Saute Like The Pros

The Secret To Great Saute

The Secret To Great Saute

How to Saute Like a Professional Chef Probably the most important technique I can share with you is how to sauté properly. When you learn how to saute, you can prepare hundreds of meals with this technique. What Is Saute? Saute in French means “to jump” and can be a method of cooking or a […]

Saute Cooking Videos

Saute Cooking Videos

How To Saute Cooking Video One of the most important cooking techniques you can learn is how to saute properly. Once you learn how to saute, you can prepare hundreds of recipes by substituting ingredients. For example, learn how to saute onions and your can saute most vegetables. Learn how to saute a piece of […]

The Art of Roasting

Pan Roasting Technique

Pan Roasting Technique

Pan Roasting—the Chef’s Secret Cooking Technique One of my favorite cooking techniques not talked about in most cookbooks If I could teach you just one chef’s technique that will help you save time in the kitchen and deliver a thick cut of meat to the table with a perfect sear and juicy medium-rare throughout, it […]

Roasting Peppers | How to Roast Peppers at Home

Roasting Peppers | How to Roast Peppers at Home

How to Roast Pepper at Home You can purchase roasted red peppers in a jar and they are fine when you need them for a recipe, but there is nothing easier than making your own roasted red peppers with fresh red peppers. The price of red peppers fluctuates throughout the year so why not roast […]

All About Baking

8 Tips For Better Bread Making

8 Tips For Better Bread Making

How to Bake Great Bread at Home Many people are extremely intimidated by bread making. I’ve heard folks say everything from “I’m afraid of yeast,” to “I can’t make bread.” And that last is usually before they even try their hand at it. With the proliferation of helpful tools–everything wonderful bread cookbooks to stand mixers […]

Bread Making Ingredients

Bread Making Ingredients

How Ingredients change bread characteristics As I described in How to Make Bread and then again in Basic Bread Recipe, most bread recipes include 4 ingredients (not counting the sugar that the yeast ate) and a very straightforward mixing method. There are infinite types of yeast breads out in the world, everything from bagels to […]

Favorite Sauce Recipes

Simple Pan Sauce For Chicken

Simple Pan Sauce For Chicken

How to Make a Simple Pan Sauce For Pan Fried Chicken Most of us are comfortable with pan-frying a chicken breast or what some people call “saute a chicken breast”, but how many go the extra step to make a simple pan sauce to serve with it? Making a pan sauce is easy to do […]

Simple Reduction Sauce

Simple Reduction Sauce

How to Make a Simple Reduction Sauce A reader wrote to me to say that he cannot make a reduction correctly.  He said that it never reaches a saucy consistency unless he uses a slurry or a roux to thicken it.  He wants to know if he is missing something. I love reductions and reduction […]

My Best Chicken Recipes

Pan Seared Chicken Breasts Over Quinoa Recipe

Pan Seared Chicken Breasts Over Quinoa Recipe

 Pan Seared Chicken Breasts Served Over White Quinoa with Dried Cherries, Pistachios and Goat Cheese Last night we prepared pan seared chicken breasts and served them over a most delicious white quinoa salad prepared with dried cherries, toasted pistachios and fresh goat cheese. It’s the quinoa salad that makes this meal so special. Yes, you […]

Pollo Guisado Recipe

Pollo Guisado Recipe

  Pollo Guisado Otherwise Known As Braised Chicken We are celebrating the Christmas holidays in the Dominican Republic in a town called  Cabarete. It’s Christmas Eve and we treated ourselves by hiring local Chef Catalino along with his wife to cook breakfast, lunch and dinner so we can enjoy the island and still be home […]

Cooking Tips & Facts

What Is The Difference Between French Bread and Italian Bread

What Is The Difference Between French Bread and Italian Bread

What Is The Difference Between French Bread and Italian Bread? Both Italy and France are countries that specialize in bread making. Sure, when we sit down to eat at a restaurant in the US we are given a bread basket to start off our dinner. But bread is essential to almost every meal in Italy […]

Everyday Food Phrases Explained

Everyday Food Phrases Explained

The Apple of My Eye Food Expressions We Use All The Time Without even realizing it, we often use food-related phrases, idioms, colloquialisms, expressions, or whatever you want to call them in everyday language. Sometimes we don’t think about the origins of these fascinating food phrases or how they became so conventional in the English […]

Recent Posts

Remember – Just Nibble Cartoon

January 29, 2015 0 Comments
Remember – Just Nibble Cartoon

Dining Under the Sea with a Fish Couple My cartoon idea of two fish out on a date at a fancy restaurant under the sea with one warning the other to just nibble at the worm on the hook. Must be tricky fish going out on the town for a bite to eat. Have to […]

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Green Soup Recipe

January 26, 2015 2 Comments
Green Soup Recipe

Or How I Clean Out My Refrigerator of All Those Aging Vegetables How often do you look in your refrigerator, pull open the vegetable drawer and notice a whole bunch of green vegetables that are starting to wilt and need to be used soon or tossed out? We buy vegetables in bulk at farmer’s markets, […]

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Linguine and Clam Sauce Recipe

January 22, 2015 0 Comments
Linguine and Clam Sauce Recipe

How to Make Linguine and Clam Sauce This is one of those great pasta recipes that are perfect any time of year especially when you need to come up with a quick meal in the middle of the week. Except for the fresh clams that are nice to include but not necessary, the rest of […]

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Chocolate Truffles or Truffles Underground

January 18, 2015 0 Comments
Chocolate Truffles or Truffles Underground

When Is a Truffle NOT a Truffle? Ask a chef at a white tablecloth restaurant to describe a truffle, and he or she will probably wax poetic about the very expensive fungi that grow beneath oak trees. Ask a pastry chef to describe a truffle, and you will hear of a soft-centered confection coated in […]

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Sainte Maure Caprifeuille Cheese

January 15, 2015 0 Comments
Sainte Maure Caprifeuille Cheese

One of My New Favorite Goat Cheeses If you enjoy goat cheese and are looking for one to serve to friends or just enjoy at home with a piece of French bread, I recommend you take a look at Caprifeuille. I was looking for a cheese to serve at a small dinner party with some […]

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Simple Pan Sauce For Chicken

January 7, 2015 0 Comments
Simple Pan Sauce For Chicken

How to Make a Simple Pan Sauce For Pan Fried Chicken Most of us are comfortable with pan-frying a chicken breast or what some people call “saute a chicken breast”, but how many go the extra step to make a simple pan sauce to serve with it? Making a pan sauce is easy to do […]

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Tagliatelle Pasta With Walnuts and Lemon Recipe

January 6, 2015 1 Comment
Tagliatelle Pasta With Walnuts and Lemon Recipe

A Simple Sauce for a Unique Pasta For Christmas, my wife gave me the hot, new cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi called Plenty More. It is his follow up to his bestselling, Plenty, and continues to delve into vegetarian cooking.  What I really like about this cookbook is that it is organized by cooking methods rather […]

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Blanching Times For Fruits and Vegetables

December 31, 2014 0 Comments
Blanching Times For Fruits and Vegetables

How Long Does It Take To Blanch Foods? One of the most underrated cooking techniques is blanching. A 2-step process where you plunge ingredients into boiling water and then immediately stop the cooking by giving them a cold bath. Chefs and home cooks use blanching for a variety of reasons including peeling fruits and vegetables, […]

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