Cooking Techniques

How NOT to Grill – Part 2

May 23, 2018 0 Comments
How NOT to Grill – Part 2

More Common Grilling Mistakes & How to Avoid Them This is Part 2 of How NOT to Grill which is part of my How NOT To Cook Online CookBook.  You can read How NOT To Grill – Part 1 here. Mistake #7 – The Second Guesser You are so concerned about overcooking that beautiful steak, […]

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How NOT to Grill – Part 1

May 16, 2018 0 Comments
How NOT to Grill – Part 1

Common Grilling Mistakes and How to Avoid Them Although grilling has long been thought of as the “man’s domain,” there are plenty of reasons why both men and women would want to get out in the sunshine, drink a cold, frosty beverage, and do some grilling. Consider the extra energy it takes to cool the […]

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How NOT to Cook with Water – Simmering

May 2, 2018 0 Comments
How NOT to Cook with Water – Simmering

How Not to Simmer Simmering picks up where poaching leaves off.  The simmering liquid should be at a temperature between 190°F – 205°F (88°C – 96°C). While poaching is a relatively long cooking process for delicate foods, simmering is usually a very long cooking process designed to a) break down connective tissue in tough, fatty […]

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How NOT to Cook with Water – Poaching

April 27, 2018 2 Comments
How NOT to Cook with Water – Poaching

How NOT to Poach Foods I’m sure that everyone has heard the joke about the person who was such a bad cook that they couldn’t boil water.  The subtext is that it takes absolutely no skill to boil water.  But, the joke is on them. There is more to boiling than meets the eye, and […]

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How NOT to Cook with Water – Boiling

April 19, 2018 1 Comment
How NOT to Cook with Water – Boiling

The Boiling Technique Mistakes Boiling occurs when water reaches 212F (100C).  There are a couple of caveats that come with that, however.  First, the temperature 212F (100C) applies only to water.  Other liquids boil at slightly different temperatures. Second, that temperature holds true at sea level.  For every 500 feet above sea level you go, […]

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How NOT to Cook Pasta

April 16, 2018 1 Comment
How NOT to Cook Pasta

  How Not To Cook Pasta & Tips for Perfect Pasta Thanks to the great American melting pot, pasta is a staple in the United States.  When “spaghetti and meatballs” turns up on children’s menus, you know that what was once brought over by Italian immigrants is now as American as apple pie. I’d be […]

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How Not To Cook

April 11, 2018 1 Comment
How Not To Cook

How Not To Cook – Common Cooking Mistakes & How to Avoid Them A while back I started writing a cookbook, How NOT to Cook – Common Cooking Mistakes & How to Avoid Them. I wrote about a dozen chapters on mistakes I’ve made over the years and how I ultimately learned the right way […]

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Simple Roasted Potatoes Recipe

October 13, 2017 3 Comments
Simple Roasted Potatoes Recipe

How to Make Basic Roast Potatoes In our house, my wife is Queen of the All Things Potato. She makes the best mashed potatoes, twice baked potatoes, baked potatoes and my kids can’t get enough of her roasted potatoes. Her method of preparing these roasted tubers is simple and described below. I already have a […]

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My Best Sous Vide Swordfish

September 16, 2017 0 Comments
My Best Sous Vide Swordfish

How to Sous Vide the Best Swordfish Ever Three times this summer I grilled fresh swordfish and only once was I really happy with the outcome. The other two times I was quite disappointed with the results. Was it luck the one time? Could it be the fish itself? Or perhaps my cooking technique? I […]

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Sous Vide Water Balls

September 6, 2017 1 Comment
Sous Vide Water Balls

The Advantages of Using Sous Vide Water Balls I recently purchased a bag of sous vide water balls and love them. They are used to help keep the heat in the container when using the sous vide cooking technique to cook steaks, poultry, seafood and vegetables. Do You Need Sous Vide Water Balls? I suppose […]

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