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The Wines Of Spain

Spain is a country rich in culture, history, culinary artistry, and of course, wine. Within the past decade, Spain has undergone a renaissance in their wine industry. Even though technology is not something that I like to include in a conversation about wine, it has truly been a blessing for Spanish wine. It has been a tremendous help in improving the quality, longevity, and overall flavors of the wine. While retaining the incredible flavors of each area, which is key. For a long time the wines from Spain would reach the United Stated in a poor state. They would not... read more

Perfect Choux Pastry

Hello everyone!   After 7 months of research and development for the perfect choux pastry formula, I would like to present to you, dear friends, the fruits of our labor. Enjoy!   Department of Research & Development   The data contained herein is the intellectual property of the Joey Prats School of Baking & Pastry Arts   Choux Pastry   Formula   Yield: Makes 1,150 GRAMS OF CHOUX PASTRY DOUGH   INGREDIENTS SPECIFICATION WEIGHT BAKER’S % TRUE % WATER STILL... read more

Vodka Cheers Comrade

Cheers Comrade What comes to mind when you think of Russia?  Communism? The Cold War? The Iron Curtain?  As a chef and epicure, my first association is vodka!  (And caviar of course).  The Brits would agree.   In the 16th century, the British ambassador to Russia deemed it their national drink.  The word vodka comes from the Russian "zbiznennaia voda" which translates as "water of life", a rather hospitable phrase that has been oxymoronically linked with bellicose, totalitarian regimes and evil dictators.  Ivan the Terrible, the unspeakably ruthless and murderous... read more

Buying Soft Shell Crabs

Soft-shell crabs are one of America's favorite seafood delicacies. While all crabs shed their shells to grow, only a few species of crab can actually be eaten in this form. The Blue Crab is the only commercially available soft-shell product. The scientific name, callinectes sapidusis, is derived from Latin and Greek. Calli = beautiful; Nectes = swimmer; sapidus = savory. The translation is not only accurate but surprisingly poetic - the beautiful, savory swimmer. Blue crabs grow rather rapidly, 12 - 18 months, from the juvenile stage to adulthood. A full-grown Blue Crab... read more

Roasting Coffee Beans At Home

If you are a coffee lover then the thought of roasting your coffee beans at home has probably crossed your mind. While the process is not complicated it does require some financial investment up front. There are many equipment options and while often roasting your own beans can be more a labor of love it can save you money. Coast savings aside there is nothing quite like the smell of freshly roasted coffee and the plain fun of trying different beans and experimenting roasting times.   Equipment There are numerous equipment options and in this article on ChefTalk you... read more

Forgotten Christmas Candy - Divinity and Angel Food Candy

  • by PeteModerator

  I love Christmastime!  I is one of my favorite times of the year.  I love the sights, the sounds, the smells, and just about everything that comes with the holiday....and yes....even the snow.  For me, it's not really Christmas if it isn't a White Christmas.  And, of course, I love the foods of Christmas!  You know the ones, those cookies and candies that only get made once a year, no matter how much you love them and crave them.  Those treats that just don't seem right when made in the middle of summer.  Most people, and families, have them, whether it is something... read more

Duck Varieties

There are three major duckling breeds available in the United States: White Pekin, Muscovy, and Moulard. Knowing the differences between the various breeds can help chefs and restaurateurs select the best kind of duckling for their menu or personal needs. *Information courtesy of The Duckling Council (www.duckling.com) White Pekin: The industry leader, comprising roughly 95% of national duckling consumption Mild flavor Data reviewed and approved by the USDA shows that a 3.5 ounce skinless White Pekin duckling breast has only 140 calories and 2.5 grams of fat... read more

Rushing Water Fisheries

In a culinary world where chefs quest for new commodities and methods of cookery it is understandable that the idea of cooking with trout does not purvey the concept of modern cuisine. Nor does it really spark the culinary imagination. This is certainly the way I felt - until I encountered the fish form Rushing Waters. In the heart of the Wisconsin countryside - Palmyra to be exact you can discover Rushing Waters Fishery. Rushing Waters is a trout farm with a difference. It is an operation that is focused on quality not quantity. A rare philosophy in the fish business... read more

Finding Comfort Between Two Slices of Bread

Finding comfort between two slices of bread   Jim Berman   There is probably more in print - and on television - about Pittsburgh's Primanti Brothers than every James Beard Award winner. Combined. And that is the last the time "James Beard Award" and "Primanti Brothers" will appear in the same sentence. In case you missed the article in National Geographic, the spots on Man vs. Food and the Jon Stewart Show or are not a 'burgh resident, then you probably do not know about Primanti's goodness. From the wall-hung catalog of about 20 meat/fish choices, the rest is... read more

Apples

Sinfully DeliciousThe famed Greek writer, Homer, gave mention of apples growing in his father's garden prior to the 8th century BC. When Eve entered the Garden of Eden she found a fruit so perfect and enticing that she was in awe, and also, she was tempted. Though various historians have claimed this succulent and tempting fruit to be everything from an apricot, banana, or even a pomegranate, it is most often written that it was an apple. The Latin word for apple is pomum, which is also the Latin word for fruit, implying that the apple is the "fruit of fruits", or at... read more

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