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Cooking Class with Chef Ivan Flowers

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

I’m hoping you all wowed your Moms by making them the strata from my last Cooking Class. This week I thought I would focus on an appetizer that can easily double as a meal: Bruschetta. Bruschetta (pronounced bru-sketta) is an Italian starter dish. Bruschetta literally means toasted bread slices with olive oil, so you can put anything on the...
The last lesson was all about the cheesy goodness we call fondue. I truly hope you all had lots of fun experimenting with (and eating) this classic dish. This week I have Mother’s Day on my mind. As any of you that have taken your Mom out to brunch know, restaurants are packed, loud and far from relaxing. This year,...
In the last class I taught you how to make incredible deviled eggs. This week I want to teach you one of my favorite dishes from the past that has recently had a resurgence; fondue. My memories of the seventies include bell bottoms, platform shoes (yes, I wore them!), lots of hair (yes, I had some!) and all the...
In the last class I taught you how to make delicious stuffed shells. I do hope that you made it and enjoyed some cold right out of the fridge. This week I have Easter on my mind. More specifically, all those dyed Easter eggs! There are so many fabulous things to make with hard-boiled eggs, but I think my...
The last class covered how to make homemade bread, so I started thinking about how I wanted to make some garlic bread out of the loaf I had just made. That lead me to think about what I liked to eat with garlic bread and the first dish that popped into my mind was stuffed shells. I am absolutely...
In the last class I taught you how to make a mouth-watering brisket. I also talked about my favorite sandwich to make with the brisket. Now, just imagine that sandwich made on homemade bread. Sounds unbelievable, right? Well, in this class I am going to teach you how to make bread. Before you start telling yourself that it is...
Last class was all about choosing and cooking different cuts of steak. All that talk about steak got me thinking about some of my favorite cuts of beef. One I grew up on and continue to love to this day is a beef brisket. This is the cut of meat used to make both corned beef and pastrami. When...
Last class I covered essential kitchen tools to make your culinary journey not only easier, but also more creative. This week I decided to once again cover some basics. This class is all about steaks. I will talk about the most popular cuts, how to cook them and what to look for when you are buying them. Because, really, if you...
A new year usually means new resolutions. I know many people, myself included, have resolved to eat healthier. I believe one of the easiest ways to do this is to cook at home. When you are cooking at home you have total control over everything that goes into your food. You control the salt, sugar, fat, etc. Now, in order...
In the last class I taught you how to make stuffed mushrooms. I hope you have been experimenting with the recipe and having some fun. In this class I’m going to teach you how to make one of my favorites, chicken Parmesan sandwiches. Growing up in Brooklyn, I used to walk to the Italian deli after school and devour...