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Hollandaise Sauce: The Gold Standard’s Origin

Hollandaise sauce has a reputation worthy of Cleopatra: tempting, beguiling, and notoriously hard to handle. The reputation is well-earned – but who’s going to pass up a chance to hang […]

14 New Restaurant/Bar Openings You Have to Try in NYC in February

February can easily be the dreariest month of the year. The holidays are long over, snow isn’t fun anymore, and dang if it isn’t freezing outside. Luckily, the major players […]

Best “Bang” for your Buck: Best Valentine’s Day Prix-Fixe Menus

Ah, Valentine’s Day. The day of expensive chocolates, hallmark cards, and high expectations (oh yeah, and love). If you’ll be spending the evening out and about in New York, you […]

Don’t Ruin It at Dinner: What to Order and Not Order on a First Date

Ahh the season of love is upon us. That’s right… It’s February. Single or not (yes, those of us in relationships get lazy, too) February reminds us to dip a […]

Béchamel Sauce: The Workhorse

Photo Credit: Venice Gastronaut Béchamel sauce is a key ingredient in hundreds of recipes, from simple dishes like creamed peas to elegant cheese soufflés. At one time considered a sauce […]

How to Make Dumplings with Chef Brian Tsao

Being from an Italian family, I am, of course, a big fan of ravioli. However, I also love pierogis, samosas, empanadas –basically I’m a big fan of dough stuffed with […]

Velouté Sauce: The Versatile Stranger

Photo Credit: Bamitbach  Don’t know a Sauce Velouté from a Sauce Mornay? Me neither. So the other day when I was making a soup recipe that called for “a quart […]

Video: How to Make Your Own Coconut Milk w/ Chef Leah Cohen

Coconut milk –not to be confused with coconut water– is a thick, creamy, absolutely delicious liquid made from the grated meat of a coconut. It features heavily in Southeast Asian […]

Marinara Sauce: The Sauce that Shook the World

Marinara sauce is one of the world’s great sauces. And, I would venture to guess, the sauce that’s made the most often, found on the most grocery shelves, and served […]

What are Bitters?

Photo Credit: makeandshakecocktails.com Peruse the cocktail list at most bars these days and you’ll surely catch at least a few mentions of “bitters” in the ingredients list. But what exactly are […]

What is Béarnaise Sauce?

You may have seen Béarnaise on a menu and wanted to ask, just what is Béarnaise sauce? Well, no mysteries here. Sauce Béarnaise, to use the French phrasing, is one […]

How To Make Clarified Butter

What is Clarified Butter? Clarified butter, also known as drawn butter, is butter from which the milk solids have been removed. Milk solids are the white bits that rise to […]

What are Mother Sauces?

Before explaining the five mother sauces, let’s back up and look at what a sauce itself is. In the most basic sense, a sauce is a liquid that has been […]

What is Bagna Càuda?

Recently, when I told a cousin that I was planning to make bagna càuda for a party, she replied, “What is bagna càuda?” I was surprised because this cousin and […]

What is Coq au Vin?

Contrary to what its pronunciation suggests, coq au vin is not a new food truck dispensing hot chocolate, although that’s not a bad idea either. The literal translation – “rooster […]

Video: Lobster Cupcakes w/ Chef Kevin Long at Boston’s Empire Restaurant

It is a truth self-evident that cupcakes and lobster are two of the best foods currently in existence. But lobster cupcakes? Sounds intriguing at best, possibly unappetizing at worst. If nothing […]

The Best Christmas Cocktail Recipes

Who wants to deck the halls without a christmas cocktail in hand? Christmas drink recipes are of plenty this time of year, and we’ve searched far and wide to find […]

What is Prosciutto?

You know it’s delicious. And expensive. And it lays just right across a slice of melon. But have you ever wondered, Exactly what is prosciutto and how did it get […]

Video: How to Make Gluten-Free Pizza w/ Bistango NYC

Pizza-obsessed with a gluten allergy? Have no fear; Blessing Schuman-Strange & Jeff Walewski from the Bistango at The Kimberly Hotel are here, with a gluten free pizza crust recipe that’s going to […]

Video: West Village’s Daddy-O Shows Us How to Make Their Namesake Drink

In the heart of the West Village, we stopped by Phil Casaceli’s neighborhood spot, Daddy-O, to learn how to make their namesake drink. Phil doesn’t like to call himself a […]

Video: How to Make Crème Brûlée

Need a simple, yet impressive dessert to bring to your next holiday party? Our very own Davina Thomasula is showing us how to master the crème brûlée using four simple […]

4 Places to Drink Fantastic Pisco in New York

I’m sipping Pisco Punch followed by a tasty Pisco Fashioned, at Museo Del Pisco in Cusco, Peru, an interactive Peruvian “museum” that’s less about information overload, and more about the sampling. I don’t know if it’s the […]

Mustard: Mankind’s First Flavoring?

Next time you spread mustard on your ham sandwich, consider this: you’re just repeating history, and very ancient history at that. Mustard seeds were chewed with meat to add flavor […]

Video: 5 Hidden Gems of Wine w/ Ripe Life Wines’ Mary McAuley

Wine is never out of style – just ask Mary McAuley, the founder of Ripe Life Wines. As a culinary school graduate and a sommelier, Mary is obsessed with entertaining. It was only fitting that […]

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