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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The History Of Yorkshire Pudding For National Yorkshire Pudding Day

October 13th is National Yorkshire Pudding Day. Yorkshire Pudding is neither sweet, a dessert, or what Americans think of as pudding. In fact, it’s very much like a popover, an Americanized version of Yorkshire Pudding. (The history of Yorkshire pudding is below.) The difference: Popovers are baked in individual molds (like muffins), usually coated with…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Consider More Buffets

Even six or eight people can enjoy serving themselves buffet-style. Photo by Nancy Louie | IST.   In the catering and restaurant worlds, food serving styles are classified as table service or buffet service. Both styles are used in the home, as well. Many of us tend to think as the professionals do: table service…
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National Chop Suey Day: What Is Chop Suey & The History Of Chop Suey

August 29th is National Chop Suey Day. 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…
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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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