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Turkey Gravy

Turkey GravyYield: 1½ pints 3 cups pan juices from roast turkey, strained and fat reserved (can use chicken broth if more liquid is needed)1 ½ T reserved

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Thanksgiving Preparation Schedule

Thanksgiving Preparation Schedule First week of November:Make guest list.Plan Thanksgiving menu.Make grocery list.Send invitations.Plan/purchase decorations, candles, place cards, firewood, matches, etc.Pre-order turkey, if buying fresh. Two weeks

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Chef’s Pantry Favorites

Bottled Sauces/CondimentsCatsup/KetchupDijon MustardHoisin SauceSoy SauceSriracha (hot chile sauce)Worcestershire Sauce Canned ProductsBeans, BlackBeans, PintoBeans, White (Great Northern)Chick Peas (Garbanzo Beans)OlivesTomato Products: Diced Tomato, Tomato Paste, Tomato Sauce, Whole

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Cutting your Food Budget: Monthly Meal Planning

Here’s how it works: Plot each main meal (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) on a 1-month calendar, planning left-overs for other day’s meals (Monday’s roast chicken dinner left-overs become Tuesday’s chicken

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Decoding Terms – Sauté vs. Sear

Sometimes sauté is confused with the term sear, which means to brown quickly over high heat. When you sear, you want to keep the food product in

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Trip to Farm Boy

Took a field trip the other day to Farm Boy–the coolest, ecclectic store I’ve seen. It’s like walking into a Korean Alice in Wonderland. At first, I thought

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Chef News: Gordon Stewart

Part of the inspiration that led me on my journey of becoming a chef was the cuisine from Chef Gordon Stewart, currently executive chef of Gordon’s on Blueberry

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Quick Guide to Metal Cookware

CHEMISTRY 101 Metal cookware can be broken down into two major categories: Reactive and Nonreactive Reactive metals, such as aluminum, cast iron and copper can react harmfully

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Top 10 Essential Kitchen Tools

The following tools are a definite must for any home chef.  There are all sorts of gadgets you can use, but these are the items that a