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Why Does My Olive Oil Taste Peppery?

Why Does My Olive Oil Taste Peppery?

This question in our Ask the Chef series says: I have purchased some very expensive olive oil, first pressed, extra virgin, etc . . . and yet sometimes there is a peppery taste to it and it even ...

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The Origin of Sushi

The Origin of Sushi

I heard a history of sushi that said it was made popular by an emperor of Japan. The Emperor was looking for some food to eat while playing cards but didn’t want the food to ...

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What is Creme Fraiche?

What is Creme Fraiche?

This question came in from a site user and gives us a chance to answer a common concern, because Crème Fraiche just sounds hard! It really isn’t, and the results will be delicious.

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Why Do You Put Salt in Water Before it Boils?

Why Do You Put Salt in Water Before it Boils?

Another in our series of Ask the Chef questions: Can someone tell me why you put salt in water before it boils, to cook things like spaghetti, shrimp, hard boiled eggs, etc. Is it for ...

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Are There Any Substitutes for Saffron?

Are There Any Substitutes for Saffron?

The latest in our Ask the Chef“series – Joe asks:
Are there any substitutes for saffron in recipes? I passed on buying saffron at $26 per lb!

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Proper Storage of Snails

Proper Storage of Snails

An Ask the Chef Question: I buy escargot in cans with 6-10 dozen in a can – too many to prepare at one time. Once a can has been opened, can they be frozen, or ...

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What is the Best Way to Store Cream Puffs?

What is the Best Way to Store Cream Puffs?

I am planning to make my Granny’s homemade cream puffs; what is the best way to store them? And, how long does home made vanilla stay fresh?

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What Makes a Good Electric Knife?

What Makes a Good Electric Knife?

I was wondering if you could give me advice on what makes a good electric knife. I carve roasts, turkey, and fillet fish a lot, so this is what i would use it for.

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What's the Best Way to Store Cookies?

What's the Best Way to Store Cookies?

Another in our Ask the Chef series: I want to know what is the best way to store “crispy/crunchy” cookies so they keep their “crisp” and for a more “cake-like” cookie.

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How Long Can I Store Corn Oil?

How Long Can I Store Corn Oil?

Question: Does corn oil become rancid after having it for over six months? How long can I store it? Another in our series of “Ask the Chef” questions.

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How Do You Prevent Cracks in the Top of a Cheesecake?

How Do You Prevent Cracks in the Top of a Cheesecake?

Another in our series of Ask the Chef questions: I can make a pretty good cheesecake, but seem to have the same problem. No matter what kind of cheesecake that I make, the top ALWAYS ...

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