TIP OF THE DAY: Agrodolce & Gastrique

If you watch Top Chef, you’ve heard the term gastrique (gas-TREEK). While it sounds like the French word for gastric system*, it’s actually a sweet and sour sauce, similar to the Italian sauce agrodolce (agro-DOLE-chay, meaning sour [agro] and sweet [dolce]).   Gastrique and agrodolce have a broad use: as sauces for meat, poultry, fish,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: 10+ Good For You, Quick Sauces

We’re still in “New Year’s Resolutions Month,” and today the tip is good-for-you sauces. Perhaps you’ve already been cooking dinner regularly; or perhaps you’re trying to do more of it to avoid sugar-, salt- and fat-laden take-out food. One of the easiest ways to complete a simple home-cooked meal is to cover it with purchased…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Chermoula Sauce

Last night at a nine-course feast at the home of our wine editor, we were served a dish of scallops, sautéed greens and a hearty topping of freshly-made pesto. A conversation ensued among the nut-averse and lactose-intolerant in attendance, that they didn’t use pesto because of the cheese or the nuts. There’s an easy alternative:…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Cherry Tomato Pasta Sauce

October is National Pasta Month, and we’ll be sharing different takes on pasta. We start with tomato sauce. Some people use fresh summer tomatoes to make their sauce, freezing batches to last through the year. Others used canned tomatoes year-round. Less often, cherry tomatoes are employed. For us, since lush summer tomatoes have drifted into…
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RECIPE: Oktoberfest Burger With Pork Schnitzel

The Oktoberfest Burger, with breaded pork cutlets. Photo courtesy Hard Rock Cafe.   Hard Rock Cafe is celebrating Oktoberfest with a Germany-inspired burger, the Samuel Adams Octoberfest Schnitzel Burger. Available September through October 31st, it has German flavor accents: schnitzel (breaded pork cutlets) instead of beef patties, sauerkraut, whole grain mustard and beer-accented cheese sauce,…
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