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Molecular Gastronomy in 2015 and Beyond

A few years ago there were two words that were on everyone’s lips—molecular gastronomy. It was simultaneously being heralded as the worst thing to happen to food since McDonalds and the greatest culinary achievement made since Georges Auguste Escoffier developed the brigade de cuisine in the first decade of the twentieth century. These days, it’s […]

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The Difference Between Macaron and Macaroon Explained

For those of us afflicted with a sweet tooth there are nearly countless sources of culinary delights but one delight in particular, the macaron, has been getting plenty of attention lately. This has prompted me revisit the debate: Is it macaron or macaroon? Answer: It’s both. The common misconception is that the words “macaron” and […]

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Five Food Hacks for an Easy 4th of July Celebration!

#1–One Barbecue Sauce, Three Ways Most regular barbeque sauces are nothing more than ketchup, some added vinegar, spice, brown sugar and maybe a bit of Worcestershire and garlic powder. You can basically whip this stuff up on your own. Whether homemade or not, good ol’ basic barbeque sauce can easily transform into Asian-style with the […]

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Lime Mint Watermelon a.k.a Mojito Watermelon Salad

Love watermelon? Find you’re often looking for ways to make it sweeter or more refreshing? Well, this recipe takes just minutes and is just as great with perfectly-sweet-watermelon as it is with melons that are less than stellar in sweetness or juiciness. For serving, chill a glass or porcelain serving bowl and if it’s a […]

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For the Love of Leeks – Part 3: Leek Mango Chutney

Sweet, tangy, spicy and wonderfully layered, Leek Mango Chutney is a delightful alternative to heavier chutneys and sauces. It pairs beautifully with any kind of white fish and despite the odd pairing, it’s a total showstopper served alongside Jamaican Jerk Chicken (for total perfection, add cooked plantains as a side). This recipe is a great […]

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For the Love of Leeks – Part 2: Savory Leek and Tomato Turnovers

Want to appear effortlessly fabulous for your guests? Well get yourself some high-quality puff pastry dough (I use Dufour) and you can whip these babies up in a cinch. This recipe is seriously easy and seriously delicious. I mean these guys are good. So good in fact that I recommend making more than you think […]

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For the Love of Leeks – Part 1: Rustic Italian Leeks

Leeks oh leeks! They’re that strange cousin to the ubiquitous domestic onion and close relatives to elephant garlic and an Egyptian sister called kurrat, a flowering leek of sorts with a nearly identical flavor. More importantly, leeks are really, really delicious. They have a sweet, mild onion-like flavor with none of the harshness of regular […]

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