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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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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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,
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
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.