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  • How to Prepare a Whole Chicken

    September 10, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Orlando 0 Comments

    Roast chicken is a traditional dinner meal in the US that is both tasty and nutritious. When combined with mixed vegetables and feel-good sides like mashed potatoes and corn-on-the-cob, there isn't much that can beat a feast like that. But since Momma and Granny aren't always going to be around, who will cook that delicious bird for you? That's right, you're going to have to learn to do it yourself. Here are some simple instructions for preparing your first whole chicken. It may not be the most glamorous side of the culinary arts world, but in order to devour that delicious bird someone has got to do it! Continue...

  • How to Keep Critters Out of Your Picnic Basket

    August 14, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Orlando 0 Comments

    A favorite subject at Florida culinary schools, planning a picnic or outdoor dining event is a great way to showcase some of your favorite recipes. You’ve utilized your finest culinary techniques to prepare the salads and sandwiches, rinsed out the basket and folded your blanket, you are now set for a summer picnic but just as you find that perfect patch of grass and lay out your spread here comes an army of ants to invade your little slice of summertime heaven. There is nothing worse than when wild critters show up as uninvited guests to your outdoor dining event. Whether you are throwing a BBQ or taking a basket on the go here are a few ways to keep pests from ruining your meal and driving you crazy. Continue...

  • 5 Creole Dishes You Will Love

    July 24, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Orlando 0 Comments

    There are two categories of Southern cooking that are beloved by many food fanatics: Cajun and Creole. While many people mistake one for the other because they both share many similarities, Cajun and Creole are really two different styles. If you attend a cooking class or cooking school in Orlando you will likely learn all the differences between the two types fairly quickly. Here is a brief overview and some of the tastiest dishes you will love! Continue...

  • Preparing Fruits That Have Pits

    July 10, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Orlando 0 Comments

    Fruits are an important part of Florida cooking. They provide fiber for satiation and carbohydrates for energy, not to mention a wealth of vitamins and minerals, but nothing can present more of a challenge for amateur chefs than preparing fruits that contain a pit. So many times while removing the pit, the fruit gets so bruised and mangled it is no longer presentable enough for a dish. Besides the aesthetic problems, removing the pit can be dangerous. As anyone who has ever tried to work the pit out of an avocado can tell you, one slip of the knife and the mashed fruit is the least of your problems. The good news is that there are culinary techniques you can practice at home that will make it much easier for you to remove the pit of a fruit without risking the safety of your fingers. Continue...

  • How to Add Fiber to Your Diet and Still Enjoy Your Food

    June 13, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Orlando 0 Comments

    When we think of fiber, most of us picture foods about as appetizing as cardboard but the truth is that there are thousands of delicious ways to add more fiber to our diets without sacrificing any of the flavors we enjoy. Whether snacking or preparing meals, you can use culinary techniques employed by those enrolled in Florida cooking schools to improve your health and make delicious food. Here are 5 easy and tasty ways to incorporate more fiber in your diet. Continue...

  • Planning a Delicious Father’s Day Barbeque

    June 5, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Orlando 0 Comments

    Nothing is more fun in the summer than a barbeque! Nothing makes dad feel more special than doing something for him to celebrate your love and appreciation for him. Combine these together and a Father’s Day barbeque will be hard to beat! Continue...

  • 9 Great Kitchen Gift Ideas for Mother's Day

    May 7, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Orlando 0 Comments

    You want to show your mom how much you love and appreciate her and if she is a culinary arts enthusiast, there is no better way to do it then with some great new kitchen supplies. The following great kitchen gift ideas for your Mother’s Day are not the usual items you will find at your local retailer. No, no, no. These are special gifts for a special lady! You may not find them in the kitchens of culinary school in Florida, but these gifts for the culinary arts enthusiast are fun as well as functional! Continue...

  • An Intro to Food Based Beauty Treatments

    May 3, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Orlando 0 Comments

    This Mother's Day, treat your mother-- or any important woman in your life (including yourself!) to something special. Beauty treatments are all the rage right now, but if you can't afford an expensive salon, just open your fridge and pantry for inspiration, it’s called “culinary art” for a reason! It’s not your traditional Florida cooking, there are plenty of salon-worthy treatments out there to be had for just pennies that will leave a scrumptious scent for days to come. Start slicing, dicing, and squeezing away! Continue...

  • 4 Popcorn Ball Ideas That Will Surprise and Delight

    April 25, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Orlando 0 Comments

    Popcorn balls are an old-time favorite of many. Maybe they aren’t what first come to mind when you think of culinary arts, but there are a variety of great ways to diversify this traditional recipe. In most instances, popcorn balls are made using a simple solution made from molasses, sugar, butter, and corn syrup that is heated, then poured over the popcorn and blended. This provides the popcorn with the sticky consistency to adhere and form the ball while giving the treat the distinctive flavor recognized by millions. Continue...

  • Tofu 101 – A Beginner’s Guide to Bean Curd

    April 17, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Orlando 0 Comments

    Don’t ask why, but somehow tofu has gotten a bad reputation, one that is totally undeserved. Perhaps this stigma comes from the idea that tofu is “just not the same as meat,” or that many people haven’t the slightest clue how to try tofu for the first time. Like anything else, first impressions set the tone and if you haven’t had properly prepared tofu, you have gotten off on the wrong foot. Whether you are a meat eater or a newly turned vegetarian, chances are that tofu can find a place in your cooking regime. Just like when you cook meat, there are many different culinary techniques which can be used to prepare a tasty tofu delicacy. Here are the basics – consider this your intro to tofu culinary techniques, or tofu 101, the answer to all your bean curd quandaries. Continue...

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