How to Roast a Chicken

This is not your grandmother’s recipe for roasted chicken, unless of course, your grandmother is French. This is a classic bistro roasted chicken recipe, which has been altered from its original, because revising recipes is what passionate cooks do. Easy and relatively quick, it delivers such a satisfying, tasty roasted chicken that you’ll find yourself […]

Recipes Low Fat Hamburgers

Here is one of my favorite burger recipes. It was inspired by my mother who was German/Polish, but I added my own touches to it. Not only is it low-fat because I substitute for ground beef, it is also a sensible choice for other nutritional factors: I use 1 1/2 pounds of ground up turkey […]

How to Make Beer

How to Make Beer For thousands of years, one beverage has proven to have longer staying power than any other. It has provided nourishment and hydration, as well as many good times. This beverage of course is beer. As historic and long lasting as it is though, anyone can make beer at home using the […]

Making the Perfect Cup of Tea

Making the perfect cup of English tea is an art that needs practice and the practice can be real fun! The first essential is to choose the appropriate teapot in which the tea will brew. Avoid the use of stainless steel pots for this since they lose heat rapidly and impart a metallic taste to […]

How to Gracefully Dine alone

Even those in a relationship will occasionally find themselves dining alone. The comfort level for dining alone will vary from one individual to another and from one dining situation to another. What is it that makes dining alone uncomfortable in the first place? Since you cannot change what others may think about you dining alone, […]

How to Make Whiskey

Bourbon:  Our American Friend When the offer for free land on the frontiers of Kentucky went up, the Scotch and Irish settlers in the heavily populated Northern colonies brought their stills, and their skills with distillation, to the South. When they shipped their spirits downriver to New Orleans for trade, they stamped their barrels with […]

How to Decorate Christmas Cookies

The “Christmas” cookie may not be much different than cookies that are made throughout the year, but for some reason they just “feel” different. Many Christmas parties over the years have included times of cookie decorating. Perhaps it is the festiveness of the season, or perhaps it is because of memories from past Christmases. In […]

Difference between Kosher Salt and Sea Salt

For the good cook, the main difference between types of salt is texture. Sea salt and kosher salt have, essentially, the same texture. There is little difference chemically between types of culinary salt; they are at least 97-½ per cent sodium chloride. But, the differences in handling, presentation, and enjoyment are almost countless and wonderful […]

How to Choose a Grocery Store

If I could design and build my own grocery store, it would be a drive-through establishment. A heavy-duty cart would be magnetized to cling to the side of my vehicle as I drove past Check Point One. A pleasant, handsome, young man would hand me a pole with a hook on the end as I […]

How to Create a Great Wine List

Creating a great wine list, is a little like creating a guest list for a party.  You would like them to have some things in common, the ability to get along with each other and be comfortable with their surroundings. In a commercial context, a wine list should be created to match with the cuisine […]