TIP OF THE DAY: Try A New Ingredient Every Month

Today’s tip is from Chef Johnny Gnall. If you have questions or suggestions for tips, email Chef Johnny. Home cooks can get intimidated by the thought of trying new ingredients. There’s a time-and-money issue of experimenting with something that might not turn out well. But cooking is exploration. Sometimes explorers find that the trip yields…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Cooking A Ham

Don’t overheat your ham! Photo courtesy Snake River Farms.   Cured hams come fully cooked, but need to be heated (that is, if you want your meat to be warm or hot). Micheale Muse, culinary expert for Snake River Farms, producers of “the world’s best” Kurobuta hams, shares this advice: USE MODERATE HEAT. To ensure…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Cooking With Alcohol (Spray On The Booze)

This mini spray bottle is a good size to fill with spirits. It’s available online. Photo courtesy Tolco.   Last week we published a ham crust recipe in which Alton Brown demonstrated one of the secret ingredients: spraying the crust with Bourbon! We asked our consulting chef, Johnny Gnall, to consider how the spray-on booze…
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RECIPE: Beer Battered Grilled Cheese & Bacon Sandwich

Betty Crocker Kitchen has announced the winner in its second annual Betty Bracket. This showdown of 16 sweet and savory beer party food recipes competed to be served at the College Football Playoff National Championships. America has spoken: Beer Battered Grilled Cheese Sandwich was the winner. You can enjoy it during the national championship game,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Mandoline Slicer

[1] A mandoline makes beautiful, ultra-thin, even slices (photo courtesy Microplane). [2] Slicing perfectly even julienne carrot strips (photo courtesy Kitchen Expert).   If you don’t have a mandoline slicer, it’s time to think seriously about getting one. A mandoline (man-doe-LEEN) is a kitchen utensil that makes thin, even slices, from juliennes to crinkle-cuts and…
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