From the starter salad to the dessert, Italian recipes are always a hit on Valentine's Day. This writer explores Venice-inspired cooking options to serve up on Thursday, giving readers and cooks advice on preparing dishes such as classic lasagna and chocolate pizza.
With the influx of coffee varieties hitting the market, cooks are exploring new ways to cook with the beans. One hit is a recipe for Frozen Mocha Mousse, which incorporates finely ground espresso beans. Cooks should look for diners to start asking about coffee and food pairings -- similar to how many chefs match wine and cheese.
Viva Chocolato!, located at The Domain in Austin, Texas,
is the newest specialty store in the city that offers some of the best chocolate delicacies from around the world. The chocolate shop presents selections in large mounds or bits, served on trays or in packages.
New materials such as silicone have changed the face of kitchen gadgets, as evidenced by the appearance of silicone oven-liner shields, potholders and mitts, and a brush baster on a Contra Costa Times list of gadgets worth trying. A chocolate thermometer, which is built inside a spatula, and a freshness detector for meat and poultry also appear on the list.
When it comes to cooking salmon, where you source the fish and how you flavor it can make a big difference. Some cooks favor wild salmon, which is less prone to disease, and opt for Alaskan or Pacific stocks. From there, marinades play a huge part in the outcome of your salmon dish.