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Grilled Pork Chop with Marsala Apples

Grilled Pork Chops.  Apples.  A match made in heaven that you’ll find much simpler to make than you might think.  While pork chops can be a bit tricky to cook, because the meat is so lean and can dry out, when cooked well, they are tender, juicy and delicious.

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Tortellini Alfredo with Asparagus

There are a number of high quality prepared pastas on the market today, and tortellini is one of my favorite pastas to cook.  This recipe is for a tortellini alfredo with fresh asparagus.  Alfredo sauce is super easy to make, really just some reduced cream and a bit of parmesan cheese.  But is can also be pretty heavy.

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Mediterranean Flatbread Pizza

Flatbread pizzas have become a stable in my house, and this version of Mediterranean Flatbread Pizza is one of my favorites.  I generally use pita bread, or nann, as the base (which saves a ton of time) and since the “sauce” is really just the toppings, it only takes about 15 minutes to make.

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Mini Meatballs

Meatballs are for more than just spaghetti or sub sandwiches.  These delicious little morels can and should stand on their own.  Frequently now, I’ll serve a few meatballs, dusted with parmesan cheese and a bit of olive oil as an appetizer, or even a small main dish, maybe with a side salad.  This recipe for Mini-meatballs is perfect for parties, where you’ll looking for “tooth-pick” food.

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Penne Pasta with Mushrooms & Peas

Penne pasta is a favorite of mine for mixing with seasonal vegetables and ingredients.  For this recipe, along with the penne pasta, I use some mushrooms, peas, some chicken stock (and a couple other things) to make a very simple sauce.

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Tomato & Basil Flatbread Pizza

Pizza may top the list of all time greatest foods on Earth and I love making traditional pizzas at home.  Here I show you how to make a Tomato & Basil Flatbread pizza that is so easy to make you won’t believe it, and everyone else will think you’re a professional chef.  I make flatbread pizzas with pita bread, or sometimes naan, which is a ton easier than raw pizza dough.

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Filet Mignon with Rosemary Butter

Filet Mignon is the premium of premium cuts of steak.  Here I show you how to make a Seared Filet Mignon with Rosemary Butter.  It is one of my favorite recipes to make for special occasions, and never fails to wow my friends and family.

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Morel Mushroom Risotto

A good mushroom risotto is a thing of beauty.  It’s even better when you can get your hands on some Morel Mushrooms.  This morel mushroom risotto is fairly simple to make once you have the right techniques, and is sure to wow your friends and family.  Now, morel’s only grow in the wild, and can be a bit hard to find at times.

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Top Cooking Classes

What do you learn in Culinary School?  The short answer is a lot.  The longer answer is some of what you learn is really boring, some very cool.  On the cool side, here's a list of the top ten most popular elective cooking workshops offered by le Cordon Bleu.  These classes are held on Saturdays at the organization's “Bleu Ribbon Kitchen,” situated in many convenient locations. These are Le Cordon Bleu's “Enthusiast Cooking Classes,” and are open to all, as space will allow.  Workshops are held in fully equipped commercial kitchens with top-of-the-line appliances.

Sun Dried Tomato & Goat Cheese Pizza

I love making pizzas at home.  With a few simple tricks, they are easy to make, and the choice of toppings are nearly endless, making it easy to catere to everyone’s tastes, and even the changing seasons.  Here, I show you how to make a sun dried tomato and goat cheese pizza.

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