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  • 6 Great Ideas for at Home Bruschetta

    September 27, 2012 Emily Murray Portland 0 Comments

    Bruschetta is typically eaten as part of a meal at a restaurant or as a party appetizer. The best part about making bruschetta is that it can be made with just about any toppings. When making bruschetta, tedious measuring of ingredients is not necessary. Think of bruschetta as an open-faced sandwich on toast and imagine all of the possibilities. Continue...

  • 5 High Fiber Foods to Eat for Breakfast

    September 10, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Portland 0 Comments

    You've probably heard that you should get more fiber in your diet, but do you know why that is? Dietary fiber is an important part of healthy eating because it aids in the normal progression of food through the gastrointestinal tract. As a result, fiber makes it easier to remove waste from the body. Consuming fiber also plays a role in the production of various beneficial compounds in the body. If you want to start getting more of this healthful, indigestible plant food portion into your daily diet, why not incorporate it into your first meal of the day? Here are some great fiber-filled breakfast foods that you should definitely try. Continue...

  • The Correct Way to Present, Taste and Choose a Wine

    August 15, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Portland 0 Comments

    Whether picking out a wine to serve at home or choosing a glass from a restaurant menu , amidst the Oregon culinary scene the selection can sometimes be a little intimidating if not completely overwhelming. We all know that certain wines go better with different foods but knowing how to make the correct pairings takes a little knowledge and practice. There is nothing worse than committing to a bottle only to discover you’ve picked a mediocre wine. Knowing a few basics about the varieties available and how to read their labels can make all the difference the next time you need to purchase wine for yourself or as a gift. Continue...

  • Preparing a Vegetarian BBQ

    July 26, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Portland 0 Comments

    When the family gets together for a day of grillin' and chillin', don't feel left out just because you're vegetarian. Barbecue does not have to revolve around meat as all kinds of veggies, fruit, and other ingredients can be slapped onto a sizzling grill to create a delicious meal for the herbivore in you. Remember that the term "barbecue" refers to a method of cooking, not a certain food type. Continue...

  • 5 Grilling Basics for the Perfect Barbeque

    July 10, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Portland 0 Comments

    When we think of the 4th of July, Memorial Day or summer birthdays, one thing comes to mind -- BBQ. If you enjoy the culinary arts you’ve probably tried your hand at this weekend staple but there are a few tricks of the trade that can be easily mastered. With a new set of skills under your belt, you might discover that grilling is best enjoyed year round. Don’t forget not only is BBQ a delicious dinner option but a healthy one as well! Follow these 5 tips often used by the Oregon culinary scene and you will be guaranteed perfect BBQ every time. Continue...

  • Healthy Lunches on the Go

    June 26, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Portland 0 Comments

    It is very easy to forget eating healthy when away from home. A good many people are away from home during the lunch hour and it is an easy temptation to just get something “fast” to tide us over until dinner. And a lot of times, that “fast” lunch is anything but healthy. Not to mention the strain on the wallet that eating out poses over time. You can incorporate healthier culinary arts creations into your lunch on the go fairly easily. Oregon cooking schools teach their students above all else that healthy food can be great tasting and soon you will see that it is true! Continue...

  • 6 Herbs That Will Change the Way You Cook

    June 13, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Portland 0 Comments

    If variety is the spice of life, then herbs are the spice of the culinary arts. Even the blandest of ingredients can become a sophisticated culinary dish with the addition of the right fresh or dried herbs. Whether you wish to start your own herb garden or prefer to peruse the local grocery store, these six herbs will forever change the way you cook. Continue...

  • 6 Foods That are Great for Your Skin

    May 28, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Portland 0 Comments

    There are many reasons for eating a particular diet. Some diets are good for preventing heart attacks and others are good for people with diabetes. There are diets for improving bone health and diets for losing weight. But as far as can be seen, there are no diets specifically directed at improving skin. None-the-less, if you are concerned about the health of your skin, there ARE certain foods that can be eaten that will not only improve the overall appearance of your skin but also help if you have acne or other such problems. If you are interested in learning more about these or maybe even making a career out of this type of thing, culinary arts schools can open many doors. Chances are that in your area the Oregon cooking schools may have some classes that appeal to you. Continue...

  • Cooking for One -Single Servings Ideas

    May 11, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Portland 0 Comments

    There are many quick and easy ways for someone to cook a great meal for themselves and not take forever or use a lot of pots and pans in the process. The culinary arts shouldn’t only be reserved for parties of two or more! If you have a night to yourself, be creative. Now is the opportunity to try out some of those recipes you have been holding on to. While Oregon culinary options are everywhere you look, going out to eat alone isn’t always as satisfying as cooking and enjoying a meal in the comfort of your own home. Just using simple ingredients like chicken, pork, pasta and vegetables you can make amazing meals that won’t cost you a lot of time or money. Continue...

  • How to Cook a Perfect Ham

    April 26, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Portland 0 Comments

    Ham - most people love a well-cooked ham, especially if the flavor, texture, and moistness are perfect. But how does one achieve that perfect balance between the three? What is the best cooking method, seasonings, and temperature needed to strike the balance that will make your guests salivate at the very sight and smell of your perfect creation? Continue...

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