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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 we learned how to make a scampi sauce and lots of sauces that could be made from that technique. This week we will continue with sauces and you will learn how to make a beurre blanc. Okay, stay calm, you can do this! Beurre blanc literally means white butter. The sauce is a hot emulsified butter sauce with...
Last week we covered homemade marinara. This week we will continue with sauces and you will learn the technique of making a very versatile scampi sauce. Okay, I know what you are thinking, “Scampi sauce?! Isn’t that only for shrimp scampi?” No, it is not. Think for a moment about the components of a scampi sauce: lemon, butter, wine, garlic…...
Before I start into our next lesson, I want you to take a minute and think about all you have learned. You can now cook with a mirepoix, make a glaze, make a compound butter and roast a chicken! With these techniques you are well on your way top being an accomplished cook. So, what’s next? Sauces. What is a sauce?...
So, I have now covered mirepoix, glazes and compound butters. For this cooking class, we are going to utilize all that you have learned, plus learn a new technique, roasting. What is roasting? It is simply cooking food in the oven. Yes, really, that is it! Why do we roast? Because when food is roasted, it becomes wonderfully brown...
Our last cooking class covered glazes and how they are an easy and fun way to add a lot of flavor to a variety of dishes. I can just imagine all the chickens, pork chops and vegetables you glazed! Today I’m going to teach you about Maître d’ or compound butters. Maître d’ or compound butter is a butter that...
I covered mirepoix and its uses in lesson one and I’m sure that everyone spent that last two weeks making stocks, sauces and soups! So, what’s next? For the next lesson I wanted to cover glazes. What is a glaze? It is a thin glossy coating for both hot and cold foods. The glaze creates a smooth and shiny layer...
I believe that anyone can be an accomplished cook. One only needs to get the proper techniques, because delicious dishes come from one’s heart, not a cookbook. This series will give all the tips, tricks and techniques one needs to become a master of deliciousness. So come on this journey with me and discover your inner chef. Okay, first lesson,...