Cooking lesson: salads and salad dressings

A lesson plan for learning the fundamentals of Salads and Salad Dressings

Cooking lesson: Braised Chicken and Roasted Vegetables

This cooking lesson plan is for those who want healthy FAST and EASY cooking …cooking chicken on the stovetop while the vegetables are cooking in the oven.

Cooking lesson: Healthy Eggs and Pancakes

A cooking lesson plan for making healthy eggs and grain-free pancakes.

Cooking lesson: the basics of poaching, steaming and seasoning

Choose this cooking lesson to learn the basics of poaching, steaming and seasoning.

Cooking lesson: knife skills and searing, sauteing, braising

This cooking lesson plan is for those who want to cover the basics of knife skills, and 3 stove-top cooking methods, using chicken, veggies and dried herbs.

Choosing a cutting board

Cutting board with drawers

Here’s a quick overview of cutting boards that I like, and don’t like, what works, what doesn’t work…

How to hold a chef’s knife

Holding a knife is one of the basic things I cover when working with clients in the kitchen. Here are a five videos I found to be helpful, and entertaining… 1) Short and sweet, to the point. 2) How to hold a knife 3) Alton Brown gives us the low down on SHUN knives. Worth […]

How to open a pomegranate, how to remove pomegranate seeds, how to make pomegranate syrup, molasses, grenadine

Here’s my way, to open a pomegranate. T’is the easiest way I’ve found to remove the seeds. Please share with us — in the comments below — the way you have found to be easiest. Links to recipes, below. 1. Make several cuts through the skin of the pomegranate, just deep enough to score the […]

Wolf Convection Steam Oven demo

You’ll find me at local appliance stores showing you how to use the WOLF Convection Steam Oven. I’m one of 8 chefs in Northern California who are trained by Riggs Distributing (WOLF Subzero products) to do the demos. I recently bought a Convection Steam Oven and use it daily! I LOVE IT!

Butter lettuce: the reigning Queen of lettuces

Good news! Monta Vista Market is offering a discount price on Red and Green Butter Lettuce this week. When I saw this week’s specials the Butter Lettuce jumped out at me …. ooooh, aaaah, my fav… yum, Butter Lettuce. And at that moment I knew I would write about it and proclaim to you, convince […]