What is Fond?

Truth be told, I'm quite fond of fond.  But what it is? Properly pronounced, the word is fahn, which is French for "base."  (Ask my wife and she will tell you that I butcher French pronunciations, but that's neither here nor there.)  But that fond - that base - is that beautiful brown stuff you … Continue reading What is Fond?

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How to Flambé

Flambéing, or igniting alcohol in a hot pan, is both a primal and thrilling experience as well a spectacular thing to behold.  While it isn't really a necessary step in most recipes, it does add a depth of flavor which can't otherwise be achieved.  Most recipes that call for a flambé will taste just fine if the … Continue reading How to Flambé

On the Importance of a Good Thermometer

Critical to any cook's arsenal of tools is a good, reliable, accurate instant read thermometer.  In fact, I would argue that short of a knife, this is the most important tool in the kitchen.  Here's why: A couple of months ago I received one of the greatest honors of my culinary career:  My dear friend … Continue reading On the Importance of a Good Thermometer

Hack Your Gas Grill: Use it as a Smoker

If you've got a gas grill, you can still turn out some truly amazing, authentic BBQ.  Here's how. I know there are those people out there who are going to hate this post.  Trust me, I understand.  But ultimately, I'm about results - And if the technique yields sound results, then it's a sound technique.  … Continue reading Hack Your Gas Grill: Use it as a Smoker

Cooking 101: Using Heat

Cooking is about heat.  Being able to control heat , understanding how heat enters food, and what happens to food when it does, is a fundamental skill to master if you want to learn to cook. Fortunately, once you've got an understanding of what's going on, it's not that hard to figure out. If you've … Continue reading Cooking 101: Using Heat

The Secret to Perfect Beef Roasts and Steaks

Anyone can cook a hunk of meat.  But doing it to perfection?  That's the tricky part.  So what's the secret? I'll always remember the first time I saw The Matrix my junior year of high school.  The special effects, the amazing "bullet-time" cinematography, the unprecedented martial arts and the gripping plot.  But there was something … Continue reading The Secret to Perfect Beef Roasts and Steaks