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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

Egg Nog French Toast with Bananas Foster Sauce

  • by PeteModerator

  For someone who isn't a hug fan of Egg Nog I sure seem to have a number of recipes that use it as a flavoring agent. Go figure! I first served this for Christmas a few years ago and it was a big hit. Since then I have made a few times for groups both big and small, with positive reactions every time.   While I consider this a “Christmas” meal, it is a great breakfast anytime during the holidays as it is simple to prepare and seems rather upscale-you don’t have to tell anyone how simple it is! This would also make a great breakfast for New Year’s Day, after a night... read more

How To Make Bisque

by: Chef Jim Berman The seventeenth century was a turning point for soup. Bisque was no longer made entirely of pounded pigeon or boiled game and garnished with crayfish. In fact, the crayfish took center stage. And, not surprisingly, the color of this classic soup turned pink. To get it straight, a bisque is defined as a cream soup, usually seafood-based and, classically, thickened with rice. There. I said it. I acknowledge that there should be some type of crustacean swimming about and rice, in one form or another, holding the goods in place. However, like the laws... 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

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

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

The History Of Coffee

The Bean and the Hungry GoatHere's a question to ponder: what beverage, when consumed in moderation, intensifies a person's concentration, alertness, and increases their ability to process information? If you guessed a specific herbal tea, carrot juice, protein shake, or other "health food drink" (legal or illicit) you're wrong.  The beverage of course is none other than a good cup (or two, or six) of caffeine-laden coffee. Sometimes considered a "vice," coffee is reputed to do all these things and more; besides tasting good, researchers in recent years have done... read more

Searching For The Perfect Cup Of Coffee Part One Costa Rica

Dateline: December 1, 2000, San Jose, Costa Rica Searching For The Perfect Cup of Coffee PART ONE One of the great advantages of working as Chef on board a luxury charter yacht, has always been meeting interesting people from around the World. This past Summer in Alaska, was no exception. I met one person particularly who's expertise, and knowledge about coffee has surely changed my life forever. It began quite innocently enough as the yacht M/V Explorer pulled from the dock in Juneau, Alaska for a week long charter to Sitka. Our six guests had just started... read more

I love Duck!

  • by kuanModerator

Today I bought two ducks and I made a bunch of stuff.  I'm sorry I don't have pictures of some of the process.   I just decided that this was going to be too large of a Facebook post so here goes:   1)  Cracklings    This is a picture of duck skin floating in a simmering slurry of duck fat and water.  Ugh, but in a few hours this will become cracklings.  Try and remove as much of the protein as possible as it cooks by gently scraping the underside of the skin.           Eventually you'll get some liquid gold which looks like this:          2)  Duck... 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

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