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  • 5 Ways to Prepare Squash

    November 29, 2012 Emily Murray Seattle 0 Comments

    Squash is often one of the most overlooked vegetables. Learn five easy and delicious ways to prepare squash here. Continue...

  • Planning a Successful Labor Day Menu

    September 28, 2012 Emily Murray Seattle 0 Comments

    When planning your Labor Day menu, there are several things you can include that will help secure your culinary arts success. The following menu ideas will please every culinary enthusiast with both taste and presentation. Labor Day is usually associated with the last hurrah before summer ends and the kids head back to school. This means barbeques and outdoor fun galore. Continue...

  • Pie - It's Not Just for Dessert

    September 14, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Seattle 0 Comments

    When most of us think about pie, we envision Grandma with her mitts and apron on pulling a bubbly peach cobbler from the oven. Sweet, flaky, warm and luscious, most pies are of the dessert variety and serve their purpose very well. Pies are loved from the East to the West and from the North to the South, and some people eat them all day long. That's right, pies make for hearty meals as well as post-meal snacks, so you can even have some pie after you finish your pie if you choose to. If you are a lover of the golden-brown, warm and gooey stuff, you will be happy to know that you can eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Continue...

  • 8 Essential Grains to Work into Your Diet

    August 21, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Seattle 0 Comments

    Grains make up a substantial part of the human diet but unfortunately for most people the only grains consumed are white rice, instant oatmeal and refined white flour products. There is an entire world of healthy grains out there waiting to be discovered and regardless of your taste or the time of day, there is a nutritious grain that you can incorporate into your next meal. Whole grains are essential to the health of your heart and your digestive systems and a diet high in whole grains will reduce the risk of heart disease as well as many types of cancer. If you are unsure how to get started here are 8 essential grains that you can try at home or order the next time you are out to dinner and enjoying the tastes of the Seattle culinary world. Continue...

  • Planning a Fourth of July Barbecue on a Budget

    July 3, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Seattle 0 Comments

    Summer is a great time to have a barbecue. Many people plan to celebrate Independence Day outdoors enjoying fireworks and other activities unfortunately, throwing a simple barbecue can often add up quickly! However, it is possible to have a great holiday cookout on a budget. The secret to keeping costs low on the Fourth of July is planning ahead. Often it is possible to begin finding bargains for this holiday months or a year in advance. Continue...

  • How to Work with Phyllo Dough

    June 29, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Seattle 0 Comments

    Phyllo (also known as filo or fillo) is a flaky dough that is used to make many Greek pastries, such as baklava and spankopitas. Phyllo dough is readily found in the freezer section of most grocery stores. Phyllo is a very fragile dough, so one must be careful when working with it. Care must be used in order to maintain its texture, which is necessary in order to get the best baking results for the recipe. It is one of the more challenging recipes in the culinary arts world since the dough is a bit temperamental to work with. Be sure that you want to use this dough, as it is finicky, and very hard to work with. But if you decide to use this dough, follow the directions closely. Take your time with the dough and do not be in a hurry. Follow this advice and you will find that you will not be disappointed. If you enjoy making phyllo dough, you may want to look into the variety of Washington culinary schools available. Continue...

  • How to Seed Hot Peppers

    June 15, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Seattle 0 Comments

    From chili to nachos, our favorite Tex-Mex dishes just wouldn’t be the same without the kick of hot peppers. They give it that heat that takes any dish from mediocre to “muy caliente,” but as any student of a Seattle culinary institute will tell you, removing the seeds from a hot pepper requires a little culinary technique and a lot of patience. Continue...

  • 5 of the Best Vegetables For Springtime Meals

    May 31, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Seattle 0 Comments

    Ah, spring is here and along with it those inevitable little vegetables calling to you from the market shelves. You see them there, all lined up nice and pretty, shiny red, yellow, orange, and green peppers, plump red tomatoes, you see deep-green zucchini and cucumbers alongside the delicate pleasures found through artichokes and asparagus. Then there are the snap beans, early corn, and squash. Colleges of culinary arts make their staples fresh vegetables in the springtime and you can too even if you aren’t enrolled in cooking schools in Washington (though maybe with your passion for produce you should be!). Continue...

  • Cheeses That Are Great For Grating

    May 14, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Seattle 0 Comments

    With Mother's Day just around the corner, many of us are looking for a new dish to impress Mom. Grated cheese is an excellent way to not only add flavor to a dish, but to also supplement color and plating. Try this list of cheeses that are excellent for grating and can be used to make that special dish just perfect. Continue...

  • Taking Care of Your Stainless Steel Cookware

    April 18, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Seattle 0 Comments

    Whether you are a cooking enthusiasts, a professional chef or simply cooking for your family you know the importance of having a fully stocked kitchen. Not only do you need the right ingredients, but you also need the right tools to get the job done. In any type of basic cooking training lesson, you will learn that stainless steel is your new best friend when it comes to kitchen cookware. What you will also learn is that quality cooking equipment does not usually come at a discounted price. For this reason, it is important to take good care of your cookware! Here are some basics for stainless steel care. Fortunately, this is one hardy material that is not too difficult to care for but with proper maintenance, you will get your money’s worth! Continue...

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