Archives for 2013

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Cooked Through — How to Get There, How to Know

by Jane Wangersky December 12th, 2013| Cooking Basics
How do you know when something is cooked through, and more importantly, how can you get it to that point -- cooked in the middle, but not overcooked on the outside? It depends on what you're cooking.

For meat, your best bet is a meat thermometer. Try to get one
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Becoming A Chef

by Elizabeth Skipper December 11th, 2013| Ask the Chef
How many years does it take to become a chef?

How many years does it take to become a parent? Or a musician? There's no magic number. It depends on what kind of a chef you're talking about and the person who's desiring to attain that status, but the answer
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Eggs Florentine (Gluten-Free)

by BnB Finder December 10th, 2013| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
This week's dish is not only gluten-free, but also easy to make from frozen and canned ingredients plus a few pantry staples.  Most of the work is done the night before, when the Florentine part -- spinach and mushrooms -- is combined with eggs, butter, and three cheeses, then

Shrimp Stuffed Mushrooms

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 9th, 2013| Appetizers, Recipes
On Friday night we decorated our house for Christmas.  We already had put candles in windows, wreaths on doors, and lights on our living Christmas tree.  However, we had all of the other interior decor to complete.  To make it a festive evening for adults and teens alike, I

Life is Based on Carbonara

by James Maynard December 6th, 2013| Video
Chicken Carbonara is a popular Italian dish that looks much more difficult to prepare than it is when you are actually in the kitchen. This chicken recipe can be made quickly and easily, surprising guests with its delicious aroma and taste. Watch this video, and you will learn how
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How to Enjoy Thanksgiving Leftovers

by Jane Wangersky December 5th, 2013| Cooking Basics
If you bought a whole turkey for Thanksgiving, and didn't have a houseful of people to help eat it, you've got leftovers, even if everyone's had turkey sandwiches for lunch all this week. They're probably not just turkey, either. So what can you do with a lot of Thanksgiving
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Reheating Pizza — Skip the Microwave

by Elizabeth Skipper December 4th, 2013| Ask the Chef
What is the best way to reheat pizza?  I want the cheese to be melted but keep the crust crisp. Any suggestions?

What, you don't simply have it for breakfast the next day? Warm beer and cold pizza is just what's called for some days!

OK, you don't want cold pizza,

Chloe’s Gourmet Sweet Potato Soup

by BnB Finder December 3rd, 2013| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
We have something a little different for you this week, and it's all in the presentation. Two batches of sweet potato soup, one made of light colored sweet potatoes and the other of the darkest red ones you can find, are made separately, using leeks and vegetable broth in
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Don’t Be Chicken to Make These Dishes!

by James Maynard November 29th, 2013| Video
Chicken is one of the most versatile foods in the world. Recipes don't have to be complicated. Delicious dishes can be created by novice chefs in just a matter of minutes. Best of all, chicken is healthy, inexpensive, and loved by nearly everyone who eats meat. You don't need

Cranberry Sauce and Beyond

by Jane Wangersky November 28th, 2013| Cooking Basics
Cranberries are one of those foods we don't see much of except on Thanksgiving. There's cranberry sauce to go with the turkey, and the rest of the year it's just cranberry cocktail, cranberry muffins, and maybe some heavily sugared dried cranberries as a snack. The reason, of course, is
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Grilling Outdoors in Winter?

by Elizabeth Skipper November 27th, 2013| Ask the Chef
Is it possible to continue to grill outdoors in the winter?  I’ve been told that the colder temperatures will make it harder to cook on a grill.  However, I figure that the heat produced by the charcoal, if contained by the lid, should make grilling a burger possible.  Am

Baked Stuffed Haddock

by BnB Finder November 26th, 2013| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Stuffing is not just for turkey (though it's understandable if you find yourself thinking so, especially this Thanksgiving week). This recipe uses winter vegetables and shellfish to make a flavorful stuffing for baked haddock. There's no need to deal with a whole fish -- just spoon the stuffing on