TIP OF THE DAY: The Restaurant Cheese Plate

Fine cheese is sophisticated, luscious…and full of cholesterol and calories. That’s why passing a cheese board at the dinner table is an invitation to over-indulgence. So take a tip from top restaurants that offer a cheese plate: Serve small bites of several cheeses, plus fruit and nut condiments. Cut half-ounce servings of four different cheeses—a…
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COOKING VIDEO: How To Cook A Steak On The Stove

  If your steaks don’t taste as good as restaurant steaks, it could be the quality of the meat. Or it could be your cooking technique. Restaurant chefs start with searing the seasoned steak in a cast-iron skillet or grill pan. Sometimes they finish cooking the meat in the oven. In this demonstration, the seared…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Strip The Lemon Wedge, Save The Strips

We love food garnishing, making each dish or drink special with tasty, edible decor (here’s a basic book to start with). A lemon or lime wedge, for example, is nothing special. But you can make it so by cutting small grooves, or channels, in the rind. To do this, you need a small tool call…
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TIP OF THE DAY: How To Dry Salad

Dry salad in the serving bowl, atop a paper towel. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.   Here’s a helpful tip for drying salad greens. Some people have the luxury of space for a salad spinner or a colander, two favorite salad-drying techniques. Others don’t have the space, or simply don’t own these utensils.…
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