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    Staten Island’s chefs: How we learned to cook | Pamela’s Food Service Diary

    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — If the pandemic taught us one thing it was to fend for ourselves in the kitchen under quarantine. But how did some of us learn how to cook in our youth? Mike Cappucci and his late grandmother, Veronica Facella, who taught the chef how to cook at a young age. (Courtesy of Mike Cappucci) We caught chef Chef Mike Cappucci of Castleton Corners’ The Local shopping in Lidl at the Staten Island Mall recently and asked where he first learned to cook. Cappucci credits his grandmother for food schooling in his early years. She lived Upstate   Read More

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    What we learned about making food at home in 2020

    Photo courtesy of E+ / mixetto This year, when so many restaurants were closed due to restrictions and some of us found extra time on our hands in lockdown, we dove headfirst into the kitchen.  Here are some of the things we learned this year about making (and keeping) food at home. Photo courtesy of iStock / AndreyGorulko How to extend the life of spices and herbs Fresh spices and herbs can make a huge difference in your cooking. But as spices age, the less potent their flavors become. Here’s how you can keep them fresh for longer. Read more:  Read More

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    Six things I learned about food while eating to put on muscle

    John O’Ceallaigh followed a strict diet during a punishing 12-week gym regime in which he tried to put on muscle They say abs are made in the kitchen, so my recent efforts to build muscle as part of a 12-week body-transformation challenge meant I had to pay attention to my diet like never before. Thankfully, some of the hassle was taken out of my hands because I used a food-delivery service, Fresh Fitness Foods, that brought tailored meals to my home – but anyone looking to bulk up for the first time should know that managing your nutritional needs doesn’t   Read More

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