Wines from the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Luncheon

Duckhorn Vineyards 2007 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc I ran across a story at KansasCity.com talking about the wines chosen to be served at President Barack Obama’s Inauguration Luncheon today; a Duckhorn Vineyards 2007 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, and a 2005 Golden Eye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. Say the good folks at Duckhorn Vineyards: We are honored to announce that the 2007 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and the 2005 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir […]

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Goat Cheese Crostini

This is a great recipe to serve as an appetizer or a quick canapé. It is especially easy and quick in the event of an impromptu or unexpected holiday gathering. A crostini is a little toast topped with something tasty. There are many variations, but this one is simple and delicious. To begin preheat your oven to 350° and grab your favorite bread knife. Slice a baquette thinly (about 1/2″) on the bias and lay […]

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How to perfectly brine a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner

I think that most home chefs have gotten the word that brining is a crucial step when cooking turkey. If not, they should. Brining your bird brings flavor, texture, and most importantly, moisture to the table. If you are already hip to the miracle of brining, then let me show you how to step it up another notch. We will start by making a very rich, delicious vegetable stock. In a large roasting pan add […]

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Be a Home Superstar Chef (Part 3 – Pine Nuts)

It may seem strange that edible seeds found inside of pine cones are something that could elevate your cooking ability, but pine nuts are versatile and bring a lot to the table. The delicious taste of a toasted pine nut enhances both sweet and savory dishes. To me, the flavor of toasted pine nuts is reminiscent of a sugar cone for ice cream. While they can be eaten raw, they don’t have much flavor until […]

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Be a Home Superstar Chef (Part 2 – Shallots)

The first installment in this series discussed the importance of having a few high quality pans. Admittedly, despite being a necessity for the home chef, high quality pans are a big investment. Happily, the star of this article is much less expensive. Shallots look, taste, and smell like a cross between onions and garlic, but are neither. They are actually classified as different species from either one. Shallots grow in bunches of separate bulbs. The […]

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Be a Superstar Home Chef (Part 1 – Intro)

This is the first in a series of articles geared toward helping you take your home cooking to a higher level. This series will focus on individual ingredients, techniques, and styles that can take good food and make it great. I will mix these articles in along with the type of articles and posts that usually make up this blog. There will also be another new series beginning soon, as my wife is working on […]

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Delicious Sunday Brunch Quiche

This is what my family will be waking up to this morning. Breaking with my usual way of doing things, I will post this recipe in traditional format. Just don’t get used to it. However, as usual, feel free to play around with ingredients and amounts. Baking quiche is simple and very adaptable. A pie crust, 4 eggs, some cheese, some milk or cream, and an oven is all that is required. The rest is […]

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Almond Cornmeal Cake with Peach and Raspberry Compote

This is a very delicious and impressive dessert, and it is not all that difficult to make. It has three parts, the cake, the fruit compote and a marcapone and creme fraiche topping. None of the three are hard to make, but when you put them together they are spectacular. Other than the cake, it is also easy to change out ingredients to put your own stamp on this dish. The cake: * 1/2 cup […]

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