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Broccoli Soup with Cheddar Croutons

Broccoli soup is not only a great tasting dish, but also one of my favorite ways to get move vegetable into my diet.  While I more than happy to have a couple broccoli florrets on the plate, I find them a bit boring.  But cooked in this soup, along with a few other ingredients, the broccoli takes on more complexity and flavor.

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My Walk Home - Week 2: Are You a Valley Hater?

I ended the second week of my cross country trek in Pleasanton, CA; the home of football legend John Madden, and the place named the "wealthiest mid-sized town in the USA" per the 2010 census…I'm sure in no small part to the presence of John Madden. My walk took me pretty much all...
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My Walk Home - Week 1: San Bruno CA

My official start date for my "Walk across the Country" was Thursday January 9th. That left only 3 days of walking for my first week...which is a bummer, but FitBit tracks Sunday - Saturday, and I'm not doing any extra math! So far so good, as right now, I've convinced myself...
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My Walk Home & Culinary Tour

I’m no marathon runner. I blew out my knee while skiing about 20 years ago. It’s full of screws and aches whenever there’s a storm front moving in, or I stand too close to the microwave. My back is really more a collection of knots, than actual muscle & sinew. Every morning, my body and my...
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How to Get into Culinary School

Looking for a cooking career?  Here is a ten-step, can't-fail method for getting into any of America's top cooking schools.  Virtually anyone with passion, dedication, perseverance, a splash of talent, and a willingness to work hard can achieve unlimited career success by following these steps.  

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. Years ago, I made the decision to host New Years Eve dinner for friends and family, and over that time I've...
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Chicken Breasts with Mushrooms & Gruyere

I cook with Mushrooms & Gruyere cheese frequently, and the bring both together for this Sautéed Chicken Breast with Mushrooms & Gruyere.  It is a great way to make chicken breasts, which can be a bit boring into something special.  To cook the chicken I use the same technique I use for a lot of dishes, simply searing the breasts off in a pan .

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Asparagus & Onion Flatbread Pizza

For this flatbread pizza I’m using Asparagus and some caramelized onions to create a sweet and savory combination.  I love making 4 – 5 different flatbread pizzas for party’s – even letting guest assemble and bake off their own.  It’s a great way to get friends involved in cooking dinner, and with a bit of wine flowing, it turns into a ton of fun.

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Mushroom & Asparagus Flatbread Pizza

Flatbread pizza’s are amoung my favorite food to both cook and eat.  They are really easy to make, and the options for topping are nearly endless.  I’ll make them when I’m looking for a light meal, and they are also great for party foods, where you can make several different versions – even let people make their own.

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Pork Fried Rice

Just about every time I get take out Chinese food, the next day, I’m making fried rice.  I’ve always got some leftover rice from the night before, and fried rice (at least how I make it) is so easy to make with whatever ingredients you have on hand.  This version is a Pork Fried rice, that I made with some leftover pork chop’s, and the veggies that I had available in the fridge.

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