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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

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

Tea 101: A Beginner's Guide Part II The Basics

  • by PeteModerator

  In Part I of this series I introduced you to the world of tea.  In this part we will explore the basics of tea; purchasing, storing and brewing.  Of these topics, brewing is the most complex, and this is where many opinions can be found, many of which claim that they are the best, or only way to brew proper cups of tea.  I try to not get too caught up in the minutiae as, to me, brewing and drinking tea should relaxing endeavor, but there are certain guidelines regarding steeping times and temperatures that do need to be followed in order to brew a good cup of... 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

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

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

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

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

Southwestern Chorizo Burger

  • by PeteModerator

  It’s hard to comprehend the shear mass appeal of burgers in the US. Fast food chains have created empires with burgers as their foundations, fine dining restaurants serve upscale “burgers” made of a variety of ingredients including Kobe beef, foie gras, and truffles. Some restaurants pride themselves on offering countless varieties of burgers, while other places vie for the title of “World’s Largest Burger.”   Part of the reason for this mass appeal is the burger’s adaptability. The burger lends itself to experimentation. From the meat used, to the seasonings... read more

My Evening With Durangojo

My husband and I took off on a month long car trip to celebrate our benchmark wedding anniversary.  As we were driving back home, both of us commented on how much we enjoyed ending our adventure with Durangojo, also known as Joey.  It was the perfect way to round out our month. We like Durango Colorado very much; we’ve been here a few times now, but this visit was something special.  First off, there was the hair-raising experience just to get there. We came in from Cheyenne Wyoming, through Wolf Creek Pass, over the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains.  Wouldn’t... read more

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