Everyone knows or should know that if the bubbly stuff is made outside of the Champagne region of France it is not allowed to be called champagne. It is sparkling wine. There was a time that the choices were not very stellar. Astis from Italy were thought of as sickly sweet, not anymore. The other choices were not thought of with much more enthusiasm, especially domestic choices fromt the USA. This really is amusing as Roederer -the producer of one of my all…Continue
Added by Joseph Yacino on December 11, 2012 at 3:29pm — No Comments
Normally at this time of the year I write about holiday foods, be they for Easter or Passover. I LOVE holiday foods, probably because I only cook them once a year. This year I decided to head in a different direction. Normally this is a summer time meal as it uses only the freshest of produce. I live in…Continue
Added by Joseph Yacino on May 15, 2012 at 10:42am — No Comments
It is the time of the year that many of our clients are eating more fish. This is an adaption of a dish I grew up with. Fresh poached and flaked tuna replace the canned version. The dried "Italian Blend" herbs and powdered garlic are substituted with fresh mint and garlic. Canned tomatoes have been left in, but feel free to use your own tomato concasse (skinned and seeded) diced tomatoes. Whole cherry tomatoes would be fantastic too.
Mint you are saying to yourself, really? Pazzo…Continue
Added by Joseph Yacino on March 8, 2012 at 1:20pm — No Comments
We have all read articles on St. Valentines Day that seem to pop up ad nauseam in February publications. I myself have written them, along with pieces about “foods to get you in the mood”. This year, I decided to go a different route by presenting you with a menu that can easily be made for a crowd, for two...or even only YOU! The recipes are quick, easy and best of all “Good and Good For You”!
You don’t eat meat? Not a problem.…Continue
Added by Joseph Yacino on March 1, 2012 at 5:12pm — No Comments
Last year I tried to get everyone to throw out the all-too-common turkey and go more traditional with a Christmas Goose. Don’t get me wrong: I LOVE turkey, in every way, shape and form. My problem with turkey is no one seems to want to cook anything but turkey for every holiday gathering. Here I go again; this year it is with ham.
The tradition of eating ham for Christmas came from a pagan tradition from the pre-Christian Germanic and Norse tradition of killing a boar and serving it…Continue
White Gold or Mayan Sea Salt has been the subject of numerous books and scholarly papers written about the trade routes of the ancient Mayans. Some have estimated that 3 to 6 tons of sea salt per day had to be transported by canoe and on human backs into the interior to supply the Mayan people whose population then is estimated to have been greater than the population of the same region today. This sea salt was produced on both sides of Central America in what is now Guatemala, Mexico,…Continue
Added by Joseph Yacino on December 12, 2011 at 2:54pm — No Comments
Christmas is coming the geese are getting fat
We've all heard the this Christmas carol. Having goose at Christmas time used to be a staple and slowly gave way to the Christmas turkey. If you have never had goose, give it a try, be ahead of the trend and help this tradition return.
Goose meat is richer and darker than turkey. It has a higher fat content than poultry, but a lot of the fat melts away during…Continue
Added by Joseph Yacino on December 5, 2011 at 9:02am — No Comments
Pairing Wine with FoodI think we have all heard the old adage of red wine with red meat, white wine with fish and white meats. The mere mention of rosé to most people causes them to turn up their noses.
The thought of Thanksgiving brings visions of a Norman Rockwell painting, with a table laden with all of the traditional foods. Over the past decade or so there have been those that did their best to change those traditions by not having turkey as the star. I however am not one of those people. In my world unless you are a vegan or vegetarian it is de rigueur to consume turkey. This does not however…
Added by Joseph Yacino on November 13, 2011 at 12:15pm — No Comments
Added by Joseph Yacino on November 6, 2011 at 1:19pm — No Comments