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Extra Virgin Spanish

Describe 'Extra Virgin Spanish Olive Oils ' here   The Iberian Peninsula has always had Olive Oil, stated Basque Chef and Mentor Luis Irizar, the founding father of today´s Basque cuisine. However, over the last fifty years, our understanding and knowledge of it has been revolutionised.   Irizar told me that this quiet revolution he has observed follows as such, " For much of the past century, Extra Virgin Olive Oils were a rustic product, often made without any sense of the numerous varieties utilised. Irizar continued, while speaking of the post war ( W.W.II... read more

Dry Brining

Dry Brining is about salting for flavor and moisture retention ahead of cooking instead of wet brining and the sort of diluted flavor some perceive from that technique.   This technique is best used on cuts of meat that have not been presalted, either with a salt solution, or koshering. You need to be in complete control of the amount of salt. You'll need to seek out minimally processed meat, poultry especially, for this technique. Generally speaking, poultry and lamb work best with this technique.   First, some definitions of terms, paraphrased or copied from... read more

Buy Sell Trade Rules

The "Buy, Sell, Trade" portion of this site is a private forum for registered members only.  Use of this area is at your own risk. ChefTalk does not monitor the postings on the site for accuracy or reliability, and makes no warranty as to the accuracy or reliability of any information posted on the site. ChefTalk does not guarantee or have information regarding the quality of any of the products bought or traded or acquired through the Buy, Sell, Trade area. The choice to participate, the terms of any transaction and the outcome are solely your responsibility. Deals... read more

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Subscriptions are the way to personalize your experience so you can be kept abreast of only the changes that you care about. You can subscribe to forum threads, users whose content you enjoy reading, Wikis, etc. This way, each time you visit your home page you can see what has changed that you care about, without having to sift through stuff you don't. Additionally, you can get subscription content in immediate, daily, or weekly emails if you like.   Learn: Add Subscriptions View Your Subscription Content Edit or Remove Your Subscriptions Change... read more

Fond

Caramelized drippings left in a pan after roasting or sautéing. Generally where much of the flavor of a particular dish originates. read more

April 2010 Cheftalk Com Newsletter

Q&A With Chef Mario Batali We are excited to announce that coming to the ChefTalk.com forums on May 11th, 2010, is super Chef Mario Batali for an exciting one day Q&A forum. The forum will open Sunday, May 9th, 2010, for questions and Mario Batali will join us on Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 to answer as many questions as he is able.      Post your question in the forum and you will automatically be entered to win one of 5 copies of Mario's new book, "Molto Gusto Easy Italian Cooking." Winners will be randomly picked and announced after the forum. Once the forum is open... read more

Seasoning Dutch Ovens Along The Way

November 1, 2002 - I left New Paltz, NY with mixed emotions. I had really wanted to stay over a few more days and visit New York City. However, I had been keeping a weather eye open and instinct told me that the weatherman was wrong. It was bright and sunny as I left the farm but when I had gone fifty miles I ran head on into a full blown winter storm complete with heavy snow. Fortunately, I had decided earlier that I would bypass the big cities as much as possible and headed West towards Scranton, PA. Just outside Scranton I turned South towards Harrisburg, PA driving... read more

Perfect for a cold winter's day: Mexican Hot Chocolate

With the weather still being cold especially in Houston, I was reminiscing about some of my favorite cold weather foods. One of my favorites when I was growing up was hot chocolate.  However, since I grew up in a Mexican household, we would often drink Mexican hot chocolate.  It is very similar to your everyday variety, except that traditional Mexican hot chocolate includes semi-sweet chocolate, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla. In Mexico, hot chocolate remains a popular national drink. Besides the instant powder form, hot chocolate of this type is commonly sold in circular... read more

Garlic

Vampire RepellantGarlic.  What would we do without it?  Garlic's reputation precedes itself.  And a ponderous reputation it is.  Garlic has been alleged to perform everything from curing countless illnesses to warding off evil spirits and vampires.  The Egyptians fed garlic to the slaves who built the pyramids believing it increased their physical strength.  Man has harvested garlic for at least 5,000 years.  Horticulturists argue about its exact origins but a popular theory places its genesis in, of all places, Siberia.  Modern medicinal claims purport that garlic... read more

A November Sunday in Torremolinos

- Torremolinos, sunday 10th of november. Sunday is when the Spanish families come out, many in their best sunday clothes, going to church, have a tapa, go for a coffee and a pastry and enjoy their sunday. Also, this time of the year, many Spanish people from other parts of Spain seem to visit Andalucía. It's just past noon and I decided to go for a walk on my own outside the town center and have a tapa later on. I'm in the neighbourhood of one of my favorite places in Torremolinos, Jamón.es, wine and tapa bar annex wine and Spanish charcuterie shop. Jamón.es is an... read more

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