How To Carve A Turkey

How To Carve A Turkey - thanksgiving turkey

Thanksgiving just wouldn't be complete without the holiday turkey so here are a few facts for you about a turkey and instructions on how to carve one. How much turkey is considered a serving? As a rule, allow 1 1/2 pounds of … [Read more...]

Oven-Dried Tomatoes

oven dried tomatoes - deseeded

If you become as addicted to these delicious oven-dried tomatoes as I am, you will try to come up with many ways to use them in your cooking. In quiches, salads, egg dishes, pastas, couscous, rice, salad dressings, appetizers and … [Read more...]

Cooking Roast Beef

cooking roast beef

When cooking roast beef, why serve a plain roast, when a crusted one is just as easy and much tastier? When I am entertaining, a crusted roast is one my favorite things to serve. They are always impressive – yet they don't … [Read more...]

Interviews With Chefs

Interviews With Chefs

What better way to learn about gourmet cooking than with actual interviews with chefs? They have an abundance of knowledge to pass along with their many years of experience. The interviews showcase each chefs different … [Read more...]

Sauce Finishing

sauce finishing

Being familiar with the sauce finishing methods you should apply when making a sauce is crucial. It really isn't all that complicated - there are only three basic techniques - but you need to be aware of them and what each one … [Read more...]

Other Sauces

Other Sauces

Here are a few recipes for some of my other favorite sauces . . . Pan Gravy - Pan gravy is a sauce made by de-glazing pan drippings from roasted meat or poultry and cooked with a roux and a liquid. Procedure for Preparing … [Read more...]

How To Make A Cheese Tray

How To Cook Gourmet - Cheese Presentation

With the holiday season fast approaching, entertaining is in full swing! You want to celebrate with good friends and good food, but you don't want to spend weeks in a panic! RELAX! Starting out with a cheese tray is very easy and … [Read more...]

Moist Heat Cooking Methods

Moist Heat Cooking Methods

There are four basic moist heat cooking methods. Moist heat refers to applying heat to food by submerging it into a hot liquid or by exposing it to steam. All four procedures are integral to a professional chef's cooking … [Read more...]

Matching Food With Wine

Matching Food With Wine

As a budding gourmet chef, you simply cannot overestimate the importance of correctly matching food with wine. It is amazing how getting this right enhances the flavor of both the food and the wine. It's almost magic. Wine … [Read more...]

How To Make Preserved Lemons

preserved lemons

Preserved lemons are lemons that have been pickled in salt and their own juices. Salt is a powerful preservative; its presence stops or greatly slows down the growth of many undesirable organisms. Many Moroccan and Middle … [Read more...]

Uses For Herbs and Spices

Uses for herbs and spices

Below I'd like to share with you the basic list of uses for herbs and spices that I started with. Their proper use leads to better-flavored and distinctively different dishes. Developing a natural sense of when to use which … [Read more...]

Garnishing

Strawberry Garnishing

Garnishing is simply any attempt to add color and/or flavor so as to accent or dress up a dish you are serving. A garnish ties everything together! Whether you are cooking at the White House or just at your house, it can go a … [Read more...]

How To Make Homemade Butter

homemade butter on biscuits

There is nothing more delicious than homemade butter! It doesn't take that long to make and you can find all the ingredients at your local grocery store. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I was blessed with having my three … [Read more...]

Dry Heat Cooking Methods

dry heat cooking methods - grilling

Dry heat cooking methods include broiling, grilling, roasting, baking, sauteing, pan-frying, and deep-frying. Obviously, it would be very hard to be a gourmet cook and not be familiar with all of these cooking methods. Certain … [Read more...]

How To Cook A Turkey And Gravy

cooked turkey 2 plated

It is really quite easy to cook a turkey and with Thanksgiving right around the corner, what a better time to learn! If your cooking for the family and friends, the anxiety has already started. Right? You want to present … [Read more...]

Vegetable Stock Recipe

Vegetable Stock

A vegetable stock has no animal products, therefore it has no gelatin content. Use a vegetable stock when preparing vegetarian dishes or as a lighter, more healthful alternative when preparing sauces and soups. You can use … [Read more...]

How To Make Compound Butter For Steaks

compound butter on steak

Want to add a whole lotta flavor to a steak? Dollup it with a big 'ole slice of compound butter and watch a good steak come alive to make a fabulous steak as the butter melts and makes a sauce! Compound butter is simply whole … [Read more...]

Food Presentation Tips

Food Presentation Tips

Here are a few food presentation tips to help you begin to understand this incredibly important aspect of gourmet cooking. How food is plated, or arranged on the plate and garnished, figures deeply in one's reaction to it. It even … [Read more...]

Cooking With Herbs

cooking with herbs

I am crazy about herbs, and grow many of my own. Cooking with herbs enhances everything from the wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen to the taste of the food. Herbs are distinguished from vegetables in that they are used … [Read more...]

Food and Wine Pairing Chart

food and wine pairing chart

Here's the basic food and wine pairing chart that I use. It covers almost everything you need to know. Of course, one never stops learning about these pairings, but this is a very good place to start. White Wines The … [Read more...]