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Cream of Tomato Soup

Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches bring back some great childhood memories.  Those days it was tomato soup from a can, rather than this homemade fresh version, which has become the new staple in my house.  I use a roasted chile pepper, as well as some fire roasted tomatoes, to add to the complexity of the flavors in this tomato soup, and I’m sure that you are g

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Chicken Breasts with Mustard Sauce

Boneless skinless chicken breasts are great for the simple reason that there are hundreds of great recipes for them.  This recipe for a Chicken Breast with a Mustard cream sauce is one of my favorites.  The chicken breasts are easy to sear off in a pan, until they are just cooked through, with a nice flavorful crust on the outside.

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New York Strip Steak

New York Strip Steaks, are one of my favorite cuts.  It has more flavor than a Filet Mignon thanks to the natural fat in the steak, and a great texture, that's maybe not quite as tender as the filet, but still very very nice.  One of my favorite ways to cook New Yorks, is on the grill, but today, I’m going to show you a technique using a cast iron pan.

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How to Dice a Pepper

Good cooks, have good prep skills.  In this video, I show you how to dice a pepper.  Knowing the right techniques will help move quicker and save time when cooking meals.  And in addition to moving a bit faster, with the right knife skills, you’ll actually be a lot safer as well.
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Chicken Breasts with Morel Mushroom Sauce

Chicken breast recipes have become a staple in my house.  They are really easy to cook, and very versatile, going well with so many other ingredients.  For this recipe, I show you how to make a chicken breast with a morel mushroom sauce.  Morel’s are perhaps my favorite mushroom.  But they are wild, and can be hard to find.

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Spaghetti Pomodoro

Over the years, I’ve learned that Spaghetti is not Spaghetti, is not Spaghetti.  The rich, and wonderful tomato sauce that my mom made us growing up, is closest to a Bolognese sauce.  On the much lighter, faster, and easier to cook end of the spectrum is a Pomodoro sauce.  Pomodoro is meant to be a fast and easy tomato sauce with a relatively few, fresh ingredients.

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5 Rules for a Perfect Grilled Steak

Growing up, the only way I knew how to cook steak was on the grill.  And I gotta admit that bringing flame to meat was, and still is, a satisfyingly primal expression of the culinary arts.  However, over the years, I've found that great steaks can indeed be cooked on the grill, and so each time it's time to cook a steak, I gotta make the grill or not to grill call.

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How to Grill a Steak

While I love to cook steaks indoors, in a cast iron pan, getting out over the open flames, on a grill satisfies a primal need to bring fire and meat together.  It also, joyfully, imparts an awesome flavor to a great steak.  But alas, how to grill a perfect steak still eludes many folks, and I've seen and eaten to many prime cuts of beef, that were tortured on the grill.

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Sliders

While conventional wisdom is that bigger is always better, I've found that is decidedly not the case when it comes to burgers.  A few years ago, after having some damn tasty sliders out at a local bar, I decided to give them a try at home.  And while, I do still make big, huge, manly half pound burgers occasionally, I've really gotten into these tiny little versions.

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Spinach Salad

Spinach Salad, may not sound like the most exciting recipe in the world.  But what if I add in words like bacon, bacon vinaigrette, apple, feta?  Becomes a bit more tantalizing doesn't it?  This spinach salad is one of my favorites for a starter course, or as a side salad for say a big summer BBQ.  It's easy to make, the favors work great together, and it looks beautiful.

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