The Culinary Connoisseur

And Called It Macaroni!

Macaroni is any pasta made without eggs. While generally thought of as just the elbow tube shape, macaroni can be any shape, including shells, twists, ribbons, penne, rigatoni and ziti.…

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Log On!

In other words, join the latest trend in desserts and confections! While some prefer to order theirs, we know there are hundreds of balabustas who have been creating chocolate confections…

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Shavuos Sides

If you serve a milchig seudah on Shavuos, you may begin your menu planning at the end — with cheesecake. That’s the easy part! But many get stuck when it…

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Smile and Say Cheesecake

The earliest mention of a cheesecake is by an ancient Greek physician who wrote a book on the art of making them. His instructions and recipes included dishes that are…

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It’s Cheesy

Legends tell us that cheese was first discovered by accident when a shepherd, carrying milk in a sack made from the lining of an animal’s stomach, discovered that the milk…

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Perky Jerky

Beef jerky is a form of preservation in which fresh meat is dried to prevent it from spoiling. The word “jerky” comes from a South American native tribe who called…

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Flour Facts

Have you ever taken a moment to think about flour? True, it’s far from the most fascinating element, but now that Pesach is gone and we can once again use…

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Worth Its Salt

You’ve brought home a beautiful roast but have no idea what to do with it. All year long you might just slather it in barbecue sauce or other prepared ingredients,…

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Eat Dessert First

Pesach is no time to be skimping on dessert. As a matter of fact, we like to make desserts first because many freeze well. We may limit ourselves to certain…

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Potatoes, Anyone?

Of course you’re going to be eating lots of potatoes this Pesach. With no other starches available, potatoes are filling and will accompany most meals. If you are tired of…

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Is It Done Yet?

Knowing just when your food is done is crucial to having your meal turn out right. Experienced cooks rely on their senses to know when foods are done. Taste, touch,…

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Tradition! Tradition!

In every publication and media outlet, there are lots of new-fangled recipes to enjoy this Purim. But we all need one tried-and-true recipe we can count on when preparing traditional…

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Hands-On Purim

Most families spend Purim coming and going from one house to another, bringing hand-made (or store-bought) treats from friends and family. Purim means being on the move. When our family…

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A Sticky Situation

Today is National Sticky Bun Day. Aren’t all buns sticky, you ask — why a special day? Sticky buns are a dessert or yeast pastry that contains a filling of…

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Rosemary, Sage, Parsley and Thyme

You may have grown up with just paprika and garlic powder in your mother’s kitchen cabinet, or possibly cumin and turmeric if you’re of Sephardic heritage. Herbs like rosemary and…

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This Day in History – 2 Adar/February 7

2 Adar In 4313/553 the Byzantine Emperor Justinian ordered that under his jurisdiction, instead of reading the Torah on Shabbos, the Greek translation must be read. He also prohibited Rabbanim…

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Comfort Cookies

Cold winter days when you don’t want to step outside are the perfect time to bake cookies. The aroma of freshly-baked cookies will bring smiles to your children’s faces as…

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No Need to Knead

Does your family get together for melaveh malkah this time of year? Long Motzoei Shabbos evenings are the perfect time for fun and food. But no one wants these get-togethers…

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In the Sauce

Asian cuisine is most famous for all the sauces used to flavor dishes. These sauces are used alone or in combination to create tasty meals that we have all come…

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Dried and True

Not too long ago Tu B’Shvat was equated only with dried fruit. Every good balabusta prepared fruit during the warm months, either by preserving or drying, so there would be…

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