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Chef Nicolette: An Introduction

A few years ago I had the opportunity to work with a very talented and passionate pantry cook named Nicolette.  She left not long after I started to attend culinary school.  I advised against it.  She has since graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and become an accomplished pastry chef.  I asked her to […]

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The Stumpers

I will admit it.  I am a huge trivia fan.  I collect random pieces of trivial information in hope that it one day might come in handy.  This has led to an undefeated streak in Trivial Pursuit that began in the last millennium.  It also leads to me seeking out opportunities to play trivia whenever […]

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Searches Answered

So part of being the slightly neurotic blogger that I am is keeping an eye on what searches brought people here.  Sometimes they are very specific searches.  In those cases I stop and think, “Did I answer that?”  For some I am convinced that I not only answered the question, but did so thoroughly.  For […]

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Ranch Dressing and Why We Love It

When Escoffier defined his five mother sauces, he did so based on a proud culinary tradition that dated back to Careme and others.  These were flexible sauces that stood the test of time.  Fortunately, he could not predict how boring the average consumer would become.  In most modern chain restaurants the mother sauces would be […]

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Regional Barbeque Styles

As a rule I attempt to be unbiased in my writings on this blog.  When I express a controversial opinion I try to balance it out with a contrasting opinion.  The advice I give on serving comes solely from my experience, testing, and observation.  Opinions just convolute the message and make it less applicable for […]

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