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    How to Buy Filet Mignon

    So….you’ve decided to cook up a juicy, tender, flavorful Filet Mignon. Obviously, the first thing you need to do make your way to your favorite purveyor of this most tender of steaks, and plunk down what is likely to be a fair amount of your hard-earned money.

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    Ten Tips for the Perfect Spaghetti

    Now I’m not here to dismiss anyone’s favorite spaghetti.  I know we all like Mom’s or Grandma’s version, and know in our heart of hearts, theirs is the best.  I understand that that notion, and I’m fine if that’s your stance.  However, Grandma’s not always around to make you a plate of the perfect spaghetti.  Sometimes we’re on our own, and what’s a person to do?  Go Spaghetti-less?  That’s not

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    How to Get More Juice From Citrus Fruit

    Have you ever cut open a lemon, or lime, ready to squeeze all that tangy, delicious juice out into a drink or into a marinade, and found just the most paltry trickle, slowly falling away despite your best kung fu death grip?  It’s disappointing I know.  Well, I’ve got a technique that’s going to help you out.  And while I can’t guarantee that from every orange you squeeze, the juic

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    How to Toast Almonds

    Toast just about any nut, and you bring out the natural flavors and make the taste more intense.  In this cooking video, I show you how to toast almonds.  It’s a very simple technique, but sometimes the simplest things can add the touches that make a good dish, outstanding.  I won’t toast nuts every time I use them, but if I want to ensure a stronger flavor and a nice crunchy texture, this is t

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    How to Toast Walnuts

    Toasted walnuts are fantastic both in recipes, or just on their own.  Like just about all nuts, toasting them (either in the oven or on the range) brings out additional flavor by "exciting" the essential oils in the nut, and creates a more powerful aroma.  As a side benefit, once the walnuts cool off a bit, they also have crunchier, more appealing texture.  The cooking technique that I show you

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    How to Make a Roux

    Roux making is a fairly fundamental cooking technique that I hope to teach you in this cooking video.  At its most basic, a roux is a very simple thing – the combination of fat & flour.  For most rouxs the fat used is butter, but it doesn’t have to be…using the drippings/fat from cooked meat for example is very common.  The purpose of roux is also very simple – they allow us to thicken liquids into sauces.  In this video (and below), I show you how to make a roux.

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    How to Make Pappardelle Pasta

    I can’t be certain, but I don’t think I’ve ever bought, or even seen pappardelle pasta in the grocery store.  It might be in your’s, but I have a tough time finding it.  Fortunately, I love homemade pastas, and I love to make pappardelle.  In this recipe video, I show you how to cut this pasta shape, which is a very broad, long noodle.  Pappardelle, is pretty common is restaurants, and goes gre

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    How to Make Fettucini Pasta

    I’ll admit that making your own pasta is a bit time consuming.  But, I’ll also contend that homemade pasta is one of the best things you can make at home.  While it does take some time, it’s not super hard, and there is a high level of satisfaction you’ll get from making your own.  And it’s sooo tasty.  In this recipe video, I show you how to make a homemade fettucini pasta – one of

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    How to Pound out a Chicken Breast

    Now you may ask yourself (quite legitimately), why should I pound out a chicken breast?  Well, in addition to the therapeutic benefits of taking out your frustration, several chicken dishes are actually improved by having a uniformly thick (or thin), flat piece of breast meat…which is not the natural shape of a chicken breast.  This technique is your chance to mold nature into the form you need

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    What is Arborio Rice

    There are a whole lot of different kinds of rice in world, and for what is seemingly a pretty “standard” grain, there is a very wide variety of texture, tastes and uses for those different types.  In this short cooking video, and the description below, I talk about Arborio rice and what it can be used for.

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