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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Easy Holiday Banana Bread

I like my bananas a little green. My family doesn’t. But sometimes our bananas get way too ripe to be eaten alone. What to do? Make Banana Bread! My mom used to make hers in a coffee can. Lucky for me, there are perfectly sized loaf pans available. But not all pans are created equal! If you select a glass bake ware pan or a dark, non-stick pan, reduce the oven temperature of your recipes […]

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Turkey and Cannellini beans with Terlato Pinot Grigio

The other night I came home to the usual question of  “What are you fixing for dinner?” As I had not gone to the grocery store in quite some time, and had been pulling things out of the freezer and the pantry to see what I could make for almost a week, it was a question that I was having a very difficult time answering. Not wanting to get back in my car and driving […]

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Polenta and Meat Sauce paired with Ruffino Chianti Classico

I make no claims to the authenticity of this as a classic Italian dish, but I will state with conviction that is it is delicious and tastes pretty Italian to me. The meat melts in your mouth and the polenta is creamy and rich. This is the kind of meal that is tailor made to be enjoyed with a glass of wine or four. Meat Sauce 3 lbs Beef back ribs 1 med onion (sliced) […]

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White Wine Sangria Recipe (revisited)

This makes a nice cold, refreshing sangria that won’t make you sloppy like MadMen’s Roger Sterling after a 3-Martini lunch, since it is low in alcohol. This white sangria tastes like a crisp, tart lemonade, but much less sweet. To make your own little pitcher of Summer, start by chilling a bottle of a bottle of cheap, fairly sweet Riesling or any other tasty cheap, fruity and crisp white that you like. Melt a healthy […]

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Perfectly Cooked Bacon and Eggs (with a Wine Pairing)

There are few better ways to start the morning than with bacon and eggs. Unfortunately, more often than not, cooking bacon can be a messy chore. Grease splatters all over your stove and it is a rare bacon aficionado without the scars of the pig on their hands, wrists, and forearms. Add in the fact that cooking bacon in a pan requires a lot of vigilance. There is a way around the mess and the […]

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Be a Home Superstar Chef (Part 7 – Pork Chops)

This is part 7 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, and Part 5 – High Heat Cooking, Part 6 – Restaurant Supply Houses. This entry will deal with pork chops. I am sure many of you are thinking, “Pork chops? Really? Pork chops will make me a superstar in […]

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