Cooking Lesson: Tiramisu Made with Wine

Posted on August 24, 2009
Tiramisu

So many times at work I see a person walk in with a piece of paper and I cringe. It’s either a list from a national pub or a recipe. Let’s go with the latter for right now. There’s typically a quizzical look as I offer to help. “Does it matter what wine I choose…But it calls for Burgundy and I can’t afford that…It should be good enough to drink…”. Now I think there are two schools of thought when it comes to cooking with ...

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Cooking With Garlic, Glorious Garlic

Posted on August 24, 2009

My lessons usually start off by going over the menu and order of things we’ll prepare. Then once we get going, some technique is covered… primarily with garlic preparation being #1. Yes, garlic is an integral taste component in many dishes and sure, it gives a depth of flavor but it is completely coincidental that it ends up in every dish I make. Fine, I’ll admit it. My name is Shayne Weinstock and I’m a garlic-aholic. Now I’m not ...

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Summer Salad Recipe Idea: Thai Cucumber Salad

Posted on August 21, 2009
cucumbers

It's just about that time of year to start finding summer salad recipe ideas. Whether from a friend or out of the Food section of the newspaper, new food is good food. Now bear in mind I never follow said recipe the way it was written. Ever. I’m always thinking of some way to make it mine. Maybe take out an ingredient I don’t care for. Add something to give it a kick in the end. Who knows? Maybe I can’t follow instructions. I recently ...

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Fourth of July Food: Am I Unpatriotic?

Posted on August 21, 2009

Most holidays have food and/or drinks closely associated with their celebration.  Valentine’s Day… chocolate.  St. Patrick’s Day… a pint ‘o Guinness.  Christmas… ham.  Chanukah… potato latkes.  New Years… champagne.  Birthdays… well, birthday cake of course! But what about Fourth of July food? Any good fourth of July celebration should include coolers filled with ice cold beer and grills covered in hot dogs, ...

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Knife Sharpening: Steel or Stone?

knives on a cutting board

Knife sharpening. Not something you probably wake up thinking about, but when you finally make the investment in a good knife or set of knives, the eventual situation arises where you need to consider how to care for your cutlery. Do you know the difference between a sharpening steel and a sharpening stone? First it's important to know the difference between the two. Knife Sharpening Tools A sharpening steel is used to keep the blade ...

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