Canning tips to help you can like a professional at CHEFScatalog.com

Today’s Canning, Part 2

There’s a wide variety of foods that can be canned, each, however, requires a slightly different process. See tips.

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April 16, 2014

Charcuterie: A Basic Guide

While a plate of cheese and crackers, sliced fruit and a side bowl of Planters peanuts have long been Friday night staples if you’re entertaining, why not take a cue from the French, up the artisan ante, and turn that customary party spread into a well-designed and creative charcuterie board?

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Marmalade: Preserving Sunshine in a Jar

I was noshing on croissants that I made this weekend, and thought how good some fresh marmalade would taste on them. Out came the stockpot, fresh oranges and sugar. When I was finished the sunny orange jars were a welcome bit of warmth for the cold mornings of winter. Try this orange marmalade recipe, I think you will agree, it is a fresh, delicious addition to any morning routine.

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Beef Stroganoff Fit for a Czar!

Still looking for that perfect Valentine’s Day menu for you and your love? How about a traditional Russian Beef Stroganoff?

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Easy Slow Cooker Stews for Cold Weather Dinner

Winter came back for a visit after I thought the warm weather was going to stick around. With our most recent snow storm, I pulled the slow cooker back out to make some warming, winter-weather comfort food. Try one of these 5 stews in your slow cooker for dinner tomorrow.

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Valentine's Day Dinner Made Easy

Still haven't figured out what to make for Valentine's night dinner? Today we present a menu that keeps the cooking time to mid-week friendly, but is a little more special than an everday weeknight meal. Added bonus: you probably have most of the ingredients right in the pantry!

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Croissants Made Easy

I love croissants! Their tender and flaky texture and buttery flavor are just an ideal combination. Like chocolate and souffles, there is something about the croissant that just is synonymous with Valentine's Day and sweethearts. Maybe it is the vague beginning of a heart in the crescent shape of the pastry, or maybe it is just because they are most associated with Paris, the City of Love and Lights. Whatever the reason, I think they are the perfect pastry for Valentine's Day. Today we take a look at how to make croissants with a perfected recipe from America's Test Kitchen.

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Exclusively at CHEFS: Wüsthof Le Cordon Bleu Kitchen Cutlery

Wüsthof collaborated with the famous Le Cordon Bleu Cooking Academy to create forged knives with unique features that set them apart from other kitchen knives. Today we will explore what makes the Wüsthof Le Cordon Bleu cutlery stand out for the home chef.

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Sugar Demystified

At its simplest, sugar is a carbohydrate that is present in every fruit and vegetable. Plants make sugar through photosynthesis and then store it as food. In the United States, common white sugar or sucrose comes from sugar cane and sugar beets. One teaspoon of sugar has 15 calories.

In the kitchen, sugar plays a necessary and complex role especially when we cook and bake.

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A Guide to Basic Asian Cooking Ingredients

For many cooks, the biggest hurdles to cooking Asian cuisine are knowing and finding the right ingredients. To help you navigate the Asian food section at your local market, we compiled a basic guide to common Asian cooking ingredients.

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The Mardi Gras King Cake

Looking for something sweet to add to your Game Day buffet or a traditional Mardi Gras party? The King Cake is the answer! With a history dating back to the 12th century, the King Cake is a beloved Gulf Coast tradition. Making one is as simple as making cinnamon rolls.

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February is National Chocolate Month at CHEFScatalog.com

Chocolate

I love chocolate, but sometimes I need help to make my chocolate creations turn out right. Today, I am sharing some of my favorite chocolate resources and some delicious chocolate filled recipes!

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5 Cooking Oils and When to Use Them

There are so many oils out on the market these days. I remember when it was vegetable oil, vegetabls shortening or lard--those were your options. Today we take a look at some of the more popular cooking oils and what makes them different from the next oil on the shelf.

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5 Quick Hot Breakfast Ideas

I have had enough oatmeal for one winter season! I love oatmeal, but I have been uninspired when it comes to my morning meal. This morning's oatmeal sent me over the edge and on the hunt for delicious and nutritious cold morning breakfast ideas.

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A Touch of Red for Valentine's Day

On Valentine’s Day, we joyfully embrace the bold and beautiful color, red. According to feng shui practitioners, red brings powerful fire energy into the environment, fueling feelings of passion, luxury, love and romance.

In the kitchen and dining room, red is an eye-catching color that stimulates the appetite and other senses.

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Super Bowl® Fans Savor Super Snacks

On Super Bowl® Sunday, football always takes center stage. Snacks, finger foods and beverages, however, are still in the spotlight. While hot wings, creamy dips and crunchy chips are perennial favorites, we’re looking for new recipes for this year’s Super Bowl® menu.

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Tapas

Everyone's talking about their upcoming football party. I want to serve somthing different than the usual fried pub food or hot wings. My choice this year is tapas!

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Muffuletta: Make this Italian sandwich for a no fuss meal on Super Bowl® Sunday

New Orleans is well known for its Cajun and creole cuisine, both heavily influenced by the French. Another quintessential New Orleans dish is muffuletta (moof-fuh-LET-tuh, muff-uh-LOT-uh or moo-foo-LET-ta), a submarine-type sandwich popularized by Italian immigrants.

A classic muffuletta is made with a sesame seed-topped Sicilian-style round bread, various Italian cold cuts and cheeses and a chunky olive salad.

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Easy Dinners for 2

Valentine's Day is on the horizon, and we are sharing two easy to make dinner menus. Choose from stuffed pork chops or roasted salmon--no special ingedients needed.

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