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The perfect soft boiled egg has a fully cooked white, but a runny and warm yoke. How to achieve that delicate balance of cooked white and runny yoke? Here's how.
Any trip to Provence is not complete without exploring Roman history in Arles and the wetlands of La Camargue. For the the first time visitor, here are the top 5 things to do on your visit to Arles.
This bean soup is simple in construction but rich in flavor. The secret? The long cooking time. I guarantee that this is like no ham and bean soup you’ve ever had before.
This recipe is the sure fire way to get both crispy, golden skin and juicy, tender meat. It defies most other roast chicken recipes you will read and includes a step-by-step video for carving and serving the chicken.
This recipe creates a simple banana shake with a luxuriously creamy texture without using dairy products. Because bananas are one of the healthiest foods you can eat, this shake is great for a quick energy boost.
The Camargue is the delta formed where the Rhône River flows into the Mediterranean Sea. This 360 square miles (930 square kilometers) of marshland was made a National Park in 1970 and declared a "Wetland of International Importance. It's famous white horses, black bulls, over 400 species of wild birds, small towns make it a wonderful destination on any trip to Provence. In this Hub, I give you an overview of the Camargue, a bit of its history, and a list of things to do on your visit.
The Point Reyes National Seashore is an hour north of San Francisco. It's rich history, outdoor activities, and food make it a must visit. Included here are the top things to do on your visit to the Point Reyes National Seashore.
Being one of the most ancient foods known to man, it's not surprising to find that the fig features prominently in the cuisine of the middle east where the pomegranate is another staple. This recipe showcases fresh figs by laying them on a bed of arugula and basil tossed in a pomegranate vinaigrette that brings a tangy sweetness that ties the salad together beautifully.
Steak tartare is a delectable way of serving beef tenderloin. Just as sushi can truly showcase the texture and softness of great fish, so steak tartare can do for soft, delicate, fresh tenderloin. Health concerns over raw beef are misguided so long as you buy fresh beef from a trusted source and follow basic rules of food safety and hygiene. Do not hesitate to tell your butcher that you are making tartare and ask if the tenderloin is tartare quality: would he serve it raw to his children?
Despite the seemingly long list of ingredients, this is a simple dish to make. It's a great dish to make for large groups as the ingredients can be doubled or tripled, as needed. It's both gluten-free and dairy-free, and it's vegetarian. This makes it an easy dish to make for dinner parties where one must balance multiple food intolerances.
Ceviche is a Peruvian method of “cooking” fish by marinating it in citrus. This recipe fuses peruvian and asian flavors and uses ahi (best served raw) to create a ceviche that can be served quickly.
This sauté creates a rainbow of colors on the plate. If you like the presentation, you are going to love the flavor. Although I like all of the ingredients in the list, when they are brought together in this sauté, they compliment each other in a way that received a surprising, "Wow!" from my dinner guest. Synergy on a plate.
Tendinosis is a degeneration of the collagen fibers of a tendon. It is caused by a repetitive micro-trauma. Unlike tendinitis, there is no inflammation. This article explains tendinosis and how to treat it.
This classic French salad makes for a beautiful table setting as well as a healthy and delicious side dish. Beet and endive salad is best in the September and October time frame when the peak season for beets (June-October) and belgian endive (September-May) overlap. Includes nutritional information.
Just discovered that your Prius's trunk lid doesn't open because the battery is dead? Here's a photographic step-by-step guide because your Prius owner manual sucks.
This delicious salad makes for a wonderful summer dish. The contrasted pairing of the cool cucumber with the bite of the red onion together combine with the flavors of cilantro, sesame, ginger, and garlic to make a wonderfully refreshing salad for a hot summer day.
This is a fantastic summer dish featuring seasonal fava beans. The halibut is sautéed, and the lava beans, tomato, olive, and caper form a flavorful ragout cooked in the pan juices.
Do you struggle to make photographs of your food look appetizing? The good news is that it's easy to take delicious, authentic food photography with a few simple tips, a SmartPhone such as Android or iPhone, and two (free) apps: Instagram and Color Effects. Here's how in three easy steps.
Kale is one of the most nutritious vegetables around. It's high anti-oxidant content is believed to be important to preventing certain types of cancer. Most importantly, it can be made to taste good, too, as this recipe demonstrates. Sauteed in garlic, lemon, and sesame, it makes for a fantastic and healthy side dish.
Written by a local, this Hub provides the top things to visit in San Francisco and includes original photography and maps.
There are four primary styles of singles play in tennis: aggressive baseliner, serve-any-volleyer, counterpuncher, and all-court player. For each style, I describe the key strategies you can employ to beat them, include video of those strategies in action, and provide examples of touring Pros who exhibit this style so you know who to watch to see each style consistently in action.
A Shandy, also known as a Shandygaff, is a refreshing summer drink that is a mixture of lemonade and beer. The citrusy, frothy Shandy is simple to make.
Comparing players from different eras is extremely difficult. Some would say it's impossible. During the week of March 19, 2012 in a 5-part series, The Tennis Channel aired a countdown of the Top 100 Tennis Players of all time. Whether or not you agree with the rankings, here they are as aired.
Although used interchangeably in America, yams and sweet potatoes are two different vegetables. Read this hub to find out why, get a nutritional analysis, and find a simple recipe for roasting.
A Quick Guide to the Grand Slams of Tennis: Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open
The four most important tournaments in professional tennis are the Australian Open, Roland Garros (a.k.a The French Open), Wimbledon, and the US Open. Collectively, these four tournaments have been called the Grand Slams since 1925 when the International Lawn Tennis Federation (now known as the International Tennis Federation) designated them to be the four major tournaments of the calendar year.
This recipe is a step-by-step guide on how to make the classic American pot roast. Although referred to as pot "roast," it's a braise. To understand braising is the key to great pot roast. Here's how.
This is a great little appetizer that is is easy to make. It looks very colorful–especially when garnished with black sesame seeds. It’s very tasty, and it has a creamy texture with crunch on the bottom. It’s one of my favorite party appetizers to make because it’s also easy to re-produce on a larger scale.
I know. I know. Some of you out there are thinking, "I can't stand them. How can brussel sprouts be tasty enough that kids will eat them?" I've made this side dish for several people who claimed an aversion to brussel sprouts, and they came away big fans. The secret is twofold: 1) quarter them to ensures they get soft all of the way through and 2) use beef or vegetable broth to braise.
A delicious recipe for a blackberry kiwi mint smoothie that does not require special juicing equipment--just your ordinary kitchen blender. It's the perfect way to re-hydrate after exercise with coconut water for hydration, bananas for potassium, and a drink that, overall, is anti-inflammatory.
This luscious dessert is fabulous topped with colorful fruit. It's surprisingly easy to make and impressive when served.
Mahi-mahi (a.k.a dolphinfish, a.k.a dorado) is commonly served with a macadamia nut crust (made famous by Roy's restaurant) because the nutty topping is a great compliment to the sweet flavor and firm texture.
This particular recipe is inspired by the flavors of Morocco. Although you can make the chicken by itself, it is intended to be paired with the traditional yogurt and tahini sauce included below. This dish is especially great when you turn up the spiciness of the chicken because the cooling contrast of the yorgurt-tahini sauce is fabulous.
Here are three recipes for great tasting broccoli and cauliflower. The first is simple and easy, and even kids who visit our household say they love broccoli. The second uses cauliflower as a substitute for mashed potatoes, and every kid who claimed to hate cauliflower was shocked to discover that the "secret" to my great mashed potatoes was cauliflower! The third recipe combines broccoli and cheese in a new twist.
The history of Spain is no more on display than in the beautiful mountain city of Toledo. Contained inside the ancient city walls are hundreds of years of Spanish history and evidence of the once coexisting and thriving Jewish, Christian, and Muslim cultures. It was the Spanish capital until 1561, and it's stunning architecture and magical feel make it a must see on any trip to greater Madrid area.
Kosher salt is nutritionally no different from ordinary table salt, but there are several key differences that make kosher salt the best for cooking. And, where does sea salt fit into this picture? Read this Hub to find out all you need to know about cooking with salt.
Crab cakes are one of my absolute favorite foods, but one that I can never order in a restaurant or buy pre-made in the grocery store: they use all-purpose flour or breadcrumbs as a binder. It’s quite unnecessary, and this recipe demonstrates it by using egg as the binder.
Cashew nut butter is a healthy and delicious alternative to peanut butter. Most commercial peanut butters contain chemicals and compounds other than the basic peanuts and oil. All contain way too much oil than is necessary--and that adds too many unnecessary calories. Best of all, the combination of cashews, walnut oil, and honey in this recipe makes it more flavorful than peanut butter.
USTA Ratings: The USTA National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) Explained (Including an ITN Ranking Converter Chart)
In the 1970s, the United States Tennis Association (USTA)--the governing body for tennis in America--developed the National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP). This Hub explains how this system works, how to get an NTRP rating, and how it related to tennis rating systems in other countries.
Unlike most lime- or lemonade recipes, this one uses the whole lime--peel and all to make the best lime or lemonade you'll ever taste.
Making a Thanksgiving turkey can be easy. There are two key tricks: 1) Brine the turkey the night before to add moisture and 2) Use a probe-style meat thermometer to cook it precisely to the right level of doneness. This Hub includes the instructions for brining and cooking the turkey as well as a gluten free gravy that can be made from the pan drippings of the turkey.
How to Order Coffee in Australian: A Quick Guide for the North American Traveler in Australia & New Zealand
How to decipher the vocabulary Australians use when ordering coffee and how to order the cup of coffee you want while traveling in Australia and New Zealand.
Green-lipped mussels (aka Greenshell mussels) are native to New Zealand, and New Zealand is the only place on earth where they grow. Their exceptional size and meatiness make them the best mussels for cooking. Here are two great recipes for your green-lipped mussels.
Here is the way to make the perfect restaurant quality steak using your own home oven.
Celery Root (a.k.a celeriac) is a great substitute for potatoes. It can be cooked in most of the same ways as potatoes, but is a far healthier alternative. This Hub include two easy recipes to prepare celery root.
Ceviche is a Peruvian method of "cooking" by marinating in citrus (usually lime). The best thing about tofu is that it has no flavor of its own. Rather, it's acts a sponge for the flavors you combine with it making it the perfect subject for ceviche.