TIP OF THE DAY: Plate Decorating With Sauce

[1] These “flowers” are simply polka dots pulled together with a toothpick (see the video below; photo courtesy Gardenia | NYC). [2] Any food that isn’t made in a sauce can be decorated (photo courtesy Shalit Foods). [3] Keep your favorite sauces in the fridge, ready to squeeze (photo courtesy Pure Joy Concepts). [4] You…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Sharpen Your Knife Skills

It’s easy to learn how to cut and slice the correct, efficient, safe way. You’ll feel good about it, too (photos courtesy Wüsthof).   Most of us have never taken a knife skills course. Most likely, we learned from watching food prepared at home or on TV, or simply by freestyling. After all, we’re intelligent;…
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FOOD FUN: Blooming Marshmallows For Your Hot Chocolate

First there was blooming tea: a specially tied bundle of tea leaves and flower petals that opens into a flower when placed in hot water. Now, there’s the blooming marshmallow, from innovative pastry chef Dominique Ansel. Blossoming Hot Chocolate—more accurately, blossoming marshmallow—is a thin marshmallow, cut like a flower, and bunched up to resemble a…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: National Popover Day & National Cherry Popover Day

[1] You can use a regular muffin pan to make popovers. Special popover pans, like the one above, have deeper wells and make a taller, more dramatic looking popover (photo courtesy Chefs Catalog). [2] For National Cherry Popover Day, add dried cherries (photo courtesy Murrays Cheese. [3] Don’t forget the cherry preserves (photo courtesy Chukar…
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TIP OF THE DAY & VIDEO: How To Make Good Espresso

  It’s National Espresso Day, so trade your regular cup of java* for an espresso. Some people are intimidated by an espresso machine. This video shows how easy it is to use one. Espresso can only be made in an espresso machine, which exerts a specific amount of pressure on the ground coffee beans. The…
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