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Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

Regular readers of this blog may have realized already that I hate getting stumped by my guests.  I have spent thousands of hours researching food to prevent this from happening.  Last night I was asked a question so simple I should have known the answer.  They asked me what makes vinegar “balsamic.”  One theory was […]

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Understanding French Sauces (Part Two)

Celebrity chefs seem to be everywhere today.  If you are a foodie, you can probably name a handful off the top of your head.  They have their own TV shows, books, and websites.  Entire networks are built upon the idea of bringing you the next celebrity chef.  Reality shows feature aspiring chefs competing to be […]

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Understanding French Sauces (Part One)

Looking back over the years, I would have to say my favorite serving job was at a little French restaurant in Springfield, MO called Le Mirabelle.  Christian Finance was a classically trained French Chef and his wife Bobbi ran the front of the house.  The food was incredible and it was arguably the best restaurant […]

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Foodie Friday: Fact or Fiction

My General Manager once told me the story of the Caesar salad.  Back in the time of Caesar, salt was incredibly scarce.  Salty fish named anchovies were abundant though.  So to create the salty taste in the dressing they used the anchovies.  Even though we have plenty of salt today, we still use the anchovies […]

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How To Serve A Bottle Of Wine

There was a great debate last night at work about whether you cut the foil above or below the lip on a bottle of red wine.  I did some research online which proved inconclusive.  Then I remembered that I at least five certified sommeliers in my phone.  Want to know the answer?  Read on. I […]

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