Cooking Techniques

How To Know When Shrimp Are Done Cooking

June 27, 2015 0 Comments
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 […]

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How to Broil Salmon Recipe

May 18, 2015 4 Comments
How to Broil Salmon Recipe

Broiling Salmon Is Quick, Easy & Efficient You may be asking yourself, did he say “broil” salmon?  Who broils anything anymore? There are lots of great ways to cook salmon – roast, poach, steam, grill but why broil? I like to think of broiling salmon as upside down grilling. Yes, there are a few differences […]

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The Egg Foam Method In Baking

May 14, 2015 0 Comments
The Egg Foam Method In Baking

The Egg Foam Method of Combining Ingredients When Baking This is the last of the series describing how to mix (combine) ingredients when baking by my friend and professional baker Chef Jenni. She saved this method for last because it is the only method in which the addition of chemical leaveners is not the norm […]

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Baking Two Stage Method

May 8, 2015 0 Comments
Baking Two Stage Method

The Two-Stage Mixing Method There are many methods for mixing ingredients when it comes to baking. Not being much of a baker myself, I asked my friend Pastry Chef Jenni Field to explain various methods of mixing, where and when to use them and tips for doing it properly. You can read her post Important […]

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Important Mixing Techniques For Baking

April 28, 2015 0 Comments
Important Mixing Techniques For Baking

How to Achieve Great Baking Results from Proper Ingredient Mixing I am not much of a baker so I asked my friend Chef Jenni, a great baker and even better educator, to explain in more detail the different ways of mixing ingredients to come up with the best baking results possible. It’s important to first […]

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How To Boil Pasta

February 9, 2015 1 Comment
How To Boil Pasta

Pasta Cooking Technique Plus Lemon Angel Hair Pasta Recipe When you think of cooking pasta, the first thing you typically do is throw a pot of salted water on the stove and bring to a full, rolling boil. This is perfect for dried pasta but fresh pasta is too delicate to be cooked above a […]

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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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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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How Blanching Can Make You A Better Cook

December 23, 2014 0 Comments
How Blanching Can Make You A Better Cook

Why Professional Chefs Love to Blanch Ingredients You’ve probably read the directions in many different recipes. “Plunge into rapidly boiling water for one minute. Remove and plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process.” – that’s Blanching It’s a technique that is called for frequently, but I think it is frequently misunderstood. I think […]

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Know Your Knife Cuts

November 10, 2014 0 Comments
Know Your Knife Cuts

Most Important Knife Cuts For Home Cooks Knife skills are arguably one of the pivotal skills that separate the professional chef from the home cook.  Many home cooks are intimidated by the flourish with which knives are wielded on Top Chef and Iron Chef.  We are afraid that we might hurt ourselves if we try […]

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