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How to Cook a New Years Eve Dinner

Are you sick of over priced and over crowded restaurants on New Years Eve? Pre Fixe menus that are designed to keep the kitchen flowing...but consistently leave the diners wanting.Continue Reading...
In this recipe video, I show you how to do a seared chicken breast with a Mushroom and Gruyere sauce. At times, boneless chicken breasts can be a bit of a bore...but fortunately there are a ton of ways to jazz things up.Continue Reading...
In this recipe, I show you how to make an asparagus and onion flatbread, that is both simple to make and tasty enough to please the toughest critic. I love to make this pizza in the Spring with the asparagus is fresh and abundant, but frankly, you can find it all year long in most places.Continue Reading...
In this recipe video, I show you how to make a Mushroom & Asparagus Flatbread Pizza. It's a very easy pizza to make, as there's no crust and not sauce to make, Instead, I use some store bought pita for the crust.Continue Reading...

Pork Fried Rice

In this Recipe Video, I show you how to make one of my all time favorite left over dishes - Pork Fried Rice. Fried Rice (of just about any time) is a perfect way to use up left over rice, as well as, all the bits and pieces of vegetables you've got hanging around.Continue Reading...
In this recipe video, I show you how to make a Grilled Pork Chop with sauteed Marsala apples. Pork and apple is a match made in heaven, and here the addition of the char/smoke from the grill only makes that combo better.Continue Reading...

Tortellini Alfredo with Asparagus

In this recipe video, I show you how to make Tortellini Alfredo with Asparagus. It's actually a very simple dish to make, as I use store bought tortellini (which obvioulsy takes no time to make) and both making the Alfredo sauce and the blanched asparagus only take a few minutes each.Continue Reading...

Mediterranean Flatbread Pizza

In this recipe video, I show you how to make a mediterranean flatbread pizza that is super delicious and super easy to make. I use some store bought pita bread, but naan or lavash both work really well too.Continue Reading...

Mini Meatballs

In this recipe video, I show you how to make Mini-Meatballs. These little guys make a perfect bite size snake for cocktail parties....or if you're cooking for kids, they tend to live these "kids" size portions for spaghetti and meatballs.Continue Reading...
In this recipe video, I show you how to make a Penne Pasta with Mushrooms and Peas. It's one of those 20 minutes pasta recipes, that will taste like it took a lot more time and effort.Continue Reading...

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How to Make Pappardelle Pasta

I can’t be certain, but I don’t think I’ve ever bought, or even seen pappardelle pasta in the grocery store.  It might be in your’s, but I have a tough time finding it.  Fortunately, I love homemade pastas, and I love to make pappardelle.  In this recipe video, I show you how to cut this pasta shape, which is a very broad, long noodle.  Pappardelle, is pretty common is restaurants, and goes gre

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How to Make Fettucini Pasta

I’ll admit that making your own pasta is a bit time consuming.  But, I’ll also contend that homemade pasta is one of the best things you can make at home.  While it does take some time, it’s not super hard, and there is a high level of satisfaction you’ll get from making your own.  And it’s sooo tasty.  In this recipe video, I show you how to make a homemade fettucini pasta – one of

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How to Make Pizza Dough

A few years back I started making my own pizza and quickly found the worst part was making and rolling out the pasta dough.  The solution, buy the dough!!  Today. there is not shortage of places to buy a good quality pizza dough.  And while it  is available is most grocery stores, I’ve started just going to my local pizza shop and asking to buy the raw dough.

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How to Slice an Onion

Here is a short cooking video where I show you how to slice an onion.  One of people’s chief complaints about slicing onions, is doing so makes them cry.  Well, the best way to reduce the tears is to move quickly.  And to move quickly, you need to have solid knife skills.  Unlike julienne onions, when I refer to slicing,

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How to Clean Kale

Here is a short cooking video where I show you how to clean kale.  Kale, much like chard and collard greens, are large leafy vegetables, which are more hearty, and much bigger than spinach leaves.  I think they have a great texture and flavor, and make a great side or vegetable for pork and chicken dishes.  Typically, you don't want to serve kale raw, as it's quite a hearty green, a

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How to Chop Apples

Fruit is probably under-used in savory recipes and apples are one fruit that shouldn’t be. In this cooking technique video, I show you how to chop up an apple, which, in this particular case, I used an apple and black bean salsa. But no matter what recipe you’re making, savory or sweet, knowing the right knife techniques will help you in a number of ways.

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How to Pound out a Chicken Breast

Now you may ask yourself (quite legitimately), why should I pound out a chicken breast?  Well, in addition to the therapeutic benefits of taking out your frustration, several chicken dishes are actually improved by having a uniformly thick (or thin), flat piece of breast meat…which is not the natural shape of a chicken breast.  This technique is your chance to mold nature into the form you need

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How to Dice an Onion

I would guess more than 50% of the dishes I cook call for onions, and many of those for diced onions.  Getting proficient at cutting an onion (along with other knife skills) is absolutely essentially, if you want to cut down (pun intended) on your prep work, and spend more time eating.  In this cooking video I show you a technique for dicing an onion that is far quicker than what yo

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How to Make Beef Stock

One of the factors that separates good cooking from great cooking is stock.  Stocks bring far more to the table (no pun intended) than most people think.  While they are really just flavored water, when cooked and used properly stock contribute flavor and texture that water just doesn’t do; and leaves your guests asking “Why does your food always taste so great?”.

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How to Chop Jalapeno Peppers

In this cooking video, I show you how to chop a jalapeño pepper.  As I’ve said before, knife skills are a very important part of cooking, and working on those, will make you a better faster and safer cook.  As a cook, you can easily spend half (or more) of your time on prep work, so getting fast is important.  Wouldn’t we all rather be eating than chopping?

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