Mystery of Truffles

While we know that salt and pepper have a compelling feature that gives dining a more memorable experience, it is said that truffles go one step further and unleash emotions upon taking that first bite.

So why aren’t we all stuffing ourselves on Thanksgiving with a big platter of truffles? Truffles are rare. The best black truffles are only found in France’s Perigord region. Many chefs consider their texture and aroma exquisite to any other truffles. White truffles are even harder to find. Located in the Alba region of Italy, they have a sharper, peppery flavor. Truffles are only found during the months of October through February and are best when prepared fresh. Auctions can be found where thousands of … Read the rest

What Makes People Eat Raw Food

One of the primary ways we experience the world around us is through what we eat, drink and think. So why then would people be foolish enough to put food into their bodies that isn’t cooked? After some extensive research, it turns out these people might not be as foolish as originally thought.

The assumption behind cooking food is that the original form of Nature, as it exists, must be altered in some way in order for it to exist in an artificial form inside us. Or simply put, when feeding something natural (our body), it is necessary to give it something unnatural.

The problem is that when food is cooked it becomes less than it was before, never more. … Read the rest

Buffalo Wings

One of the most common identifying features relating to the different types of Buffalo wings relates to the sauce and spicy flavor. In most of the eating establishments across the country, one of the most desirable types is the spicy chicken wings. And, since these tasty wings continued to grow in popularity there is often a constant supply of fresh ideas to creating the more unique and spicy wings available. Whether it is a mild, medium, or hot sauce, you will certainly appreciate the many quality flavors that are offered with these deep-fried wings.

A quality aspect of the Buffalo wings is that it is very easy to modify them to offer a more distinct or varied flavor. Even though … Read the rest

Types Of Casseroles

  • Meat: One of the most common of the meat-based casseroles is likely to relate to shepherd’s pie, which is multiple layers of beef and topped with a fluffy and light mashed potato. A combination of a tomato based sauce, pasta, and ground beef is another popular choice to appear on the dining table. An enchilada casserole is a tortilla with ground beef and coated with a very hot tomato-based sauce. A topping of cheese is also likely to be included. Beside the beef casseroles, they are also likely to be made with pork and lamb. A combined sauerkraut, potatoes, and pork cubes is a casserole inspired from Germany.
  • Chicken: A wide range of chicken based casseroles are widely available, from
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Sushi

The word “raw” is often associated with food that is uncooked and therefore less appealing, or dangerous to consume. Peoples perceptions have since changed over the years, and more and more Americans have begun to adopt sushi, raw vegetable, and raw fruit as a healthy alternative to heavier, overcooked, and oily cuisines. This is partly due to the influx of Japanese sushi chefs in North America back in the 1980s and the proliferation of food television programs such as the Food Network. Consumers are now better able to understand how to enjoy eating raw food.

Sushi was first introduced to the United States in 1950, but didn’t really begin to take off until years later. Only a small cadre of … Read the rest

Sketch of the Flamboyant Food Lover

Whether you give him caramelized pork offal or Eri Polu (the pupa of Eri silk worm), beef intestine sausages or a braised beef tongue, a raw quail egg yolk or picked raw scallops, some yak meat curry or sea urchins with fresh wasabi, one will seldom find him saying a ‘no’ or frowning at it. Ask him and he’d say, ‘I am not a glutton, I am an explorer of food’ quoting Emma Bombeck or something like ‘only a fool argues with a skunk, a mule or a cook (a cowboy saying). While many of us would puke our entire stomach out at the very thought of it or refrain from even touching it, he relishes every bit of it. … Read the rest

History of the Ballotin

In 1912 Jean Neuhaus developed a technique that made possible, for the first time, to create chocolates with a soft filling. This first invention was called the “praline”. These chocolates continued to be sold wrapped in paper, a traditional method that however had two major drawbacks: it was not able to display the chocolates in an elegant way and even worse it offered very little protection, often damaging or compromising the look of the pralines.

As chocolates were becoming more and more sophisticated, with attractive designs and complex fillings, the Belgian chocolate kitchens were crying out for a box designed specifically to suit their needs. A gift box that would be beautiful and elegant but also practical in their ability … Read the rest

Flat As a Pancake

Thomas Jefferson, on one of his frequent travels to Paris, brought back a similar recipe called crepes, which was a thinner form of our griddle cakes, without leavening, made with wheat flour and served with fruit or a sweet syrup. They were gobbled up at state dinners, and once again that industrious President introduced a new and delicious French dish to the colonists. (To this day, crepes are a popular street food in France.)

Consider that they were easy to make, eaten by hand, and the pioneers could cook them on a hot stone around the campfire after a long hard day of traveling. Native Americans probably taught the early colonists how to grind corn, mix it into a paste, … Read the rest

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Chocolate for Medicine

In the UK more than 500 000 tons of chocolate are consumed per year (1). In 2001 the UK consumption of chocolate was 17.40 lbs or a bit more than 7.89 kg per person per year. However, this is only 7th place world wide. In the lead is Switzerland with 22.36 lbs or 10.55 kg chocolate consumed per capita every year.

As chocolate products contain high amounts of fat (typically 30%) they are usually high in energy, which promotes weight gain. One pound of milk chocolate has about 2300 calories which is about the daily energy requirement of an average adult.

Many positive health effects of eating chocolate have been reported.

The Journal of Nutrition 2000: 130: 2115-2119 reported dark … Read the rest