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Building a Charcuterie Board

A charcuterie board doesn’t follow a recipe, but is instead a lesson in composition. Put together the perfect charcuterie plate with diverse textures and flavors using this easy cheat sheet. Pickled Vegetables Pickled vegetables complement the rich and salty flavors of meats and cheeses. Pickled items like red peppers, carrots, olives, and red onions are a palate cleanser in between ...

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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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The Secrets to Fabio Viviani’s Potato Gnocchi

Homemade gnocchi are quick to make, are delicious, and  can make and can really make your menu stand out. The key to delicious gnocchi is making them light and fluffy. Traditional American cooking is based on old French techniques. The French technique of making gnocchi teaches us to use hot potatoes.  However, if you use hot potatoes, that means they ...

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How to Make Fresh Sausage

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At the age of craftsmanship, independent restaurants can further their brand by making menu items from scratch. Fresh sausage is not only easy to make, it’s a custom item you can be proud of and is easy to work into almost any type of menu. The possibilities are endless. An Irish restaurant can make an Irish style banger; an Italian ...

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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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4 Steps to Beautiful Mobile Food Photography

For the restaurant industry, the saying “people eat with their eyes” has never been more relevant. There is an estimated 3-second window of opportunity for your restaurant to catch a customer’s attention while scrolling through a Facebook timeline or an Instagram newsfeed and that is why knowing how to take beautiful, professional looking images from a smartphone is that important. ...

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The Anatomy of a Sandwich

To build a better sandwich, creativity and innovation are key. It’s a simple formula: Take your filling of choice, maybe a condiment and topping or two, put it all between two pieces of bread, and serve. By using high-quality ingredients, chefs can elevate the humble sandwich into more than just a sum of its parts. “Quality sandwich ingredients are a ...

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How to Pick the Right Cheese to Top Your Sandwich

What is a sandwich without the addition of a slice of great cheese? Cheese is more than just an additional topping, it is an important flavor and texture component. Soft/Fresh Cheeses Mild, rich, and creamy, soft/fresh cheeses such as mascarpone, ricotta, goat and feta are great for using as a spread. Pair them with sweet treats, such as honey and ...

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