Mornay Sauce

What is a Mornay Sauce?
A Mornay sauce is essentially a bechamel sauce with a combination of cheese melted in.  Some know the bechamel sauce by its less elegant name of white sauce.  Bechamel sauce definitely sounds better, even if it’s basically only milk, flour and butter with a little salt, pepper and nutmeg.  That’s it!  

Traditionalists add an egg yolk to give it more creamy consistency (and reduce amount of flour used), yet I don’t think it’s necessary.  I also often use olive oil instead of butter to improve health benefits and make it vegan if I’m going that way.

With a Mornay s…

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Handmade Wonton Wrappers

Handmade Wonton Wrappers

Why Make Your Own Handmade Wonton Wrappers?
Wonton wrappers are known by several names:  dim sum wrappers, dim sum skins, and dumpling skins, among the most common  Yet in the end this single basic Handmade Wonton Wrapper recipe will help you prepare yummy dim sum dumplings to eat steamed, grilled or fried.

There are other types of dough for other types of dim sum.  To make make buns you will need a dough with a leavening agent, such as yeast or baking powder.  For dumplings to boil in wonton soup, you will need a sturdier dough usually made with eggs added.  Last there is a transparent do…

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Preparing Pumpkin Puree

Preparing Pumpkin Puree

Roasting vs. Boiling when Preparing Pumpkin Puree
Since pumpkin in cans is almost impossible to find outside of the United States, I usually prepare pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkin.  If you follow this step, remember to leave the cooked pumpkin in a strainer over a bowl for about 30 minutes to eliminate the excess water.  But do not throw this liquid out as it is absolutely delicious to drink as is or to add it to smoothies, oatmeal, soup or any other dish.  I find this liquid to be my autumn gold as it is so refreshing.

Most cookbooks recommend roasting pumpkin in the oven to remove the …

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21 Fun Food Tricks

21 Fun Food Tricks

21 Fun Food Tricks to Excite your Table
Yesterday I posted a link to Here are 21 Food Tricks That Totally Change Everything on my Facebook page.  In less than 1 day, more people viewed this article than any other item posted on my Facebook page in the past year!

What makes this post so wonderful?  The title of course whets the reader’s curiosity.  Then the list presents one fun trick after another in a visual way enabling the reader to understand immediately what the food trick involves.  Easy to grasp, simple to implement.

My favorite new fun food tricks on this list are probably numbe…

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Preparing Brown Sushi Rice

Preparing Brown Sushi Rice

How do you make brown sushi rice to replace ordinary white sushi rice?
Brown sushi rice has a slightly nutty flavor compared to white sushi rice, yet provides added nutritional value.  Once you learn how to make brown sushi rice, as described in the recipe below, you will see it is well worth the extra effort.

Mark Bittman’s book How to Cook Everything is one of my go-to references when I begin searching for a recipe. It’s amazing the wonderful variety and depth of choices to be found in this essential book. Mark Bittman often presents a classic recipe yet will also suggest other ways to m…

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What are Reasonable Serving Sizes?

Do I overeat?
For my flight from Belgium to Los Angeles I brought extra food (nuts, rice cakes, and apples) just in case I got hungry. I try to have “healthy” alternatives with me in case I do get hungry.

When I saw the size and composition of the first meal on the plane, I was a bit disappointed. About half of the meal tray was filled with the main course of chicken with spaghetti in a tomato sauce. The remaining half was made up of a tiny salad, a roll, a triangle of Camembert cheese, and a square piece of apple cake for dessert.

As I sat in disappointment with the meal I wondered if …

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