Willie Kiernan


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Willie Kiernan

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Sweet Potato Promenade

As the weather gets colder and the leaves turn colors, many operators are looking to sweet potatoes as a nutritious alternative starch in their seasonal dishes. “The thing with fall vegetables ...


Wild About Mushrooms

With increased awareness beyond the common mushrooms, many operators are incorporating exotic mushroom varieties, such as shiitake, trumpet, porcini, morel, chanterelles and truffles into dishes.

Indian spices—cumin, cinnamon,  coriander, ginger, turmeric, cardamom, saffron, tamarind and capsicum—have been the motivation for travel, exploration, trade, war and poetic dissertation since the beginning of civilization. The lure of ex

Operators find new ways to menu the other white meat. What’s not to love about pig?” Nancy Maslonka, executive chef at the Medical Center of Lewisville, Texas, says. “It gives us ham, bacon, loins, ribs, roasts and my favorite guilty ple

Chicken may be the ultimate protein choice for operators in today’s recovering economy. Customer-friendly, affordable, reliable and versatile, chicken fits the bill in just about any market, offering a base for myriad options.

Plant-based proteins can satisfy more than just vegetarians. Alternative proteins made with soy and other plants provide an excellent source of high-quality protein and vitamins. That is on...

This American staple is used in an array of regional specialties and ethnic dishes. Whether it’s the sweetness, the flavor, the consistency or the color, corn lends itself to many applicati...

Even as more Americans look to eat healthier, the popularity of cheese seems to be surging. Pizza, mac and cheese and cheeseburgers remain ubiquitous, but chefs also are experimenting with more varieties in more types of menu items.

With more focus on healthy foods, beans are finding wider acceptance on non-commercial menus. Beans, high in protein and with more fiber than many whole-grain foods, are enjoying a resurgence in today’s health-conscious marketplace.

Despite challenges with allergies, there’s no denying nuts’ nutritional value. Packed with antioxidants and rich in energy, protein, vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids, nuts provide...

Health and global influences have caused a revival in specialty and artisan breads. Whole-grain breads are among the oldest foods, dating back 10,000 years or more. Today, as people become ...

Bacon remains a staple in non-commercial kitchens, in ever more creative ways. Bacon is a popular, if guilty, delight for many, and chefs continue to find creative ways to inject the smoky ...

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