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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

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

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

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

Tourne

Vegetables that are cut to resemble a small, slightly tapered cork, but instead of being smooth it is cut to have 7 equally large facets. read more

History Of The Toast

One may find this hard to believe, but humans have been toasting things since the beginning of time. Man discovered early on that the only way to separate the edible part of the grain from the husks was to toast it. Deliberate toasting of the grain would make it digestible and improve its taste considerably. The early oven resembled today's seashore clambake; a pit was dug, lined with flat stone, and a fire was set. Then the cinders were brushed from the rock, which left the pit very hot. The baker would lay the stalks of grain on the rocks and roast them until the grain... read more

seasonings and herbs and a food and cooking food project through the centuries.

well herbs an d seasoning got their value such as meat too into they calories and etc......   lets start from the start plants and fruits!. they have all their values too. such as in protein as well as their medicinal values    some plants and their fruit been used in medicine for centuries.   some of the seasoning too and evn been employed and exploited for their culinary values as well as their rarities such as truffles and many others. and some as Safran too for the amount of time it take to be harvested.   OK but lets conecntrate really and the... 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 use tender... read more

Petit Mothais

The Loire River rises in the Massif Central from where it flows into the Atlantic Ocean. At some 629 miles long, it is the longest river in France. It flows first to the north, and then to the west. Soft plains spread around the Loire's giant curve in a region justly called the Garden of France. Then countryside is sprinkled with Renaissance castles and there is an abundance of wines and cheeses. It was in this region in the eighth century, that the Saracens were repelled at the city of Poitiers. The Saracens were originally Arabs, who for centuries had occupied much... read more

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