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How to Cook Steak: A One Minute Cooking Class

What makes a great steak vs terrible one, really is no more than understanding the few simple cooking techniques, and getting the practice to execute them perfectly.  In this cooking class, we’ll go over the basics that will make sure you next steak comes out great.  Now of course,  there are many other tips and tricks that you can use to make the steak even better, but what I want to cover here are both the most important, and unfortunately, the most common missed.

My Walk Home - Week 3: Stockton CA

I just made it through Stockton CA, and am cruising accross the central valley (a huge valley running north/south through much of CA). Pretty happy with my progress this week, as it's a full 10 miles more than last week. Stockon is going to be the last good sized town that I hit for quick...
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My Walk Home - Week 2: Are You a Valley Hater?

I ended the second week of my cross country trek in Pleasanton, CA; the home of football legend John Madden, and the place named the "wealthiest mid-sized town in the USA" per the 2010 census…I'm sure in no small part to the presence of John Madden. My walk took me pretty much all...
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My Walk Home - Week 1: San Bruno CA

My official start date for my "Walk across the Country" was Thursday January 9th. That left only 3 days of walking for my first week...which is a bummer, but FitBit tracks Sunday - Saturday, and I'm not doing any extra math! So far so good, as right now, I've convinced myself...
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My Walk Home & Culinary Tour

I’m no marathon runner. I blew out my knee while skiing about 20 years ago. It’s full of screws and aches whenever there’s a storm front moving in, or I stand too close to the microwave. My back is really more a collection of knots, than actual muscle & sinew. Every morning, my body and my...
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How to Get into Culinary School

How to Get into Culinary School

Looking for a cooking career?  Here is a ten-step, can't-fail method for getting into any of America's top cooking schools.  Virtually anyone with passion, dedication, perseverance, a splash of talent, and a willingness to work hard can achieve unlimited career success by following these steps.  

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. Years ago, I made the decision to host New Years Eve dinner for friends and family, and over that time I've...
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Top Cooking Classes

What do you learn in Culinary School?  The short answer is a lot.  The longer answer is some of what you learn is really boring, some very cool.  On the cool side, here's a list of the top ten most popular elective cooking workshops offered by le Cordon Bleu.  These classes are held on Saturdays at the organization's “Bleu Ribbon Kitchen,” situated in many convenient locations. These are Le Cordon Bleu's “Enthusiast Cooking Classes,” and are open to all, as space will allow.  Workshops are held in fully equipped commercial kitchens with top-of-the-line appliances.

Can your lunch help you avoid the common cold?

Bread may be the staff of life, but will it keep you healthy? As every year goes by, we learn more about how food can effect our health, but positively and negatively. While, we tend to focus on the damage from giant burgers slathered in cheese and chili, many foods can actually have very...
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America's Best Culinary Schools

America's Best Culinary Schools

The demand for trained professionals is rapidly rising throughout the fast-growing food service industry.  Over the next few years, the travel, tourism and food industries expect to create more than 30,000 new jobs. High paying positions include Chef, Food Buyer, Caterer, Restaurant Manager, Restaurant Owner, Menu Planner, Event Coordinator and Culinary Instructor, to name only a few.  

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