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Marinated & Grilled Skirt Steak

In this recipe video, I'm going to show you how to marinate and grill off one of my favorite cuts of beef - Skirt Steak. Skirt has traditionally been a cheaper cut of meat, but the price is coming up as people figure out how good it really is.Continue Reading...

Five Perfect Summer Recipes

There's something special about Summer. The air smells cleaner, the wine tastes better, and grass (really is) greener. Why not make sure you've got some great food to celebrate the great weather. Here are five of my favorite summer time dishes!

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Turkey Chili

In this recipe video, I show you how to make a simple, delicious Turkey Chili. Now, just like "regular" chili, there are about a thousand variations on turkey chili, and I'd urge you to experiment with the flavors and combo's that you find interesting.Continue Reading...

Chicken Breast Marinara

In this Recipe video, I show you how to make a version of chicken parmesan, that I call Chicken Marinara.Continue Reading...
In this recipe video, I show you one of the ways I "trick" my friends and family into thinking I spent hours working on dinner, when in fact, it's about 30 minutes of pretty easy work.Continue Reading...

Butternut Squash Flatbread Pizza

In this recipe video, I show you how to make a butternut squash flatbread pizza. These pizzas are so easy to make, and you can really get creative with them. This version takes classic fall flavors of butternut squash, sage, and goat cheese.Continue Reading...
In this recipe video, I show you how to make a quick and simple broccoli soup, served along with some freshly made cheddar croutons. Cheddar in broccoli is a match made in heaven, and you've probably seen recipes with the broccoli smothered in cheese.Continue Reading...

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How to Chop Parsley

Parsley is maybe the most ubiquitous of herbs, and I use it all the time…despite my memories of the curly, leathery version tucked into the corners of the buffets of my childhood.  Today, I know to leave the curly stuff in the grocery store and reach for flat leaf, or Italian parsley.  The flavor is actually fairly mild, but it brings that grassy quality of herbs that can be a great addition to

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How to Dice a Mango

The mango (the fruit, not the SNL character) is one of my favorite fruits.  The flesh itself is a beautiful color, the texture is soft but not mushy, and the ripe ones are sweet and delicious.  However, like avocados, they can be a bit tough to cut.  In this cooking video, I want to show you some knif

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How to Toast Walnuts

Toasted walnuts are fantastic both in recipes, or just on their own.  Like just about all nuts, toasting them (either in the oven or on the range) brings out additional flavor by "exciting" the essential oils in the nut, and creates a more powerful aroma.  As a side benefit, once the walnuts cool off a bit, they also have crunchier, more appealing texture.  The cooking technique that I show you

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How to Dice a Pear

I love to incorporate fruit into both sweet and savory dishes.  Not only does it get more healthy food on our plate, but fruit can add textures and flavors that really enhance savory food.  But you need to be able to slice, dice, cut and chop the fruit in certain ways to get the most of it, and having the knife skills to do so quickly will really help you out.  In this technique video, I show you how to dice a pear.

How to Dice a Pear

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    How to Slice A Pear

    Everybody loves a good fruit plate right?  Or at least a fruit plate with a bit of cheese, maybe a few nuts thrown in.  Well, for that fruit plate, you gotta cut the fruit, and you don't want to be slicing all day.  In this video, I how you a technique for quickly and consistently slicing a pear.  While the process is actually very simple I love to post videos and articles that show knife skill

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    How to Make a Roux

    Roux making is a fairly fundamental cooking technique that I hope to teach you in this cooking video.  At its most basic, a roux is a very simple thing – the combination of fat & flour.  For most rouxs the fat used is butter, but it doesn’t have to be…using the drippings/fat from cooked meat for example is very common.  The purpose of roux is also very simple – they allow us to thicken liquids into sauces.  In this video (and below), I show you how to make a roux.

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    How to Pit an Olive

    Nobody (except maybe your dentist) wants to see you bite into an olive pit.  Those little guys, despite be very small and harmless looking, are hard and rocks, and it could really ruin someone’s day to bite unexpectedly into a pit; So, is this quick cooking video I show you my technique for removing an olive pit. Granted, you can find olives that are already pitted…and if you like them, and can find them…by all means use them.  But, if you come across some that need pitting, you can follow these simple steps.

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    How to Blanch Asparagus

    I blanch asparagus, just about anytime I’m cooking for a dinner party, and many times when it’s just my wife and I.  Blanching the asparagus, allows you to cook it most of the way well in advance, which is a huge time saver when I need it and n this cooking technique video, I show you how to do it..  You can get the asparagus 90% cooked in the afternoon, and then just finish it off right before

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    How to Clean Asparagus

    Asparagus is one of my favorite Spring vegetables.  I love the nice, clean, grassy taste, and it’s really versatile to cook with.  You can grill, steam, sauté it…asparagus also makes a great addition to pasta’s and salads. However, before you do any of that, you've got to get it cleaned and prepped.

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