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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FOOD 101: How To Chiffonade

How to chiffonade. Photo courtesy Marichelle | Lifeflix | Flickr.   We so often recommend a chiffonade (shif-oh-NOD) garnish that we’re devoting an article to it. Chiffonade is a chopping technique in which leafy herbs or greens (basil, sage and spinach, for example) are cut into long, thin strips. Large, stackable leaves are needed—the technique…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: National Chop Suey Day (What Is Chop Suey?)

Many people refer to chop suey as a Chinese-American invention, like fortune cookies. But that’s a myth that keeps getting perpetuated.   CHOP SUEY HISTORY There are several myths about how chop suey was invented in the U.S. Chop Suey is actually is a prominent dish in Taishan, in the Guangdong province of southeast China.…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: National Fruit Compote Day

It’s National Compote Day. What’s a compote? Compote de fruits, or fruit compote, is mixed stewed fruit. Compote de pommes or compote d’abricots is a single stewed fruit (here, apples and apricots, respectively). Compote can be made from fresh or dried fruits or a combination, and can be served warm or chilled. It is a…
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