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One of the most difficult things for a home cook to accomplish is a rich, smooth sauce to serve over steak. The answer isn't in the "how to" but in what ingredients are used to create the sauce that makes the difference. In the days before refrigeration sauces were more often used to smother the taste of foods that had begun to go bad. However, in the 19th century, the French created a process for making sauces that is still being taught in cooking schools all over the…Continue
Italian white wines are crisp, soft and highly acidic. They are made to accompany food, not overpower it. Even Italian wines made from grapes popular elsewhere, such as Chardonnay, take on a slightly different, richer character when grown in Italian soil. Italy's best white wines are grown, primarily, in three regions, "Tre Venezie", literally the three-Venices: Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Fruili-Venezia-Guilia, as well as in Piedmont. The cooler northern climate of…Continue
The benefits of giving homemade holiday food gifts are numerous. They are easy on the budget and ideal for those people on your holiday gift list who have everything. The receiver appreciates the personal touch and effort you’ve put into the gift and, for you, the creative act of putting together ahomemade gift is rewarding.
But what many people may not know about the benefits of homemade gifts is that they can actually be better for the planet than the standard…Continue
What's for dinner tonight? How about a casserole, chili, lasagna or meatloaf made with the ultimate dinner staple - ground beef. Ground beef has long been considered a meat-stretcher, easier on the wallet than full beef cuts. Perhaps for this reason, there are a lot of inventive ways to use ground beef other than for burgers, meatloaf and meatballs, including some interesting mock gourmet recipes.
Grocery stores carry a variety of ground beef options (sometimes also…Continue