Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Oven Roasted Tomatoes

  • 4 Tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • Salt, Pepper, Dried Italian Herbs
  • Pre heat the oven to 350 F and place parchment paper on a baking sheet. Lay out the tomatoes in a single layer, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper and herbs. Bake for 30 - 40 minutes or until the tomatoes begin to shrivel up.

    You can puree the tomatoes to create a flavorful sauce for pasta or spread on appetizers and pizza. You can also freeze for later use.

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    Get Fresh and Clean w/ Sally Sanitation

    Get Fresh and Clean w/ Sally Sanitation

    Even though I am the Chef in my kitchen, I am certainly not the boss, for real. Meet the real captain of this ship, my friend Sally Sanitation.

    There are a lot of characters that roll through my kitchen. When somebody cuts up, that's when Sally Sanitation comes to life. A kitchen sink so big and bad that it's a good idea for everyone to keep it clean. Sally always lets Egg know that she better not see any germs. Everybody in the kitchen better wash up and cross-contamination better not cross her! Sally drop the hammer hard my friends.

    Sally passion for the kitchen started in her high school culinary program. After graduating college with a degree in food chemistry she went to work for as an inspector for the FDA while working on her higher education in food/nutrition public policy. With her PhD in hand, Sally is leading the way to make sure our food and water supply are clean and healthy for all to enjoy.

    How did Sally meet Chef Egg? Sally was walking through her local farmers market when saw Chef Egg performing a cooking demo. She saw the excitement that Chef Egg brought to the table and had to be involved with his mission. Sally has the perfect personality to teach about the importance of cleanliness and sanitation in the kitchen. She also has the authority to keep Chef Egg's kitchen crew in line. But in her off time, she enjoys watching her "stories" and enjoying a fresh glass of mango juice from Marley's garden.

    Top 5 Cleaning Tips

    1. Clean the dishes after your meal. I love to cook, but I hate to do the dishes. I know it is not a great way to end an evening, but try to make it a habit to clean the dishes after your meal. Sometimes it's hard, but it's important because you do not want a sticky dirty kitchen. Bugs and rodents love dirty kitchens. When hand washing dishes use hot water to clean the yuk from the dishes. Apply soapy water to sanitize the plate and rinse with clean hot water. Let the dishes dry in drying rack. Do not run the water full tilt and try to limit the water usage. If you have a dishwasher make sure that you wash on a full load.

    2. Instead using toxic chemicals to clean your kitchen, make your own. Mix together 2 cups of white vinegar, a drop of liquid dish soap, 3 cups of water in a spray bottle and shake. The vinegar will kill germs, odors and bacteria and the dish soap will break down the grease. This is a cheap and effective way to clean the surfaces in your kitchen.

    3. Clear the clutter - Remove mystery odors from your kitchen by keeping your fridge and pantry clean and organized. Throw away old food and condiments. If it's in your fridge and pantry and you have not used it in 6 months to a year, chuck it. Either its gone bad or you will never use it anyway. You will be surprised at what you find.

    4. Reduce the amount of dishes you have to do by reducing the amount of dishes you have on your shelves. I had a problem where me and my roommates where doing a mass amount of dishes all of the time. The solution was to pick out the dishes we use the most and pack up the rest. We went from 20 plates, 30 cups and 100 pieces of mismatched utensils to 10 plates, 15 cups and mugs and 2 complete, matching sets of forks, knives and spoons.

    5. Make Cleaning fun - No, for real, it can be done. First make a list of chores, this will keep you focused. Second, enlist your roommates and loved ones. The more hands you have working the faster it will get done. Third, rock out while you clean. If I may quote Madonna, "Get into the Groove". Choose funky and groovy tunes by artists like Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and even Lady Gaga. Also genres like old school hip hop and Motown classics and even 70's funk will really get you moving. Sing your song out loud, get your booty shaking and get your clean on!

    Now get Cracking! Chef Egg

    How to Cook Vegetables

    How to Cook Vegetables

    I'm Chef Egg and I want you to get cooking today. But the big question is how do you start cooking when you don't know where to get started? The answer is, we are going to start small, learn some basics and then grow from there. You don't need special food or equipment, just a desire to get cooking today!

    The first lesson we are going to learn is how to cook vegetables. There is no real recipe, just a couple of tips you can follow for endless possibilities of healthy vegetable options.

    1. First, clean your vegetables and chop them into small pieces, about 1/2 inch insize. When all of the vegetables are the same size they will all cook at the same time and look really nice when you serve them. Today I have diced half of an onion, diced one red bell pepper and cut a zucchini into ¼ inch cubes. All of these veggies are inexpensive, healthy and versatile.

    2. Next, put a large skillet (any kind will do) over medium heat. Now here is the big trick, a medium flame will be perfect for most cooking methods. At this heat level, the food will brown nicely and cook perfectly on the inside. If the fire is to low, the food will never brown properly and your veggies will steam and get mushy. If it's too high you will burn the outside before the inside cooks through. You will also smoke your kitchen out and that is never fun.

    Once your pan is hot, add a tablespoon of oil and cover the bottom of the pan. If the pan is hot enough the oil should smoke just a little. Once it starts to smoke, add the veggies and toss. After that first toss, don't touch the food and let it cook for 2 minutes. This will allow the food to brown and become flavorful.

    3. Once the food has browned, toss it around again and let it cook for another 2 minutes. Do this for 8 minutes, until the veggies are cooked through, but slightly undercooked. They should have a little bite to them.

    I like to season my vegetables with salt and pepper because it is simple and brings out the natural flavor of the food. You can always add a dash of dried Italian herbs and a pinch of red pepper flakes for heat.

    You can use this technique to cook most soft vegetables like squash, snow peas, corn kernels, greens and even apples and pears. Hard vegetables like green beans, carrots, potatoes, cauliflower and broccoli can be either boiled in salt water for 2-3 minutes or microwaved for 3 minutes before adding them to the pan. This tossing or "Sauté" technique works well with frozen vegetables or canned as well.

    Switch up the theme by changing the sauce, whether it is a sweet teriyaki, spicy salsa and hot sauce, creamy curry, tangy tomato or herbal Brazilian chimichurri. Match the sauce with the sides like rice and grains, beans, cous cous or pasta for a complete meal.

    Don't worry, me and my crew will set you on the path to culinary eggcellence! Next time I am going to teach you how to cook chicken, steak and fish perfect every time.

    Now let's get cracking'!

    Chef Egg

    When Cooking - You Have To Burn to Learn!

    When Cooking - You Have to Burn To Learn

    I talk to people all of time about cooking. We speak about memories, flavors, aromas, textures, good experiences as well as bad. I understand that learning how to cook can freak people out, especially if you don't have experience. This fear is one of the things that is keeping people of all ages away from the kitchen and a healthy lifestyle.

    Well, I was teaching a class last night and one of my students had a very insightful phrase that I would like to share with you. She said "If you want to cook, you have to BURN TO LEARN".

    "Burn to Learn", what does that mean? Its means just that; if you want to learn how to prepare great food, you have to start small and be willing to burn some stuff. I am not talking about bring your kitchen down in a fiery inferno, but I am talking about an offering up a couple of vegetables and pieces of meat to the culinary gods. I think it is a small price to pay in an effort to gain your culinary independence.

    People ask me all of the time about going to culinary school to learn cooking basics and fundamentals. Some pay big money to learn how to cook, really, up to $25, 000 a year. In my opinion culinary school is important if you want a professional career in cooking, but not if you want to cook for yourself and loved ones.

    I offer you this, buy a couple of fresh vegetables like asparagus, zucchini and squash, onions and colorful bell pepper; then pick up some inexpensive meats and fish like chicken thighs and tilapia and get cooking today. You may burn some food, but you will learn something about your skills and hopefully have something tasty in the end.

    Don't worry, me and my crew will set you on the path to culinary eggcellence!

    Now get Crackin'!

    Chef Egg

    Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Learn How To Cook

    Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Learn How To Cook

    1. Cooking is fun and a great way to relieve stress after a hard day of work or school.

    2. Learning to cook will help you to learn about world cultures and customs, and to obtain life skills like eating healthy, budgeting your money, and sanitation. This will make you a responsible and mature individual. You can surprise your parents; they'll never believe you.

    3. It's Cheap! The bottom line is that cooking is less expensive. Eating at restaurants, fast food joints, and school cafeterias, and spending money on pre-packaged meals, gets to be very expensive for a young person on a budget - like me!

    4. You have control over your menu and can pick exactly what you want to eat.

    5. It is healthier for you. Staying away from fast food and convenience food - and instead, eating more fresh foods like fruits and vegetables, will increase your quality of health now and forever!

    Now Get Crackin'! Chef Egg

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