Traditional Foods for Lent

One of the many beautiful Catholic customs is the celebration of Lent. Lent refers to the forty days that Christ spent in the desert. It is a tradition that Catholics attend Confession at least once during the Lent season. Many Catholics spend the Lent season as a forty day spiritual retreat. During this time special…

Tips for Eating in Restaurants on a Gluten Free Diet

Gluten is a protein composite that is a very common ingredient in many foods.  Wheat, barley, and rye products typically contain gluten, but it is also often used as a stabilizing agent in a wide range of products from ketchup to ice cream.  There really aren’t many foods one can know with confidence contain no…

Tips for Roasting Chestnuts in the Oven

Chestnuts are flattish nuts with glossy brown shells, creamy texture, and rich earthy flavor. They are traditionally served as an accompaniment to meat, but once they have cured in the refrigerator for a few days and some of their starches have turned to sugar, chestnuts have a characteristic sweetness that highlights both sweet and savory…

Tips for Buying Gourmet Foods Online

For those with a taste for the finer things in life, the Internet has changed everything. High-quality, gourmet foods that were once difficult to find are now only a click away. Following are a few tips for buying gourmet food online that will save you time and money, and ensure you get just what you’re…

Tips for Cooking Squash

Have you seen those large yellow squash in the market? They look like a cross between a yellow zucchini and a watermelon, and are called “spaghetti squash.” They are called that because when they are cooked, their flesh separates into long strands that look like bright yellow spaghetti. They taste similar to other summer squash,…

Temperature and Wines

It is extremely important to serve a wine at the correct temperature. It is not enough to open a bottle, pour wine in a glass and swallow it in one gulp. Wine is probably the only drink to talk about before tasting and after drinking or at least after the first sip. There is a…

Tips and Tricks to Make Vegetables Taste better

Convincing Your Picky Eaters to Love Their Vegetables Everyone has that picky eater who just insists they hate vegetables. It might be the “meat and potatoes” guy who refuses to eat asparagus, or the super finicky six year old that just isn’t going to budge no matter what you do.  Dinner time becomes a frustrating…

The Impact of Basil Downy Mildew on Italian and Thai Food in the us

Italian food typically uses sweet basil, while Thai basil is generally preferred in preparing Thai food. The blight affecting Italian and Thai food is the dangerous basil downy mildew disease, which has recently developed an outbreak in the United States, including some eastern states, such as New Jersey, and New York, as well as, the southern state…