DRYING SUMMER’S TOMATOES

For about 1 cup of dried slices: My favorite way to preserve delicious home grown summer tomatoes is to dry them. They are easy! Eat them as a snack or chop them up and put

A Treat for Father’s Day

The current issue of Fine Cooking magazine (No. 141) highlights a cut of beef that I’ve used for years that is little known but delicious and inexpensive. Just the thing to surprise Dad with. Similar

Perfect Burgers for Father’s Day

Grilling hamburgers is the best way to cook them in my opinion. In recent years burgers have moved up from just being fast food faire to ultra chic and hip with top chefs

Sustainable Black Cod in a Spicy Coconut Broth

Cooking for Solutions at the Monterey Bay Aquarium  is back! I have been involved with this event since it  began, and I’m passionate about its mission: to help consumers, chefs and businesses choose seafood that

Roasting, Poaching and Toasting Garlic

A simple way of taming garlic’s sometimes dominating flavor is to roast, poach, or toast it first.  When you cut into raw garlic you break the cell walls and it immediately begins to

All About Asparagus- Part 3

COOKING ASPARAGUS Wash asparagus just before cooking to remove any bit of grit left from the sandy soil it is usually grown in. Asparagus does not usually need to be peeled unless you get a

All About Asparagus- Part 1

If ever there was a harbinger of spring, it’s asparagus.  As the days grow longer and the soil warms, asparagus suddenly springs into life, sending up shoots that can grow 6 to 10

Cool Kitchen Tip: Opening Sparkling Wines and Champagnes

At sports victories we’ve all seen the winners shaking a bottle of champagne and then opening it so the cork flies off and the wine showers out of the bottle.  Fine for a

Tips for Deep Frying a Turkey

Most of us have heard about deep frying turkey, which originated in the south and is often called “Cajun Fried Turkey”.  When I finally tried it, the results were outstanding, I have to

Cool Kitchen Tip: Facts About Cookware

•    Aluminum:  Remember a few years ago when people were throwing out their aluminum pots and pans because of the “Aluminum causes Alzheimer’s” scare??  According to the National Institutes of Health there is