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The Great Gingerbread House Construction Tour

Between preparing for the in-laws, hanging the lights, and wrapping presents, there is seldom time for those family traditions and activities that define the holidays. It is so often that we find food being the common link drawing family and friends together, with this time of the year holding no exception. It seems only fitting that up-and-coming young chefs, learning their trade with eagerness and creativity, should be the ones to provide this brand of closeness to those in their own communities. To answer this call, Delcastle Technical High School's own Cooks and... read more

Enduring Olives

The olive is a truly amazing food; there's no question about it. The age, history and uses of this fruit are so magnificent they almost seem inconceivable and made-up, like a myth. It's been around forever, well almost-olive oil and its seemingly miraculous qualities have been appreciated since the birth of western civilization, especially in the countries surrounding the Mediterranean. Cultivation of the olive tree is said to have started more than 5000 years ago and it was an olive leaf that a dove brought to Noah, indicating there was dry land ahead. What's even more... read more

Fire Up The Grill

Nothing epitomizes summer cooking more than grilling.  However, grilling can be very confusing.  The more recipes, cookbooks, and perspectives you encounter, the greater the diversity of opinion that arises.  When do you apply the barbeque sauce?  Gas or charcoal?  Flip the food only once or frequently?  High heat or low heat?  Dry rubs or marinades?  Cover closed or open?  It can make ya nuts.  Let's explore the different variables. Barbeque sauce.  It is generally recommended to add it toward the last end of cooking since it is high in sugar and can burn easily.  Some... read more

Messaging Tutorial

Important Notice: If you receive a private message or public message notification in your email, do not reply to the email.  Click the 'Reply' button to reply via your message center. Learn: Send Private Messages Access And Manage Your Message Center Write Public Messages Delete Public Messages From Your Profile Change Your Messaging Notification Preferences   Send Private Messages Occasionally you may want to converse with another user privately.  Navigate to a user's profile page. Underneath that user's avatar, you will see... read more

A Return To Taste

  • by PeteModerator

America has lost its way when it comes to purchasing food.  We can walk into virtually any supermarket or megamart and purchase just about any food we desire regardless of the season.  Our modern transportation system allows us to ship fresh foods from all over the world to be delivered, for our enjoyment, even when those foods are out of season locally.  Unfortunately there is a price to be paid for this convenience and that price is a loss of flavor and texture.  What is even more unfortunate is that we Americans having been doing this for so long that we have... read more

Complement Your Dish With The Right Olive Oil

How many times have you walked into a gourmet food market and marveled at the many different olive oils on the shelves? If you are like most folks, you have one bottle at home that you use for pretty much every dish. Perhaps you have two, the second being in a beautiful bottle that decorates your kitchen counter or shelves and which you never got around to using. Olive oil is an important ingredient of any dish that calls for it and there are reasons for using a particular one over another. In choosing the right olive oil for a dish that you are preparing, I believe... read more

Service Is A State Of Mind

This is a continuation of our series on how to be more effective as a manager in a "people business." The first article in this series suggested that whether running your operation seems like being lost in the weeds or spending a day at the beach is strictly a function of your perspective. The beach is available to you but you can't see it from the weed patch. In the second installment, we looked at different models of management (the cop vs. the coach) and explored the idea that in the age of service it is our human skills that will determine the degree of our success.... read more

How To Make Pheasant Stock

For any of you who follow me on ChefTalk.com know that I am an avid upland game hunter and in particular pheasant hunting. A few fun threads regarding my antics are:             One of my biggest goals when actually hunting and animal for sport is to respect it completely by eating what I kill and using all of the bird as much as possible. A direct result of this has been using all of the bones to make stock and I have to say not only is it very simple I find it is not as strong as chicken stock. Also the stock seems to me to come out much clearer than chicken... read more

Cooking For Your Best Friend

By Pam Grant      As professional and non-professional cooks, we all have one thing in common here in our Cheftalk community, we love to cook, or at the very least talk about cooking. Ok some of us just like to eat, but no matter the severity we are all tied together somehow by food. I would be willing to wager that many of us have another love in our lives besides food. The one thing that keeps you warm at night, greets you warmly when you come home at the end of the day, and waits anxiously to see what wonderful culinary masterpiece you will bestow upon them each... read more

Tomatoes

In 1893 the United States had a 10% tax on imported vegetables but not fruits.  John Nix paid his taxes on his tomatoes to a tax collector named Edward Hedden.  One day Nix came across the botanical definition of a fruit:  the organ that emanates from the ovary of the plant and contains the seeds.  Nix then sued Hedden for a refund of his taxes on the grounds that tomatoes are a fruit.  The case ended up before the Supreme Court who held that "the common language of the people" was to be followed rather than botanical definitions, and thus, the tomato was erroneously... read more

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