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    Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP)

    Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP)
    HACCP stands for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points, which is a scientific state-of-the-art food safety program originally developed for astronauts. HACCP takes a systematic and preventive approach to the conditions that are responsible for most food borne illnesses. It is preventive in nature, anticipating how food safety problems are most likely to occur, and taking steps to prevent them from occurring. ...
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    A Glass of Americana: Summer’s Tastiest Ice-Cream Floats

    A Glass of Americana: Summer’s Tastiest Ice-Cream Floats
    An ice-cream float is the quintessential summertime treat in the good ol’ U.S. of A. To enjoy one is to experience a bit of nostalgia for all things Norman Rockwell, even if you’re too young to know exactly who Mr. Rockwell is. The root beer–vanilla ice cream combination is a diner staple, and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t enjoy the ...
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    Food Styling: Tools of the Trade Part II

    To follow up last month’s article on tools of the trade, here is a list of the larger items found in a food stylist’s kit. Heat Gun: This item is usually used to remove unwanted wall paper. The intense heat releases the glue under the paper in order to peel the paper from the wall. But in food styling it is ...
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    9 Meat Cuts You Should Be Cooking

    Succeeding in culinary school is more than just being a good student With the recession, customers want cheaper meat. And with the head-to-tail movement, chefs aren’t just cooking prime rib and terderloin, but the neck and shanks of cows, pigs, and ducks everywhere. Whether it’s the recession or the head to tail movement, normally discarded cuts of meat are making ...
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    Food Styling: Tools of the Trade

    Food Styling: Tools of the Trade
    A food stylist’s kit is his/her lifeline. A well-equipped kit will help a job go smoothly and easily. There are things on the list below that one might think odd to use with food but, rest assured, every single item on this list is vital to food styling in one way or another. There are a few obvious things such as ...
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    5 Reasons We Taste What We Taste

    Food isn't the only factor that plays into why we taste what we taste. In the world of food, flavor is king. If it doesn’t taste good, we don’t want to eat it. Our survival depends on the fact that we keep eating food because it tastes good. Scientists say the tongue can distinguish only 5 primary tastes: sweet, salty, ...
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    Color Me Delicious: How Food’s Hue Affects Its Taste

    Color Me Delicious: How Food’s Hue Affects Its Taste
    Anyone who doubts that a food’s color affects how it tastes probably wasn’t alive in the early ’90s to witness one of the most infamous gustatory debacles in history. Intellectually, it’s easy to think that the color of a food shouldn’t affect how it tastes, but that was proven false when Crystal Pepsi hit the market. Except for its lack of ...
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    Beyond Sweet and Savory: Umami, the Fifth Taste

    Beyond Sweet and Savory: Umami, the Fifth Taste
    Like many things that we learned in kindergarten, our sense of taste is more complicated than it seems. Even though we’re taught that the human tongue is capable of detecting only four distinct tastes—sweet, salty, sour, and bitter—as we grow up, we encounter many flavors that defy such easy categorization. Although a fine cheese might have notes of sweetness or salt, ...
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    Pulla: Traditional Finnish Sweet Bread

    Pulla: Traditional Finnish Sweet Bread
    The unexpected but remarkable friendships and connections I've experienced since starting this blog have enriched my life beyond anything I ever expected. It really is the most remarkable thing about the internet – being able to connect with people who you would never in a million years been able to do so with – and certainly not quite so easily, either. ...
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    How to Talk Like A Food Stylist

    Food stylists have their own lingo; are you up to speed? Every business has its own set of words and phrases that are used exclusively in that arena. Food styling and food photography are no different. Here are some frequently used words and phrases. Preparation Techniques→ [photo:16874] Featured Author: Kimberly Kissling As a two-time award winner from the International Association ...
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    10 Secret Menu Mind Games

    Get your diners right where you want them! What do anchors, bacon, and grandmothers have in common? They're all tactics used to make menus more enticing to diners, of course! The bottom line is the bottom line: You want diners buying food. And you're lucky; before your diners even decide what they're going to order, you're putting an advertisement in ...
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    How to Make Your Holiday Meal Less Stressful

    Don't let this be you this holiday! Holiday cooking can be stressful and expensive, especially during a recession. Does it have to be? No, it doesn’t. Here are five tips that will take the stress out of this year’s holiday cooking and make it more relaxing and more affordable. Step #1>> [photo:15638] Featured Author: Jeffrey Kraus Growing up helping his ...
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    4 Christmas Cookies for Last Minute Bakers

    Christmas cookies! Do the holidays evoke smalls of warm cookies just out of the oven? But this year, you haven't quite had the time to bake as many as you normally would? Or plan our your cooking plan? Well, never fear! Here are four Christmas cookies that are sure to bring back all your olfactory memories this holiday season! Many ...
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    9 Holiday Cakes and Treats to Die For

    Don't want to serve fruit cake again? Know what you're serving your guests for dessert this holiday? Need some additional recipes for your menu? Or just don't want to serve that awful fruit cake again? On the topic of fruitcake, we agree, you can do better. Chef's Blade partnered with the San Francisco Baking Institute to bring you 9 holiday ...
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    Food Styling for the Holidays

    Christmas Mistletoe and Holly Hot Drinks (photo by K.K.) You’ve seen the photographs of all the holiday goodies that inspire you to cook a holiday meal or bring a desert to a holiday party. But have you ever thought about what goes into those photographs? In order to have photographs for a November or December issue in a magazine the ...
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    Carrot Ginger Soup with Miso

    Carrot Ginger Soup with Miso
    Recently, I had a chill. Last Sunday, I believe it was. I may have behaved a bit badly on Saturday and warranted it. But whether it was the inklings of an illness, or just a bit of a post-champagne grog, I’ll never know: the soup I made that day cleared all of my troubles away. Later in the week, a friend ...
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    7 Ways to Make Your Turkey Delicious

    Make your turkey the most delicious ever this year! When we say turkey, do you think stringy, dry white meat that makes you want to hurl? Well, we hear you. And we're here to change that. We've asked are chef friends, read through all our resources, and scanned the web for the best and latest in turkey tips to bring ...
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    Open Kitchens: The Right Choice for Your Restaurant?

    Open Kitchens: The Right Choice for Your Restaurant?
    With the restaurant scene progressing to the point of near over saturation, as a chef, you need not only to provide guests with great food, service, and a creative wine list but peripheral details giving them fond memories and good reason to talk about your restaurant. Their experience needs to go above and beyond the food and beverage. An open kitchen ...
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    Insects, Mold, and Other Legal Food Contaminants

    Insects, Mold, and Other Legal Food Contaminants
    Eating fly eggs, rodent hair, mold, and fecal matter may sound a lot like a challenge on Fear Factor, but it’s just an episode of our daily lives. Unintended additives—indiscernible to the naked eye and unlisted on ingredient labels— squirm, crawl, fly, and plop into much of what we eventually put in our mouths. In fact, these unsavory morsels are so ...
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    Halloween Cookie Concotions

    Halloween Cookie Concotions
    Looking to add something festive to your menu this Halloween weekend? These fun Halloween cookies are great seasonal additions to any menu; you can also alter the recipe to make not only cinnamon-sugar cookies but also chocolate ones. Cinnamon-Sugar Cookies -3 cups all-purpose flour -¼ teaspoon salt -1 teaspoon cinnamon -¾ cups unsalted butter (1 ½ sticks) at room temperature -¾ ...
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