How to Cut Corn Off the Cob

I love corn on the cob. It’s one of the true culinary joys of summer time. And while I love to have corn on the cob, cooked in the traditional ways…steamed, grilled, roasted with a bit of butter and...

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

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.

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.

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,...

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