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Lighten Up! What Do You Mean by 'Lighten Up'?

In our local newspaper recently was an article titled Italian twist lightens up classic French onion soup1. The author is a well known and respected chef, author and TV personality. The lead in says, "In my quest to slim down this French classic, I turned to Italy. I swapped out Gruyere in favour of Parmigiano-Reggiano and moved the croutons and... Read more →




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How Much is it Worth to You?

This is someplace where I might be accused of being a bit of a broken record. I find myself constantly amazed by the amount we are charged in the supermarket for labor we could just as well do at home. On previous occasions, I've written about $100 Onions, and Saving Money on Groceries. This time, it's the difference in cost... Read more →




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2,000,000 and Counting

KitchenSavvy is pleased to announce that it has received over two million page views since its inception. Quite a milestone! Started as a cooking Question & Answer blog, KitchenSavvy now has over 300 articles. While staying true to the original mission, articles now also include recipes, commentaries, book and product reviews. KitchenSavvy attracts nearly 50,000 readers every month from virtually... Read more →




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"Extra Virginity" by Tom Mueller

You can imagine my distress at reading Extra Virginity by Tom Mueller. The premise is simple enough, and I don't think it is a spoiler to say that the book centers around fraud and corruption in the olive oil industry. Mueller give example after example of alleged fraud, starting with a shipload of oil that mystically transmogrifies from hazelnut oil to olive oil during a month-long passage from Turkey to Italy. Read more →




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Daze of Our Lives

So who gets to decide it's National Eat Your Vegetables Day, or International Pretzel Week? Not a day goes by without someone, usually a marketing firm, trying to hype me, and you, on the idea that we should be celebrating yet another ersatz holiday. Read more →




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Eating with Your Eyes First

It is frequently said that "People Eat with Their Eyes First". If you want a Master Class on the do's and don'ts of garnishing and presentation, you need go no further than Pinterest. Read more →




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Simply De-Vine

Why it is that your grocer wants to sell you on-the-vine tomatoes? Profit, profit, profit. One way to get the most bang out of your food budget is to be frugal at the store, and leaving the behind the stems of on-the-vine tomatoes is one way to do that. Read more →




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As frequent readers will know, I went to the King Arthur Flour "Artisan Baking at Home" class this past fall. Since then I have been working to make the best baguette possible in a home oven. After tweaking the KA method, and adjusting the recipe for Robin Hood unbleached white flour, I think I have gone about as far as... Read more →




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Picture this - a warm sunny Provençal day in the south of France. It's early May. The setting is a table, inlaid with tiles, in the shade of a tree in a vineyard. You and your sweetheart are enjoying a picnic lunch of cheeses, spreads, jams, and meats. To go with the picnic, you have a bottle of wine, a... Read more →




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Keeping Things Under Wraps

A colleague and I were recently at a business meeting where lunch was provided.  I took a sandwich from the tray, only to be told that one of the lunch wraps was a healthier choice.  Is that true? Read more →




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