Monthly Archives: January 2010

Stuffed Sweet Potato Recipe

If you’re a fan of sweet potatoes or yams, you’re really going to flip over this recipe. I came up with it last week for a vegetarian client of mine, and she loved it! Remember, sweet potatoes are full of nutrients that are great for you!

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Cooking Secrets of Chefs

Here’s the truth – there are shortcuts and secrets that the pros use in commercial kitchens. These little tricks are used to save time, and also cut down on product waste. These simple tricks can be used in your own kitchen to help make you a more proficient and effective cook. Shhhhh…..don’t share these secrets with just anyone!

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All About Chocolate

Just say the word “Chocolate,” and you evoke a visceral reaction in people… Mouths water, pupils dilate and stomachs rumble. You rarely hear someone say, “No chocolate for me.” Or, “I’m gonna pass on that chocolate cake.” Ever hear, “I need some chocolate?” All the time. Why is this? Does chocolate have some mystical power over us? How do our chocolate cravings make us drive to the store at 3am, just so we can experience that smooth texture and sweet aftertaste? One thing is for sure, there is a chemical component present in chocolate that does not exist in other foods.

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How to Cook Pasta

Everyone thinks their way of cooking pasta is the right way. I’ve been asked the following questions regarding this process: How long should I cook pasta? Do I put salt in the water, and if so, how much should I use? Does cold water boil faster than hot water? Should I put oil in the water? I’ll be able to tell that my pasta is done by throwing some at the wall- if it sticks, viola!

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The Five Mother Sauces

That’s what my Soups, Stocks, and Sauces Chef said in Culinary School as we filed into his classroom for the first time. He went on to explain that there are five mother sauces, and their importance was immeasurable.

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Cooking with Herbs

I often get calls from my friends and family with cooking questions, one of the most frequent questions I get asked is, “I’m cooking such and such, what herbs should I use?” Talk about an open-ended question with infinite answers.

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Preventing Foodborne Illness

Improperly cooked foods, poor sanitation habits and cross-contamination can all lead to Food-borne illness; something that can easily be avoided if you know how to work properly in the kitchen.

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Huge Tuna, Huge Sum

A giant bluefin tuna fetched 16.3 million yen ($177,000) in an auction Tuesday at the world’s largest wholesale fish market in Japan.

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Restaurant Truths

You’ve all thought it—“If I send this soup back because it’s cold my server is going to spit in it!” Not true! In my 20+ years of working in the food service industry, I’ve never once seen anyone spit in food. There are many myths that surround restaurant and their practices; some are true, while some are total fabrications. Check out a few restaurant truths

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New Year’s Resolutions

During the holidays we tend to over-indulge…. It’s easy to add some extra weight during November and December, so what should you do to take off the excess weight? Here are a few tips.

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