Pesto Italiano

The first video I ever made while on camera was” How to Make Pesto.”  It’s really funny for me to watch it, because I was so shy and quiet with little to no personality, and no I will not provide a link to watch it!  With that being said it’s been about 3 years since I made that video and I think after a little more experience it’s time to revisit it!  Pesto traditionally is made with fresh basil, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.  It’s actually really easy to make, and it packs…

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Summer Sippin

There is really no gentle way of putting it, THE SUMMER HAS BEEN BRUTALLY HOT!  If you think you have been toasty outside, try standing in front of  450° grill on camera doing everything possible not to sweat.  Summer has certainly been rough and really there isn’t much you can do about it because even pools seem slightly cooler than a hot tub.  So let’s get this straight, you are pretty much stuck inside with not a lot to do, because quite frankly not even food sounds that great but at least the A/C is blowing.  Well I can tell…

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Marinate on That

One of the easiest cooking techniques you can do to add a TON of flavor is by using marinades.  I don’t necessarily think you have to use marinades on everything, sometimes just a little Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper is all you need.  Marinades however help can help tenderize your proteins while adding a ton of infused flavor from herbs, citrus, spices, etc.  Also note that marinades do not have to be strictly used for proteins, they also work great with grilled vegetables. Probably the most important aspect of making a marinade is figuring out what it goes well…

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Oven Roasted!

 My preferred order of cooking methods look like this: braising, grilling, sautéing and roasting.  Most people probably tend to either grill or just throw some food in the oven for a poor attempt of roasting it.  Don’t be fooled my friends, roasting is an art and is probably the easiest to perfect for some superb results.  When a protein of some sort is sauteed in the restaurant world it is usually finished in the oven for further caramelization and roasting.  Chefs and cooks do this not because it is a cheap way out but because you have more control, and…

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Make Your Own Salsa!

If you’ve watched my videos on LowesFoods.com you may see some trends…  Obviously my cooking style is unique to myself, but you will notice my love for salsas and compotes.  When most think of salsa they think of grabbing a bag of Tostitos to use to scoop up their favorite mushy, liquidy tomato mixture.  Well first of salsa SHOULD BE CHUNKY!!  Secondly salsa goes much further than just with your fried corn tortilla chips, it actually cuts very well with a lot of different proteins.  Have you ever had a roasted pineapple salsa with fresh ahi tuna or a grilled…

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PIE 2011

The title of this post makes it sound like pie will be taking over and this huge revolution is starting.  Well according to several online publications and TV networks, that happen to talk about food (cough, cough), predicted that pie would be a top ten food trend in 2011.  I was so stoked when I read this and could not wait for the year to start, because let’s be honest who doesn’t like pie?  The only problem is, it’s mid-Summer and I have yet to see any stinkin’ pies!  So I figured, let me just start it up myself since…

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Leafy Greens

When it’s extremely hot outside I am forced to leave typical manhood of, “Me want meat and potatoes,” to I’ll do any thing to have a salad.  There is something so cool and refreshing about salads when it’s hot side and not too mention the health benefits are fantastic.  There are so many different types of leafy salad greens, that I know it can sometimes be confusing to choose which ones to buy…  What you really have to do is test and tune to find out what you really like  I’m a huge fan of baby spinach, spring mix and…

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Summer Time Berries

In the bright early Summer mornings, there is not much more refreshing to me than a fresh berry and yogurt smoothie with honey and granola.  Sounds complicated right? WRONG!  It’s extremely simple and far beyond that it is delicious and very good for you.  For title and all intensive purposes let’s just focus on the berry portion of the recipe.  If you are a calorie counter than you will love how little calories are in berries and are still packed with awesome flavor!   Remember though BERRIES ARE AT THEIR PEAK IN SUMMER MONTHS!  They are cheaper in the Summer…

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