Tag Archives: Cooking Techniques

Octopus: The New Calamari?

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Octopus has been spotted on many food trend list predictions for this year, including Pinterest’s top 2017 emerging trends. Calamari is already a staple at many restaurants, making octopus a logical next tier item when considering innovative seafood dishes to keep your menu fresh. Part of the cephalopod family that also includes squid, octopus has meaty, tender flesh with great ...

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Lobster: The Maine Event

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With its firm, white meat packed with rich, sweet flavor, lobster has a high value as a premium protein. More chefs are featuring this versatile shellfish on menus across the board, from fast-casual restaurants to fine dining. Lobster also has allure for health-conscious clientele due to the crustacean’s lower caloric content, saturated fat, and cholesterol. If you want your dishes ...

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Sharpen Your Breakfast Skillet Skills

Skillets, hashes, or skillet hashes: No matter what you call them, this versatile and hearty dish is crucial to your breakfast or brunch menu. While corned beef hash or a classic sausage/potato/egg skillet will always resonate with comfort food fans, breakfast skillets, much like on-trend bowls, are getting a makeover with inspired flavors and treatments. They’re the perfect platform for ...

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What Is Cooking a la Plancha?

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A la plancha is a type of cooking that is light, flavorful, intense, exceptionally fresh and generally regarded as healthy. Th e secret is la plancha which translates to “the griddle.” Unlike the stainless steel 350°F griddles we use in American kitchens, the plancha is usually much hotter (450°F+) wood or charcoal fired, and can be made of carbon steel, ...

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How to Cook With Coffee And Tea

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The number of coffee and tea connoisseurs is about equal to the number of wine devotees, and just like wine these beverages add depth to any dish. The flavor notes of coffee add a robust, earthy flavor to both sweet and savory dishes, and tea creates grassy, herbal, sweet, and even smoky flavors in a dish. Cooking with coffee and ...

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How to Make Fresh Ricotta Cheese

One simple way to set your restaurant apart from the competition is by making fresh ricotta. The simple process takes about 45 minutes and lends itself to a variety of applications, from sweet to savory. One of the most important things to keep in mind when making fresh ricotta, or anything, from scratch, is to make sure you sell your ...

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Sous Vide 101

French for “under vacuum”, Sous Vide is a cooking method in which food is sealed in airtight plastic bags then placed in a water bath  for longer than normal cooking times at an accurately regulated temperature much lower than normally used for cooking. The intent is to cook the item evenly, ensuring that the inside is properly cooked without overcooking ...

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How to Make Fresh Mozzarella

Fresh mozzarella is easy to make. It is a simple process that yields an amazing item that customers love. Alessandro Spinello and Pasquale Sorrentino of Branca Restaurant in Rochester demonstrated how they make fresh mozzarella in their restaurant at the 2015 Maines Food Show. You can watch their full Chef Demo: There are a variety of ways to make fresh ...

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3 Alternative Ways to Cook Fresh Ravioli

Why stick with just boiling a fresh pasta ravioli when there are other ways to cook them? Try any of these alternatives for a unique menu offering to your customers: 1. Steaming Take some inspiration from dim sum and try steaming ravioli! This can be a convenient alternative to boiling, especially if you are already baking or steaming other items ...

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How to Get Perfect Potatoes Every Time

Whether you’re serving them mashed, roasted, fried our even poutine-style – Avoid ruining this versatile root vegetable during the cooking process by following these tips from our friends at Food & Wine Roasted Potatoes 1. Are you experiencing tough results when tossing raw potatoes into the oven? To achieve a crisp exterior and creamy interior, parboil potatoes until ¾ cooked. ...

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