Basic Cooking Skills

How To Know When Shrimp Are Done Cooking

How To Know When Shrimp Are Done Cooking

How Do I Know When Shrimp Are Perfectly Cooked & Ready to Eat? There are many ways to cook and serve shrimp. Do you remember Pvt. Benjamin Buford’s line in Forest Gump? “Anyway, like I was sayin’, shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté […]

Basic Roast Beef Recipe

Basic Roast Beef Recipe

Simple Rump Roast Beef Recipe I was in our local organic supermarket called Mom’s for the best blueberry muffins in the township and noticed they had some organic meats on sale for 50% off. I don’t typically purchase organic meats for several reasons, all of which probably don’t make any sense and I’ll revisit this […]

Rice and Grain Dishes

Yellow Rice Recipe

Yellow Rice Recipe

How to Make Yellow Rice at Home Yellow rice is exactly what it sounds like – rice that has a yellow color. It is a traditional rice used in Afghan, Caribbean, Cuban, Indonesian and Spanish cuisines. What kind of rice you use and the ingredients used to give it a yellow color depends on where […]

Valencia Paella Recipe

Valencia Paella Recipe

Aunt Judy is really my wife’s sister but we’ve been calling her Aunt Judy to our kids for as long as I can remember so it has become an affectionate nickname in our home.  Judy is an incredible cook who loves to learn everything she can about cuisine around the globe. She and her husband […]

How to Sous Vide Cook

How to Sous Vide Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

How to Sous Vide Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

How to Make a Great Hard Boiled Egg That Peels Easily If you like hard boiled eggs made the classic way, you are going to love the results you’ll get by preparing them sous vide.  Sous vide means “under vacuum” in French and is a cooking technique in which you vacuum-seal ingredients in plastic bags, […]

Sous Vide Tilapia in Spicy Seafood Broth

Sous Vide Tilapia in Spicy Seafood Broth

How to Sous Vide Tilapia This recipe comes from my friend Chef David Nelson. He shared his version on my Facebook group, What I Cooked 4 Dinner Last Night.  We are talking about two recipes here, one for the sous vide tilapia and the other for the spicy seafood broth. I say that because the […]

Thinking of Culinary School?

First Steps In Finding a Culinary School

First Steps In Finding a Culinary School

Finding the Right Culinary School: What to Do First Once you’ve decided that you’re ready to take the plunge and go to culinary school, there is still quite a bit of work to be done—especially finding the right school. Unless you’ve received a culinary scholarship tied to one particular school, you’ll need to consider everything […]

The Difference Between Baking School and Pastry School

The Difference Between Baking School and Pastry School

How Do Baking School and Pastry School Differ From One Another? Most of the time, “baking school” is an umbrella term used to describe everything related to the act of baking, including both baking and the pastry arts. After all, pastry and baking are really two sides of the same coin; each one includes a […]

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Recipe to My Heart Attack

April 20, 2017 0 Comments
Recipe to My Heart Attack

What Finally Got Me to the Emergency Room For My Chest Pains A week ago, Monday, I went to the hospital with chest pain. I ended up being admitted to the hospital only to have a stent put into my right coronary artery and to find out I needed bypass surgery for three blockages in […]

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Seafood Sauce for Salmon Recipe

April 3, 2017 0 Comments
Seafood Sauce for Salmon Recipe

A Delicious Sauce for Salmon or Other Seafood Dishes I have prepared and served this sauce with salmon many times over the years and often hear the same response when offering seconds, “The heck with the salmon, can I have a cup of that sauce!” This sauce is really that good and how could it […]

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Award Winning Chicken Andouille Gumbo Recipe

March 27, 2017 4 Comments
Award Winning Chicken Andouille Gumbo Recipe

Julia Wright’s Gumbo Cook Off Winner Julia is a home cook from the Pacific Northwest, just east of Seattle, in what she calls “Microsoft Land”.  Julia is also a member of my Facebook group, What I Cooked For Dinner Last Night, where our group shares meals they’ve prepared the night before giving us all ideas […]

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How to Avoid the Freshman Fifteen

March 20, 2017 0 Comments
How to Avoid the Freshman Fifteen

How to Avoided Putting On Those Dreaded 15 Pounds As a Freshman in College by Nell Jones, contributor and my daughter When people would ask me what I most nervous for when going to college, I wouldn’t say schoolwork, I wouldn’t say being away from home, I would say the freshman fifteen.  Everyone tells you […]

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Old Farmhouse Chutney Sauce

March 13, 2017 0 Comments
Old Farmhouse Chutney Sauce

How to Make a Simple Chutney Sauce For Your Favorite Meats & Vegetables I call this Old Farmhouse Chutney Sauce because the first time I prepared it, I used a jar of Stonewall Kitchen’s chutney given to me as a housewarming present.  You can use any of your favorite commercial chutneys or one of your […]

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Brussels Sprouts Hash Recipe

March 2, 2017 0 Comments
Brussels Sprouts Hash Recipe

A Great Side Dish Featuring Brussels Sprouts & Apples Last night we enjoyed our second Hello Fresh meal that included Brussels Sprout Hash. My family and I enjoyed the entire meal and I’ll be writing about my experiences with Hello Fresh after I try some more of their tasty dinners but I wanted to share […]

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How to Roast Garlic

February 21, 2017 4 Comments
How to Roast Garlic

You can never have enough garlic. We cook with a lot of garlic in our house. Next to onions, garlic is the second most used ingredient excluding salt and pepper. Garlic is used in so many of the recipes we prepare, we always have two or three heads on hand. From pasta sauces to stews […]

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A New Look at Fish Sauce

February 16, 2017 1 Comment
A New Look at Fish Sauce

My wife’s friend Laura from Chicago shared these thoughts that I wanted to pass along, especially since we recently wrote that a good substitute for Golden Mountain Sauce, which we included in our recipe for Roasted Cauliflower Steaks, is fish sauce. Fish Sauce – A Not-So-New Go-To for Chefs and Home Cooks by Contributing Writer […]

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