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Danilo Alfaro

Updated Articles and Resources

By Danilo Alfaro

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Skillet Brownies Recipe Created: Wednesday, November 06, 2013 Updated: Sunday, August 17, 2014
      Skillet brownies are fun to make (and eat). I like to use a cast iron skillet because it gives the brownies the nice chewy edges that I love.
    • What is Farfalle? Created: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 Updated: Saturday, August 16, 2014
      In the culinary arts, the word farfalle refers to a type of pasta is shaped like little butterflies or bow-ties. Indeed, the word "farfalle" in Italian means...
    • Well Done Steak: Just Say No! Created: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014
      Well-done steak is tough, dry and flavorless, but some people still prefer their steaks that way. Here's how to handle that situation.
    • Medium Rare Steaks Created: Friday, July 15, 2011 Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014
      The best way to cook a steak is medium rare. Find out what makes medium rare steaks superior to all others, and how to cook them that way.
    • Cooking with Cast Iron (Benefits and Drawbacks) Created: Friday, August 15, 2014 Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014
      Do you use cast iron pans or skillets? Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of using cast iron cookware. (And is it REALLY nonstick?)
    • What is Deep Frying? Created: Wednesday, March 26, 2008 Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014
      Deep-frying is a cooking method that involves submerging the food in hot, liquid fat. Learn how to deep-fry just about anything.
    • Food Poisoning and Food Spoilage Created: Thursday, February 28, 2008 Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014
      Food spoilage and food poisoning are caused by bacteria. Find out what makes bacteria grow, and how to stop them from contaminating your food.
    • What Is Cross Contamination? Created: Saturday, February 26, 2011 Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014
      Cross contamination is what happens when bacteria from one food item are transferred to another, often by way of unwashed cutting boards or countertops.
    • Seasoning a Steak Created: Friday, July 01, 2011 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      The key to seasoning a steak for grilling is to use a generous amount of Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Read about seasoning a steak for the grill.
    • How to Make Whipped Cream Created: Monday, February 10, 2014 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      Whipped cream is the most sublime dessert topping there is, and you can make it yourself in about five minutes. These tips will help you get it right.
    • What is John Dory? Created: Saturday, September 07, 2013 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      John Dory is a type of white saltwater fish with a mild flavor and delicate flesh. While it is considered a delicacy, it is often used in fish and chips.
    • What Does Florentine Mean? Created: Sunday, March 27, 2011 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      The word Florentine refers to a dish cooked in the style of the Italian region of Florence. There's one key ingredient that characterizes a dish prepared in the Florentine style.
    • Hollandaise Sauce: A Guide for Beginners Created: Sunday, October 05, 2008 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      If you've never made Hollandaise sauce before, don't worry. It might seem intimidating, but it's actually quite simple if you use this technique.
    • Five Easy Muffin Recipes Created: Friday, April 27, 2012 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      These five classic muffin recipes are easy and delicious and you can make them in about half an hour. Blueberry muffins, chocolate chip muffins and more.
    • Perfect Pork Chops Recipe Created: Sunday, July 20, 2014 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      For perfect pork chops, sear then in a very hot pan and then finish cooking them in the oven. This recipe will give you juicy and tender pork chops every time.
    • Herb Broiled Chicken Recipe Created: Sunday, July 12, 2009 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      This broiled chicken recipe is simple, classic and delicious. Chicken broiled is prepared using a smaller bird called a
    • Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe Created: Tuesday, July 08, 2008 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      Spaghetti carbonara is one of the most popular Italian pasta dishes. This pasta carbonara recipe combines cream, eggs, cheese and bacon.
    • How to Clean Cast Iron Cookware Created: Friday, June 28, 2013 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      Do you know the right way to clean your cast iron cookware? Check out this guide to cleaning cast iron in three simple steps.
    • What are Poblano Peppers? Created: Friday, July 13, 2012 Updated: Monday, August 11, 2014
      Poblano peppers are large, mild chili peppers that are sometimes confused with ancho chiles and pasilla peppers, but they're not the same thing.
    • How To Make Pancakes Created: Saturday, April 03, 2010 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      This easy pancake recipe is pretty foolproof, and you can whip up a batch in just a few minutes. And avoid the most common pancake mistake people make.
    • First Time Making Pancakes? Created: Sunday, August 10, 2014 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      If you've never made pancakes before, this guide for beginners will walk you through everything you need to know. You'll be surprised how easy it is.
    • Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Created: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 Updated: Friday, August 08, 2014
      The idea of bacon-wrapped pork is so audacious that a lot of people wouldn't dare try it. But they're missing out. This bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin recipe is really easy to make.
    • Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Recipe Created: Saturday, December 14, 2013 Updated: Thursday, August 07, 2014
      This butternut squash soup recipe is made with roasted butternut squash and chicken stock. Roasting the squash brings out incredible flavor, sweetness and depth.
    • Gluten-Free Brownies Recipe Created: Monday, December 02, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      This recipe for gluten-free brownies is made with rice and sorghum flours. The brownies are rich and moist and chocolatey with a dense, fudgy middle.
    • What are Kalamata Olives? Created: Friday, December 06, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      Kalamata olives are a type of Greek olive with a strong, briny, vinegary flavor. Usually brined or dry-cured, kalamatas are used in a number of Mediterranean cuisines.
    • What is Hominy? Created: Monday, August 22, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, August 05, 2014
      What is Hominy? Hominy is a type of corn (or maize) that has been soaked in an alkali solution which causes it to puff up to twice its normal size.
    • Chocolate Sugar Cookies Recipe Created: Saturday, October 19, 2013 Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014
      These chocolate sugar cookies are a simple and easy variation on the classic sugar cookies, and they're a perfect companion to regular sugar cookies.
    • What is a Kebab? Created: Saturday, September 21, 2013 Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014
      Sometimes the word kebab refers to a Mediterranean dish of marinated meat grilled on a skewer. And then there's something called a doner kebab.
    • What is Kasha? Created: Friday, November 22, 2013 Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014
      In the culinary arts, the word kasha refers to a cooked cereal or porridge that can be made from any whole grain but is most commonly made from roasted buckwheat groats.
    • What is Kale? Created: Sunday, December 08, 2013 Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014
      Kale is a leafy green vegetable related to cabbage with a strong, bitter, peppery taste which tends to pair well with spicy, sweet and vinegary flavors.
    • What Are Juniper Berries? Created: Sunday, September 08, 2013 Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014
      Juniper berries are best known for being the main flavoring ingredient in gin, but they are also used in the culinary arts in a number of...
    • Butter Cookies Recipe Created: Thursday, October 17, 2013 Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014
      These butter cookies are buttery and rich, sort of like sugar cookies but even more buttery. We form the dough into a log, chill, then slice and bake.

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