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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Pros and Cons of a College Meal Plan

May 24, 2017 0 Comments
Pros and Cons of a College Meal Plan

What I Like & Don’t Like About My College Meal Plan by Nell Jones Lots of changes happen when you go to college, most importantly, meals.  Mom and Dad’s fresh, handcrafted home-cooked meals get replaced by a meal plan. This meal plan, at least for me, consisted of swipes and points that, in combination, got […]

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The Camera Eats First

May 19, 2017 1 Comment
The Camera Eats First

A Snapshot of Foodie Photographers by Nell Jones You are out to dinner with your group of friends at the restaurant that you found by looking through one of many famous food Instagram accounts.  (Life hack: if you are trying to decide which restaurant you want to go to, look up the restaurant on Instagram […]

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Panko and Pesto Coated Chicken Breasts Recipe

May 11, 2017 0 Comments
Panko and Pesto Coated Chicken Breasts Recipe

How to Prepare Chicken Breasts Coated with Pesto, Panko and Cheese Last night I made this dish from Hello Fresh for my daughter and myself that was so good, I had to share it with you. Hello Fresh is one of those services similar to Blue Apron that sends you ingredients plus a recipe for […]

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Allemande Sauce Recipe

May 5, 2017 1 Comment
Allemande Sauce Recipe

Also Called Blonde Sauce & Parisienne Sauce This is a classic French sauce and a variation of Veloute Sauce but made with egg yolks creating an even richer sauce. Most often served with egg dishes and poached fish,  however, this sauce can also be served with poultry, veal and vegetables. Classic French Sauces Depending on […]

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Recipe to My Heart Attack

April 20, 2017 19 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 1 Comment
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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