How-to’s

COOKING WITH CHEF JOHN HOWIE: MUSHROOM CRUSTED HALIBUT BAKED ON A CEDAR PLANK

If you’re mad about mushrooms, and a nice block of fresh fish is your idea of a healthy and gratifying dinner, then this recipe is certainly going to go on top of your must-try list. An intense porcini rub crusting the fish with a side of porcini-suffused crimini mushrooms. Mushrooms on mushrooms. How many more delicious…

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9 WAYS TO MAKE HOMEMADE SALADS A LOT LESS BORING

Restaurant salads are something of a mystery. No matter how carefully you gather all the ingredients and try to make the same thing at home, the invisible x-factor that differentiates a merely edible salad from the heaven-in-a-mouthful sort always seems tantalizingly out of reach. The problem, I think, is partly of expectation. You expect salads…

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COOKING WITH CHEF JOHN HOWIE: MOM’S POTATO SALAD

There are all sorts of potato salads, up and down the American taste spectrum. From bland, overdressed, gag-inducing dollops of something yellow and mushy to a perfect symphony of taste, texture and eye appeal – United States is a nation that cannot have enough of all of them. But the potato salad that would triumph…

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9 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR OWN PLUMP, JUICY SAUSAGES

Supermarkets have simply ruined sausages for many people. Filler, fluids, modifiers, all packed into tubular bags of intestines with the worst bits of waste meat collected off the floor once the butchery has been swept… Graphic, mental images of the contents of a pack of cheap, supermarket sausage can take people to some really fanciful…

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HOW TO EAT WELL AT A FREE HOTEL BREAKFAST BUFFET WITHOUT EMBARRASSING YOURSELF

Mediocrity can be manipulated. Hotel breakfast buffets most certainly can be revived and upgraded if you approach the spread with optimism, originality and some careful pre-planning. After all, nobody serves you such an extensive selection of breakfast foods at home – oh, wait, nobody serves you at home! – and even if the congealed scrambled…

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CHEF JOHN HOWIE ANSWERS: CAN WOOD PLANKS BE REUSED FOR COOKING?

This is a question I’m asked very often by patrons who come to my restaurants in Seattle WA, to experience the woody flavors of food prepared in this authentic Pacific Northwest style. If they try plank cooking at home, can they reuse the planks? The short answer is yes. Depending on the state of the…

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THE ULTIMATE CURE FOR HANGOVER? BACON SANDWICH!

It’s the party season of the year when hangovers are a daily occurrence and you’re probably wishing you had an extra, drinking head to take out to social engagements every evening. Tums and aspirin and Alka Seltzer are all very well, but when you’re feeling like the inner lining of your stomach has been corroded…

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AVOID THESE 6 POPULAR THAI DISHES IF YOU’RE TRYING TO EAT HEALTHY

No question. Thai cuisine can be a pretty healthy restaurant meal choice – if you’re choosing carefully. We’re so conditioned to believe that all stir-fry dishes are healthy, and all Thai people are slim, we don’t go looking for the excess calorie loaders that typically hide in a Thai menu, waiting to upset our weight…

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