food knowlege

Focus on plantains

Focus on plantains

You say plantain, I say plantain – huh? If you are not aware of regional differences in the way people pronounce plantain you may not know that there are other pronunciations. In the northeast it is common to hear it pronounced “plan-tin”. If you say […]

Focus on black pepper

Focus on black pepper

Most of us season our food with salt and pepper on a daily basis. Salt shakers and pepper grinders are found on most of our dinner tables. But how much do we really know about pepper? What are its origins, how is it processed, what […]

What is levain (and other menu terms you might run into)?

What is levain (and other menu terms you might run into)?

We live in a good time for food lovers. In any fair sized city it is not usually too difficult to find restaurants serving unique food that may be quite unlike the things we are used to eating. It is also not unusual to see […]

Menu terms: reduction

Menu terms: reduction

Have you ever had to break out your smartphone in a restaurant to Google a term on a menu? Follow our menu terms series and you’ll get up to speed on the important info you need to be an expert at understanding menus. A “reduction” […]

Compound butters

Compound butters

“Compound butter” is an ingredient that you might often find on menus. Compound butter is a simple concept – it is basically butter combined with ingredients to add depth and flavor, such as herbs, seasonings, fruit zests, garlic, and more. But it is a wonderful […]