The Culinary Connoisseur

Fritter Away

Yes, we are all quite familiar with doughnuts, homemade or store-bought. But, did you know there is a whole selection of delicious fried treats to wow your family this Chanukah?…

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A Matter of Mousse

Mousse, the French word for “foam,” is a prepared food that incorporates air bubbles to give it an airy texture. It can range from light and fluffy to creamy and…

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Baking Day

Did you know November 15 is National Bundt Cake day? Even though we missed it, we can still celebrate! A Bundt cake can be any cake that is baked in…

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Cumber-Some

Cucumbers are believed to have originated in India and have been cultivated for about 3,000 years. While they are especially popular in Greek and Arab cuisine, there is no evidence…

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More Than Guacamole

Avocados are the star of the produce section. Of course they’re the go-to ingredient for guacamole and salads at parties, but they’re also turning up in everything from smoothies to…

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Pack It In

Cooking en papillote — steaming small portions of food in a wrapper — is a classic technique. Some cultures use grape leaves, banana leaves, cornhusks or other natural materials to…

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Apple of My Eye

Did you know the average American eats close to 50 pounds of apples, fresh or processed, every year? Apples not only taste great, they provide essential vitamins, minerals and fiber…

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Pom Pom

The pomegranate, originally cultivated in the Middle East, is now widely grown in many tropical climates around the world. With the discovery of its extreme health benefits, pomegranate consumption has…

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Sweet as Honey

Sure, we’ll all be using lots of honey this month, but did you know honey contains a wide array of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants? Remember when your grandmother…

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Torch It!

If you’re looking for the one tool in the kitchen that will make you look really professional, I’d choose a cook’s torch. There is something so cool about directing a…

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What a Melon!

Summertime is quickly passing by but you can hold on to some of the luscious tastes of summer by incorporating melons into your meals. Peak melon flavor will last into…

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Shake It Up

When the term “milkshake” was first used in 1885, it referred to a “health tonic” meant to cure various ailments. Milkshakes later evolved to include ice cream and, by the…

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Dry No More

We all know no barbecue is complete without burgers. But burgers often conjure up visions of sky-high cholesterol and overweight children. If you love burgers but don’t want to add…

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Breakfast for Dinner

After the fast this Sunday, most people prefer to eat something light. But light foods need not leave you hungry if they contain the right mix of ingredients. You get…

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Stuffed

The Nine Days does need to be all about pasta. Baked potatoes are an all-time favorite and when it comes to dairy cooking, there are so many delicious ways to…

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Grill It Quick

While most foods cook pretty quickly on a grill, when you need something really fast and flavorful, try sausages. You can grill them on their own, but when you stick…

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Stick It on the Grill

The term “shish kebab” comes from the Turkish words meaning “skewer” and “roast meat.” Originating in the Middle East; kebabs were a simple solution for nomadic tribes who carried no…

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Grilling the Garden

If grilling conjures up images of thick steaks and fattening hot dogs consider something a little healthier…say, vegetables. Grilling vegetables requires few other ingredients yet yields tasty results that are…

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School’s Out

School’s done for the year and you need help keeping your children entertained until day camp begins — right? Look no further than the kitchen. Yes, you can mix up…

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A Bar-rel of Fun

Sheet pans have been getting lots of attention lately. They have been touted in many culinary publications for the delicious results when used to roast fish, poultry and meat or…

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