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Chicken Breast Marinara

In this Recipe video, I show you how to make a version of chicken parmesan, that I call Chicken Marinara.Continue Reading...
In this recipe video, I show you one of the ways I "trick" my friends and family into thinking I spent hours working on dinner, when in fact, it's about 30 minutes of pretty easy work.Continue Reading...

Butternut Squash Flatbread Pizza

In this recipe video, I show you how to make a butternut squash flatbread pizza. These pizzas are so easy to make, and you can really get creative with them. This version takes classic fall flavors of butternut squash, sage, and goat cheese.Continue Reading...
In this recipe video, I show you how to make a quick and simple broccoli soup, served along with some freshly made cheddar croutons. Cheddar in broccoli is a match made in heaven, and you've probably seen recipes with the broccoli smothered in cheese.Continue Reading...

How to Cook a New Years Eve Dinner

Are you sick of over priced and over crowded restaurants on New Years Eve? Pre Fixe menus that are designed to keep the kitchen flowing...but consistently leave the diners wanting.Continue Reading...
In this recipe video, I show you how to do a seared chicken breast with a Mushroom and Gruyere sauce. At times, boneless chicken breasts can be a bit of a bore...but fortunately there are a ton of ways to jazz things up.Continue Reading...
In this recipe, I show you how to make an asparagus and onion flatbread, that is both simple to make and tasty enough to please the toughest critic. I love to make this pizza in the Spring with the asparagus is fresh and abundant, but frankly, you can find it all year long in most places.Continue Reading...
In this recipe video, I show you how to make a Mushroom & Asparagus Flatbread Pizza. It's a very easy pizza to make, as there's no crust and not sauce to make, Instead, I use some store bought pita for the crust.Continue Reading...

Pork Fried Rice

In this Recipe Video, I show you how to make one of my all time favorite left over dishes - Pork Fried Rice. Fried Rice (of just about any time) is a perfect way to use up left over rice, as well as, all the bits and pieces of vegetables you've got hanging around.Continue Reading...

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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 Pit an Olive

Nobody (except maybe your dentist) wants to see you bite into an olive pit.  Those little guys, despite be very small and harmless looking, are hard and rocks, and it could really ruin someone’s day to bite unexpectedly into a pit; So, is this quick cooking video I show you my technique for removing an olive pit. Granted, you can find olives that are already pitted…and if you like them, and can find them…by all means use them.  But, if you come across some that need pitting, you can follow these simple steps.

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How to Blanch Asparagus

I blanch asparagus, just about anytime I’m cooking for a dinner party, and many times when it’s just my wife and I.  Blanching the asparagus, allows you to cook it most of the way well in advance, which is a huge time saver when I need it and n this cooking technique video, I show you how to do it..  You can get the asparagus 90% cooked in the afternoon, and then just finish it off right before

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How to Clean Asparagus

Asparagus is one of my favorite Spring vegetables.  I love the nice, clean, grassy taste, and it’s really versatile to cook with.  You can grill, steam, sauté it…asparagus also makes a great addition to pasta’s and salads. However, before you do any of that, you've got to get it cleaned and prepped.

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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 Make Pizza Dough

A few years back I started making my own pizza and quickly found the worst part was making and rolling out the pasta dough.  The solution, buy the dough!!  Today. there is not shortage of places to buy a good quality pizza dough.  And while it  is available is most grocery stores, I’ve started just going to my local pizza shop and asking to buy the raw dough.

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How to Slice an Onion

Here is a short cooking video where I show you how to slice an onion.  One of people’s chief complaints about slicing onions, is doing so makes them cry.  Well, the best way to reduce the tears is to move quickly.  And to move quickly, you need to have solid knife skills.  Unlike julienne onions, when I refer to slicing,

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How to Clean Kale

Here is a short cooking video where I show you how to clean kale.  Kale, much like chard and collard greens, are large leafy vegetables, which are more hearty, and much bigger than spinach leaves.  I think they have a great texture and flavor, and make a great side or vegetable for pork and chicken dishes.  Typically, you don't want to serve kale raw, as it's quite a hearty green, a

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How to Chop Apples

Fruit is probably under-used in savory recipes and apples are one fruit that shouldn’t be. In this cooking technique video, I show you how to chop up an apple, which, in this particular case, I used an apple and black bean salsa. But no matter what recipe you’re making, savory or sweet, knowing the right knife techniques will help you in a number of ways.

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