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Risotto with Shrimp and Peas

In this recipe video, I wanted to show you another installment of the wonderful world of risotto.  As I’ve written in the past, risotto options are endless; it really is a blank canvas on which you can paint nearly anything.  In this version, I add some quickly sautéed shrimp and some pureed peas which make a great spring time combination.  The firm salty shrimp provide a great con

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Potato Gratin With Cauliflower

Today I’ve got one of my favorite side dishes for you.  This recipe is a spin on the classic potato gratin.  In the video, I show you my version, in which I add some cauliflower, which may not quite make it healthy, it does get some additional vegetables on the plate, which is always a good thing

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Pizza Margarita

If you’re going to make homemade pizza, a good Pizza Margarita needs to be in your repertoire; In this recipe video I show you how to make my version of this classic pizza.  It’s really where pizza started, and the simple flavors of great pizza sauce, creamy, fresh mozzarella and a crispy crust...

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Fettucini with Olive Oil and Garlic

One of the simplest pasta dishes you can make is fettucini with olive oil and garlic.  And while very simple, this fettucini dish, if made with good balance, is simply awesome.  In this recipe video, I show you how to make the dish…which only takes about 10 minutes from start to finish.  It's great when you've come hom

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Pizza Sauce

While I love ordering in pizza from any number of my local pizza joints, I’ve found that a great homemade pizza is often more tasty, more satisfying, and best of all, allows me to be much more creative..  With the variety of cheeses and toppings out there, you can really get creative with different pizza’s, but they all start with the sauce.  In this recipe video, I show you my pizza sauce reci

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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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Pork Medallions with White Wine Sauce

I love to cook pork tenderloin, and one of my goto options is to cut pork medallions from a whole loin.  In this recipe video, I show you how to portion out medallions, sauté them, and serve with white wine sauce.  The dish reminds me a bit of filet mignon, but of course is a bit lighter and healthier.  Another great thing about pork, is the options are nearly endless.  It’s easy to add differe

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Mushroom Sauce with Brandy

A great sauce can really make a dish special, and I’m always looking to find great combinations between meat and sauce.  In this recipe video, I make a mushroom sauce with brandy for a filet mignon I just cooked.  The technique is called a pan sauce, which can consist of just about anything, but almost always involves deglazing

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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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