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Learn to cook, or learn to cook better with online cooking lessons from the Cooking Dude! Whether you are a novice or an expert, there are recipes and cooking tips on this site for you! Experienced cooks looking for new methods and recipes will be delighted with some of the dishes and recipes presented here.

Learn to Cook from the Cooking Dude!

Learn to cook, or learn to cook better with online cooking lessons from the Cooking Dude! Whether you are a novice or an expert, there are recipes and cooking tips on this site for you! Experienced cooks looking for new methods and recipes will be delighted with some of the dishes and recipes presented here.

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Recipes

Mac and Cheese, Smoky Four-Cheese Version

This is a different version of the original Mac & Cheese recipe on the Cooking Dude website. It is slightly more work, but, according to my taste testers, is well worth the extra effort! John McLemore’s Mac and Cheese recipe in his “Dadgum That’s Good” smoker...

Shrimp Vera Cruz

Here's a delicious shrimp recipe that's fast and easy to make. Use medium to large shrimp, and to save time and trouble, you can usually buy them peeled, de-veined, and frozen. One bag of 15-20 shrimp is enough for four servings, unless there's a hog at the table....

Chicken Loco

This grilled chicken recipe came about as I was trying to come close to the flavor of Pollo Loco's grilled chicken. It's citrus-based, like theirs, but not quite the same. I have a hunch their recipe is simpler, but what the heck, this recipe turned out so good I may...

Barbequed Spare Ribs

Most people confuse barbequing and grilling. This page is going to cover both, so you will know the difference and can do either. Grilling is what we do over charcoal or gas, directly over the heat, like cooking hamburgers or steaks. Real barbequing is not done...

New York Steak (New York Strip)

As I have mentioned elsewhere, the New York steak is our favorite compromise of the best steaks. The filet is more tender but with less flavor, and rib eye steaks are more flavorful but with more waste. The New York cut wins by being second in every category. But we...

Lasagna

Lasagna is always a crowd-pleaser, and this recipe, from my sister-in-law Sherry, is about the best. Buy either dried lasagna noodles or the newer pre-cooked version. If you use dried, boil them according to the package directions and set them aside to assemble the...

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Learn to Cook 101: Step-by-Step Cooking Lessons for All Ages

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 the beginning pages. You could learn something that makes you a better cook!

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. Some of the lessons are very detailed, and you more experienced cooks might think I’m overdoing it. But remember how it was when you first learned, and realize that I’m helping novices learn from scratch. You can speed-read or skip over the stuff that you already know.

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I decided to use the Ninja Foodi’s Air Crisp (air fryer) feature to brown a meatloaf that had cooked in it in the Pressure Cooker mode. I figured it would take much less time than baking in an oven, would drain itself of the fat, and would make cleanup much easier. I...

Mac and Cheese, Smoky Four-Cheese Version

This is a different version of the original Mac & Cheese recipe on the Cooking Dude website. It is slightly more work, but, according to my taste testers, is well worth the extra effort! John McLemore’s Mac and Cheese recipe in his “Dadgum That’s Good” smoker...

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Chocolate Cashew candy shown in the photo above. Made by Mrs. Cooking Dude, by the way… She buys the microwave milk chocolate, and while it’s melting, scatters batches of cashews (or other nuts) on waxed paper. Then she pours the chocolate over the nuts and lets the...

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I don’t know how many times, usually on a Sunday morning, when I had planned to fix a mess of beans and then realized that I had forgotten to put them in to soak the night before. So now they have to cook half the day instead of just a few hours. And now that the...

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Ninja Foodi makes Cooking Dude’s Meatloaf

I decided to use the Ninja Foodi’s Air Crisp (air fryer) feature to brown a meatloaf that had cooked in it in the Pressure Cooker mode. I figured it would take much less time than baking in an oven, would drain itself of the fat, and would make cleanup much easier. I...

Mac and Cheese, Smoky Four-Cheese Version

This is a different version of the original Mac & Cheese recipe on the Cooking Dude website. It is slightly more work, but, according to my taste testers, is well worth the extra effort! John McLemore’s Mac and Cheese recipe in his “Dadgum That’s Good” smoker...

Chocolate Cashew Candy

Chocolate Cashew candy shown in the photo above. Made by Mrs. Cooking Dude, by the way… She buys the microwave milk chocolate, and while it’s melting, scatters batches of cashews (or other nuts) on waxed paper. Then she pours the chocolate over the nuts and lets the...

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I don’t know how many times, usually on a Sunday morning, when I had planned to fix a mess of beans and then realized that I had forgotten to put them in to soak the night before. So now they have to cook half the day instead of just a few hours. And now that the...

Peach Cobbler

By mid-May, our peach tree is overloaded with delicious peaches, in danger of breaking its branches if we don't eat peaches fast enough. We also give them away to visitors. In addition to just eating them for breakfast or a snack, Mary Ann makes a quick and easy peach...

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