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    I am about to experience my first large catering job. I will be making whole Salmons and whole chickens with the backbone and ribs removed. My plan is to keep them warm in the hot box prior to service. But I will be cooking for 6 to 7 hours and do not want the meets to dry out. What temperature...
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    It's September and the kids are back in school. It's hard to believe that summer is behind us, such as it was. I don't know about your area of the world, but here in Wisconsin we didn't get much of a summer, not that I'm complaining. In fact, in many ways it was quite nice, but it just didn't...
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    While I prefer mostly burgers and pork products gracing my grill, my wife loves chicken (not that she doesn't love the other stuff also) and since I am supposed to be trying to eat healthier, on a more regular basis, I have been trying to cook chicken more often. I tend to find chicken to be on...
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    As I stated in my previous post, work has been keeping me pretty busy the last few weeks. Not only am I working 6 to 7 days a week, but I am also working 10-12 hours each day. That has left precious little time to do much serious cooking, though I have occasionally found the time. Where it...
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    Don't adjust your computer monitor, the sauce on the pizza, in the picture is yellow. Don't worry, it's supposed to be that way! In general, I am not a big fan of BBQ pizzas. To me, and I know this is strictly a personal preference, something just doesn't taste quite right about a pizza crust...
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    I am a big fan of Indian food, although I have to admit that my knowledge of cooking that cuisine is rather lacking. Often I find myself just kind of playing around, inspired by the flavors of that country. I can't really call this an authentic Indian dish for a couple of reasons, the biggest...
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    It's been a tough spring so far, for gardening. We had a long, cold, wet spring and the summer has been very wet also. This year we had decided, in place of a CSA share we would rent a plot in the community garden and grow some of our own vegetables. Due to all the rain, we go the garden in late...
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    It's the first week of March and the weather has taken a decided turn towards spring here in Wisconsin. What that means exactly is that the thermometer has finally risen above freezing. I'm not getting my hopes too high yet, as there is still a very good chance for, at least, 1 or 2 more good...
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    Chicken Pot Pie is one of those great comfort foods I remember from my childhood. Unfortunately, they often came frozen, from a small blue box, you remember the ones. I can remember my Mom making a number of different "chicken topped with some kind of pastry" casseroles, but I don't ever...
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    Roast chicken, a dish so simple yet so difficult to master. When I was in the restaurant business roasting a simple chicken was often used as a test when hiring a new chef. At a glance roasting a chicken is one of simplest things in the world, but really think about it. How often have you had a...
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    You've heard me say it before and I'm sure you will it again, many times, from me, but great food does not always have to be complicated. Oftentimes all that great food requires is starting with a great product and using good technique. A perfect example of this is a very simple and...
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    Chicken wings are a staple in our house. The kid loves the mini "drumsticks" that are just her size and my wife and I love the crispy skin to meat ratio that wings provide. Generally, at home, we don't bother frying them. It's just too much hassle without an actual deep fat fryer. I've often...
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    Roast Chicken. I don't know how much there is to write about but here goes. This is a method for making a quick roast chicken with crispy skin. It is quicker because the chicken is split in half. First pick a knife. I used the medium chef knife. This was my workhorse knife in the kitchen...
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    Puff pastry should be a staple in everyone's freezer nowadays. It can be found in virtually every grocery store, in the freezer section so there's no excuse to not keep some around. Of course, if you are feeling ambitious you can make your own, but it is a time consuming endeavor. Making your...
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    The cornerstone of the contemporary burger scene broke the internet with the launch of a chicken sandwich. Seriously. The Shake Shack chicken sandwich started trending on Twitter within minutes of the first chicken dip in the fryer. And that says something for the burger-only (mostly)...
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    Move over Colonel Sanders, this crunchy cornflake crusted chicken is finger-licking awesome. It can be pretty challenging to find a gluten-free recipe for an oven-baked "fried" chicken that's as good as the deep-fried thing. Enter this crunchy cornflake crusted chicken. I wanted the same...
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    I usually make a flavoured butter and stuff it under the skin of the breast and rub it all over the chicken before roasting. This time around, I felt like chicken with a bit more of a kick... I thought, wait a minute, why don't I try doing a barbeque chicken in the oven? I had some barbeque...
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    Whether you are a professional chef or your cooking experience is preparing meals for your family, roasting the perfect chicken should be a required skill. Not only will you impress family and friends, but a roasted chicken prepared one day can be delicious leftovers the next. If you are just...
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    There is already an excellent wiki entry on how to cut up a whole chicken. This describes the most popular American system. However, for some purposes the French system is preferable. The present article describes the latter system in brief, explaining only the differences from the American...
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    Do you like Chinese food? Below is a dish I would like to suggest for your home cooking. "Crystal Chicken" "Crystal Chicken"is a traditional Chinese dish. And our Yuhao special seasoning powder for making Crystal Chicken is originally created by a famous chef Chen Liuqi dated to Qing...
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