1. Pumpkin spice pie

    pumpkin pie

    It’s autumn and that means it’s time to dust off your Uggs, take out your puffy vests and mittens; yes, it’s time to get cozy by the bonfire and drink some cider; take in the breathtaking beauty of the changing leaves and get your pumpkin spice latte for a limited time only! Yes, apart from Halloween, and crisp air the beginning of the NFL season and well, everything else that Autumn has to offer, pumpkin pie has to be somewhere…

  2. Trick or treat the Vacuvita way

    Whatever you want to call it it’s right around the corner. For many (this writer included) Halloween is the end all be all in celebrations; it is, if you will, our prom and most of us treat it accordingly. With crisp fall air giving birth to excitement as we prepare ourselves and our little ghosts and goblins for the big night. There isn’t another celebration that consistently brings out the kid in us quite like Halloween does. From planning our costumes…

  3. Cook and store fresh oysters the right way

    Oyster is the common name for a number of different molluscs that live in marine habitats. With many variations of the species it’s best to leave the harvesting to professionals because only a few types are commonly consumed. Cooked or raw, oysters are and always have been regarded as a delicacy and heralded as an aphrodisiac. So go to your local fishmonger as he/she knows what’s good. Now; what to do with them? Typically when we conjure up imagery of oysters…

  4. Sous vide rack of lamb made easy

    Rack of lamb is already one of the most tender meats out there, however it can be a bit more difficult to obtain a perfect temperature due to its varying size. Sous vide eliminates those grey bands of overcooked lamb on the outside and leaves you with a perfect medium rare chop. Simply set your sous vide machine to 132F for the best lamb you’ll ever eat – seriously, try this once and you’ll never cook lamb any way other…

  5. Vacuvita Chef: Cheese tart with peach jelly

    Peaches are one of the most flavored and juicy fruits out there and this week I was lucky to probably find the last harvest of this year. They can be used in a huge variety of dishes but work best in deserts. So this time I thought about stepping away from the classic cheesecake and make a tart instead with cheese and peach jelly. Vacuvita TIP: Buy extra peaches, vacuum seal it (peeled and sliced) in a Vacuvita bag and…

  6. Indonesian marinated tuna steak

    There is a wide range of fish to choose from fresh and salt water varieties; and then variations on those, it’s a virtual flow chart of delicious fishes and their relations. But today we’ll speak about tuna, a fresh and light fish; high in nutrients and full of those good fats that keep our hearts and brains healthy. Like with other types of meat marinades keep fish and seafood from drying out and the oil helps keep them from sticking…

  7. Buried culinary treasure

    Truffles are a type mushroom or tuber. What is a tuber? Who knows? But here is what we do know: They grow underground. They are infamously difficult to find. Most people, when asked if they like truffles, are very clear and concise. There is no in between when it comes to the truffle experience. They give off an earthy, pungent, garlic-like aroma. Invoking a very strong love or hate reaction. Truffle lovers will enjoy this simple and yet very satisfying recipe.…

  8. Red wine poached pears

    sous vide pear vacuvita

    Whether you’re aiming to impress a date or simply looking for new dessert recipes to try, this red wine poached pear is a go-to sous vide dessert. Fruit is a staple of many desserts due to its abundance of natural sweetness, so we limit the added sugar in this recipe to just 1 cup since the pears already contain quite a bit and the dry red wine will help level out the sweetness. While it may look like a work…

  9. Dried fruits for long-term storage

    dried fruit storage vacuvita

    Squirrels work tirelessly stockpiling food for winter; why don’t we? Let’s say hypothetically you’ve been to the market; like the urban squirrel you are, bought all the seasonal organic fruits, berries and veggies you could carry. Now you’re sitting there with enough food to feed an army; but, you have a normal sized family and they cannot eat so much. So unless you do something about it, you’re going to have to throw it all away. Then the third world…

  10. Vacuvita Chef: Delicate summer-fall transition with chowder soup

    chowder soup vacuvita

    I can easily say chowder is my favorite soup and if you haven’t tried it before, now is the time to do so. It is not just a soup; it is the Holy of soups. Hearty and warm, nourishing to the soul and if you are looking for a starter to impress your friends, look no further than the recipe below. Variations of chowder can be seafood, fish or vegetable but what makes it special, is that the ingredients are boiled in milk…