TIP OF THE DAY: Make Wiener Schnitzel

Wiener Schnitzel, Austria’s national dish. Photo © Cokemomo | 123rf.   Wiener Schnitzel (pronouced VEE-ner not WEE-ner) is the national dish of Austria and a standard of Continental cuisine. In The Sound Of Music, Maria sang that Schnitzel with noodles was “one of my favorite things.” The name means Viennese [-style] scallops, referring to the…
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DELICACY: Maatjes Herring From The North Sea

If you like the herring that comes in jars, in wine or cream sauce, we’ve got something so much better for you: nieuwe maatjes herring. Through Friday, July 3rd, New York City’s Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant is celebrating the Holland Herring Festival. For 35 years, this has been the first American tasting of…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Romanesco, Neither Broccoli Nor Cauliflower

Isn’t it beautiful? Romanesco looks like it’s been sculpted by an artist. It’s a member of the cruciferous vegetables family (Brassicaceae) that includes broccoli and cauliflower, among others. If it seems exotic, that’s because we rarely find it in U.S. markets. But romanesco grown in California is in season now. In the U.S., it’s also…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Deconstruct Your Favorite Foods

Deconstructed carbonara. Here’s the recipe. Photo courtesy Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton.   Today’s tip is to have fun deconstructing a favorite family dish. Deconstruction is an avant-garde culinary trend of the last 15 years or so, championed by the famed Catalan chef Ferran Adrià, who has referred to his cooking as “deconstructivist.” Hervé This,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Have An Apéritif

What’s an apéritif? How does it differ from a digestif? An apéritif is an alcoholic drink taken before a meal to stimulate the appetite. It is usually dry and low in alcohol. Some people have a cocktail (a mixed drink), but many modern cocktails are considered by gastronomes to be too heavy or too sweet…
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