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Butter Basics

Butter Basics

Salted & Unsalted Butter Butter comes either salted or unsalted (also called sweet). Although all salted butter contains some amount of salt (salt used to be added as a preservative, but today it’s added primarily for flavor), some salted butters are noticeably salty. The problem is the word some. Since the amount of slat can […]

Turkey Basics

Turkey Basics

Choosing A Bird How big should you buy? If you don’t want leftovers then estimate 1 pound of turkey per person. If you do want leftovers then estimate 1 1/2 pounds per person. Fresh Or Frozen Should you buy fresh or frozen? Fresh will keep for 4 days in the refrigerator. There is no need […]

Making The Most Out Of The Restaurant Experience

Making The Most Out Of The Restaurant Experience

Whether you’re a frequent or an occasional restaurant diner it’s nice to know a few inside tips on how to maximize your experience. If you’re health conscious, don’t buy into claims that the food you order will meet your needs. Most restaurants don’t make food that’s healthy. They’re job is to make it taste good. […]

Date Night At Home

Date Night At Home

Going out for dinner on Valentine’s Day is a risky affair. Even the best restaurants can have “overload difficulties” on such a busy night where couples have expectations of restaurant perfection. A better way to manage expectations is to take control of them yourself. Food is a language of love. You know what you like […]

How To Cook Romanesco Broccoli

How To Cook Romanesco Broccoli

Cut Into Pieces (like you would broccoli) Steam Add 1 to 2 Tablespoons, Butter, Ghee or Clarified Butter Add 1 Tablespoon Spice Mixture Of Your Choice OR Preheat Oven to 425 degrees. Line Baking Sheet With Parchment Paper Scatter Pieces Onto Baking Sheet Drizzle With Olive Oil Season With Kosher Salt & Pepper Place In […]

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

I like to eat seasonal fruits and vegetables. Brussels sprouts are a hearty winter vegetable and are sweetest and most tender after a hard frost. They are a good source of fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin C. Look for young, small green sprouts that have tightly formed buds. Avoid any yellowing, which means that the sprouts […]

Orzo

Orzo

Orzo is the Italian word for barley; however, orzo is not made from barley at all, but rather from semolina, which is a course ground flour made from durum wheat. With its shape reminiscent of slivered almonds, orzo cooks up in about half the time of rice, making it a speedy standby to have on […]

Chocolate

Chocolate

The labels of many chocolate brands now state the amount of cacao (which means cocoa beans or any part of the beans, including cocoa butter) in their chocolate. The higher the cacao content, the less sugar the chocolate contains. You will also see chocolate described as bittersweet or semisweet. The USDA puts all sweetened dark […]

Cookies

Cookies

When making cookies make sure not to overcream the butter and sugar. Unlike cake batter baked in a pan, cookie dough is baked free-form. When the dough is heated and the chemical leaveners expand the air bubbles, the bubbles burst without a pan to force the dough upward, producing flat cookies. For cookies, cream the […]

Poultry

Poultry

Have you ever reached into the cavity of a fresh chicken and found it frozen inside? Poultry can be chilled to 26 degrees and still be considered fresh. Water may freeze at 32 degrees, but poultry flesh doesn’t freeze solid until it reaches 25 degrees. The extra few degrees will lengthen the shelf life of […]