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My father used to say, “Chuck doesn’t do anything in halves.” He was right: sometimes its a virtue and sometimes a curse. He and my mother taught me to cook, sometimes using cookbooks, like Julia Child's, but more frequently just winging it. This site is a roller coaster ride of recipes, articles, ingredients and anything else that involves cooking and presenting food. There is something here for everybody from beginners to experts.

Soom Tahini

Sesame seeds ground into a paste. Simple. It is a healthy, basic ingredient typically used in hummus and can be used on vegetables, salads, and meats. I found a great product made in Philly by a company called SOOM. Only problem is that it is kind of expensive buying it through Amazon. So I contacted the company and arranged to purchase it in bulk quantities at a much, much cheaper price. It will be in the office soon for sale.

Cooking Temps

Chicken breast 165

Chicken thigh 170 or more

Pork med well 145

Pork med 140

Rack of lamb med rare 131

Beef very rare 125

Beef rare 130

Beef med rare 135

Duck Breast 126

Salmon med 118

Disclaimer: USDA stds dictate much higher temps. To be super safe, cook everything until it is dry and crunchy