Grilled Pineapple & Jalapeno Margarita

Our good friend, Leigh, just finished building an amazing Tiki bar in his home (a subject which deserves its own post and photos.) Leigh invited us to a Tiki themed Cinco de Mayo party. Imagine tiki drinks paired with street tacos. After years of having to decline every invitation that…

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Cooking Sous Vide

What is the one of the fundamentals of all good cooking? The answer is heat. Heat for searing, baking, frying, steaming, roasting, and grilling. Heat affects the chemistry of food. For example, in the case of meat, heat changes flavor and consistency in a complex orchestration of muscle fiber and…

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What is Tahini?

It is the indispensable condiment for falafel and many Middle Eastern dishes, also one of the main ingredient in any respectable hummus.Tahini is the name for the sesame paste used to make the tahini sauce. If you travel to the middle east pronounce it as T’heena.When describing tahini, I tell…

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Falafel – A Story & A Recipe

A round deep-fried patty made of chickpeas, fava beans or both (Wikipedia)At their best they are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, full of bright fresh herb flavor and spices. At their worst they are tough, bland and represent everything that is wrong when ethnic cuisines migrate west.The…

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Five Golden Rules To Selecting A Happy Hour Menu

These days everything is available online. Restaurant menus can be scouted ahead. If the owners even half knows what they’re doing, the menu will read well. How can you tell the difference between a good deal and a culinary trap? Brand names in the drinks selections Without alcoholic beverages, happy…

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Knives 101

I am pretty sure that all of you have watched one of those late-night infomercials, or passed next to that demo at the big box store, where a sales person would try to sell you this unbelievable set of 25 knives that will last you a lifetime. Some of you…

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