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Culinary News

Category: Back Of The House

Alternatives To The Traditional Thanksgiving Menu- The Sides

November 18, 2014

3rd post of 5   In our third post we take a look at the side dishes. The side dishes are probably the most interesting part of the Thanksgiving meal. Here you have a chance to mix it up with a lot of options to get creative. The sides can also wreck havoc on wine …

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Alternatives To The Traditional Thanksgiving Menu- The Appetizers

November 13, 2014

2nd post of 5   Appetizers are a great idea to consider for the Thanksgiving meal and they deserve special attention. While everyone is waiting for the main event to come out of the oven, you can have appetizers around for guests to enjoy before the big meal is served. This is our second post of …

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Alternatives To The Traditional Thanksgiving Menu

November 9, 2014

1st post of 5   It’s November and time to think about the Thanksgiving menu. Everyone has a sensory memory about Thanksgiving with many different ideas of how to prepare the traditional meal. One thing that remains the same everywhere is that Thanksgiving is an important American holiday and it’s about bringing friends and family …

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Recently Foraged Ingredients: Vol. 8

November 3, 2014

The days are getting shorter with winter right around the corner and chefs are thinking about their Thanksgiving menus. We are seeing many different varieties of winter squashes available in the markets with more coming. Citrus is just getting started and apples and pears are going strong. It’s time to start thinking about braising and slow cooked …

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Recently Foraged Ingredients: Vol. 7

October 16, 2014

With our latest edition of Recently Foraged we have found more and more autumn ingredients on the produce lists. Just about all pumpkins and winter/hard squash varieties are available and in the markets right now.  If you haven’t adjusted your menus already, you should consider replacing caprese salad and anything made with tomatoes with salads …

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National Gumbo Day

October 12, 2014

Today we celebrate the classic New Orleans dish Gumbo from one of the great food cities in the United States. Okra is a key ingredient and it wouldn’t be gumbo without it. Andouille sausage is another ingredient that is a must for gumbo. This is a great one-pot dish that you can have fun taking liberties …

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National Kale Day

October 1, 2014

It is the first Wednesday in October so it is officially National Kale Day and we want to help you celebrate. We’ve seen kale rise in popularity dramatically over the past few years as diners look to healthier alternatives. Lately you can’t go anywhere without finding a kale salad on the menu and it’s one of …

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National Food Days- October 2014

September 30, 2014

This month the National Food Days Calendar doesn’t want you to forget pasta. October 6th is Noodle Day, October 17th is National Pasta Day, and October 25th is World Pasta Day. Besides the foods that have a special day dedicated to them (listed below), these are the foods that you can enjoy for the whole …

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Recently Foraged Ingredients: Vol. 6

September 23, 2014

Fall is here! It is time to let go and say goodbye to those beautiful summer ingredients and think of ways to get creative with winter squashes, root vegetables, mushrooms, apples and pears. We will start seeing more autumn ingredients trickle in but here are some of our recent finds: Mushroom Yellow Foot Mushroom Black …

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Recently Foraged Ingredients: Vol. 5

September 14, 2014

Even though the weather may be saying summer, the current produce is screaming autumn/fall. Some summer ingredients are still hanging on, such as an abundance of tomatoes and lots of peppers, but summer squashes and stone fruit are fading. Here the items we have found recently from local markets and purveyors: Fresh Beans Fresh Lima Beans …

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