Archives for March 2013


Chef Kevin Humphreys

by Rachel Dushkewich March 28th, 2013| Chef Interviews
If you enjoy great food, a cozy atmosphere, and amazing skiing, Spur Restaurant and Bar will make your next vacation an experience to remember! Located inside Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa in Teton Village, WY, Chef Kevin Humphreys
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Flavor Bases: Endless Permutations

by Elizabeth Skipper March 27th, 2013| Techniques, Tools, and Tips
One of the first tasks you learn in cooking class is knife skills. To get sufficient practice, you slice, julienne, chop, dice, and mince a lot, and one of the first things beginning students hone their skills on is mirepoix (pronounced meer-pwah.) This mixture of onion, carrot, and celery

Rice Krispie Treats with PEEPS

by BnB Finder March 26th, 2013| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Here's a special Easter-themed treat that's quick and easy enough to make with your kids. Remember to put the marshmallow chicks, bunnies or whatever in the freezer the night before -- no, you won' t be melting them down to hold the Rice Krispie squares together. And they'll need

Jones Wood Foundry, New York, NY

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 25th, 2013| Restaurant Reviews
What's a good way to follow a night of delicious dining?  A lazy morning strolling the city streets, followed by a tasty brunch in the early afternoon!  Unfortunately, it was a cold Sunday morning and, as we knew, there weren't many shops open, so the stroll was more of

The Quarter, New York, NY

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 22nd, 2013| Restaurant Reviews
Recently my husband and I had the opportunity to travel to Manhattan for a mix of work and fun, which included some time there during the weekend.  With more free time than a typical business trip, we were able to enjoy several dining experiences in the city.  Our first

Chef Mark Chmielewski

by Rachel Dushkewich March 21st, 2013| Chef Interviews
If you’re in Chicago and looking for a wonderful dining experience – whether a leisurely dinner or an on-the-go lunch – you absolutely cannot miss Ovie Bar and Grill! Located directly underneath the Ogilvie Transportation center, Ovie can provide for any and all of

Sauces vs. Soups for Casseroles

by Elizabeth Skipper March 20th, 2013| Ask the Chef
I was raised in the 1960's - the casserole generation. This means I use a lot of condensed soups for sauces. Where do I begin to learn how to make healthier sauces from scratch?

What you're looking to do, basically, is reverse engineer your casserole recipes to the days when
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Spinach Strudel

by BnB Finder March 19th, 2013| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Years ago, I somewhat dubiously baked up a recipe I'd found for strudel filled with pears -- and blue cheese. My doubts were put to rest when it turned out to be delicious. Strudel's not just for dessert -- and this week's recipe also proves that spinach can be
Chef Michael Bouwens

Chef Michael Bouwens

by Rachel Dushkewich March 14th, 2013| Chef Interviews
Classic Southwestern cooking gets no better than The Roaring Fork in Scottsdale, Arizona! Using the highest quality, freshest ingredients, Chef Michael Bouwens uses simple flavors and classic wood firing to bring them to life! Stone décor and rustic touches combine with a clean, elegant ambiance
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Soda Bread, Baking Soda & Baking Powder

by Elizabeth Skipper March 13th, 2013| Techniques, Tools, and Tips
With St. Patty's Day coming up, along with corned beef, potatoes, and cabbage, lots of Irish soda bread is going to find its way onto our tables. It's one of the easiest quick breads to make, as well as one of the quickest to go stale, so I'm amused

Biscochito Cookies

by BnB Finder March 12th, 2013| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Looking for a simple, comforting cookie recipe that nonetheless has a touch of zing? This week's recipe from Casa Escondida ("hidden house") in Chimayo, New Mexico, is just what you want.  These crispy, rich cookies, flavored with anise and cinnamon, were first baked by the region's Spanish

Lentil Cakes

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 11th, 2013| Appetizers, Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian
When our daughter decided to become a vegetarian a few years ago, I wasn't opposed to the idea.  I have chosen a vegetarian lifestyle at different points in my life.  Although I haven't done so for years, I do enjoy many vegetarian dishes, such as tofu stir fry or