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Cooling To Room Temperature vs Warming To Room Temperature 

Cooling To Room Temperature vs Warming To room Temperature  I’ve never been at ease with cooling down or more specifically removing from heat and letting cool to room temperature. Whatever you’re cooking, it doesn’t matter. If it’s on the burner it’s hot – very hot. The term cooling to room temperature just wasn’t accurate – […]

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AFC GUIDES AFC PIZZA

PIZZA TOAST IS ON THE WAY

Do You Know Why PIZZA HOUSES Don’t Make Pizza On Bread? Because it’s so good and so easy that you wouldn’t want to go out to a pizza house for it – you could make it yourself. How many times have you been disappointed with your yeast risen pizza?? I used to think the dough […]

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AFC GUIDES PUDDING/PIE

Standardized Viscosity

Standardized Viscosity Ever notice how there’s only one basic consistency of pudding or mousse or gelatin, even gravy? I don’t know who sets the standard, but it happens and for whatever reason everybody who sells pudding, mousse, gelatin, even gravy either copies one another or they settle into one viscosity level. A cook assigned to […]

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Are Cooks And Servers Poisoning Your Food?

Are Cooks And Servers Poisoning Your Food? One would think not during a pandemic that by its nature results in low customer turnout. One would think all employees cooking and serving at dining and drinking establishments would want to satisfy their customers more. One would think that the quality of food, the attention to dumping […]

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AFC GUIDES HERBS & SPICES

HERBS AND SPICES

Within the category of plants that we commonly call herbs, are herbs and evergreens. Herbs are annual, biennial, or perennial plants in which the stems die down to the ground after flowering. An annual plant lives only one season or year. A biennial plant lives for two years. And a perennial plant lives more than two […]

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UMAMI

Did you know that taste buds are located around the small structures known as papillae found on the upper surface of the tongue, soft palate, upper esophagus, the cheek and epiglottis? Betcha thought taste buds were only on the tongue. Me too. Wine tasters known for swishing the wine around the mouth are not only aerating it, they’re experiencing the wine through all of their […]

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AFC GUIDES TOFU

Tofu Cloth Instructions

TOFU CLOTH INSTRUCTIONS ClipBoard: After a few years, my tofu cloth made from a polyester curtain sprang some holes. Since I didn’t have any spare curtain fabric, I used instead one of Steve’s old white cotton T-shirts. It work just as fine. For many recipes you’ll want to squeeze the liquid out of the block […]

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Replicating Recipes

REPLICATING RECIPES It seems that some recipes, no matter how you prepare them, turn out perfectly every time. Other recipes, no mater how precisely you follow the instructions, turn out differently every time. The reason for this is that some recipes are more susceptible to variations (no matter how slight) than others. If you experience […]

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AFC GUIDES RICE

NEW RICE POLICY

NEW RICE POLICY Since reading about high arsenic levels in rice, particularly brown rice, I now rinse all bagged rice till water runs clear before cooking it. Place dried rice in wire mesh strainer. Run faucet water over rice, while holding the strainer over a saucepan, emptying pan as needed, till the water runs clear […]

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Frustration-Free Cooking

FRUSTRATION-FREE COOKING COOK TO PLEASE–either yourself and/or your guests. To approach cooking as a chore deprives you of the joys of discovery, accomplishment and satisfaction. DON’T RUSH. Accelerating the cooking process to the point of exhausting the cook is unsettling to the cook as well as the people she/he is cooking for. Relax and enjoy the […]

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DUMBING DOWN RECIPES

DUMBING DOWN RECIPES I don’t dumb down recipes. Everybody does it in order to make the recipe sound as simple as possible. If I did it, I’d be defeating the purpose of teaching you the correct way, or at least the way I did it. Dumbing down a recipe leaves too much open for interpretation […]

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AFC GUIDES HERBS & SPICES

2017 Window Garden At Rose’s Castle

No direct sun, with us being on the sunless side of the building, but we have a lake view which makes up for it. Regardless, herbs still grow absent direct sunlight. Living in an apartment doesn’t allow for drying herbs outside – so I do it inside with good results. Mint is one of my […]

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ACHIEVEMENTS IN COOKING

ACHIEVEMENTS IN COOKING.  Throughout these recipes you will hear me speak of flavor, texture, color and aroma achievements. They are simply defined as follows: Flavor achievement refers to the ultimate flavor achieved in any given dish. Texture achievement refers to the ultimate texture (feeling on the tongue, mouth, or to the tooth) achieved in any given dish. Color […]