Portobello (at least in terms of size; not necessarily deliciousness) are the “king of mushrooms”. It’s truly amazing how large they can get, and that size allows you do use them in some very unique and very cool ways. I love them grilled, where they pick up a nice charred flavor, and a great texture, but there are thousands of recipes using them. Regardless of which you choose, you have to
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Thyme is one of my favorite herbs. Its very distinctive taste goes really well with fish, chicken, pork, beef, and even a ton of vegetables and side dishes. Dried thyme has its uses, and I’ve always got a jar in the cabinet, but I’ll go to fresh thyme just as often. If you’re looking for a more subtle taste and/or you’re going to cook the thyme for just a few seconds (not giving the time the
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The julienne cut in cooking is to make long thin strips or sticks out of food. Basically a French Fry shape. Generally, making that cut is not too hard, as you can usually cut planks, or slices, and then further cut those planks into match stick shapes. However, in the case of red onions, things get a bit trickier. Red onions, in addition to being round, and thus less amenable to planks, th
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For many, broccoli is a love it or hate it vegetable. I am not one of those people. Some broccoli recipes I really like, others…let’s say I have a tough time with. But regardless of the specific preparation, you always need to clean and prep it. In this cooking video, I show you how to take a simple head of broccoli, and break it down into the florets, and the stems. And show you how you c
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Potato dishes come in all kinds of shapes and sizes….and recipes. Some of those recipes, like potato lyonnaise, require that you slice the potatoes into a thin disks. While professional chefs and many experienced home cooks might use a mandoline, most folks don’t have one, and have to rely on a standard chef’s knife. In this cooking video, I show you ho
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Here is a simple technique video where I show you how to clean a chicken. I end up cooking a whole roasted chicken at least once a month, and I gotta say, my least favorite part, every single time, is pulling that chicken out of the bag, getting the "parts" out of the cavity, and getting it clean. But, you gotta do it and frankly, if your know what you're doing, it o
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In this cooking technique video, I show you show to peel a potato.
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Toast just about any nut, and you bring out the natural flavors and make the taste more intense. In this cooking video, I show you how to toast almonds. It’s a very simple technique, but sometimes the simplest things can add the touches that make a good dish, outstanding. I won’t toast nuts every time I use them, but if I want to ensure a stronger flavor and a nice crunchy texture, this is t
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Citrus zest is one of the most under used and under appreciated food items in the home cook’s repertoire. The zest contains a tremendous amount of essential oils and is very aromatic. A surprisingly small amount can really add a good amount of flavor to a dish.
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Slicing mushrooms, or any vegetable really, is no great miracle. It’s just slicing vegetables. But I have seen some techniques that truly make me cringe. Most important, using sloppy knife skills and a poor technique can be unsafe, but it can also be slow, and give you an inconsistent finished product, that makes creating a great dish more difficult.