Chef's Notes

Hump Day How-To: How to Cook Legumes

It’s soups and stews season and we often see recipes that call for cooked beans.  If you are in a rush, canned beans are a convenient way to get beans into your favorite dish, but we guarantee that beans you cook yourself will have a better flavor and texture. Beans, […]

Chef's Notes

10 Recipes Every Cook Should Know: Vinaigrette

Vinaigrette is a simple cold sauce typically made from three parts oil and one part vinegar.  Vinaigrettes are extremely versatile and can be used for other things besides dressing for green salads. They are great as a marinade for grilled or broiled foods; to dress salads made from pastas, grains, […]

Chef's Notes

Sunday Meal Prep: Cookie Edition

This week, we’re borrowing some time from our Sunday meal prep to sneak a few treats into our cookie jars and freezers. Follow our lead and load your freezer with your family’s traditional can’t-miss cookies. Be sure you make your to-do list now so you can relish in the satisfaction […]

Chef's Notes

Food Fact Friday: Pizza Vs. Flatbread

Are all flatbreads pizza but not all pizzas are flatbreads or is it the other way around? Some might say a thinly rolled out pizza is a flatbread and call it a day. But the difference between the two really comes down to the ingredients, they both need flour, water, […]

Chef's Notes

10 Recipes Every Cook Should Know: Risotto

Risotto is a dish many of us love, but few of us attempt to cook at home. It may seem intimidating at first because the method for cooking risotto requires you to constantly be watching it, stirring it and hydrating it for 20 minutes or more to prevent sticking or […]

Chef's Notes

Hump Day How-To: How to Store Fresh Herbs

How to Store Fresh Herbs Adding fresh herbs to any dish adds that special touch that dried herbs or spices just cannot give. The color, aroma and flavor of fresh herbs is something everyone wants in their cooking but is sometimes hard to achieve when you are in a pinch […]

Chef's Notes

10 Recipes Every Cook Should Know: Pound Cake

Pound cake has been around since the 1700’s and gets its name for containing a pound each of flour, butter, eggs, and sugar. It is a simple recipe with few ingredients and one that we believe every home cook should know! Now, our recipe varies slightly from the 4 basic ingredients, […]

Chef's Notes, Salads, Side Dishes

Meal Prep: Grain Salad

It’s that time of the week again when we have to start thinking about the meals to come for the week. We think that Sunday is the perfect day to batch cook a few simple dishes and ingredients to make the work week go by smoother. Today we are talking […]

Chef's Notes, Main Dishes

Pan-Steamed Cilantro and Pork Dumplings

Makes 8 servings Many hands make quick work, though if the company is good, why hurry? Gather your favorite sous chefs to prepare these flavorful dumplings, which are as fun to make as they are to eat. Remember, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, and ugly dumplings are […]

Chef's Notes

Food Fact Friday: White Sugar Alternatives

Sugar Alternatives We all know that sugar in excess can be bad for our health, but we are not saying you shouldn’t indulge in a sweet treat once in a while or cut it out of your life all together. Did you know, the FDA estimated the average annual consumption […]