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Is it a Sweet or Savory Sauce?

September 15, 2015

It's easy! All sauces divide into two categories - sweet or savory. If it does taste sweet, it most be savory. And broadly defined, a sauce is any thing that is fluid in nature and usually accompanies any dish. This includes salad dressing, condiments, relishes, gravies, chocolate sauces, brown or white sauces, hollandaise, tomato, and even ketchup with which you cover your steak and potatoes. Sauces have always been the trademark of fine cuisine. A sauce can change an ordinary plate of spaghetti into exquisite dining. A well-made sauce is impressive even when its easy to make. Sauces are usually thickened in some fashion to "grab" on to the food. This way you get all that flavor with every fork...

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100 Degrees of Doom

July 31, 2015

The pro's keep in mind what is called the "100 Degrees of Doom." That is the 100 degrees between 40° and 140° F. This means that all foods served cold should be below 40° F. and all foods served hot should be heated to above 140° F. The 100° in between is the perfect temperature for bacteria to grow in food. Of course, this doesn't happen immediately, so the rule of thumb is that you don't leave food out over 2 hours. When reheating leftovers, bring sauces, soups and gravies to a boil. Heat other leftovers thoroughly to 165° F. Microwave leftovers using lids or vented plastic wrap for thorough heating.

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