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Recipe For Rustic Fruit Galettes

Aug 19, 2016
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“Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.”
― Alice Walker.

During the "peach time" of summer, Food Guy Greg Patent loves raw peaches, either unadorned or served with crème fraiche or crème Anglaise. He's also partial to peach galette, a simple, rustic French tart. Recipes for peach galette, crème fraiche and crème Anglaise follow.

Summer Salads: Go Mediterranean

Aug 15, 2016
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In summer, if you're trying to avoid heating up your kitchen, dinner salads can be a staple. Classic Niçoise salad has tomatoes, capers, green beans, hard-boiled eggs and cucumber over a bed of lettuce, and with the addition of some canned salmon or tuna, it turns into a meal. Greek salad's hallmarks include chopped ham, red onion, feta cheese, Greek olives and hard-boiled eggs, but as Jon points out, "you don't have to get carried away with adhering to some recipe." Be resourceful and creative.

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Does saturated fat increase our risk of heart disease?  For forty years, doctors have advised Americans to avoid animal fats and stick to polyunsaturated vegetable oils, for heart health. But there's more and more skepticism about that recommendation. The Food Guys share news of a study from forty years ago which sheds new light on the topic.

Recipe: Spicy Rhubarb-Strawberry Chutney with Chicken

Jun 24, 2016
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Chutneys are one of the glories of Indian cookery. They can take from minutes to hours of cooking time and they offer all sorts of tastes. Fruits of all kinds find their way into chutneys. Some can be made into preserves, like sweet tomato chutney, bottled and kept indefinitely. Others are thick sauces and are eaten fresh with meats, vegetables, or fish.

'The Alchemy Of Baking' Explained

Jun 12, 2016
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“You can cook a piece of chicken, but it will still be just a piece of chicken. I prefer the alchemy of baking.”

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"Everybody loves stuffed mushrooms," asserts Food Guy, Jon Jackson. Greg Patent has suggestions for stuffed mushrooms, made either as an appetizer or a main dish. First, look for mushrooms whose caps are 2-4 inches in diameter. Remove and chop up the stems; they'll be the basis for the filling.

'Leave The Pineapple, Take The Pizza'

May 29, 2016
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The Food Guys have a yen for pizza and pizza-making accessories: pizza stones, pizza peels, and the pièce de résistance: an outdoor portable wood-fired pizza oven. They're fans of baking Italian thin-crust, lightly-topped pizza outdoors in summer, when an oven, fired up to 750 degrees F, can cook an entire pizza in ninety seconds. (Or so claims Greg Patent.)

Spring Vegetables Have Sprung

May 15, 2016
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Food Guy Jon Jackson poses an observation and a question. "There's a certain period in the spring when you think, 'Is this a period of starvation?' Well, historically, it was. Everything is greening up, yet it's a period of scarcity for food, because plants aren't readily available. We have markets today, so we don't think about that so much. But if you're a cook, you're thinking, "What's coming on? It's springtime and I need something."

Hercules's Payoff: Italian Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

May 2, 2016
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Recently, "Food Guys" co-host Greg Patent attended an olive oil competition in Perugia, Italy. The Ercole Olivario is named for Hercules, several of whose mythic labors were aided by the wood of the olive tree.   What are the competition's judges looking for?  "A spiciness, a pungency, a grassiness - and a balance among these qualities."

Twinkies Never Hurt Them: Great Men Of Junk Food

Apr 4, 2016
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What do Frederick and Louis Rueckheim, Frank W. Epperson, Walter E. Diemer, and James A. Dewar have in common? Each was a junk food genius. To these men we owe the invention of Cracker Jacks, Tootsie Rolls, Popsicles, Dubble Bubble gum, and Twinkies, respectively. "Food Guys" Jon Jackson and Greg Patent survey their favorite childhood treats via Manny Fernandez's 2010 New York Times article titled, "Let Us Now Praise the Great Men of Junk Food."

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