Stay Sharp!

You’ve probably heard that it’s better to cut yourself with a dull knife than a sharp one. The reason for that is that when you’re using a dull knife, you usually have to press down with greater force to make your cuts. Therefore, if you cut yourself with a dull knife, the wound is usually much worse. It’s not that hard to keep your knives sharp, and you don’t have to have top-of-the-line knives or sharpening equipment. If you’re the DIY type, there are many sharpening tools on the market. If you’re not, many grocery stores will offer knife sharpening once or twice a month. If you're not good with calendars, you can always take your knives to a retailer, such as Sur La...

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Chocre Blue!

When Chris Blue decided to pursue a career in the culinary field, his mother told him to focus on what he liked most to eat. We should all be thankful that it’s chocolate. After graduating from the French Pastry School in Chicago and working at the Windy City’s Charlie Trotter’s as chocolatier for several years, and as a pastry chef in Florida, Blue opened his first Chocolatier Blue in Utah. Soon after, he and his wife relocated to the Bay area and have opened two shops in Berkeley, Calif., with two more California locations on the way in 2011. In August 2010, Blue’s brother, Sean Blue, opened a Chocolatier Blue location in their hometown of Lincoln, at 41st and Pioneer Woods...

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Top five food predictions for 2011:

Tipplers will be able to order a proper cocktail. Instead of reaching for a jug of neon green liquid when making a daiquiri, bartenders will instead opt for fresh lime juice, rum and simple syrup. We’ll see more from-scratch cocktails and less reliance on mixes and pre-made drinks. Keep it close. We’ll continue to see locally sourced ingredients on menus, from meat and vegetables to beers, spirits and cocktails. I have a coupon for that … Sites like Groupon and Restaurant.com enable diners to try restaurants outside their comfort zone at a discount, giving them a reason to try a new place or dish they’ve been curious about. More and more eaters will be stretching their palates...

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Eaten in 2010

Things come and go in the food business just about as regularly as in fashion. That fondue sensation? Defunct. Asian fusion isn’t as enticing as it once was. And let’s not even start on which restaurants shuffled through which strip malls in Omaha’s suburbs. 2010 saw the same closings and openings (notably the near completion of the Midtown Crossing development and Metropolitan Community College’s new building for the Institute for Culinary Arts) but also signs of fads now nearly fully integrated into daily life. Some folks thought the green, local and organic movement would go the way of the 8-track, passed over by something more user friendly. But it looks like it may be here to...

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Sandra Lee’s Godawful Kwanzaa Cake

* Gluttons for punishment and those with an affinity for culinary traffic accidents are likely familiar with Food Network personality Sandra Lee’s godawful Kwanzaa cake, an unholy adulteration of angel food cake that Anthony Bourdain claimed would make unlucky viewers’ “eyeballs burst into flames.” Turns out America’s favorite can-opening sweetheart didn’t even come up with the recipe — or any of her “recipes,” from the sound of veteran food writer, food stylist and recipe developer Denise Vivaldo’s article on Huffington Post last week. In it, she takes responsibility for that monstrosity as well as Lee’s Hanukkah Cake, begging forgiveness from readers. The story’s...

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Rockin’ Moroccan

Almost as difficult to get to as its namesake, Marrakech Gourmet is a tidy restaurant tucked away in the corner of the Brandeis Food Court at 16th and Douglas. The cafeteria for downtown Omaha’s daytime employees (chiefly those at the First National Tower) has choices for a quick lunch: Subway, Mexican, pizza, gyros and now the only place to get Moroccan cuisine in Omaha. Co-owner and chef Moussa Drissi adjusts Moroccan ingredients, herbs and spices to fit inside grilled paninis to service busy business lunchers. The cost is $7-$8 or $8.50 for a sandwich, chips and drink. He sells two kinds of soup: saffron tomato and vegetable and red lentil and ginger puree ($3.95) and recently...

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