Roasting Peppers

There are few things easier and more tasty than roasted peppers. Whether sweet reds, mildly tangy pablano, or fiery habeneros, roasting brings out the best in most peppers. The natural flavors of the peppers deepen and mellow with roasting. The skin chars and flakes away leaving only the succulent meat of the pepper. As far as I know there is no correct way to roast a pepper, but there are plenty of folks who are […]

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Be a Home Superstar Chef (Part 9 – pizza)

This is part 9 of our on-going Home Superstar Chef series. The previous posts in this series were Part 1 – Good Pans, Part 2 – Shallots, Part 3 – Pine Nuts, Part 4 – Knives,  Part 5 – High Heat Cooking, Part 6 – Restaurant Supply Houses, Part 7 – Pork Chops and Part 8 – Garlic. This entry will deal with pizza. We have probably all seen the commercial on TV hawking a […]

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Wine Pairing Recipes: Seafood Medley Stew

This recipe for Seafood Medley Stew can be followed exactly, but where is the fun in that? Use it as a jumping-off point. Adjust the spices and ingredients to make it your own. Or, like me, make it differently every time. I call for one jalapeño below, but feel free to use more, less or some other pepper. In fact, the batch pictured featured a mild Hatch pepper augmented by about 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes.

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Be a Home Superstar Chef (Part 8 – Garlic)

Garlic may seem ubiquitous and ordinary, after all it seems to be a staple in the cuisine of almost every culture, but knowing more about it can really elevate your cooking to new heights. On the other hand, mistreatment of this wondrous knob of deliciousness can ruin an otherwise fantastic dish. If you are serious about cooking great food, then garlic needs to be one of your best friends.

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