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    Dummy's Guide to Ordering First Date Wine

    Dummy's Guide to Ordering First Date Wine
    First dates are very fragile affairs. They are about two individuals testing the waters to decide if they are compatible enough or if it is worthwhile spending your gunpowder in a relationship with the other person. On a first date you would probably have many things to worry about, but if I were you I would certainly make sure that ordering ...
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    Homemade Soymilk: Fresh, Hot, Strained

    Homemade Soymilk: Fresh, Hot, Strained
    The strangest thing about this endeavor is that I am allergic to soymilk. Yup. I am Asian, and so I am lactose intolerant. And I am ALSO allergic to soymilk. Yet, I refuse to shy away and head for the rice milk aisle. Christ. Some people are just so good at marketing free stuff. My mother would scoff at the fact ...
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    Buckwheat flour in baking & cooking

    Buckwheat flour in baking & cooking
    Buckwheat may seem like an old familiar in savory Breton crepes or in earthy, nutty Japanese soba noodles, but it's also a uniquely versatile ingredient that can be baked into biscuits, rolled into Italian pasta and embraced in other ways that might surprise even, say, a veteran cookie baker. Cookies become crumblier, pancakes have a richer crumb, pasta remains firmer, and ...
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    Ready, Set ... Grill!

    Ready, Set ... Grill!
    The weather may be cooling but don't give up on autumn's final s'mores, as few dishes are more satisfying than those cooked in the great outdoors. Make sure to be prepared for gourmet grilling with a few key tools to keep everything sizzling. We made our list of must-haves, and asked a couple of experts to chime in on their favorite ...
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    How to Cook Spring Lamb

    How to Cook Spring Lamb
    Easter traditionally heralds the beginning of Britain’s highly prized new-season lamb. It’s a fantastic red meat and an ingredient I get really excited about. Young lambs produce tender meat but the flavour and texture can vary massively according to breed, age, feed and pasture. Needless to say, it is important to ask your butcher about the provenance of the meat. A ...
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    How to Use and Find Edible Flowers

    How to Use and Find Edible Flowers
    Flowers have always been a part of the table from the times of the Greeks, Romans, and Ancient Chinese. Flowers have been used as table decorations and as part of our meals. Edible flowers not only impact our visual and olfactory joys, but, are also used to tantalize our taste buds. The tiny splashes of color provided by flower can be ...
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    From Nose to Tail or How to Butcher a Pig

    From Nose to Tail or How to Butcher a Pig
    From Nose to Tail was the title of the seminar here at the Sante Restaurant Symposium 2009 in Lake George, NY. Chef Jamie Bissonnette of Toro and the soon to open Copa in Boston, MA was on hand to demonstrate not only the butchering of a pig but also the unique ways to use the whole hog. With the popularity of ...
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    Bringing Malai Kofta to Your Table

    Bringing Malai Kofta to Your Table
    Recessionista is the new BoHo, as funemployed is the new investment banker. As underground eateries become the new Babo/Momofuku, we all find ourselves around a new table. Here in San Francisco, they are larger tables, perhaps viking length tables in warehouses, carpets in our parents' houses, or blankets in parks. We are not eating in pairs or threes, but in tens ...
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    Are Celebrity Chefs the New Rock Stars?

    Are Celebrity Chefs the New Rock Stars?
    “Celebrity chefs are the new rock stars,” Ryan Scott told me as he was prepping for a meal that night in Global Gourmet Catering Company’s kitchen. That day, I talked with Ryan and three of his fellow Season 4 Top Chef contestants—Stephanie Izard, Mark Simmons, and Manuel Trevino—as they prepared a dinner for a very lucky nine guests. The dinner had ...
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    Budget Local and Green Food Production and Gardening

    Budget Local and Green Food Production and Gardening
    As a gardener, I’ve always wondered if non-gardeners have a true appreciation for how expensive gardening can be. Most take the green foliage and colorful blooms for granted, but those of us who shop for them know that plants can range from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars and that even small projects are likely to set you back ...
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    Asparagus Season!

    Asparagus Season!
    Asparagus season is short. The thin, delicate stalks soon mature, and develop a tough exterior and woody core. Here in California, the season starts in late March, and is over by mid-April. Early-season asparagus is easy to prepare — just toss it in an iron skillet with a bit of olive oil (and maybe a few pieces of bacon, for something ...
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    How To Peel an Egg—Quickly

    How To Peel an Egg—Quickly
    On YouTube there is this video which seems to be produced by Sprint or something about how to "quick peel" an egg. As of this writing, the video has 1.8 million views, so either YouTube fakes its views, or a whole lot of people have checked this out and at least some of them believe it. Personally, when I watched this ...
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    Obama's "Crustmaster" Shares His Pie Recipe

    Obama's "Crustmaster" Shares His Pie Recipe
    White House pastry chef Bill Yosses' light, flaky pie crusts have earned him the nickname "The Crustmaster" from President Barack Obama. His trick to making fruit pies worthy of a president is to bake the bottom crust first, then fill and top the pie and bake it again. Yosses prefers to mix the dough by hand to avoid overworking it but ...
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    Fine Dining Spots Relaxe Just A Bit

    Fine Dining Spots Relaxe Just A Bit
    For Central Indiana's top chefs, fine dining is no longer about white tablecloths and coats and ties. Good food is still a must, but it's gaining an artisan flair. And just as important, chefs are emphasizing fun and comfort. Whether it's the craft pizza at the soon-to-open Pizzology, the wine list at The Glass Chimney or the mood music at FARMbloomington, ...
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    Top Chefs Reveal Their Kitchen Secrets

    A little bit ago, I met with former Season 4 Top Chef contestants Ryan Scott, Manuel Trevino, and Mark Simmons as they were prepping a dinner for nine lucky eaters. The dinner had been an auction item in the February 2009 Bay Area Red Cross' annual auction. The initial stages of the meal were prepared in the kitchen of Global ...
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    Why Cranberries Are Awesome

    Why Cranberries Are Awesome
    Tart and unassuming, the humble cranberry will once again take second seat to many Thanksgiving turkey this year. Cranberries have certainly earned a spot at every American Thanksgiving table, and to omit them from this harvest celebration would be extremely unconventional. I had a chance to learn a bit more about our favorite seasonal side dish firsthand at a talk at ...
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    Cilantro, You Either Love It Or Hate It.

    Cilantro, You Either Love It Or Hate It.
    Around 4000 B.C. the Sumerians as well as the Babylonians left a list of herbs used for medicinal purposes on clay tablets. On the list was Coriander. Hippocrates used Coriander as part of his botanical treatments and prescriptions, as an antispasmodic as well as an appetizer and applied it to the flesh for rheumatism or for painful joints. Coriander is probably ...
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    Hand Pulled Mozzarella

    Hand Pulled Mozzarella
    So I found this recipe in the "Cooking School" part of Gourmet magazine. I have long hoped for a instructional "how-to" section, and my prayers have been answered. I used to read pieces telling me that I hadn't truly tasted Mozzarella until I had eaten it fresh out of the cheesemaker's hands, seconds old. So naturally, I wanted this experience. As ...
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    Beet Ice Cream!

    Beet Ice Cream!
    When it comes to ice cream, pastry chef Carrie Summer really has her priorities straight. "Instead of buying a new car this year, I bought a Pacojet," she said, referring to her newly acquired Swiss-tooled toy, the Rolls-Royce of frozen dessert makers. "All the top chefs are using it," she said. Including her. Summer is the sweet side of the Chef ...
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    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Pumpkin is one of those lovely seasonal foods I look forward to using every year. I try to find as many excuses as possible to include it in all it's various forms from puree to chopped to roasted. A few weeks ago, I made my favorite pumpkin bread recipe, and last week, I made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. I tried two ...
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