Chef Knight's Blog

  • Sweet and Sour Meatballs

    This recipe is an absolutely wonderful hors d'oeuvre or appetizer for any kind of party or celebration.EQUIPMENT: 2 large mixing bowls, measuring cup and spoons,French chef's knife, cutting board and large covered sauté skillet or electric skillet  PREPARATION TIME: 45 minutes - Makes 25 to 30 meatballs1poundgroundbeef or turkeyL poundItaliansausage,removedfromcasing1 medium onion,minced2 cloves garlic, minced2 eggs, beaten½ cup dry breadcrumbsSWEETANDSOURSAUCE2/3 cup apple cider [...]
  • Nutrition Basics

    There is increasing evidence that certain foods may help prevent or hinder some types of cancer. While the evidence continues to accumulate, adding these foods to your diet certainly cannot hurt and likely will help. It is a particularly smart diet strategy. Eating many kinds of fruits and vegetables is sound advice from the American Cancer Society on cancer-proofing your [...]
  • Guacamole and Tomato Salsa

    GuacamoleEQUIPMENT: French chef knife, cutting board, medium stainless mixing bowlPREPARATION TIME: 15 minutes – Makes 8 servings2 ripe avocados1 small onion, minced fine1 clove garlic, minced and using the side of the knife, mashed into a paste1 fresh lime, juice thereof½ teaspoon ground cumin1 plum tomato, peeled, seeded and diced3 tablespoons fresh coriander, chopped or cilantroHalve and pit the avocados and [...]
  • Cannolis

    EQUIPMENT: Flour sifter, measuring cups and spoons, mixing bowls, hand flour/pastry tool, rolling pin, electric mixer fitted with whisk beaters, zester or Health Craft kitchen machine, cannoli molds, electric skillet or large sauté skillet with induction cooktop.PREPARATION TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes – Make 35 to 40 Cannoli’s Cannoli Shell Recipe: 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour1 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/3 cup powdered sugar1 teaspoon cocoa¼ teaspoon Kosher salt3 tablespoons unsalted butter [...]
  • Healthy Soups, Stews and Chili - Homemade Beans

    ONE OF THE most admired skills in any cook’s repertoire is the ability to create wholesome, tasty soups and stews. Cooks with these admirableattributes frequently utilize soups and stews as highly versatile comfort foods, and with good reason. Picture a bitterly cold day and exhilarating hot soups and stews come to mind. During a boring bout in bed, throat-soothing soups [...]
  • Angelic Deviled Eggs - The Waterless Way

    To enjoy the bright yellow-orange egg yolk instead of the normal yellow-green, try cooking the eggs the waterless way.Protein begins to toughen at 170°F (75°C), and water boils at 212°F (100°C). Therefore, it’s important not to boil the eggs. This recipe will teach you how to make hard-cooked eggs the angelic way.EQUIPMENT: 9½-Saute Skillet with vented lid, measuring cup spoons, [...]
  • Mussels in a Spicy Tomato Sauce - Cozze in Salsa di Pomodoro Piccante Basilico

    What wonderful way to begin a meal with an appetizer of Mussels in a Spicy Tomato Basil Sauce? The rocky coastal regions of Italy, as well as the US, are rich in mussels, or Cozze. It’s the most popular dish in Italy, especially on the Amalfi Coast.EQUIPMENT: French chef knife, measuring cups and spoons, 6 or 8-quart Dutch oven,PREPARATION: 40 Minutes [...]
  • Sautéing Without Fat - Maximize Flavor

    Sautéing Without FatMany recipes call for sautéing vegetables, particularly a mirepoix (a mixture of carrots, celery and onions used for seasoning), in oil. Although we do need some oil in our diet, and some oils are better than others, the problem with sautéing vegetables in oil or butter is not so much the oil or butter itself, but [...]
  • Benefits of Waterless, Greaseless Cooking with vegetable time chart

    For your good health, it's reassuring to know that all vegetables have a built-in natural supply of vital vitamins,minerals and digestive enzymes. Unfortunately, all the essential health­ giving properties(dearly paid for at the supermarket) may quickly vanish in your kitchen. It can easily happen with old-fashioned cooking methods that require peeling and boiling, not to mention the health problems stemming [...]
  • Veal Chops with a Red Wine Sauce reduction

    EQUIPMENT: French chef’s knife, cutting board, 13 inch French skillet – for special discount at use coupon code VCHOPS at checkoutPREPARATION TIME: 30 minutes – Makes 4 servingsFrom Chef Charles Knight’s Bestselling Cookbook “Healthy Meat and Potatoes”4 (1½-inch-thick) veal chops1 medium shallot, finely minced2-3 cloves garlic, finely minced1 teaspoon finely mince rosemary leaves½ cup red wine¾ cup Low-Sodium Brown Veal Stock (page 219 Healthy [...]
  • Parmesan Mashed Potatoes with Spinach

    EQUIPMENT: Vegetable brush, measuring cup and spoons, 2-quart covered saucepan, French chef's knife, cutting board, mixing bowl and potato masher or electric mixerPREPARATION TIME: 40 minutes - Makes 5 or 6 servingsFrom Healthy Meat & Potatoes cookbook by Chef Charles Knight3 medium red potatoes2 cups fresh spinach, washed, stems removed and chopped2 tablespoons Low-Sodium Chicken Stock (page 217) or low-fat milk2 tablespoons [...]
  • Low-Sodium Brown Veal Stock

    EQUIPMENT: Butcher knife, French chef's knife, cutting board, 13-inch French Skillet, 6½ -quart stockpot, 6-quart steamer/spaghetti basket, large serving spoon, 4-ounce ladlePREPARATION TIME: 4 hours – Make about 8 cupsFrom Chef Charles Knight’s bestselling cooking “Healthy Meat & Potatoes”3 to 4 pounds meaty veal bones, meat and trimmings2 onions, coarsely chopped2 carrots, coarsely chopped2 stalks celery, coarsely chopped2 tablespoons tomato pasteAbout [...]