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The Mediterranean Diet 101: What is it and How it Benefits You

When you first hear of a Mediterranean diet, you may instantly run to a map to remind yourself of just what countries are on the Mediterranean Sea. The main countries are Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Israel. These are all countries with completely different gastronomic mainstays, so how does a diet combine all of those? Surely, it must be you’ll be eating paella from Spain, scarfing down escargot from France, loading up on pasta and pizza from Italy, eating your body-weight in durum kebabs from Turkey, and dipping everything into hummus from Israel. Well, not exactly but that...

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Top Three Kitchen Advancements for Today’s Technicurean Home Chefs

The latest advances in home kitchen design and technology Today’s home chefs are smart and sophisticated. They want the latest tools to simplify their lives and make their culinary dreams a reality. This year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, North America’s premier industry event, highlighted the top kitchen design innovations, including smart technology that helps the modern home chef achieve professional-level results in their own kitchen. Other top themes included sustainability and ways integrated technology can improve food and drink preservation, plus overall wellness. Here’s what we learned: 1) Smarter appliances offer restaurant-worthy results All that practice and preparation...

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Calling all foodies: 4 trends shaping home cooking in 2019

Today’s chefs and home cooks alike are seeking more meaningful food experiences, with smart, intuitive technology that’s high-performing and saves time. This year, leading brands are changing the way culinary enthusiasts source and prepare their food, emphasizing a heightened level of respect for all ingredients throughout the process. The result? Delicious food and healthier lifestyles. Here are four trends driving the evolution of home cooking in 2019: 1. Farm fresh, locally sourced food. More than ever, home cooks strive to use fresh, locally grown or raised organic products, both in the interests of sustainability and to achieve the best...

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WÜSTHOF A Cut Above

Carving the Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas ham is a symbolic ritual that signifies a celebration is underway. As I started formulating my plans for the holiday season, the majority of my lists revolve around food, cocktails and desserts. Once the menus are established, I move on to tableware, accessories and the like. My mind wanders and I reflect back to holidays past. In my family, we’re all very particular as to the specific knife used for the bird or dessert pie. We still laugh about my grandma using the long serrated bread knife to reach across the table to...

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Chef Adrianne Calvo Shares Her Thanksgiving Secrets

If you close your eyes, you can almost smell the Thanksgiving turkey in the oven. Yes, it’s that time of year when we start planning our holiday menus. What side dishes will accompany your holiday bird? Should we serve white or red wine? Chef Adrianne Calvo was kind enough to share some of her Thanksgiving secrets, including her recipe for “Your Best Turkey Ever!” and Evergreen Autumn side dish. Chef Adrianne Calvo just released a two-volume set of cookbooks, publishing her 100 finest recipes, entitled The A-List: Vol. I and II. Chef Adrianne delves into starters, desserts, and everything...

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5 Simple Mistakes to Avoid When Baking

Do you love to create delicious bread, cakes, or pastries in the kitchen? If so, you could unknowingly be making some big mistakes in the kitchen, one that leave your cakes unrisen, cookies doughy and brownies less than gooey. Even seasoned bakers are guilty of using the wrong tools, ingredients, or techniques, which could impact their bakes. Here are five simple mistakes to avoid when baking. Checking the Cake in the Oven Patience is a virtue when baking. You might be eager to learn how your cake or cookie is coming along in the oven, but opening the door...

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Sex, Food & Rock N Roll With Chef Giovannina Bellino

We sat down with Giovannina Bellino, the creator of the Flavor Bombs, cook and personality extraordinaire to discuss inspiration, cooking and more. What do you do? I produce and sell a food product called flavorbombs and I am a cookbook author; Cooking With Flavor Bombs. I have a website and blog called Sex~Food~Rock & Roll because these are important topics to most people and it puts a smile on our faces. How did you get into your profession?  I LOVE cooking for my family and always tried to streamline the process. I’m a vegetable gardener and I made pesto and soffritto...

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Every Single Way To Cook An Onion

The mighty onion! Is there any meal it won’t improve? Onions spice up your dinner every night of the week, so how can you spice up the variety? Onion in curry, onion in gravy, onion in soup or stew: You only need to know how to operate a frying pan to prepare its most basic form. But you’re missing a treat if you don’t consider some of the other ways you can cook them! Caramelizing your onion, for example, will sweeten its flavours. This is a great way to liven up a tartlet or a risotto. Or if you...

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Go Beyond the Bean This Cinco de Mayo

The Better Bean Company loves their beans. Their mission to inspire people to eat more beans. Their mantra is, “For the Love of Beans”.  With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, between the margarita’s and tortilla chips, the bean will be taking center stage. Particularly the refried and black bean type.  As the folks at The Better Bean Company will tell you, there are many varieties of beans. It’s not all just black and refried. This family owned business was founded by Keith Kullberg after he developed a recipe for refried red beans, while attending Oregon State. It...

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The UK according to cakes and biscuits

Here in the UK we’re lovers of something sweet — whether that be a mid-afternoon snack, an accompaniment to our tea or something after dinner. There rarely seems a time when a cake or biscuit wouldn’t suffice. These delicious treats are signatures of not only the UK itself but the different countries and regions that help make Great Britain, great! Take the classic Scottish shortbread. It began life as scraps from a medieval “biscuit bread”, twice baked. It now takes place as a culinary icon — delicious, buttery and sweet. Or how about Parkin, a regional ginger cake of...

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Alternative Grills Trend Report

Courtesy of the Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet media relations team Traditional gas and charcoal grills have been backyard mainstays for decades. But now, many homeowners are becoming more sophisticated in their outdoor cooking. And they’re looking for products that allow for more cooking versatility. That is, appliances that enable more authentic flavors and new techniques. They want real smoky flavors. They want to experiment with different types of heat. They want to perform authentic cooking techniques. And they’re doing it with ‘alternative grills’. Now is the time when many of your readers are looking to add these products to their...

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13 Simple Cooking Mistakes You Should Avoid Making

Everyone has their own approach to cooking. Maybe you like to keep it simple, or perhaps you like to try something more adventurous once in a while. But whatever your standard as a cook, it only takes one little mistake to ruin a meal. How can you ensure your efforts in the kitchen are the success they should be? We’ve all had that feeling: After hours slaving over a hot stove, carefully following the recipe, you present your family with a picturesque plateful of steaming food. But when they bite into it, the look on their face tells another...

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