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The Design and Plan of Great Vegetarian Menus

I'm a relatively simple enough person. I started cooking in 1966, when I was 4 years old. My first dish was a classic fried egg sammie, made in a skillet. It was the kind where you cut out a hole in the center of a slice of toasted bakery bread and drop in an egg,. You fry it up nice and give it a flip. Flip it back to a plate and you're good to go. Anyway, I've been cooking for a long time. When I was in cooking school, the CIA as it was, I learned some very important but not necessarily intentional lessons. One of those lessons was that that there is a very large... read more

Time With The Kids Vs A Home Cooked Meal You Can Have Both

Believe it or not, today's mothers spend more hours focused on their children than the mothers of the 1960s did. While we like to hark back to the Leave It To Beaver halcyon days of mothers greeting kids after school with milk and cookies as an ideal for raising happy children, the reality, according to a University of Maryland study, actually looks better these days. Based on detailed time diaries kept by thousands of Americans, mothers in 1965 spent 10.2 hours a week focused on their children in activities such as reading with them, feeding them or playing games.... read more

How To Listen To Your Employees

Do you listen to your employees? Really listen? Letting employees talk is not the same as listening. You have to work at it, the same way you work at anything else you want to succeed at. Here are five things to remember that will make you a better listener: - Put your work away. As soon as an employee comes to you and wants to talk, put whatever you're working on away. Remove all temptation to do anything other than give your full attention to the employee. Listening means really concentrating - and for many, that's hard! - Bite your tongue. One of the first signs... read more

How To Buy and Store Lobster

About a year ago I was asked to teach a class on how to buy, prepare lobster and this article and others to follow are a result of the notebook I put together for the class. This is part one of the class. Part two is  ​ I hope they are useful to members of ChefTalk.com   Best way to buy Lobster: Alive There are three ways to purchase lobster: Fresh Frozen Cooked   Important: Warning: Never buy raw uncooked lobster. All shellfish spoils rapidly once it dies.   When buying lobster, females are preferred because you get the roe (the eggs). The roe tastes... read more

Is Customer Service Getting Worse

When it comes to customer service, everyone has a story: the airline attendant who had no record of your seat assignment; the restaurant server who forgot you were allergic to walnuts; the telephone rep who swore at you when you called to check on an overdue order. These stories are fun to tell but infuriating to live through. Certainly, examples of bad service have been easy to come by for years but after awhile, you start to wonder why so many of us are fuming at front-line employees everywhere. After all, we live in a society that devotes billions of dollars to... read more

Cutting Bell Peppers: The Elegant Solution

  Bell peppers, also known as sweet peppers,  are a great and dynamic vegetable giving us multiple ways to use them.  From simply stuffing them, to dicing them as a garnish, to cutting them into slices it all depends on what the intended use for the peppers is.     The most common way for people to prepare their peppers is to simply slice them down the middle and scoop out the seep pod, stem and some of the white veins.   While this method is not terrible, it does make making precision cuts a bit more difficult. There is another method that is much more... read more

Stock

  One of the first lessons of any cooking course is learning how to make stocks.  Stocks form the basis of most sauces and soups.  A stock is basically the liquid that eventuates from simmering bones and/or meat with vegetables, herbs, & seasonings. Types of stock include beef, veal, chicken, fish, and vegetable. Let's peruse the stock making procedure.     Virtually all stock recipes instruct you to start with bones.  I prefer a mix of actual meat and bones.  I find the meat/bone combo to yield a deeper flavor.   For a beef stock I use cubed chuck steak.  Never... 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

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

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

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