggestions for using caster sugar. Plus how to make and where to buy caster sugar.
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 list of what fruits and vegetables are in season in November.
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.
"Drinking Chocolates" are made from real chocolate as opposed to "Hot Cocoa" which is made from cocoa
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn about Arborio rice substitutes for risotto recipes, including short grained rices and other starchy grains.
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.
Learn about heritage turkeys, and find out where to buy these flavorful birds online for your Thanksgiving feast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prized since ancient times, the
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.
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.
Ferran Adria has been called the world's greatest chef. He is certainly one of the most creative. Gourmet magazine referred to Adria as
Twice, New York Magazine voted Neil Kleinberg’s blueberry pancakes best in the city. These are really good, and now you can make them.
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.
A brief definition of the flavor enhancer Torula yeast, plus information on its use as a natural flavor enhancer and MSG alternative.
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 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.
An easy recipe for old fashioned stovetop popcorn.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gordon Ramsay has been called a lot of things in his life. Nice guy probably isnt one of them. Chef Ramsay is more known for his temper and scathing outbursts in the kitchen. However, despite his unconventional management style, he is without a doubt one of the best chefs in the world and has several successful restaurants to prove it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A photo collection of the world's greatest chef, Ferran Adria, and his restaurant El Bulli.
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.
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.
Countdown to Christmas with a gourmet Advent Calendar. Whether you want a refillable heirloom or like to switch things up each year, here are four great Advent calendar splurges and steals to check out.
The apple cake recipe is simple to throw together at a moments notice but wonderfully delicious. A spongy light cake stuffed with tons of spiced apples!
A definition of panko bread crumbs, along with panko uses, recipes, and information on where to buy panko online.
Roasting cauliflower really brings out a deep, rich flavor that is very satisfying. This soup is blended with roast garlic and sauteed onions, along with lots of bacon and a pinch of thyme.
An extensive list of cheese accompaniment suggestions, including gourmet specialty crackers, chutneys, cracker crisps, and much more.
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.
Fall brings us a bounty of delicious fruits. Apples, pears, and cranberries make a wonderful combination. Both tart and sweet, this salad make a great salad to start a meal or can be used as a side dish to accompany chicken or pork.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Wonderfully sweet and gooey caramel apples have been a treat for children and adults alike for at least a century. Popular at fairs and carnivals, caramel apples have become gourmet in recent years with a huge variety of delicious toppings and variations added. Making your own caramel apples at home is quite easy and much cheaper than your local candy shop.
Try white truffle oil drizzled over eggs, popcorn, creamy cheeses, pasta, salads, or mushroom dishes. Use to finish polenta or as a dipping oil.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Praline Bacon is great served with blue cheese. The crispy sugar-coated bacon and black pepper contrasts very nicely with the salty and creamy blue cheese. Makes a great appetizer or party hors d'oeuvre.
From Geoffrey Zakarian's Town/Country Cookbook. Geoffrey Zakarian has cooked at some of the worlds best restaurants over the past twenty years, including Arpège in Paris and the Dorchester in London. In New York City, he was the Chef de Cuisine at Le Cirque and Executive Chef of 44 at the Royalton and 21. In 2001, he opened Town in midtown Manhattan and in 2005 Country near Madison Square Park.
A roundup of the best BBQ sauces on the market, including lots of all natural barbecue sauces in a range of styles and flavors.
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.
A brief definition of farro, an ancient whole grain, including information on its uses in recipes.
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.
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.
This biography highlights the life of inspirational Southern chef Edna Lewis, discussing her influential career and famous cookbooks.
: Beurre Noisette - French term for "brown butter" or literally "hazelnut butter". Butter is cooked in
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.
This deliciously savory appetizer is of British origin, where fresh oysters are wrapped in bacon and then broiled. Here we deep fry them for an unbelievably tasty treat. The smokiness of the bacon pairs very well with the rémoulade, which also makes a great dipping sauce for other seafood.
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.
Find out how gingerbread houses became associated with Christmas, and learn where to buy a Christmas gingerbread house kit online.
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.
Cool, refreshing watermelon in a martini. Sweet perfection!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The Michelin Guide (Le Guide Michelin) is an annual guide book to hotels and restaurants in over a dozen
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.
Boston Cream Pie is actually a cake made of two layers of sponge cake with vanilla pastry cream sandwiched
The James Beard Foundation is the most prestigious organization in the professional culinary world. Since 1986, the annual James Beard Foundation Awards honor the best chefs, restaurant professionals, food writers and other media in the industry. There are 55 categories in the Foundation’s various awards programs – Restaurant and Chef, Restaurant Design and Graphics, Book, Broadcast and Journalism – in addition to special achievement award honorees including Lifetime Achievement, Humanitarian of the Year, Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America and America’s Classics.
Curious about Greek yogurt? Find out how Greek yogurt differs from American yogurt, plus get links to Greek yogurt reviews and recipes.
A brief definition of hominy, a Southern food staple ingredient also known as posole.
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes you just need good old comfort food. Pulled pork takes a long time to cook, but it's well worth the wait. Juicy, tender pork melts in your mouth. Rich, tangy barbecue sauce and spicy apple chutney create a wonderful taste sensation. Messy, fatty, and rich. Good stuff!
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).
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.
An overview of the major specialty food-related trade shows, along with dates and locations for upcoming shows.
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.
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.
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.
Read about sriracha, and learn how to use sriracha Thai chili sauce. Plus, find out where to buy sriracha online.
A little sweet and a little spicy, this earthy pumpkin soup will surely keep you warm on those cool, dark days.
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 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sorbets are much easier to make than ice creams and generally more flavorful. As an added bonus, they are usually fat-free or, at least, low fat. Apple sorbets are normally tart. I use apple cider instead of juice to give it a richer flavor. Adding rum gives the sorbet a more complicated taste. A very simple recipe.
I always joke about how bad my mom’s cooking was, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize that a lot of what I know about cooking came from her. I can’t even count how many times she made this honest, simple apple cake—it seems as if we always had one in the refrigerator and another in the freezer, just in case we had unexpected company.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here's a beautiful comfort soup from Chef Patrick O'Connell (The Inn at Little Washington). Delicious and complex flavors with a velvety texture. Perfect for those cold winter days.
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.
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!
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.
Why should just the kids enjoy all the yummy treats on Halloween? Skip the cheap candy and check out some of these amazing gourmet foods especially themed for Halloween. It's the perfect time to give someone (or yourself!) a special treat. Here are my top ten picks for gourmet Halloween treats to give (in no particular order).
This rich, velvety soup brings together the classic combination of brie and fresh apples. A delightful starter to any meal, the addition of bread makes this soup into a meal itself. A tasty recipe with only a minimum amount of effort needed.
Celebrity bad boy Chef Gordon Ramsay is back with a new culinary competition show, MASTERCHEF on the FOX network. After a nationwide search for the best home cooks in America, the series will turn one of 50 contestants into a culinary superstar and America’s first-ever MASTERCHEF. Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Chef Ramsay about his newest television project.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The James Beard Foundation is the most prestigious organization in the professional culinary world. Since 1986, the annual James Beard Foundation Awards honor the best chefs, restaurant professionals, food writers and other media in the industry. Here are the semifinalists for the Restaurant and Chef catagories.
Simplicity itself, this healthy ceviche dish makes a great starter or light dinner.
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.