An interview with my 8-year-old friend Aubrey

I am always interested in what other people think or like about food. So, I asked my good friend, Aubrey, one of the coolest dudes I know, a few questions.   Here are his answers. What’s your favorite food?  Pizza What’s your favorite special treat?  Brownies I know you are a martial artist, so what do you […]

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  February 7, 2009   1 comment

Al Dente…cooking pasta “just right”

Al dente is an Italian term which describes the consistency of pasta cooked to a tender firmness. It literally means “to the tooth.” Pasta al dente is considered to be pasta cooked “just right,” when it is slightly resistant as you bite into it, but not soft or overdone. Hence, “just right.”

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  January 29, 2009   No comments

Pre Dinner Party Preparation

To give yourself more time with your dinner guests during the hors d’oeuvres time, or even time with your family before your evening meal, try searing your seasoned (at least salt and pepper) protein in a very, very hot skillet, for up to 2 minutes on each side to get a nice crust on it […]

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  January 24, 2009   No comments

Make Your Own Spice Mix

For those spice mixes that you know you will only use once in a great while, try making your own with spices you probably already have in your pantry. For example: Chinese Style Five Spice Mix equal parts (powdered): fennel, anise, ginger, cinnamon, cloves. Now you have incorporated the five basic flavors of Chinese cooking; […]

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  January 18, 2009   No comments

Garlic…for cooking…for your health!

Garlic, sometimes called the stinking rose, is one of the most popular ingredients in the world not only for its flavor, but because it has been considered medicinal as far back to the Egyptian slaves who built the pyramids. They were fed garlic because it was believed to provide prolonged, physical strength. The Greeks and […]

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  January 10, 2009   1 comment

What to Stock in Your Pantry

Have a look at these items that I suggest you keep in your pantry at all times.  It will make your life easier for your daily cooking, and for those spur of the moment meals.  If you see something you never use, then leave it out, and be sure to add your favorite things.  SPICE RACK cayenne […]

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  December 20, 2008   2 comments

The Peaceful Olive

Since the 17th century B.C., the olive tree has been thought to be sacred, and the olive branch is considered a symbol of peace.    The olive is native to the Mediterranean area and grown as a small fruit and for its oil.  In the United States they are grown mostly in Arizona, California and New Mexico.  […]

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  December 14, 2008   2 comments

Quick Bites

Did you know that peanuts are actually legumes, not nuts?  So it is of the plant species, therefore not junk food but good for you!  But they are high in fat, so not so good by the handfuls.  ‘Tis the season for Schnapps!  The word “Schnapps” is of German origin, meaning “mouthful”.  My interpretation of that is “SHOOTERS”!  And since […]

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  December 3, 2008   No comments

Preparing A Cheese Platter

A while back I was asked to prepare appetizers for a house warming party.  As I was working on my menu, I decided one item choice should be a cheese platter, because that sounded easy, quick and cheap.   Was I ever wrong!   When I did a little research to see what to serve with the cheese […]

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  November 20, 2008   No comments

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