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Recipes and Techniques

Corn and Tomato Salsa

Here is a quick recipe for a delicious corn and tomato salsa that I use frequently with tacos (both steak and chicken), but also goes great with fish and chicken as a side dish, or sauce.  During late summer with both the corn and tomatoes are at their peak this is perfect cool accompaniment to so many things. 

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How to Chop Mushrooms

I use mushrooms all the time in so many different ways - both raw and cooked.  And frequently I use a lot of mushrooms.  They are bit oddly shaped, and can take a while to cut if you don't have the right technique.  And no one wants to spend more time than they have to on prep work.  Ideally, you get quick enough with your knife skills, and can send more time cooking and less time chopping.

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How to Make Roasted Tomatoes

Oven roasting is a great way to evaporate water and concentrate flavors. It can add depth and complexity to an otherwise simple ingredient, and vegetables offer great opportunities to experiment.  In this cooking video, I show you a technique I use to make oven roasted tomatoes - which end up being similar to sundried tomatoes.  The process is very simple.

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Roasted Tomato Vinaigrette

If you're looking for ways to spruce up a salad, try different vinaigrette's.  Even with the same greens and vegetables, you can dramatically change the flavor, texture and appearance of a salad with a different salad dressing.

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How to Deseed a Tomato

I use tomatoes in a lot of my cooking, and much of the time, I simply chop ‘em up and throw them in.  However, there are times when my recipe works best without the tomato seeds.  So I do a bit more work to remove the seeds from the tomatoes. 

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Peppercorn Sauce

Peppercorn sauces are a classic accompaniment to steaks…the Steak au Poivre is one of my favorites.  But you don’t have to limit this great sauce to steaks.  Obviously a peppercorn cream sauce would go great with most other red meats, but I like also like it with chicken and even some fish dishes.

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Pepper Steak

There’s nothing quite like a great steak. Just thinking about them conjures up images of backyard grilling and dark, wood paneled steakhouses. In this recipe video, I make a pepper steak, actually a couple pepper steaks – both a New York Strip and a filet. I also use a pan roasting technique, rather than grilling outdoors. To be honest, I probably use this technique more often than grilling, because it’s so great to use the pan drippings to make a sauce.

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Italian Meatballs

There must be as many Italian meatball recipes as there are Italians.  So by no means am I going to say my meatballs are “the best” – especially since I don’t have any Italian in my blood.  However, I do think that I’ve got a great tasting version that is pretty simple to make.  Feel free to add your own ingredients and techniques, but this recipe should give you a great place to start.  FYI –

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Ratatouille

Ratatouille is one of my favorite vegetarian dishes, and while it takes a bit of time to prepare it’s well worth it.  The combination of vegetables and the rich tomato, garlic and herb flavors is complex and wonderful.  This version will take you right to Southern France, and goes great as a side dish, or even on its own with a bit of rice or pasta.

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How to Roll Out Pasta Dough

Once you have a pasta dough made, your next step is to roll it out into sheets, from which you can easily make long pastas, like spaghetti and linguini, or cut rounds for raviolis or other stuffed pastas.

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