Tag Archives: Essence Aug-Oct 2014

Seafood Sustainability

Seafood Sustainability

With increases in consumer awareness of seafood’s health benefits, demand for fish is only going to increase. But because wild stocks are not projected to meet increased demand, future increases in fish supply are likely to come either from foreign aquaculture or increased domestic aquaculture production. Sustainable seafood is either caught or farmed in ways that consider the long-term vitality ...

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Salt Crusted Fish

salt crusted striped bass

This technique of baking fish in a thick layer of salt is common in Sicily. Not only is it a dramatic presentation, it will also give you the most perfectly cooked fish. The salt works to seal in moisture and gently steam the fish in its own juices, seasoning it slightly in the meantime. Salt roasting does not yield food that's salty—just perfectly seasoned.

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How to Make Ceviche

how to make ceviche

Ceviche is raw seafood “cooked” by marinating in citrus juices, usually lime or lemon. Ceviche is not sushi. Ceviche is a South American staple that makes for a bright and refreshing meal. The citric acid firms up the fish so that, while still raw, it tastes and feels cooked. The fish should be firm on the exterior, but with a ...

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How to Pair Wines with Sauces

How to Pair Wine with Sauces

Need some help pairing wine with sauces? Look no further, here’s a quick guide! 1. Zesty Sauces Beurre blanc, lemon, lime, and vinegar-based sauces Try lighter, zestier white wines and wines with more herbal and savory characteristics: Sauvignon Blanc White Bordeaux Grenache Blanc   2. Herb Sauces Basil, parsley, mint, cilantro, dill, capers, and cucumber Look for wines with herbaceous ...

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How to Cedar Roast Fish

cedar plank salmon

In its modern Northwestern form, a wooden plank placed in an oven became a natural and fragrant baking sheet for cooking fish. Small whole fish such as trout, char, walleye, bass, salmon, and even lake perch are excellent for planking, especially cedar planking. They get the flavor of the wood plank on one side and a burnished golden color and ...

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How to Grill a Whole Fish

how to grill a whole fish

The perfect way to show off your freshest fish is to serve it whole, fresh off the grill, with crispy skin and moist flesh. The skin protects the delicate flesh, the bones keep it juicy, and you can stuff the cavity with flavorful citrus and herbs. Still, grilling a whole fish can be tricky, so here we share with you ...

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How to Wok Steam Fish

how to wok steam fish

This dish is a riff on an ancient Chinese method for cooking fish where the flavor of steamed whole fish is turbocharged by a drizzling of smoking-hot, skin-crisping oil. The first thing you want to do is slice a few lemons and toss them with salt and sugar, and refrigerate until ready to use. When they are ready, insert several ...

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Don’t Miss the Boat on Fish Tacos

fish taco trend

Last year, Technomic reported that the incidence of fish tacos on restaurant menus was up 22.5%. Restaurant Hospitality says that you are missing the boat on a key profit opportunity if you’re not selling fish tacos at your casual or midscale restaurant. They are one of the hottest restaurant trends. Customers love them because they are loaded with fresh and ...

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Building a Powerful and Profitable Restaurant Brand: Part 2

building a powerful restaurant brand

The first part of this post covered the 4 keys of “Creating a Great Restaurant Concept”. The second part of the Restaurant Formula involves 6 Critical Success Factors. While your Concept is important, it will only attract  customers if it is executed effectively. There are six Critical Success Factors for executing a great Concept. Most restaurant failures happen because they are ...

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