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Pasta

Every time I teach a pasta class I am asked if I make pasta all the time at home, since I make it look so easy in class.  My answer is I really should, but I actually do not.  The main reason [...]

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Octopus

One of my favorite ingredients to have when I eat sushi is Tako–otherwise known as octopus.  I love the chewy texture and sweet light flavor of the Tako, and it is fun to see the portions [...]

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Lutefisk

It has been said that lutefisk is an acquired taste.  For those of you that do not know what lutefisk is I will tell you.  It is a gelatinous Norwegian/Swedish fish specialty made of white fish.  [...]

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Hemmachef

I have always been proud of my Norwegian-American Heritage.  It was natural for me to take Norwegian to fulfill my language requirement as I worked on my sociology degree at the University of [...]

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Etiquette

It was my nephew and niece who were the inspiration for my children’s Cooking, Manners and Etiquette class.  I remember sitting and eating with them at a family gathering and thinking [...]

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April Fools

I have never been very good at thinking of April Fools’ jokes, not usually until April 2 anyway, and there’s no way I can remember them until the next year.  Maybe I should do what I do with my [...]

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Bean Dip

O! be some other name:          What’s in a name? that which we call a rose    By any other name would smell as sweet; — Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare   It is all in a name, how you [...]

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Cut!

Some pieces of beef are easy to identify.  Ground round, ground chuck, ground sirloin, tenderloin, chuck roast, brisket and flank steak are just a few easily identified cuts of beef, if only [...]

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