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Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Reggio Emilia – Simply the Best in the World

The history and facts about balsamic vinegar are a mystery to many people. Many US consumers think balsamic vinegar is a new relatively product, having only entered the marketplace about twenty years ago. In truth, balsamic vinegar has been made in Europe, and specifically Italy, for centuries. During a recent trip to Reggio Emilia in […]

Baylen Linnekin’s masterful article “Overturn California’s Foie Gras Ban”

I’m posting this extremely well-written article about all the flaws in the “so called California foie gras ban”, with the author, Baylen Linnekin’s permission. Baylen J. Linnekin, a lawyer, is executive director of Keep Food Legal, a Washington, D.C. nonprofit that advocates in favor of food freedom—the right to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, share, […]

California Foie Gras Ban Won’t Stand in the Way of Connoisseurs

With the foie gras ban just around the corner, restaurants, retail specialty food stores and individual consumers have less than 30 days left to purchase foie gras in the state of California. There are, however, ways for foie gras connoisseurs in California to continue to enjoy the unique delicacy.

July 1, 2012 is the date […]

The California Ban on Duck and Goose Foie Gras is Almost Here

As of July 1, 2012, a California law will ban the production and sale of foie gras within the state. That means there is just a short time remaining for the state’s retail specialty food stores, restaurants and consumers to purchase foie gras in California.

As a result of the imminent state-wide ban on sales […]

White Truffle Oil Uses Seem Endless…

It seems almost everything I prepare can be enhanced with white truffle oil. Some of my favorite white truffle oil uses include drizzling white truffle oil on salads–especially those containing hearty vegetables such as beets, leeks, asparagus, tomatoes and mushrooms–drizzling it on grilled or sautéed vegetables, drizzling on bread, pizza or popcorn, and adding it […]

How to distinguish between Perigord black truffles and Chinese black truffles

There is nothing intrinsically wrong with Chinese truffles. Consumers simply need to be aware that Chinese black truffles (Tuber sinensis, Tuber indicum and Tuber himalayensis) are a different variety of black truffles than the prized Perigord black truffle (Tuber melanosporum).

Chinese truffles are winter black truffles, which are abundantly available in China, and wholesale for […]

Caviar: The History of Sturgeon Fish Caviar

Caviar is often associated with holiday festivities. Here’s a little history about the origins and current production of sturgeon fish caviar.

Long associated with the indulgent lifestyle led by European monarchy and other members of Europe’s ruling classes, caviar boasts a particularly strong historic connection with the incalculably wealthy members of the Russian Imperial Court. […]

Black vs White Truffle Oil

When to use black vs white truffle oil is less clear cut than the question of black vs white truffles. When using fresh truffles in cooking, the two species are rarely interchangeable. The use of black vs white truffle oil follows some of the same rationale as using fresh truffles; however, in many cases either […]

Where to Buy Truffle Oil and the Debate About Real Truffle Oil

Truffle oil is available in most specialty gourmet food stores, many grocery stores, and online. So really the question is not so much where to buy truffle oil, but which truffle to buy. There are many types of truffle oil on the market and not all truffle oil is equal.

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How to Incorporate Specialty Gourmet Foods into Your Menu

Many people enjoy eating specialty gourmet foods and luxury foods at restaurants and for special occasions, but don’t really know how to incorporate these fancy foods into their menu at home. Once you get used to using specialty gourmet foods, you’ll see new and creative opportunities to add these ingredients to your menu almost every […]