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Meyer lemons

Yes, Meyer lemons are different from true lemons..   Meyer lemons tend to be more orange than yellow in color, particularly when ripe.  The skin is thinner than lemons and appears dimply like an orange, similar to a mandarin.  These beauties have a lovely fragrance and are less acidic than lemons. They make a beautiful [...]

By | January 12th, 2018|Cooking Techniques, LIBATIONS, Recipes|0 Comments

Chocolate & Hazelnuts Dessert

Take a virtual private cooking lesson with me! You can't go wrong with chocolate & hazelnuts in whipped cream enveloped in a round of pound cake slices doused in liqueurs.  This all-in-one dessert is great as a centerpiece at the end of a casual dinner or served in addition to other sweets.  Put it together [...]

By | September 14th, 2017|Cooking Techniques, Impressive and Easy, Recipes, Sweets|0 Comments

Freezer Pesto

Here's all you need to make & freeze Pesto: Two hefty handfuls of fresh Basil, shredded (not grated) Parmesan cheese, garlic, pine nuts, fresh lemon juice, olive oil and 1 ice cube tray for freezing.  A few great fresh ingredients that pack a punch!  If you have to buy your Basil, I am partial to [...]

By | August 23rd, 2017|Cooking Techniques, GARDENING, Herbs, Recipes|2 Comments

Juicing Lemons

Did you know it takes approximately 10 lemons to get 1 cup of  juice? Juicing lemons is not difficult.  With a tool or technique, it's a breeze.  Don't bother buying the bottled stuff.  There is a huge difference using fresh.  Lemon juice, when fresh, will brighten the flavor of any dish.  Whether you need a [...]

Pork Belly

Cooking Pork Belly is easier than you think. Raw Pork Belly In essence Pork Belly is an extra thick slab of bacon.  Rich, fantastic bacon.   The first time I experienced Pork Belly it was an appetizer paired with fried oysters (http://mandolinraleigh.com/).  OMG.  First of all, I am a HUGE fried oyster fan.  This [...]

By | July 14th, 2017|Cooking Techniques, GRILLING, MEATS & FISH, MISCELLANEOUS|1 Comment

Team Building Cooking Classes are Effective

There are a lot of choices in team building. I've seen first hand how effective team building cooking classes are! I’ll never forget the team building we had to do a number of years ago for our Baltimore district of pharma reps.  Our group of 9 was given a pair of 6ft long very skinny [...]

May, Mothers Day & Meringues

Meringues have a delicate personality that spells love. Meringues are the perfect way to make Mom feel special and a great project for kids. Factor in 30 minutes prep time, an hour in the oven and you're done!  This decadent dessert base is made of egg whites & sugar whipped into a beautifully silky, glossy, [...]

How do you make Simple Syrups?

Why Simple Syrups? Simple Syrups are sooo easy to make and don't take much in the way of ingredients.  They're a great way to use up fruits that may be too sour, are on their way out and losing their freshness.  How about adding that last bit of fresh herbs you don't know what to [...]

Flavored butters

Butter makes everything better. Compound butter simply means butter mixed with other seasonings to be used as a flavor enhancer.  It will also add an element of color and texture.  Particularly when blended with fresh herbs, this butter can raise the ante on any steak or chops.  Add a fat slice of shallot butter to [...]

Simple Pan Roasted Chicken

A value pack of chicken is not  just for grilling with BBQ sauce... Chicken leg quarters make a simple weeknight dinner that can be in the oven cooking while you're settling in after a long stressful day.  If you can spare a few minutes in the morning or even the night before, this dish can [...]