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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...

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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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Just Spices a Dash of Deliciousness

Let’s face it: for many people, buying spices feels as mundane as buying socks, a slightly annoying chore that brings little to no joy into your life. And once spices are in the cupboard, they tend to stay there gathering dust. With a mission to change that perception, transform how we think about spices, and show the huge difference that they can make, Germany-based Just Spices brings a delicious new approach to American shores, with 20 organic spice blends and two everyday essentials, available exclusively through its website, www.justspices.com. A spice trip around the world Just Spices has gained throngs of enthusiastic...

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Eating Bugs, the Next Food Frontier

Food trends come and go, but who would have predicted the rise in popularity of eating bugs.  Buggin’ Out, a new online series documents Don Peavy (ChefPV) his obsession with turning insect delicacies into the norm. Buggin’ Out debuted on Facebook and YouTube, the series focuses on entomophagy (the practice of eating insects) for the sake of sustainability, nutrition, and as a solution to hunger issues globally. Inspired by the highly praised 2013 book Edible Insects: Future Prospects for Food and Feed Security, which was commissioned by the  United Nations, ChefPV has become passionate about entomophagy as a vehicle for worldwide food sustainability....

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Discovering KOA: Iron Chef Food in a Manhattan setting

One of the many things I love about New York City is the sense of discovery I feel whenever I “find” a street I haven’t traveled, a pocket park or a new hotel. While those places may have been seen and enjoyed by countless others before me, I always have a “Eureka” moment when I discover a really special restaurant. And that was how I felt when I had dinner with my daughter at KOA in the Flatiron district. I had been invited by the restaurant’s public relations representative to review KOA’s modern Chinese/Japanese fusion dishes and their healthier...

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