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Cooking Class with Chef Ivan Flowers

A bi-monthly column to teach basic recipes and how to build on them.

Last week I taught you how to make fried oysters, I’m hoping that with that recipe there is a whole new crop of oyster lovers. This week I want to teach you how to make lasagna. This classic Italian dish is the perfect symphony of pasta, creamy ricotta, gooey mozzarella and sweetly acidic marinara. Many people think lasagna is...
Last week’s class was all about creating a chef’s sandwich. I do hope you discovered YOUR chef’s sandwich! In this class I want to teach you how to make fried oysters and a mouthwatering remoulade. Fried oysters are a dish even non-oyster eaters love because you have all of that lovely oyster flavor without any of the sliminess that...
So in the last class I taught you how to make incredible egg salads. I can only imagine all the inventive spins you added! All the talk about egg salad sandwiches got me thinking about what I and the other chefs I know love to eat after a long night of cooking. What is it? A sandwich. But not...
Last class I taught you how to make the timeless classic, Oysters Rockefeller. This week I’m going to teach another classic, Egg Salad. I always loved this dish, but it wasn’t until I traveled to France in my early twenties that I realized not only was this dish delicious, but it was also versatile. I was staying at a little...
Last week I taught you how to cure your own salmon. I certainly hope that you had lots of fun thinking about delicious ways to eat it. This week I’m going to teach you a classic dish, Oysters Rockefeller. It is a dish that even those that are turned off of raw oysters will enjoy eating. Why? Because not only...
In the last class I shared my favorite steak sandwich recipe. I hope you had lots of fun putting your spin on the recipe. This week I’m going to teach you how to make Cured Salmon. What sparked me to come up with this recipe was my own selfish desire for a proper bagel with lox like I had...
Last week I taught you how to make delicious strawberry shortcake. Now that you have dessert, let’s talk about the main course! One of my favorite things to eat for dinner, or any time for that matter, is a killer sandwich. Really, it is hard to beat that fabulous concoction of tasty items put between two slices of really great...
Last class was all about making jams. Hopefully you made some of my recipes and came up with some of your own. The jam lesson filled my mind with thoughts of all the wonderful summer fruits. That got me thinking about my favorite fruit desserts of the summer. There are so many: pies, crumbles, crisps, cobblers, etc. But I must...
Chef Ivan Flowers has been an important member of TheCelebrityCafe.com family since 2014, and this week he is releasing his 60th cooking lesson to us.  His lessons are easy to follow and offer practical solutions to many kitchen challenges.  His diverse selection of recipe offerings and suggestions on a variety of dishes. Who else would have thought of 40...
Last week I taught you how to make fried calamari. I hope you had fun impressing your friends and family with this delicious dish. After demystifying calamari, I thought I would continue on this theme and tackle jams. Homemade jam is not only wonderfully flavorful, but it is especially fun to make because of all the ways you can...