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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 Blanch Potatoes

There are more ways to cook potatoes than I could possibly recount.  Mashed and smashed, baked and boiled, fried and fricasseed…if there is a cooking technique, there’s probably a potato recipe for it.  In this cooking technique video, I show you how to blanch potatoes, which is a really useful technique, that can save you a ton of time, and make help you make some really great potato recipes. 

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How to Blanch Green Beans

In this cooking video, I show you how to blanch (also called par boil) green beans.  It’s pretty much the same technique I use across most of my green vegetables; it’s very simple to do; and it helps ensure that you have bright green, properly cooked green beans.  Blanching green beans can also be a great time saver, as you can blanch the beans well ahead of when you actually need them, and the

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How to Slice a Potato

Potato dishes come in all kinds of shapes and sizes….and recipes.  Some of those recipes, like potato lyonnaise, require that you slice the potatoes into a thin disks.  While professional chefs and many experienced home cooks might use a mandoline, most folks don’t have one, and have to rely on a standard chef’s knife.  In this cooking video, I show you ho

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How to Brine a Chicken

In this cooking video, I show you how to brine a chicken.  Why bring a chicken you ask?  Well, the best reasons are flavor, and moisture…which, when it comes to chickens, are pretty darn important.  While I don’t use the technique every time I roast a whole bird, I do try to do it whenever I have time.  Brining is not hard or complicated, and it doesn’t required a lot of “active” time - where y

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How to Clean a Chicken

Here is a simple technique video where I show you how to clean a chicken.  I end up cooking a whole roasted chicken at least once a month, and I gotta say, my least favorite part, every single time, is pulling that chicken out of the bag, getting the "parts" out of the cavity, and getting it clean.  But, you gotta do it and frankly, if your know what you're doing, it o

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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 Zest a Lemon

Citrus zest is one of the most under used and under appreciated food items in the home cook’s repertoire.  The zest contains a tremendous amount of essential oils and is very aromatic. A surprisingly small amount can really add a good amount of flavor to a dish.

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How to Bake a Potato

There’s no great magic or mystery to baking a potato.  But there is a bit of magic in how delicious they are.  Baking a potato is one of the simplest cooking techniques out there, but properly cooked, you get a soft pillowy potato that you can add a bit of butter to for the perfect side dish.  And then of course you can also add all those other great toppings, bacon, sour cream, chive, cheese f

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