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Number One Chef Secret Will Change Your Cooking Forever!

Have you ever wondered how a chef can be told to cook with a few ingredients and they can pull together a dish without using a cookbook? How is that possible? It’s possible because there are chef secrets that we use in cooking every day. They’re the same chef secrets that I teach in my online cooking classes. If you think about it, I’m sure there are many things you can do very well without having to look for instructions each time you begin.

Think about it. Each time you get in your car to drive somewhere, do you have to take out the owners manual and figure out how to operate the vehicle? No, you’ve done it before.

If you’re a golfer, do you bring an instructional video with you to review before each shot? No, you’ve internalized the steps you need to take to make your best swing. Is it always a perfect shot? No, but you’re always trying to improve. How about if you did have an instructional DVD with you on the golf course? Then, would every shot be perfect? Still no.

So, why do people think if they have a recipe book, every meal will come out perfectly? In fact, you still need to practice, to know the basic cooking methods, the chef secrets that I’ll share with you for creating amazing meals at home. These are the same secrets that students of Web Cooking Classes are using every day.

My first secret to learning how to cook, whether from a book, or cooking online will change the way you think about cooking forever. When I’ve taught this first secret, it has given everyone a sense of freedom, and an instant reduction of cooking stress.

So, what’s the first secret? Recipe books don’t work. They don’t work because the cookbook that you’re reading doesn’t know the size of your ingredients, the altitude in which you live, the true temperature of your stove/oven or how you like your food cooked. Only you know how you like your food to taste and only you can see signs while you’re cooking to understand what to do next. This is why you don’t see chefs pouring over cookbooks. They already know this secret.

Whether you take cooking classes online or in person, make sure that you’re learning chef secrets or basic cooking methods and not recipes. Once you learn these chef secrets, you will understand the basic cooking methods you need to create delicious, healthy, exciting meals every night of the week without having to look at a single recipe!

Chef Todd Mohr PhotoAbout Author
Learn his 1 Secret for Free and discover how online cooking classes can really teach you to cook!

Number One Chef Secret Will Change Your Cooking Forever!

Have you ever wondered how a chef can be told to cook with a few ingredients and they can pull together a dish without using a cookbook? How is that possible? It’s possible because there are chef secrets that we use in cooking every day. They’re the same chef secrets that I teach in my online cooking classes. If you think about it, I’m sure there are many things you can do very well without having to look for instructions each time you begin.

Think about it. Each time you get in your car to drive somewhere, do you have to take out the owners manual and figure out how to operate the vehicle? No, you’ve done it before.

If you’re a golfer, do you bring an instructional video with you to review before each shot? No, you’ve internalized the steps you need to take to make your best swing. Is it always a perfect shot? No, but you’re always trying to improve. How about if you did have an instructional DVD with you on the golf course? Then, would every shot be perfect? Still no.

So, why do people think if they have a recipe book, every meal will come out perfectly? In fact, you still need to practice, to know the basic cooking methods, the chef secrets that I’ll share with you for creating amazing meals at home. These are the same secrets that students of Web Cooking Classes are using every day.

My first secret to learning how to cook, whether from a book, or cooking online will change the way you think about cooking forever. When I’ve taught this first secret, it has given everyone a sense of freedom, and an instant reduction of cooking stress.

So, what’s the first secret? Recipe books don’t work. They don’t work because the cookbook that you’re reading doesn’t know the size of your ingredients, the altitude in which you live, the true temperature of your stove/oven or how you like your food cooked. Only you know how you like your food to taste and only you can see signs while you’re cooking to understand what to do next. This is why you don’t see chefs pouring over cookbooks. They already know this secret.

Whether you take cooking classes online or in person, make sure that you’re learning chef secrets or basic cooking methods and not recipes. Once you learn these chef secrets, you will understand the basic cooking methods you need to create delicious, healthy, exciting meals every night of the week without having to look at a single recipe!

Chef Todd Mohr PhotoAbout Author
Learn his 1 Secret for Free and discover how online cooking classes can really teach you to cook!

Cooking With Dish Network!

Dish network channels have gone well beyond the realms of the TV set. Consumers have become used to expecting more from dish TV channels that they are constantly looking for new features and modes of watching dish TV in an improved way. The satellite TV enthusiasts are always looking to learn different things and skills from TV and one of the areas where direct satellite TV has made a big influence is the kitchen.

Viewers who love to watch cooking shows on dish network channels have benefitted greatly. There are a variety of cookery shows which have found a place in the sun due to dish TV channels. These shows not only prop up your skills in the kitchen, but also make you a confident cook. Lifestyle experts on satellite TV channels tell you how you can fix yourself a breakfast or even a meal in a very short period of time. Direct satellite TV channels also tell you how you can eat healthy and remain fit.

Dish network channels are great if you want to what to eat to avoid calories. Health food is big on dish TV channels and you have seasoned dieticians and nutritionists telling you what you should eat. You can send in your questions and problems and get these experts on satellite TV to chart out your personal diet plan! After all, direct satellite TV is all about interactive entertainment and viewer participation makes it even more popular.

Cooking shows on dish network services is not just about health foods. Culinary delicacy is also a major highpoint. The best feature of dish TV cookery shows is the pan-cultural appeal. Satellite TV channels cover the globe and within the confines of your living room you can know about the food habits and special dishes of people residing in the remote corners of the world. Those pictures are brought to your living room with the help of direct satellite TV channels. The hosts of these shows teach you exactly how you are going to cook it. This is better than looking for recipes on the internet because on TV, you can check out exactly how it is being prepared.

Several dish network channels also offer you insights on how food is prepared at your favorite eateries. There are interviews with the chef and other personnel associated with the restaurant. Dish TV channels broadcast these to let you in on what goes on behind the scenes. There are panel discussions on satellite TV channels where you are informed how and why you should do certain things while you cook. These excerpts of information are invaluable towards making you the cook that you so badly want to be.

About Author
Michael Williams is a freelance writer based in Pasadena, CA. He regularly writes on topics like dish network channels and Dish TV. He likes to study trends of consumers related to the Dish Network sector. His articles are storehouses of information on anything related to dish TV.

Cooking Organic Food From Scratch: Not Hard, Not Expensive

About two years ago, I started the Cook for Good experiment as a response to the Food Stamp Challenges so popular that summer. Good people working to end hunger and strengthen sustainable food systems were trying to eat on a dollar a meal … and failing miserably. One congressman in particular formed the chorus for this song. He approached the Food Stamp Challenge in a slap-dash, center-aisle way, with his aides throwing in two-ounce bags of coffee into his cart. When airport security seized his stash of peanut butter and jelly, he was looking at thirty-six hours with nothing but corn meal. He wound up cheating by eating bags of airline peanuts.

Nonsense, I kept thinking. These people must not be cooks. A dollar a meal is tight, but it doesn’t mean you have to pick Cheetoes over carrots. The goal should not be maximum calories but maximum nutrition. But could I really get by on a dollar a meal? Could I enjoy it? One night at dinner, I broached the idea to my husband. Bruce looked only mildly horrified. “You can eat extra if you want,” I said. “I’ll just cook for both of us to that budget.” “No, I’ll do it with you. Might as well see just how hungry we get.” (You can see why I love him.) “Well, at least we’ll lose some weight.”

The Results: Saving Money Leads to other Savings

We did lose weight – about 10 pounds each over a three-month period. But except for the first day, we were never hungry or felt deprived. In fact, we were surprised to find that not only was it possible, but that other good things happened when we did eat so cheaply. We started feeling more energetic after only a week. Our moods improved. Our recycling and trash went down to almost nothing. I learned skills that will help me get through the panic if I ever do have serious money trouble.

The first week was so good that we revised the experiment and continued on for three more months, beginning and ending with a week of $1 meals. For two months we kept under the actual food-stamp allowance in North Carolina, then $1.53 a meal. The final month, we followed the thrifty menu from the previous month but ate nearly all organic, sustainably raised, locally grown foods. Amazingly, those “green” meals averaged just under $2 per person.

I was so excited by the great food, my new-found energy, and my nearly empty recycling bin that I knew I had to share this way of shopping and cooking with others. After another year of cooking, tracking prices, and planning menus, I had it: the Cook for Good plan. It provides menus, recipes, and shopping lists with current prices to help anyone eat well on a budget. Folks at DrGreene.com will be most interested in the mostly organic green option, of course.

In June, 2009, the average green Cook for Good meal costs just $1.57 per person. That’s 42 cents less than the food-stamp allowance in North Carolina, where I gather the prices. Even the “cart cost” for the green ingredients comes out to just $1.87 a meal, 11 cents less per meal than the food-stamp allowance in North Carolina. The cart cost shows how much you’d actually have to spend at the grocery store buying everything on the shopping lists, even though you will have some ingredients left over, such as part of a bottle of oil. The regular plan, using conventionally raised food, costs even less at just $1.15 a meal.

Tomorrow, I’ll tell you about a cheap, tasty food that appears in some form nearly every day on the Cook for Good menus and give you an easy recipe too.

Today, let’s talk about what your favorite tip is for cooking healthy food while keeping your budget on a diet. Are you cutting back on meat? Cooking from scratch? Visit us at http://blogs.drgreene.com/perspectives/2009/07/20/cooking-organic-food-from-scratch-not-hard-not-expensive/

Helpful Cooking Tips

If you missed the live cooking webcast last night, you missed a tremendous evening of fun, food, entertainment and education in basic cooking methods…a virtual cooking guide. In fact, I showed everyone watching how basic cooking methods can help you make dinner quick every night and still have endless dinner ideas.

Here’s a bit of what went on last night:

As always, knife skills were an important part of the evening and the chef’s knife made an appearance. Being able to cut items consistently assures that they cook consistently. In addition, they have similar texture and appearance in the final dish.

Proper knife skills also assures your safety and boosts your confidence in the kitchen. Why? Because with the correct knife skills, you know you won’t cut yourself and you will be more aware of a wide variety of ways to cut everyday items for attractive plate appeal.

How you use heat is the essence of cooking. And if you want dinner quick, then the basic sauté method is the best way to go. The basic sauté method can also help to increase the number of dinner ideas that you have, as well as create a great meal in your kitchen faster than take-out food. When you’re able to control the direct, intense heat of a stove-top sauté method, you can create moist, flavorful items that have wonderful color and are appetizing to the eye as well as the palate.

I’ve pulled out one of my 5 chef secrets during the live webcast and made a quick pan sauce. Because I understand the basic principles of thickening agents, I can make any liquid into a thickened gravy or pan sauce. Talk about a great addition to your dinner idea! This is a great skill in the kitchen that adds flavor, texture, and color to your plated meals so that your dinners is not only quick, but tasty as well.

Cooking is a wonderful lifelong journey that is very easy to explore and enjoy. Searching for recipes is an annoyance that never has you progress. You always have to search for a new recipe and relearn a new meal every evening.

I want to be your cooking guide and eventually help you to have enough confidence and knowledge that you can become your own cooking guide. You can be full of great dinner ideas and make dinner quick. Last night, I proved to the world that you can cook healthier and better tasting meals faster than take out and I’ll prove it to you as well.

Chef Todd Mohr PhotoAbout Author
Learn his 1 Secret for Free and discover how online cooking classes can really teach you to cook!

What is The Difference Between Basic And Gourmet Cooking?

How does Basic Cooking differ from Gourmet Cooking?

Basic Cook:

I think the majority of us are basic cooks. In my opinion, being a basic cook means that the meals are planned, time consuming and tasteful. Basic cooks have tried and tested meals that suit their individual/family’s taste. Basic cooks know what they like to eat and approximately how long it will take to prepare those meals. With our busy life-styles basic cooks want their family’s well feed with healthy well balanced meals. Every family has his/her favorite dishes and will proudly claim that the recipes for those favorites are family secrets. Generally, people will go to restaurant for a gourmet meal. A gourmet restaurant serves the highest quality food. With a sense of adventure you can learn how to cook gourmet meals at home.

Gourmet Cooking:

Epicure

Let us compare a Basic Cook Salad to a Gourmet Salad:

Basic salad would consist:

-Iceberg lettuce 1/2 (shredded)

-1 garden tomato

-Shredded carrots (2)

-Green onions (4)

-½ chopped cucumber

-Choose of dressing

Gourmet Salad:

Tropical Fruit Salad with Mint – serves 8

1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
2 (10 ounce) packages mixed greens
4 thinly sliced chicken deli meat, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1/4 tsp onion powder
3 dashes garlic powder
1 pinch ground black pepper
2 pinches salt
3 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing

Saute onion and bell pepper until soft; set aside to cool.
In a large salad bowl, combine the onion, pepper, salad greens, deli meat and tomato. Sprinkle with the onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper and salt. Toss to mix.

Pour on enough salad dressing or vinegar to coat, toss again and serve.

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More on the Difference Between Basic and Gourmet Cooking Visit: http://basicgourmetcooking.blogspot.com For A Collection of Famous and Favorite Secret Recipes Visit: http://www.FavoriteRecipes.biz

Cooking The Perfect Chicken

One of the main dangers when cooking chicken is the risk of salmonella. The neatest thing about cooking chicken is watching it turn from this pale, fleshy mass into edible-looking pieces of charred poultry meat. Cooking chicken is generally very easy to do and it’s easy to get a lean piece of meat without paying an excessive amount.

Chicken is easy to prepare, boneless frozen chicken breasts may be cooked in many ways. While boneless, skinless chicken breasts offer us dinner in the blink of an eye, cooking chicken breast on the bone allows us a little more flexibility. Put the cooked chicken breasts on a platter and keep warm. Dress up baked chicken breasts with a pistachio coating for a special taste treat. Cook over direct heat with lid down, reducing heat to medium this is usually a good method of cooking chicken. When shopping for chicken try to purchase boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs that come pre-trimmed. When rubbing the chicken breasts with lemon juice and sprinkling it with salt and pepper this is a fast way to prepare a meal and it will give the chicken a great taste. Boneless chicken breasts will usually defrost overnight in the refrigerator. Chicken breasts are one of the easiest meats to barbecue. You’ll find a delicious selection of chicken breasts and stuffed chicken breasts in the market. Beat chicken breasts flat with a mallet, this make the chicken softer and easier to cook.

Many of the recipes you will find on chicken tell you to use sliced or chopped chicken in salads. Some recipes call for a long cooking time and others use quick-cooking chicken breasts. Stuffing chicken can be done with anything from stuffing the chicken with spinach or medley of vegetables which will add extra flavor to your chicken recipes. Try to find recipes for cooking chicken in a healthy way; what is meant by this is find recipes that don’t call for frying or using a lot of oils. Knowledge on cooking for large groups is always helpful, some cooking methods and techniques are advanced but try to master them and the next time you throw a party it will be that much easier. Using pre cut or shredded chicken will help you save time when preparing a meal.

Prepare the grill by heating it appropriately, if using a gas grill just turn it on, if using a non gas grill use single layer of coals. Barbecuing chicken is very healthy way to cook because the fat juices do not get absorbed by the chicken.. So, which chicken should you choose for great barbecue, and how should you prep it. Fresh chicken legs and chicken pieces can be cooked on the barbecue, but should never be cooked from frozen. This is the kind of barbecue food that people love to eat. To have a successful barbecue, you should have the following, prepared chicken, tongs, and seasoning. It’s definitely a great way to prepare chicken. Great barbecue chicken is fast and easy to prepare and it is also healthy for you. So just have fun barbequing.

There are so many people barbequing today because everything taste better when cooked on an open flame.

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Are You Cooking Meals From a Broken Cookbook

“Burn your recipes!” If you’ve been following me for any amount of time now, you’ve heard me utter that statement time and time again. It’s not that I’m entirely against using recipes for home cooking, it’s more because I see cooking meals as a personal art form or your kitchen culinary expression.

In fact, home cooking recipes are especially useful if you’re looking for new ideas and flavor combinations. Recipes are useful for cooking meals if you want to try to duplicate something exactly.

Here are some of the things that recipes will tell you:

* The ingredients to use
* The correct weights and measures for the ingredients
* The temperatures and degrees to use
* How much time you should cook
* What steps to take and when

But, you can’t expect recipes to tell you everything that you need to know to make the meal come to life. I like to make analogies between cooking and music. Let’s take sheet music for example. There are things that sheet music doesn’t tell the piano player. There are variations in tone, pace, and interpretation. The musician has to bring the music to life through his or her own interpretation of the music that they are reading.

Here are some of the things that recipes don’t tell you:

* Variations in ingredients/substitutions
* Variations in measurements/ mistakes in measuring
* Variations in oven temps/stove temps
* Variations in time
* Why you are taking the steps you are taking

There are very few celebrity chefs that I enjoy. An exception is Alton Brown. I enjoy Alton Brown’s show because he also explains why he’s taking the steps he’s taking as well as how different ingredients, temperatures, etc. affect the food that you cook. One day when I was watching Alton, he was cooking a popover recipe that looked great. As I was watching, I thought that the amount of salt he used would make it too salty for me. But, when I tried to make the recipe, I used his exact measurements because, well, he’s Alton Brown. Turns out the popovers were WAY too salty!

Next time, I’ll take out some of my own recipe books I use for inspiration and point out some of the ways that I know the recipe book is broken. My goal is to help you to increase your kitchen culinary skills by using your home cooking recipes to cook meals that you can be proud of again and again.

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Learn his 1 Secret for Free and discover how online cooking classes can really teach you to cook!

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