Home Chef Hacks

Here at Home Chef, we are all about saving time in the kitchen. But sometimes, it takes a little help from our friends. That’s why we are introducing our #homechefhacks series where we enlist our co-workers, customers, families and friends…

Home Chef ❤️’s Moms

  You can’t mess with the classic. Every family seems to have a “mom’s best” recipe that is totally better than that other mom’s recipe. These recipes have been passed down generation to generation, seeing minor modifications and sometimes unintentional revisions along…

A Brief History of Cinco de Mayo

  Margaritas Not Included For most Americans, Cinco de Mayo is an excuse to drink $5 margarita pitchers at noon. It is perhaps one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented holidays stateside. Blame it on the margaritas, but most (non-Mexican) Americans…

How-to Technique: En Papillote

En papillote, or as the Italians say, al cartoccio, translates to “in parchment”. It’s the little effort, big reward technique of cooking that both seals in flavor and makes for a mess-free, easy dinner. We’re using parchment paper for a…

Getting to Know the Fifth Taste: Umami

“Umami” Rhymes with “Yummy” Have you ever taken a bite out of a burger and have only been able to describe it as “delicious” or “yummy”? The word you’re probably looking for is umami.   All About the Flavor Just…

A Brief History of Latkes

  We love you a latke.  Latkes are made with simple ingredients, yet are steeped in complex history. Anyone who has tasted one will know that they will have you wishing Hanukkah gelt was made of latkes, not chocolate. While…

A Brief History of Friendsgiving

  Remember Thanksgiving 2015? Aunt Carol was face down in the pumpkin pie after one too many hard ciders, dad “forgot” the tofurkey for your brother’s vegan boyfriend, and Grandma was starting every sentence with “back in my day…”. Good times, right?…

A Brief History of Brunch

    Made famous by the women of Sex and the City, the breakfast-lunch hybrid is now prolific in every major city, beloved by yuppies, hipsters and everyone in between. It’s the one thing we look forward to after a…

A Brief History of Tacos

  We need to taco ’bout something.  From live insects wrapped in 16th century corn tortillas to the incredibly successful love child of a nacho cheese chip and America’s favorite taco, the taco’s humble beginnings expose traditions that have since…

A Brief History of Oktoberfest

Once upon a time in Munich, a prince married a princess. There were white horses, flower fields and doves (probably). Fast forward two centuries and the royal marriage once celebrated with Disney-spawned creatures is now celebrated with liters of beer,…