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Cooking Pasta

Cooking Pasta

There are a few pasta cooking rules that are important to memorize and you’ll have perfect pasta every time. Boil your noodles in well-salted water, save that pasta liquid to make the glossiest pan sauce, do not rinse cooked pasta, and always pass extra grated parmesan cheese at the table. “Work With What You Got!” […]

Precooking Ribs Before Grilling

Precooking Ribs Before Grilling

To make delicious grilled baby back or spare ribs bake them a day or two in advance. Precooking ribs tenderizes the meat and shortens cooking time. Leave them in the refrigerator for a day or two after precooking them and the flavor develops even further. Remove ribs from refrigerator 1 hour before cooking and let […]

Got Umami?

Got Umami?

Umami is considered the fifth flavor (after sweet, sour, salty, and bitter). Umami is difficult to define, but is “something” that makes a meal memorable. Often used by chefs, umami is a rich, savory taste imparted by the amino acid glutamate and ribonucleotides-molecules containing the sugar ribose that are components of RNA – that occur […]

Perplexing Foodstuffs

Perplexing Foodstuffs

Perplexing Foodstuffs There are those foods that can be rather difficult to figure out how to eat without looking like you were born in a cave. Here are some useful tips for properly eating perplexing foodstuffs. Artichokes Pluck off artichoke leaves and scrape the tender part (not the prickly point) between your teeth (preferably after […]

Sautéing Tips

Sautéing Tips

Sautéing Tips Some foods need moist, long cooking to tenderize them while others just require a quick sauté in a skillet.  Sauté means “jump” in French which describes the tossing and turning in the skillet during the cooking process.  There are a few basic secrets to perfect sautéing that will help you get better cooking […]