Restaurant Recipes Are a Great Idea for a Family Night at Home

Learning how to cook restaurant recipes at home are a wonderful idea for families who want to spend time together at home instead of going out and spending large amounts of money at fancy restaurants or family entertainment centers. What I have found out through my own personal experience is that my children love my cooking better than any restaurant our family has ever visited. There’s nothing like home cooking. Why not use your culinary skills on restaurant recipes in you own kitchen instead.

Look at what you have to go through to eat at a restaurant. You have to gather the family together. You all jump in a car, using precious gas. We all know how much gas costs these days, through the roof! You pull up to your favorite restaurant. If your restaurant is popular, your family and you will have to wait, sometimes over an hour. You get your drink order, then your appetizer order and finally your main course. That adds another 30 minutes to an hour more. You take the time you all take to eat your food, that’s another 20 to 40 minutes. You have now spent about 2 hours and at least $50 for a family of four. All for what, a good meal and quality time with the family.

What if you could recreate that same meal minus the 2 plus hours and the at least $30 less? Who wouldn’t love that? All you need is restaurant recipes from one or more of your favorite restaurants. You can get the ingredients from your local market. It may take you an hour or so to prepare most of the dishes. Once prepared, you can start your own family tradition of sitting down together at the dinner table and eating dinner as one big happy family.

As I stated before, my family loves my cooking. At least that’s what they tell me. The smiles on their faces let me know they are more than satisfied with my meals. You can have you family fall in love with your cooking by expanding your home menu with restaurant recipes. Many recipes are available online or at your favorite bookstore. It’s more convenient to look them up online because you are already accessing the internet if you are reading this article now. Just type in a few keywords like famous restaurant recipes or top restaurant recipes in your search engine and you find tons of restaurant recipes right on your computer screen.

Chefs Cook With Coffee: You Can Too

Intrigued by coffee cuisine? You can indulge your own culinary interests and try at home what food enthusiasts and well-seasoned cooks know already.

Put on your chef hat and apron. Read about the creative recipes of famous chefs of the world. Watch videos about their cooking and, above all, go ahead and experiment. There are so many well known chefs, cooking teachers, and cookbook authors to recommend that the list is almost endless. Here is a short list,

Emeril Lagasse:

Expert in Louisiana cuisine with an extra kick. Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse makes coffee a part of his regular repertoire. This chef shows how to discover the many ways coffee enhances the flavor of drinks, appetizers, main entrees, desserts and after-dinner beverages.

Emeril’s coffee recipes include: Emeril’s Kicked Up Coffee Drink; Baby Back Ribs with Coffee Bourbon Barbecue Sauce; Coffee Nocello Glazed Ducks; Tiramisu with Chocolate Dipped Coffee Beans; Chicken Mole with Coffee Extract; Chocolate Coffee Flan; Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake;Coffee Ice Cream Sandwich, and Spice-Rubbed Rack of Lamb with Coffee-Vanilla Sauce among others.

Bobby Flay:

Food Network’s celebrity chef with a best-selling Mesa Grill Cookbook featuring recipes that bring flavors and ingredients in amazing ways. Bobby Flay’s southwestern style of cooking is intensely-seasoned and chile-laden. One of Bobby Flay’s best recipes is a sweet and smoky beef and rib rub that blends coffee grounds, brown sugar, coriander, oregano and chili powder. This recipe is legendary in coffee cooking circles. Check it out sometime. The coffee in this recipe plays off the deep and earthy flavor of the beef but preserves a unique smokey, spicy, fragrant and a bit bitter taste that makes your taste buds sing!

Other Bobby Flay’s recipes include: Spiked Iced Chicory Coffee; Coffee Rubbed Flank Steak; Coffee Rub Filet with ancho chile powder; Keawe Grilled Baby Back Ribs with Kona Coffee Barbecue Grilling and Dipping Sauce, and Grilled Chocolate Coffee Steak, among others.

Jacques Pepin:

Very well known chef with several appearances on PBS in several television cooking shows, including Jacques Pepin Celebrates and Fast Food My Way. Pepin’s many cookbooks include Happy Cooking, Simple and Healthy Cooking, The Short-Cut Cook, A French Chef Cooks at Home, La Technique, La Methode, and others.

Coffee recipes featured recently on his website: Coffee Balsamic Glaze and Fudge Coffee Brownies.

Other chefs cooking with coffee include,

Wolfgang Puck: A famous Austrian television chef and author of cookbooks such as Wolfgang Puck Adventures in the Kitchen and The Wolfgang Puck Cookbook: Recipes from Spago. Wolfgang uses coffee in his cuisine extensively, especially in beverages and desserts.

Julia Child (1912-2004): Attended the famous Le Cordon Bleu cooking school after World War 2 and introduced French cuisine and cooking techniques to the American public in television programs, such as The French Chef which premiered in 1963. Julia’s Gingersnap-Mocha Truffles are delicious!

Terry Conlan: Executive Chef at Lake Austin Spa Resort includes a terrific recipe featured by Epicurious called Coffee-Crusted Sirloin with JalapeƱo Red-Eye Gravy. Try it sometime!

Ke’O Velasquez: Born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Ke’O Velasquez did not attend public school. Ke’O was home schooled. He attended Hawaii Community College and simply developed a cooking bug which eventually launched his career into the hospitality industry. His cooking has a unique island style which wins reluctant cooks and diners easily. A favorite recipe featured by the Food Network is Kona Coffee Crusted Rack of Lamb.

Guy Fiery: This chef is an American restaurateur, author, television personality, and game show host. He is widely known for his television series on the Food Network. Favorite coffee recipes: Java Crusted New York Steak with Stout Glaze; Coffee Bananas Foster Dessert, and Coffee Liqueur Ice Cream Pie.

The list goes on and includes Mario Batali, Paula Dean, Rachael Ray, Jacques Torres, Chef Jeffrey Blank and many others. In the end, the conclusion is quite simple. Coffee is for far more than drinking. Coffee lends itself to creative cooking ways that delight the palate and invite diners to go for seconds! Of course, to get the best results use freshly roasted quality specialty coffee preferably roasted to order from a gourmet coffee source.

Lastly, remember that a good meal is not complete without a good beverage to accompany it. Coffee gives a meal that extra zing and finale that makes the moment special. It should not matter if it is a meal at home or at a commercial establishment. Be creative with coffee in your kitchen. Have fun with the beans and the brew!

So, ready to drink a delicious cup of your favorite specialty flavored Dessert and Spice Coffee or would you prefer a cup of Liqueur Flavored Coffee?

Where to Find the Best Recipes Online


If you’re looking for the best recipes for your cooking needs, perhaps the most convenient place to look for them is the Internet. There are thousands of these recipes (both for new and “tried-and-tested” meals) that you can get for free. You can even find and download one whole cookbook if you patiently scour cyberspace. So to turn on your computer and go online.

Where to Find the Best Recipes Online

There are different places on the Internet that people can use to publish or post their recipes. But remember that since anyone can post anything online, using your good judgment is a must. There are recipes that are poorly written, and there are those that do not make sense at all.

Here are the best places to go for recipes.

1. Personal blogs

Many unknown chefs and budding cooks love to brag about their culinary skills in a blog. So if you want a detailed explanation of how a certain meal is prepared, you might want to check out these cooking or food blogs. Unlike ordinary cookbooks, bloggers display a generous number of pictures (and even videos) for an effective visual demonstration.

2. Youtube

One of the disadvantages of ordinary cookbooks is the fact that they lack pictures to show how the procedure is actually done. But thanks to Youtube, you can now search for a video that demonstrates exactly how a meal is cooked or prepared. Make one quick search on this video sharing channel, and you’ll find a good recipe.

3. Squidoo

If this is your first time to hear about Squidoo, here’s a simple explanation. Squidoo is a web 2.0 site that allows its users to post their content, as long as it abides by the site’s quality guidelines. That said, there are tons of recipes that you can get from Squidoo. Not only are they complete with a detailed explanation of how the meal is done, but they also contain lots of pictures and videos.

4. Forums

Another option is to join a group in a forum and rely on the forum’s the tutorial section. From the usage of wine to the proper way to cook pasta, you can find a number of people who would be willing to guide you through a recipe. Sometimes, a viand or meal of your choice doesn’t have any directions online, so if you interact with other users, you might find what you’re looking for. Just make sure that you follow the posting guidelines. These forum enthusiasts frown on spammers and rude users. So when interacting with them, you’re strongly suggested to be as polite as possible.