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How To Create Better Food Photographs

From an aspiring accountant in Bangkok to a professional pastry chef in San Francisco was an unexpected career path for me. In 2003, my husband and I moved to San Francisco where I continued studying accounting. After living in the U.S. for two and a half years, we decided to open a bed & breakfast in the Caribbean, which was my start in the food business. When we returned to San Francisco in 2007 I knew I could bake for a living, so I decided to take the baking and pastry program at California Culinary Academy. Since graduating, I've been fortunate enough to work... read more

Discovering The Deli Cole Slaw

Discovering the Deli: Cole Slaw   Some time in the fall, I decided my long-term goal would be to open my deli. I grew up on deli food and miss it so - the soft, seeded-rye; stinky chopped chicken livers; the dew on the windows from the corned beefs… corning; the grease-glazed knishes; mountains of yellow potato salad. Delaware is not a haven for such gastronomical delights beyond chicken ‘n dumplings and steamed crabs. My very indiscriminate love of good food was born of my experience with really good deli food. So, in seven years, I want to open a deli. I have... read more

How To Improve Employee Performance And Ensure Consistent Service

Consistency is essential if you want your restaurant or hotel to be successful in the long run. Customers expect to receive the same high quality service every time they enter your establishment. Employees need to know how to do their job effectively in order to ensure the consistent success of your business.  Employees who receive inadequate training or are unaware of their job responsibilities will cost you customers and revenue.  The more you leave to your employees' judgment, the less likely it is that they will do things the way you would like them done.  Your... read more

Hunting Camp Cooking

If you belong to the first group, may as well stop reading right now. But if you believe in setting a fine table at hunting camp, then read on. What we'll be doing is exploring the problems and special conditions inherent in cooking "gourmet," given the restrictions imposed by time, location, and available tools and appliances.First thing to keep in mind is that you have to make some compromises. To be sure, I've been fortunate, in my work, to enjoy meals at some upscale hunting camps that would hold their own against anything served in a fine-dining restaurant. Such... read more

How to smoke ham hocks

This past year we purchased our annual pig from our local farmer Anthony Bauer of Bauer Custom Meats. Typically we get the ham hocks smoked at the processing plant but this year I decided to smoke them myself. This is how I did it.   First start out by creating a brine for the ham hocks. For my brine I use Brian Polcyn's brine from:  ​    The brine is like most typical brines which is water, salt, sugar and pink salt. You combine all the ingredients and the add your ham hocks. The hocks were in the brine for three days then removed and dried a bit on a rack in the... read more

A Simple How-To Guide to Making Risotto

  • by PeteModerator

  Risotto.  The mere mention of the word often strikes fear in novice cooks.  Only stir the risotto clockwise.  Don't scrape the bottom of the pan.  Don't add boiling liquid. Don't add cold liquid.  Don't add the liquid too fast or too slow.  Don't overcook it.  Don't under cook it.  The list of do's and don'ts go on and on and on.  With all of these stipulations, and more, it's amazing that anyone can turn out perfect risotto at all.  Luckily, risotto is not nearly that finicky.  Yes, there are a few requirements to making, and serving, the perfect risotto, but it's... read more

Breville Je98xl Juice Fountain Plus

    Breville Je98xl Juice Fountain Plus Juicer   Reviewed By Peter Martin Donated by www.everythingkitchens.com     I recently had the opportunity to try out the new Juice Fountain Plus juicer from Breville.  I had been contemplating adding a juicer to my kitchen for awhile now as part of my plan to start leading a healthier lifestyle.  While the healthier lifestyle hasn’t really come to fruition-and who can blame me, with the holidays coming up-I have had a lot of fun experimenting with my new juicer.     For the benefit of those new to this... read more

How To Prepare Vinaigrette

The French term "vinaigrette" tends to make something which is beautifully simple sound unnecessarily complex. In its most basic form, a vinaigrette is nothing more than a mixture of oil and vinegar. It is the oldest taste combination, a fat balanced with an acid. Oils, because they are liquid at room temperature, provide the palate with a supple mouth feel and act as an excellent flavor carrier for other ingredients. To "cut" the fat, adding another taste sensation and stopping the oil from coating the palate is the task of an acid, typically vinegar. In short the only... read more

Why You Shouldn’t Be Using Commercial Equipment in Your Residential Kitchen

The dancing flames of a large open gas burning commercial range seem to beg for a pot or a pan to be used, to create a scrumptious dish that will leave your family and friends ooh-ing and aah-ing. Perhaps a fabulous outdoor kitchen set up is part of your dream house, and a large piece of commercial equipment would complete the look. Or maybe, you want to upgrade your refrigerator or freezer to something with more oomph.   Think again.   Commercial kitchen equipment is not made for residential use. Let’s take a look at why:   Your home fire insurance... read more

Going Electronic in the Kitchen

Bringing Technology to the Kitchen     A computer is handy for a cook FOR the kitchen in streaming cooking shows or tutorials off of youtube. It's a great resource for new recipes or for your old family recipes as well. But a computer hasn't been handy to have IN the kitchen. A keyboard to fill with debris and spills, same for the mouse. And where do you put the monitor? Not to mention all the cables. Now with smartphones and tablets, you have some options to help you out smoothly and seamlessly.   It would be nice to have a stand to angle the tablet... read more

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