Mar 21

To say sorbet can be superior to ice cream in its ability to satisfy a sweet tooth is a huge feat.  When made well, and with fruit in its prime, its water base exudes flavor in a way that its creamier cousin can’t compete with. The milk and cream base of ice cream, while lusciously [...]

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Jan 18

Some people think that all there is to cooking is the ability to follow a recipe. If this were true than I truly think people would be a lot less intimidated by the prospect of making dinner every night, let alone cooking for guests. The reality is that it takes some organization to successfully cook [...]

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Sep 24

The Big Night Italian blood runs strong in our family. Signs of it have always been there, but being married to someone not from Italian lineage makes the difference stand out even more so. And while my husband may not quite understand my abnormal obsession with the perfect shot of espresso, heaping piles of broccoli [...]

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Jun 06

In the first part of this series I focused on vinaigrettes, which are usually my go-to choice for dressing a salad. I can’t resist a properly made Caesar salad, though, and once I learned how to make an exceptional one from scratch it was hard to have it any other way. Creamy emulsifications have their [...]

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Apr 22

Part I: Vinaigrettes It has been many years since I have counted a store bought salad dressing among my pantry staples. In my opinion, it is pointless to prepare a fresh homemade salad only to offer a selection of prefabricated bottled concoctions along side it. The veggies quickly become muted by an overbearing blend of [...]

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Mar 04

I have had a lot of people ask me to include a post on basic knife skills. Like anything else, the more hands on practice you have, the more natural and comfortable a skill can become. Most home cooks don’t spend enough time repetiitvely chopping, slicing and dicing ingredients to have it become second nature, [...]

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Jan 05

When I was in culinary school, in order to pass Basic Cuisine, the entry level course in savory food, every student needed to perfect the art of making an omelette. I say “art” because according to my French instructor, there is a very precise way of cooking this egg concoction so that it turns out [...]

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Dec 01

With the start of December I start to notice signs that Winter is quickly approaching. Darkness begins to descend earlier, the streets are hushed as people bustle indoors, and the stark chill in the air is broken only by the distant smell of smoke coming from a chimney.  Instinctively I look for ways to create [...]

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Sep 10

Properly cooking a piece of fish is a technique that seems to elude many home cooks. I believe that it stems from an insecurity of cooking at high temperatures and the fear that fish is too delicate to withstand serious heat. The reality is that cooking fish can be one of the easiest things to [...]

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Sep 09

Learning to make the trinity of stocks is one of the most essential skills you can add to your repertoire of cooking techniques. If there is a “secret” to really good cooking it is the fact that there are no shortcuts. It is a labor of love, and every layer of a recipe, regardless of [...]

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