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Chicken Pot Pie: Keeping the Filling Thick

by Elizabeth Skipper April 9th, 2014| Ask the Chef
chicken pie dominic morelWhen I make chicken pot pie, I create a roux with butter and flour and then add chicken stock. Although it is fairly thick, after baking it seems watery when serving.  Is there a proper ratio for roux to stock or a step in making the filling that I am missing?

I'm not sure what ratio you're using to make your sauce/gravy, but here are the standards:

For one cup of thin sauce, use 1 TB each of butter and flour
For one cup of medium sauce, use 2 TB each butter and flour
For one cup thick sauce, use 3 TB each
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Fresh-Tasting Leftovers

by Jane Wangersky March 6th, 2014| Cooking Basics
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA few days ago I was overwhelmed with leftovers. It happens to all of us from time to time. Somebody doesn’t make it home to dinner, or somebody’s appetite suddenly falls off, or whatever. Anyway, you’ve got a fridge full of cold food, and nobody, including yourself, is going to want to eat it if all you do is reheat it in the microwave.

So what do you do?

The first thing to do is see what you have that’ll go together. I had lots of leftover chicken thighs, some of them cooked with tomato sauce and some cooked without it.
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Easy as Chicken Pot Pie

by James Maynard March 3rd, 2014| Video
chicken pieChicken pot pie is perfect for late winter days, when warm food can feel like the only way to feel human. Many people also consider this dish to be a comfort food. Most of us remember these delicious treats from when we were children. However, many parents served their children premade pot pies. These savory treats are simple to make at home, and will be even tastier than the frozen variety! In this video, we learn how to make a simple pot pie that will please everyone in your household. Feel free to experiment, and change the filling just
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Brine and Brining

by Jane Wangersky February 6th, 2014| Cooking Basics
roasted turkeyA brine, like a marinade, is a liquid that food is soaked in to tenderize and flavor it -- only brines are simpler than marinades. The only essential ingredients in a brine are water and salt.

This video gives you a quick demonstration of brining a turkey. You'll notice that there are several extra ingredients in the brine (including bourbon) and that the importance of having the water at a low enough temperature is stressed. We'll also talk about these points a little further along.

First, why would you want to brine food? If you've heard of brine at
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Curry and Make this Fried Chicken Salad

by James Maynard December 20th, 2013| Video
chicken curry sandwichCurry fried chicken salad provides an exotic twist on an American staple. Although chicken salad is usually thought of as a summer dish it makes a great lunch any time of year. This makes an excellent sandwich filler. It can also be served on the side with a larger vegetarian entree. This video teaches how to make this delicious dish out of leftover meat. Full of vegetables and nuts, this meal will be loved by all.
Curry fried chicken salad is healthy, delicious, and best of all it is easy to make. Watch this video and find out how to
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Life is Based on Carbonara

by James Maynard December 6th, 2013| Video
carbonaraChicken Carbonara is a popular Italian dish that looks much more difficult to prepare than it is when you are actually in the kitchen. This chicken recipe can be made quickly and easily, surprising guests with its delicious aroma and taste. Watch this video, and you will learn how to make chicken carbonara with common ingredients. After you learn the recipe taught here, you will be making carbonara like a professional Italian chef. Because this recipe doesn't use any processed foods, you will be able to control exactly what goes on your family's dinner table. You can even make
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Don’t Be Chicken to Make These Dishes!

by James Maynard November 29th, 2013| Video
chicken stripsChicken is one of the most versatile foods in the world. Recipes don't have to be complicated. Delicious dishes can be created by novice chefs in just a matter of minutes. Best of all, chicken is healthy, inexpensive, and loved by nearly everyone who eats meat. You don't need any ingredients that can't be found in nearly any kitchen. Watch this video, and you will learn two quick and easy recipes to create for family or friends. The first is restaurant-style chicken fingers. The second is salsa chicken. This is a great recipe for parties. Try out both of
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Thanksgiving for This Turkey Advice!

by James Maynard November 22nd, 2013| Video
briningFor most Americans, Thanksgiving means turkey on the table. But, many people are afraid of roasting a turkey. It is easy to dry it out during preparation. A dry turkey is one of the classic bad moves of Thanksgiving cooking. One way of keeping your bird juicy is to brine it ahead of time. A turkey is not a particularly difficult dish to prepare when you know how to do it right. Brining your bird will add taste and help prevent contamination. Watch this video before you prepare your bird to learn ingredients and techniques for this procedure. Preparing
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Chicken — Mature and Otherwise

by Jane Wangersky October 3rd, 2013| Cooking Basics
chicken uncookedLast week I bought some chicken at the nostalgic price of 89 cents a pound. But first, I really hesitated. Not because I was afraid there was something wrong with it, but because, unlike most of the chicken I'd ever cooked, this was "mature stewing hen".

The chickens whose meat you find most often in stores are called, in ascending order of size, broilers, fryers, and roasters. Despite the names, they're all good for cooking pretty much any way you want. Also,they're all under five pounds in weight, less than eight months old (broilers and fryers are eight weeks or
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Easy Ways to Spice Up Chicken

by James Maynard September 6th, 2013| Video
Fried chicken legs served with  tomato sauce and chili sauceChicken is a staple food in most American households. The bird can be prepared quickly and easily, and it is low in fat. However, it is easy to get caught in a rut preparing chicken dinners. Many cooks continually fall back on favorite, tested recipes to feed their families. This can be old and tired after a while, no matter how good it tastes. In this video, we learn some popular recipes that are sure to become favorites. The first is baked chicken fingers. Children love them. The second is salsa chicken, which can be made for parties in
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Chicken Saltimbocca Made Easy!

by James Maynard July 19th, 2013| Video
med ciaoChicken saltimbocca is one of those dishes that looks a lot harder to prepare than it actually is, making it a dish that you can prepare to really impress someone. Most people, even fairly good home cooks, will seldom or ever make chicken saltimbocca, and most people never eat it outside of a restaurant. It is one of the hallmarks of a good Italian restaurant. Watch this video however, and you will learn how to make chicken saltimbocca with only moderate cooking skills and a few simple, fresh ingredients. Also, a quick and easy side dish is also taught,
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Mango Curry Chicken

by James Maynard June 28th, 2013| Main Dishes, Recipes
mango cartSummer means light meals, and what could be more perfect on a hot day than a mango curry chicken salad? This delicious dish is quick and easy to prepare. Chicken is a nearly-perfect summertime meat, light and delicious. With mangoes and a special blend of herbs and spices, this dish will provide an exotic taste without much effort. This meal's combination of fruits and vegetables is healthy and delicious, and begins with a rotisserie chicken that can be purchased pre-cooked in any supermarket. Best of all, this inexpensive meal can be served to large crowds during your summer get-togethers
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