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Recipes and Techniques

How to Stabilize a Mixing Bowl

Here’s a short video showing a trick I use whenever I need to stabilize a mixing bowl. You may ask, what do I need to stabilize a mixing bowl? And that’s a legit question. The most common time I use this technique is when I’m making a vinaigrette – a process that really requires three hands.

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Balsamic Vinaigrette

Everyone should have a simple balsamic vinaigrette into their repertoire.  Sure, it’s pretty easy to grab a store bought dressing, but sometimes you run out, sometimes you don’t have the right kind, and sometimes (most of the time for me) homemade just tastes better.

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How to Shred a Carrot

Shredding a carrot is a great way to get all the flavor of a carrot into a dish without having large pieces in your finished dish. By shredding it finely and cooking it down, the small pieces of carrot essentially “melt” into whatever you’re cooking.

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Five Rules for the Perfect Steak

I get a lot of questions about how to cook steaks and other red meat.  And while there are certainly some challenges, with the right game plan, it’s not difficult to cook the perfect steak everytime.

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How to Dice a Shallot

Shallots…those little bitty onion thingy’s are probably under used by most cooks.

While similar in taste to an onion, I think they have a bit more “refined” flavor.  Plus their size is pretty convenient when you don’t need a full onion.  I use shallots in most of my sauces, and certainly in salsas, relishes, and a ton of vinaigrettes.

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Garlic Croutons

Making croutons is actually pretty simple, and it’s a great way to use up left over bread – as they’ll last weeks as opposed to days.  I like to make them to add my own personal touch to a fairly simple salad.

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How to Keep Your Guacamole Green

Getting things cooked ahead of time is one the keys to actually having fun at your dinner parties.  Whenever I have people over, I make sure I get a solid plan together, and get as much as possible done before anyone arrives.  Some things however, are easier than others. 

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How to Make a Wet Rub

Using a rub is a technique to get flavor into a piece of meat.  Rubs are very common in bbq cooking, but that’s not the only place I use them.  Anytime I want to impart some flavor, and don’t have time to marinate for hours, I’ll use a rub like this – although letting the food marinate for hours in the fridge is great too.

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Chicken Tacos

Chicken tacos are pretty common in my house.  I’d say I cook them every couple weeks, usually during the week, because they don’t take too long to make after getting home from work, and of course, because they are pretty tasty.  You can also vary up the spices and the toppings to keep things interesting with different versions.

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How to Cut an Avocado

Here’s a quick video demonstration showing the technique I use to cut and dice an avocado.  Avocados are great in salads, sandwiches, as a garnish, and of course the primary ingredient in guacamole.  Cutting them up though can be a bit tricky, because of the large seed in middle.  Fortunately, that large seed also gives you can opportunity to look cool in front of your friends.

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