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How to Dice a Pepper

In this recipe video, I show the simple knife skills for dicing a Pepper. Having good knife skills will make you a better, safer and faster cook, and it's worth taking a bit of time to get better. Peppers like this one, are hollow on the inside, with seed pops attached to the top.Continue Reading...

How to Brine

Brining is an important technique for the home cooks looking to make the perfect Thanksgiving Turkey. Of course, the uses go well behind the November feast. I do roast chickens throughout the year, and whenever I have the time to brine, I take advantage.Continue Reading...

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How to Dice a Pepper

Good cooks, have good prep skills.  In this video, I show you how to dice a pepper.  Knowing the right techniques will help move quicker and save time when cooking meals.  And in addition to moving a bit faster, with the right knife skills, you’ll actually be a lot safer as well.
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How to Brine

Learning how to brine will benefit you not just for the Thanksgiving Turkey, but throughout the year.  And fortunately, it is so simple, that with a quick read, and a view my “How to Brine” video, you’ll have it mastered in no time.  With a good brine your recipe (whether it be pork, chicken or seafood) will turn out more tender, more juicy and more flavorful.  So...why not start brining?

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How to Dice Celery

Chopping celery, and just about all prep work is pretty boring.  And the longer it takes, the worse it is.  So why not learn the right techniques that will enable to get through the job that much faster?  Here, I show you how to do just that.  It's actually a pretty simple technique and not really any different than chopping a lot of vegetables and other ingredients.  It's important to learn if

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Ten Tips for the Perfect Spaghetti

Now I’m not here to dismiss anyone’s favorite spaghetti.  I know we all like Mom’s or Grandma’s version, and know in our heart of hearts, theirs is the best.  I understand that that notion, and I’m fine if that’s your stance.  However, Grandma’s not always around to make you a plate of the perfect spaghetti.  Sometimes we’re on our own, and what’s a person to do?  Go Spaghetti-less?  That’s not

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How to Toast Pinenuts

I really like to incorporate nuts in my cooking, and pinenuts are among my favorites.  I first used them in making fresh pesto, but soon after, I started throwing them in all kinds of recipes.  Like most nuts, pinenuts really benefit from a quick toast, and in this cooking video, I’m going to show you how to do it.  Toasting pinenuts (and any nut really) b

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How to Dice Apples

I love a good apple.  One that’s crisp and delicious.

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How to Cut Carrots

Prep work is never the fun part of cooking, and in this post we focus on prep work.  Specifically, how to cut carrots.  Now, while cutting carrots is boring and dull, there is a very good reason you want to get good at it; the faster you can go, the less time you need to spend cutting and more time you get to spend cooking and eating.  You also want to be a proficient carrot cutter, so you be c

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How to Clean Shitake Mushrooms

Despite a pretty strong distaste for mushrooms as a kid, in my adult years, I’ve really grown to love our fungi friends.  There a broad diversity of types, that all have different flavors and textures…and of course the different varieties lend themselves to certain dishes.  In this cooking video, I show you how to clean Shitake mushrooms, which are among my favorites.  Shitak

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How to Peel Fava Beans

There are a whole lot of types of beans out there, but one of my favorites, has got to be the Fava Bean.  I really knew nothing about these until that Hannibal Lector movie a few years back, but once I tried them I was hooked.  They have a beautiful color, a fairly mild flavor, and a creamy firm texture, that I find really appealing, and so I’m always looking for ways to use them. 

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How to Julienne Potatoes

The most common reason to Julienne a potato is for French Fries, (for which I’ve got a really great French Fry recipe here).  Whether you bake, fry, sauté them…you still need to cut them.  And besides potatoes, knowing how to do the Julienne cut is a critical knife skill for any home cook.  The process is pretty simp

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