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Favorite fall recipes

By Judi Gallagher – Welcome to our fall edition. With the air cooling and parts of the country mesmerized by the splendor of autumn hues, my kitchen turns into its own colorful display of braising pots, baking and roasting pans, bowls of apples, jars of apple butter, cranberries and cinnamon sticks. My oven has already […]

Embracing Our Differences Through the Foods of Israel

By Chef Judi Gallagher – Israeli cuisine is trending. Yes, trending. In a country steeped in tradition where some street and desert scenes seem like a movie set with sculptural dunes and sheep roaming or crowded marketplaces or tiny cafes, Israel is becoming an amazing mix of cuisines. There are Kosher McDonalds spreading across the […]

Cakes for Spring, Scratch Made

By Chef Judi Gallagher – Growing up in Connecticut, cakes were a big thing in my home. The bundt pan seemed to get more use than any other pans. I remember cakes being homemade in the early years of my childhood. My job was to turn the sifter and if I was really lucky I […]

Culinary Cures for the Wintertime Blues

By Chef Judi Gallagher – In most parts of the country the air is biting cold and the winter blues are threatening to get the best of us. Time for some kitchen therapy. I always think of February and March as a time to take out cast iron skillets and Dutch ovens. Simmer stews and […]

Vegan Versus Beef

By Chef Judi Gallagher – The main contenders in the culinary ring – National Beef Month and National Vegan Month. They are going head to head for media coverage. In actuality,  National Vegan Awareness falls in the beginning of November while National Beef Month is in the month of May. Makes sense, right? “Veganize” your […]

Parents, Be Prepared with a Readymade

By Herb Gardener – Parenting was, I think, the first service industry. The contemporary playdate is its chamber of commerce mixer. When my daughter Fauna’s friends visit I want the moms and dads to enjoy good food and refreshments between directives to share toys and play nice. Even with limited stores I can usually deliver […]

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. […]

Ah, The Apple Month

By Chef Judi Gallagher – If you alphabetize your favorite recipes and keep them in a file on your computer or in a time-worn box on the pantry shelf, this is the month you stop at the letter A. It’s apple month, time to celebrate the fruit that has been America’s favorite since Colonial times […]

Sugar Alternatives, Know When to Use Which Ones

By Chef Judi Gallagher – When scanning the aisles at the grocery store, you’ll notice there are an incredible number of  refined white sugar alternatives. How do you know which ones to use? Isn’t fructose bad for you? Sugar is often associated with fattening foods, diabetes and high energy. But there are a lot of […]

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