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How To: Season A Wok

Selecting A New Wok The first step in buying the right wok is to buy the cheapest one you can find….just as long as it’s made of carbon steel. Asian markets are a great place to find a good, inexpensive carbon steel wok. Those folks know what they’re doing. Unlike a sauce pan or soup […]

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How to Make: Homemade Butter

Making your own butter? Didn’t that go out with gingham skirts and milking cows? Not at all! This is a fun way to make your own creamy butter from scratch. It’s really quite simple, takes just a few minutes andit’s a great way to get your kids involved too. In the short Time Warner video […]

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How to Make: Lemon Herb Riccota Cheese

Why should you make your own cheese instead of going to the grocery store and buying it? Because making your own cheese is fun and the quality of the results will amaze you! Making your own cheese requires no special equipment and it’s a perfect project to do with your kids. View the short video […]

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How To Select A Cut of Meat

It’s summer grilling season so let me help you navigate your local meat department and choose just the right cut of meat for your weekend cookout! Meats can look very similar but taste very different and have varied textures. There are many methods to prepare meat. It’s best to use a meat thermometer to determine […]

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Helping You Identify Herbs

Spring time is herb time! If you’ve got any outdoor space at all you have room for a simple herb garden. I grow my own parsley, mint, rosemary, thyme, basil and oregano in small pots on my second floor deck and pinch off the portions I need as I cook. My Quinoa & Fresh Herb […]

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Common Cooking Mistakes | Heat

A while back I appeared on the Charlotte Today Show to discuss common cooking mistakes involving ‘heat’ often made by home chefs. In this short video, hosts Rob Tanner, Colleen Odegaard and I discuss the proper way to caramelize onions, making sauces with reduced fat milk vs. cream, the proper way to temper chocolate and […]

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How To Make Bechamel

Béchamel sauce or besciamella, also known as white sauce (sauce blanche), is one of the mother sauces of French cuisine and is the base for making many other classic sauces. Knowing how to make a proper béchamel will also prove helpful in making; Mornay sauce (cheese) Nantua sauce (crayfish, butter and cream) Crème sauce (heavy […]

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Cooking Methods

In this “Culinary Classrooom” segment I’ll show you some of the basics of stove-top cooking methods from saute to poaching and braising. This will help you understand the terms we use in the kitchen and let you see what those terms actually mean and how to apply them. I’ll know if you get all the […]

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How To Make Mayonnaise

  Ingredients: 1 egg yolk ½ teaspoon dry mustard ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon sugar ½ of fresh lemon, juiced 1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar 1 cup safflower or refined olive oil (light) 4 drops Hot Sauce (Texas Pete or Tabasco) Preparation: Whisk together egg yolk and dry ingredients Combine lemon juice and vinegar in […]

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How to make roux

Cooking techniques and methods are so much more important than recipes! Roux is not a sauce, but a building block to many “mother sauces”, gravies, soups, gumbos and others. Once you perfect making this classic thickening agent your recipes will be smoother, thicker and so much more delicious! An oil-based roux separates as the flour […]

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