The many Faces of Gruel

“Please, sir, I want some more.” Made famous by Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, gruel, is a watery thin type of porridge typically eaten by the poor working class during the Industrial Revolution. Gruel is probably the starkest culinary statement next to “stone soup”. Now, here’s …

Recipes Chicken Teriyaki

Coming home day after day and having to fix a meal for your family or yourself can become quite boring and ordinary. Maybe it is time for a change, or maybe you just want something a little out of the ordinary from your everyday plain …

Comparing Red and White Wine

The French paradox refers to the fact that people in France suffer relatively low incidence of coronary heart disease, despite their diet being rich in saturated fats. They eat all the butter, cream, foie gras, pastry and cheese that their hearts desire, and yet their …

Nutella Crepe Recipe

Oh, Nutella. That creamy, rich, chocolaty-hazelnutty confection of a spread that has graced so many bagels, croissants, fruits, and pancakes for me these past few years. Anyone who has not yet sampled this heavenly concoction must do so immediately or risk living the rest of …

How to keep Cheesecake from Cracking

Cheesecakes are not cakes at all, but rich cheese and egg custards that require low heat and proper timing for best results. Shrinking and cracking are closely related problems that usually appear when a cheesecake has cooked too long or at a temperature that is …

Smokey Caramel Apple Pork Chops

When you think of pork some form of apples is not to far behind.  Grandma would pan fry the pork chops in good ol’ shortening, or better yet some left over bacon fat then spoon jarred apple sauce along side, maybe her prized mashed potatoes …