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Tarragon Butter Steak Sauce

A compound butter is one of the easiest steak sauces you'll ever find. Here we show you how to make a simple Tarragon Butter Steak Sauce,with fresh tarragon leaves. The flavor is similar to a bearnaise sauce, but it's much easier to make.Continue Reading...

How to Grill Steaks

In this video, I show you the techniques for grilling steaks. There are subtle variations depending on the specific cut of steak you're cooking, but the fundamentals remain the same. You want to make sure you season the steaks well, use very hight heat, and don't overcook the meat.Continue Reading...
In this recipe video, I take an ordinary chicken breast and make it extraordinary, with the use of......BACON! Chicken breast, can be a bit boring, but not this dish. I've stuffed the chicken with a combination of spinach and cheese, and then wrap the whole thing is bacon.Continue Reading...

How to Cook Filet Mignon in the Oven

In this technique video, I show you how to cook a filet mignon in the oven. While grilling it's great, filet is actually a great cut of steak to cook in the oven - although truth be told, it's actually started on the stove top and then moved to the oven.Continue Reading...

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10 Steps for the Perfect Pork Chop

There are a lot of ways to cook pork chops, and unfortunately I can’t cover them in all here.  However, I can show one of my absolute favorites, and the one that I think every home cook needs to know – Pan Roasting.  A pan roasted pork chop (assuming you use the right techniques) has a great sear on the outside which creates little caramelized bit and pieces that have a ton of flavor.  At the s

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How to Poach an Egg

In this cooking video, I want to show you a technique for poaching an egg.  I most commonly see poached eggs on an Eggs Benedict, which is one of my favorites, and for years, had trouble making them come out well.  Now, I’m not going to say it’s super easy, as it does require a bit of practice, but there are a few tricks of the trade that will definitely help you be more successful.  I’ve liste

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Eight Tips to Cook the Perfect Burger

OK…before I catch too much grief about how wrong I am in my description of The Perfect Burger, allow me a few disclaimers.  I love grilling burgers.  If given the choice, I’d grill a burger over frying it.  However, a poorly made and cooked burger, even over a grill is still going to be a crap burger.

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How to Dice Celery

Chopping celery, and just about all prep work is pretty boring.  And the longer it takes, the worse it is.  So why not learn the right techniques that will enable to get through the job that much faster?  Here, I show you how to do just that.  It's actually a pretty simple technique and not really any different than chopping a lot of vegetables and other ingredients.  It's important to learn if

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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 Toast Pinenuts

I really like to incorporate nuts in my cooking, and pinenuts are among my favorites.  I first used them in making fresh pesto, but soon after, I started throwing them in all kinds of recipes.  Like most nuts, pinenuts really benefit from a quick toast, and in this cooking video, I’m going to show you how to do it.  Toasting pinenuts (and any nut really) b

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How to Cut Carrots

Prep work is never the fun part of cooking, and in this post we focus on prep work.  Specifically, how to cut carrots.  Now, while cutting carrots is boring and dull, there is a very good reason you want to get good at it; the faster you can go, the less time you need to spend cutting and more time you get to spend cooking and eating.  You also want to be a proficient carrot cutter, so you be c

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How to Clean Shitake Mushrooms

Despite a pretty strong distaste for mushrooms as a kid, in my adult years, I’ve really grown to love our fungi friends.  There a broad diversity of types, that all have different flavors and textures…and of course the different varieties lend themselves to certain dishes.  In this cooking video, I show you how to clean Shitake mushrooms, which are among my favorites.  Shitak

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How to Cook a Perfect Filet Mignon

There is no reason to be intimidated about cooking a filet mignon.  While I have many friends and family that get nervous about steaks…they really are one of the easier things you can cook.  To me,  the Perfect Filet Mignon has a salty, crispy outside, and tender, juicy, medium rare center.  The perfect Filet has aromatic hints of rosemary, and the savory nuttiness of brown butter.  Below, and

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