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Common Turkey-Day Problems Solved

By Chef Judi Gallagher – The year that I graduated from Johnson & Wales and became a working chef (1980), my parents declared that the school tuition was worth every cent, because I could now make perfect gravy at holiday time. Four years after graduation, I opened my first restaurant in a seaside town in Massachusetts. Over the years no matter where I’ve cooked and taught  – on television, in restaurants, ...

Gourmet Highway: Tennessee’s Magic – Whiskey, Bell...

By Doc Lawrence – Two villages in rural middle Tennessee showcase much of America’s grass-roots mosaic. If you suffer from the dreaded Big City Blues, but have no yearning for roughing it, then destination gems Bell Buckle and Lynchburg will welcome you with friendly arms. For years I have meandered along twisting, two-lane roads into these rolling hills and hollows to dine, drink and learn. Each visit brings memories...

Renovating Your Kitchen? Backsplash Advice

By Steven V. Philips – So soon, but Thanksgiving and Christmas are looming. Misery Days for some, but not for you. You still like the idea of the preparation. The anticipation. The food. And marginally, The Family. Yeah, the Family that still includes Uncle Mike who just retired and is now embroidering suits for cats and Uncle Wayne who has just gotten yet another motorcycle tattoo some place that could be hidden by a...

Dutch Oven, an Investment in Your Cooking Skills

By Chef Judi Gallagher – I think of Le Creuset cookware as the Mercedes of the kitchen. Some people invest in expensive cars and stereo systems, I invest in my kitchen and in great tools for cooking. One of the best recipes my mother taught me was her braised brisket. It involved a Dutch oven. In culinary school we made crème brulee in fine enameled bakeware. In my restaurants I noticed the difference in the edges of a...

Holidays That Vegetarians Love

By Marsha Fottler – American meat-centric fall and winter holidays generally set cooks to worrying about the plight of vegetarians who gather at the big table. I don’t know why, holiday meals at Thanksgiving, Christmas and even Easter are nothing but good news for vegetarian eaters. Why? The side dishes, of courses. Once a vegetarian looks past that huge platter of carnivore pleasure in the center of the buffet table,...

Moroccan With a Twist

By Anna Dantoni – Ruth Barnes, who is known to family and fans as the Petite Gourmande because she is both, is the author of a new cookbook called Sharing Morocco, Exotic Flavors from My Kitchen to Yours. The 57-year-old is well qualified as a cook and a culinary historian for the project she set for herself. Her family lived in Morocco for many decades before immigrating to Israel to follow Ruth’s brother who had...
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