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Here's where you start learning to cook! Step by step, you are going to learn what you need to know to cook for yourself and others.  But even if you are already an experienced cook, you might still want to browse through these pages. You could learn something that makes you a better cook!

Don't forget that if you want more detailed lessons, my Learn to Cook 101 book is available on the home page!

We start simple, and progress in easy steps. Before you know it, you will feel comfortable in the kitchen, willing to try new recipes, and even to modify them to your taste.

With each lesson, I'll tell you what you need to have on hand, what you are going to learn, how long it will take, how to do it, and what results you should expect.

You are also going to learn to cook without being hogtied to recipes. You will be able to look in the fridge or pantry and figure out what you can make with what you have on hand. For example, breakfast is a great time for me to use up leftovers. And I get the best breakfasts in town, right on the spur of the moment. And without any recipes, just learning to use the basic skills you'll learn here.

We're going to start learning to boil water, and to make something useful from it, we'll boil some eggs; soft boiled, hard boiled, and even coddled. Then we'll learn how to make tuna salad, learn to cook pasta, and how to use the oven for baking and roasting. We'll cover frying, poaching, boiling, baking, barbequing, grilling, roasting, and sautéing. You'll make cheeseburgers, French fries, macaroni and cheese, salads, and other "fast food". You'll also learn to make Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic dishes, and special dinners for dates and company, like Shrimp Linguini with Vodka Cream Sauce.

While I'm at it, I'm going to cover some other items you might have missed in your earlier days: how to set the table, how to carve a turkey, how to plan a meal, and so forth. Even refreshers on table settings and table manners; what the heck, you want to feel comfortable when the boss takes you out to a fancy restaurant, don't you? Before you put some bread on a bread plate, you better know which plate's yours!

So let's get started. All the lessons are not here on line yet, but I'll be adding them regularly. I'll try to stay ahead of you.

Have fun. You're about to become a Food Dude!

Boiling Water 1 (and eggs) -- Lesson One, making hard and soft boiled eggs, and egg salad
Opening a can (of tuna) -- Lesson Two, making tuna salad for salads or sandwiches
Place Setting -- Lesson Three, how to set the table, and which fork to use
Nuke It -- Lesson Four, how and when to use the microwave
Boiling Water 2 (with pasta) -- Lesson Five, how to boil pasta
Breakfast 1 -- Lesson Six, how to make hash brown potatoes
Fun with Flour Tortillas -- Lesson Seven, making delicious snacks, chips, easy buñuelos and more!


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