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What Kind of Mint Am I Growing In My Garden? Someone recently asked me about the mint growing in their garden. Is it peppermint, spearmint or some other kind of mint? I had no idea so I did a little research so I had a better understanding of mint varieties and then went out to […]

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The Reluctant Gourmet by G. Stephen Jones - 2w ago

How to Make a Delicious Indian Chicken Korma My wife and I are always on the lookout for new and different recipes. We often find interesting recipes to try in the newspapers we read but many of them are inspired by cooking magazines I subscribe to. This recipe is adapted from a Food Network Magazine […]

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The Reluctant Gourmet by G. Stephen Jones - 1M ago

All About Piave Vecchio from Italy If you like Parmigiano- Reggiano and aged Gouda, you are going to love Piave Vecchio. A wonderful cheese made with high-quality, pasteurized local milk and tastes like a young Parmigiano with a bit of aged Gouda. Nutty almonds with tropical fruit, this is another of what I would call […]

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The Reluctant Gourmet by G. Stephen Jones - 1M ago

Steamed Potatoes With Lemon Juice and Herbs Recipe One of the downsides of boiling potatoes is that quite a bit of their nutritional value goes down the drain along with the cooking water.  You can bake the potatoes, but even using a microwave this can take a long time. Steaming is one fast way of […]

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More Steaming Mistakes and How to Avoid Them This is Part 2 of How NOT to Steam Foods. If you want to read Part 1, click here. Mistake #5  Covering the Pan Loosely If you think that you are steaming in a vessel without a lid, or just loosely covered with a piece of parchment, […]

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How NOT to Steam Foods Steaming is arguably one of the healthiest ways to cook because no added fat is needed.  It is also a very gentle method as foods aren’t knocked around by boiling water or stirred over high heat. Rather, the steam gently penetrates and cooks all foods at around 212ºF, the boiling […]

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The Importance of Good Kitchen Equipment Before You Start a Recipe Mistake #6 – Not Having the Right Equipment As part of reading the recipe and getting your mise en place together, you should also have inventoried your cooking equipment.  While it is acceptable to make some substitutions with equipment – using a sauté pan […]

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More Mistakes Home Cooks Make When Starting a Recipe Mistake #4 – Not Prepping Your Ingredients Almost as important as making sure you have all your ingredients is making sure that your ingredients are cooking ready.  How many times have you started a recipe only to realize you need a chopped onion or diced carrot […]

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Before You Even Think of Starting a New Recipe, Read This Mistake #2 Not Giving Yourself Enough Time I cannot stress this enough: just because recipes say that they can be made from start to finish in thirty or forty-five minutes does not mean that a person who is unfamiliar with the recipe or the […]

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The Reluctant Gourmet by G. Stephen Jones - 3M ago

What A Recipe Is Before I talk about how not to start a recipe, I want to take some time to talk about what a recipe is.  According to Miriam Webster, a recipe is “a set of instructions for making something from various ingredients.” The second definition is “a formula or procedure for doing or […]

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