How To: Make and freeze pesto using fresh basil

Pesto recipes keep summer going all year long. Rita Heikenfeld, from AboutEating.com, had a bumper crop of basil this year. And one of her favorite ways to keep that basil on her table year round is this pesto recipe for the freezer. Pair this basil pesto recipe with pasta for a fresh and delicious dish that will keep you thinking of your garden all year round. Watch this how to video and learn how easy it is to make homemade pesto with fresh basil. All you need is basil, olive oil, garlic, p...

How To: Make an authentic alfredo sauce

In this tutorial, we learn how to make an authentic alfredo sauce. First, you will want to add some soft butter into a bowl and break it apart. Then, mix in some grated cheese (your choice) and mix together until you have a creamy paste. Once this is a paste, add in your cooked pasta and mix everything together until the pasta is coated. Add in some of the pasta water to the bowl if you would like, then add in the vegetables to the dish. You can season this with some more seasonings if you wo...

How To: Make your instant gravy taste like homemade

If you've gotten the store bought instant gravy as a way to save time, but have found that the taste just isn't up to what you'd really like it to be, there's still a way to get that savory homemade taste with just a few extra ingredients! In this video you will learn how to combine things such as mushrooms, sherry, and other great things to make a great tasting gravy!

How To: Make a basic roux with butter and flour

In cooking, a Roux is used to add thickening to either a soup or a sauce and are a crucial base to both for certain recipe's such as a gumbo sauce or a Alfredo/cheese sauce. In this video you will learn how to make a basic roux to get started with melting butter in a pan and stirring in equal parts flour.

How To: Make your own butter from heavy cream

You can buy heavy cream or whipping cream at the grocery store, and then mix it in an electric mixer at home. Set your mixer to medium high (and make sure you've set up a shield of plastic wrap to protect against spatter!) and mix for five minutes. Then pour and drain, and you've got homemade butter!

How To: Make a healthier, lower fat Cajun roux

In this tutorial, Chef Andre Robin shows us how to make a homemade roux. A roux is a basis for soups, stews, gumbos and much more. You can make a roux in as little as three minutes and do it easily. First, take 1 cup of powdered roux mix. Once you've done this mix it with 2 cups of cool water and put it in a saucepan over medium heat. Once it's dark and gooey you have your very own roux. You can add onions, celery, green pepper, chicken, sausage, rice and many other different items to make yo...

How To: Make a kosher béarnaise sauce

In this tutorial, Chef David Ritter shows us how to make a kosher béarnaise sauce. You will need: white wine vinegar, white wine, dried tarragon, fresh tarragon, shallots (minced). First, place some peppercorn, the shallots, tarragon, white wine vinegar and white wine into a saucepan. Place this over high heat until it's reduced. Now, take pre-made hollandaise sauce and add the tarragon to that mixture. Once the heated mixture is done, pour it through a strainer into the hollandaise sauce. Wh...

How To: Make traditional Mexican salsa

Salsa is always a great appetizing treat to serve with chips or in a salad. This recipe for traditional Mexican salsa will provide the kick for your kickback. So kickback and learn how to make traditional Mexican salsa that will make your guests hot!

How To: Make Ghee (Clarified Butter)

Ghee is also known as clarified butter and is an integral part of cooking and a must have in most Indian kitchens. It is made from fresh butter that is melted and simmered to get a clear golden liquid. You can use the ghee to season lentils, vegetables, to make parathas, sweets or even use it as a spread.

How To: Cut and peel an avocado quickly

Sometimes, in the case of a guacamole emergency, you just need to peel an avocado in a hurry. This video will teach you how to do. Using only a knife and making just four cuts, you can peel an avocado in less than two minutes. Your cinco de mayo party won't be without guacamole for long!

How To: Make a traditional beef bolognese sauce for your pasta

An Italian classic, this sauce is sure to be popular whenever you make it. For this recipe (big enough to serve a whole family), you will need: 5 pounds ground beef, 12 ounces chopped carrots, 8 ounces chopped celery, 6 ounces yellow onion, 2 ounces fresh garlic, 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1 bottle Burgundy wine, 1 pound tomato paste, 28 ounces pureed tomatoes, salt and pepper. Make a traditional beef bolognese sauce for your pasta.

How To: Make your own roasted garlic hummus at home

Hummus is a delicious, creamy condiment from Asia Minor. It goes well with flatbread and fresh vegetables. Make your own out with: 2 cups of chickpeas, pinch of baking soda, carrots, onion, roasted garlic, fresh garlic, lemon juice, tahini, olive oil, salt and pepper. Make your own roasted garlic hummus at home.

How To: Make a zesty red bean and chipotle dip

Sure to be a hit at your next party, serve with toasted pita bread, corn chips or veggie slices. You will need: 1 can of red kidney beans, 2 garlic cloves, 1/4 cup of orange juice, 1/2 teaspoon of cumin, 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt, a pinch or more of chipotle chili powder or cayenne pepper, lime juice and fresh cilatro. Make a zesty red bean and chipotle dip.

How To: Make Pico De Gallo (Salsa Mexicana)

I keep Pico De Gallo around all the time. I find it is very versatile and can be used for any meal. My youngest son loves to cook and it was one of the first things I taught him to make. As you read my writings about food I've made, you will find a lot of references to the pico. I've made up this little recipe to give you a smile as well as the ingredients and method.

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