Archives for January 2013

Chef Paola Bottero

by Rachel Dushkewich January 31st, 2013| Chef Interviews
Manhattan’s Upper East Side provides diners with a plethora of delicious, exciting restaurants to explore. If, among this vast array, you seek authentic Italian cuisine mixed with a warm, friendly atmosphere, look no further than Paola’s! Growing up in Italy, Chef and owner Paola Bottero knows that good

Choosing Baking Pans

by Elizabeth Skipper January 30th, 2013| Techniques, Tools, and Tips
When a recipe calls for an 8" x 8" or a 9" x 13" pan, or another such dimension, what pan do you reach for? I'll bet for the most part you don't even think about it, that you have a favorite go-to pan you'll press into service. But

Fiery Chipotle Beans

by BnB Finder January 29th, 2013| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Chipotle is a standout flavor among chilis -- smoky, spicy, but not too hot. I discovered chipotle mayonnaise a few years ago and found it would give just the right amount of zing to almost any savory dish. Chipotle peppers start out as jalapeños, but instead of being picked

Peanut Brittle

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 28th, 2013| Desserts, Recipes
A quick glance at this recipe for peanut brittle could make one think that it is ridiculously simple.  Boiling and stirring three ingredients does seem to be easy.  However, things aren't always what they seem.

I'm not trying to discourage readers from trying this recipe, I simply am offering a

Chef Jonathan Sawyer

by Rachel Dushkewich January 24th, 2013| Chef Interviews
If you’re passionate about great food, fun atmosphere, and environmental sustainability, you simply cannot miss The Greenhouse Tavern! A “French gastro pub” in Cleveland, Ohio, owner and chef Jonathan Sawyer strives to make his restaurant “carbon zero,” operating his building and sourcing his ingredients in environmentally responsible ways. Firmly

Dutch Ovens, French Ovens, Casseroles

by Elizabeth Skipper January 23rd, 2013| Ask the Chef
So many chefs use Dutch ovens when they cook. I debated getting one for my kitchen, but when I saw the price tag (over $100!), I decided that I didn't need one. However, I keep seeing them in recipes and have been wondering if owning one is worth the

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

by BnB Finder January 22nd, 2013| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Sandwiches aren't the only way peanut butter and jelly can team up for a treat that's both sweet and just salty enough. This cookie recipe from The Inn at Westwynd Farm, Hummlestown, Pennsylvania, uses peanut butter in the dough, salted peanuts, and peanut butter chips with the

More Help for the Super Bowl Menu

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 17th, 2013| Appetizers, Recipes
Two years ago, I published an article with suggestions for tasty Super Bowl snacks.  Since that time we've published many more appetizer recipes, so it seemed appropriate to offer a quick round-up of munchies that will fit the bill for the big game.

Now, you may be wondering why

Miracles in a Shell

by Elizabeth Skipper January 16th, 2013| Techniques, Tools, and Tips
That's the title of the chapter on eggs in my teacher's magnum opus, The Making of a Cook. Indeed they are miracles, and today I'd like to share a little with you about eggs.

There they sit on the grocery shelf, brown ones, whites ones, sometimes even colored ones, in

Maple Mac & Cheese with Pancetta

by BnB Finder January 15th, 2013| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Macaroni and cheese, a go-to dish for a quick dinner in lots of families, gets a little more attention, plus touches of both sweet and smoky flavors, in this recipe from the Cabernet Inn B&B in North Conway, New Hampshire. National Cheese Lover’s Day is coming up

Seafood Newburg Dip

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 14th, 2013| Appetizers, Recipes
It's January, so it must be time for some serious football.  In our house anyway.  With one Ravens fan and three Patriots fans, there have been an assortment of games to watch, and this past weekend was no exception.  After spending most of Saturday watching two of our teens

Chef Trevor Ogden

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 10th, 2013| Chef Interviews
Whether you live in San Francisco or will be there on travel, you know that there are a plethora of dining options.  Your choices range from food trucks to quick service restaurants to upscale dining.  If you're looking for a restaurant that offers both substance and style, Chambers