Pantry & Supermarket Tips

Two stuffings

Firehouse Challenge: Stuffing

Next up came stuffing. Arguably, this has the most "active" time of any of the traditional side dishes. There's chopping and sauteing involved. I made this dish twice, once manually cutting up the … [Read More...]

woman reading her shopping list in the supermarket

Food Links: Supermarket tricks, healthy eats, novice bartending

Forget buy-one-get-one-free, the big news in supermarkets are major "stock up" promotions, such as 5-for-$5 and 10-for-$10 are the new supermarket trend to get consumers to buy more. People should pay … [Read More...]

mashed potatoes

Challenge: Real mashed potatoes vs. Instant

I can understand the lure of instant mashed potatoes. You want comfort, you want it now. According to Wisegeek.com, a Canadian scientist developed instant mashed back in 1962. Nutritionally … [Read More...]

Thanksgiving Recipes

Fearless Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving round-up: Great online resources

I had to stop into my local supermarket yesterday to pick up two bottles of Prosecco -- and a pack of new kitchen sponges as that's the kind of thrilling dichotomy that rules my life. The place was … [Read More...]

Whole Homemade Thanksgiving Turkey

Fearless Thanksgiving Guide

We all know that holiday dinners should be a time to celebrate family, friends and food, but more often than not, it's a stressful holiday, with anxious hosts more worried about the turkey than about … [Read More...]

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How to Plan for a Big Holiday Meal

Holiday meals can cause even confident cooks a great deal of performance anxiety. Here are a few Le Cordon Bleu-style tips for making the whole thing go easier: Get your chef's knife sharpened. If … [Read More...]

Cooking fundamentals

Omelet

How to Make an Omelet (video lesson)

One of my chefs at Le Cordon Bleu once said, “If you can make an omelet, you’ll never be hungry.” So true. An omelet is inexpensive, versatile and amazingly quick to prepare. While it’s typically thought of as a breakfast dish, British food writer Elizabeth David wrote about an omelet with a glass of wine […]

roasted green beans

Recipe: Rosemary-Thyme-Lemon Oil

Adapted from a story by editor Jennifer Armentrout from Fine Cooking, this infused oil can be added to roasted vegetables before cooking or to steamed vegetables afterward. It provides a lovely complement to roasted beets, butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, fennel, mushrooms, parsnips, potatoes, and sweet potatoes. Yields enough for about one to two pounds of roasted vegetables.  […]

Which one tastes the best... to you? There's only one way to find out.

How to do a Comparative Tasting and Why You Should

Salt to taste. If you’ve ever read a recipe, you’ve probably seen that line. Though common, it’s also a common source of confusion for home cooks. “Whose taste?” some ask. The answer, your taste, often leads to more questioning: “What is my taste?” or “What if my taster’s no good?” Salt to taste just means salt […]

White ceramic mortar and pestle with rosemary

Spices & Herbs: A Quick Lesson

As this terrific video by Consumer Reports shows, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on fancy spices. However, the key element is when spices get old. Ground herbs and spices are more exposed to air, and thus they lose their potency more quickly. Spices vs. Herbs First, its important to know the […]