30 January, 2012

Hearty and Healthy Clam Chowder

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Yes, you read the title correctly… hearty AND healthy clam chowder.  Clams pack a surprisingly high nutritional punch.  The amount of iron is actually higher than the amount you’d find in beef liver and iron is essential for good health.  They also have significant amounts of vitamin B12, Selenium, potassium, Omega-3 fatty acids, and decent
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29 January, 2012

Dicing Onions

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Don’t let dicing onions reduce you to tears….  I have some tips that will help you make quick work of this less than ideal task!  Sorry, for the bad humour, I just couldn’t resist! The first step when preparing to dice an onion is to cut it in half lengthwise, so you have half of
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29 January, 2012

Time-Saving Knife Tips

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I’m pretty sure if I ever tried one of the televised competitions, the celebrity chef judges would cringe or even throw me out of the kitchen when they saw my knife skills, but I DO have some good tips to help you cut down on prep time. Unless you’re cutting semi-firm cheese, your knives should
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29 January, 2012

Slurry

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Slurry:  Throughout many of my recipes and tutorials, you’re going to see the word “slurry”.  A slurry is  flour or cornstarch mixed with cold water and used as a thickening agent.  A general rule of thumb is to use roughly two to three times more COLD water, than you use dry ingredients.  You want to
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24 January, 2012

Simple and Delicious Italian Dinner

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What can be better than a homemade Chicken Parmigiana meal?  Ordering one in a restaurant can be very pricey, and often you end up with a very small, fairly dry portion of chicken, and watery spaghetti.  For roughly the price you’d pay for one dinner like this in a restaurant, you make it for a
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24 January, 2012

Basic Breading Station

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There are many meal components out there that use breaded ingredients.  It may be breaded chicken or other meats, breaded eggplant or other vegetables, even breaded cheeses for great snacks. When I first started experimenting in the kitchen, I had a hard time with breading.  To me, breading meant breadcrumbs… easy right?  I’ve since learned
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24 January, 2012

Basic Breading Station

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There are many meal components out there that use breaded ingredients.  It may be breaded chicken or other meats, breaded eggplant or other vegetables, even breaded cheeses for great snacks. When I first started experimenting in the kitchen, I had a hard time with breading.  To me, breading meant breadcrumbs… easy right?  I’ve since learned
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24 January, 2012

Hamburger Casserole

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After being away for almost a week, Sunday I was scrambling to get things caught up around here, and wanted to make something for dinner that wouldn’t take a lot of prep time.  I decided to toss together a hamburger casserole. First, I thinly sliced four large potatoes with my mandoline slicer (Picture and description
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24 January, 2012

Hamburger Casserole

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After being away for almost a week, Sunday I was scrambling to get things caught up around here, and wanted to make something for dinner that wouldn’t take a lot of prep time.  I decided to toss together a hamburger casserole. First, I thinly sliced four large potatoes with my mandoline slicer (Picture and description
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