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Are Food Trucks Still A Viable Opportunity?

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Everybody loves food trucks.  They’re easily accessible, they’re fun and, most times, the food they serve is delicious.  Question is: as a young restaurateur, does it make more sense to open your own food truck or is opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant smarter?  Does the larger investment make for a more sound and stable business?  Or […]

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The Mother Sauces are Nothing to Be Afraid Of

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The “mother sauces” were developed during the early 1800s by the bastion of French cuisine, Marie-Antoine Carême, and are a mainstay of French cuisine and cooking in general.  Except for Hollandaise, all the mother sauces start with a roux at their foundation which begs the question: what is a roux?  Answer: nothing to be afraid […]

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Food Trends in 2016

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More Funk in Food Considering the fact that people have been eating fermented foods since the dawn of civilization, one might say it’s taken some time for the American palate to attune itself to the flavor of funk.  We’re fully primed to appreciate the deeper, more complex flavors beyond the occasional get-down with a hunk […]

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Bake Better Cookies with these 5 Tips

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Whether you’re making chocolate chip, peanut putter blossom, sugar or gingerbread cookies, these five helpful tips will help ensure your cookies have the best texture and flavor. # 1 – Use Real, Expensive Vanilla Fork over the dough and invest in a nice bottle of high-quality Madagascar stuff. Nielsen-Massey and J.R. Watkins both make great […]

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5 Tips and Gadgets to Make Holiday Cooking Easier

Love the holidays but dreading all the chaos, cleanup, chopping and shopping? Well, with a little planning and a the right supplies, you can make holiday cooking this season relatively stress-free and enjoyable. 1 – Source Make-Ahead Recipes When browsing through those holiday recipes, look for the all-important phrase “make ahead.”  A slew of different […]

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Sourdough Stuffing with Sausage, Apples, and Golden Raisins

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say stuffing is the quintessential Thanksgiving dish.  Some people are going to take issue with this; after all, we do call it “turkey day” but tell me this: when else during the year do you have stuffing as part of the meal?  Christmas perhaps?  Okay…maybe.  How […]

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Apple-Cranberry Crisp with Oatmeal Topping

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Want a beautiful, delicious autumnal desert everyone will love? This apple and cranberry crisp is at once simple to make and noteworthy in its tart sweetness which is perfectly balanced when served topped with a nice dollop of vanilla ice cream.  Whether you serve this for Thanksgiving, Christmas or for just for one of your […]

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