Good Cooking's Culinary Facts
Souchong is a black tea with a smoky, dark taste. It is black tea that is
smoked over a wood fire to dry.
Cote Rotie, or Roasted Slope, with its steep, sun drenched hillsides produces
red wines that are warm, robust, full-flavored and richly colored. The
wines from this Cote du Rhone region of France are highly praised.
is another area of the Rhone named so in 1305 when Pope Clement V built
a summer castle there near Avignon.
is an Italian cheese similar to Mozzarella but firmer.
pass the tunke! That is please pass the gravy in German.
the restaurant business, your rent on the space should be around 7% of
gross sales for initial budgeting purposes.
crabmeat in New England most often is from the Jonah Crab.
cooked beets are quickly peeled by rubbing off the skins with your hands
under cold running water.
one pound of pitted plums with one cup of sugar and two teaspoons of pectin
(Sure-Gel) for a quick plum jam.
de brick is French for a type of pasty dough similar to Filo dough.
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is a rich chocolate-filled seven layer cake.
was first produced in France in the late 19th century.
was mentioned in the Bible as one of the foods that was destroyed by the
plagues of Egypt. (Exodus 9:31)
are members of the herring family.
Anisum is the Latin name for Anise.
cheese is a soft creamy cheese that is a key ingredient in Tiramisu.
Cream Pie is the official dessert of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Ham from Spain is similar to the Italian Ham known as Proscuitto.
primary grape used in making sherry wine is the Palomino fino grape.
takes about 275,000 crocus flowers to produce 2.2 pounds of saffron.
Smoothies aren't a "New" drink, they have been around for hundreds of years, particularly
in India and the Caribbean.
is the term for separating the wine from the sediment in the bottom of
tomato was legally changed from a fruit to a vegetable by a Supreme Court
ruling in the late 1800's.
is added to water when poaching eggs to keep the egg white from spreading.
takes 12 minutes to hard boil a large egg.
Aztecs are credited for domesticating the turkey.
French name for monkfish is "Lotte", like in parking lot!
wine is produced on the Portuguese island of Madeira.
Caviar is a spread made of baked eggplant, garlic, onions, tomatoes and
chemical make-up of baking soda is NaHCO3
as in the Italian dish Chicken Cacciatore, means Hunter Style.
Tostada is a tortilla that is pan fried flat and then topped with many ingredients.
Chow is a Pennsylvania Dutch sweet relish of cabbage, peppers, cucumbers
and other vegetables.
Five Spice Powder is a blend of 1 part each: powdered cinnamon, ground
cloves, ground fennel seed, ground star anise, ground Szechwan peppercorns.
Measure all ingredients, then blend together in a blender or food processor.
You may also use a mortar and pestle.
is a North African Hot Sauce and can be made with the following ingredients:
3 cloves of garlic, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon Spanish paprika,
1/2 teaspoon powdered cumin, 1/2 teaspoon coriander seed, 1/2 cup olive
oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt. Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree
till smooth, you may also use a mortar and pestle. Please note that this
is a very hot and spicy dipping sauce!
Popular Herbs to Grow and Use in Cooking: basil, thyme, chives, rosemary,
tarragon, parsley, marjoram, sage, mint, and oregano!
or Rocket (Eruca sativa) is a member of the Mustard family
Rockefeller was created in 1899 by Jules Alciatore at Antoine's Restaurant
in New Orleans, Louisiana. This rich oyster dish was named in honor of
John D. Rockefeller, one of the wealthiest men in the United States.
is the French name for Crayfish.
Fool is a popular dessert in Jamaica. It consists of chopped drained
pineapple blended with sweetened whipped cream and served in ice cream
is the West Indian name for papayas.
Blanc is a butter sauce made with white wine, shallots, cream and butter.
Pie is a casserole with cooked lobster meat topped with crushed Ritz crackers,
butter, lemon, sherry wine and cream. It's then baked in an oven until
leaves can be deep fried until crispy and crunchy and used as a garnish
on many dishes. It looks great as a garnish on fettuccine Alfredo.
Kir Royale is made with 1/4 oz. Creme de Cassis and 5 oz. Champagne.
you know that curry powder gets its yellow color from a spice called turmeric!
you know that chive blossoms are edible. Try some chopped and sprinkled
on your salad or baked potato!
boiling lobster an average cooking time per pound is 10 minutes, for larger
lobster of 3-4-5-etc. pounds, cook twenty minutes for the first two pounds,
then 5 minutes more for each additional pound. A 5 pound lobster
when added to boiling water and then having the water returned to the boil
would take 35 minutes of simmering. You may prefer less time if you let
the lobster cool in the hot liquid.
you know that Chef Auguste Escoffier (1847-1935) worked with Cesar Ritz
at the London Savoy, Connaught and Carlton hotels. He also was in charge
of the kitchens at both the Paris and London Ritz. Escoffier was considered
the "King of Chefs and Chef of Kings." An international gourmet society
was formed in his honor and has branches in most US cities and around the
world. Les Amis D'Escoffier and Les Dames D'Escoffier celebrate his memory
with formal, multiple course dinners and fine wines. Escoffier wrote a
guide to cooking, Le Guide Culinaire, which I would highly
recommend for those who are seriously into the art of French Cuisine and
Powder has four main ingredients; cumin, ancho chilies, garlic, oregano.
not uncommon for chefs and their helpers to work 12 hours per day!
is a liqueur made from Scotch malt whiskey flavored with heather honey!
Rock Shrimp season in Florida begins in July, and runs though March.
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