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The Fire House Chef

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Geared towards proving that "anyone can cook", the Fire House Chef (AKA - Ryan McKay) will break down the barriers and fears that surround cooking. I will stress the importance of family and food and that with one comes the other. Be it in the Fire House or at home, you will walk away from The Fire House Chef with the belief that cooking is for the many, not the few

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Geared towards proving that "anyone can cook", the Fire House Chef (AKA - Ryan McKay) will break down the barriers and fears that surround cooking. I will stress the importance of family and food and that with one comes the other. Be it in the Fire House or at home, you will walk away from The Fire House Chef with the belief that cooking is for the many, not the few

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The Empanadas Episode...

By LuvGSPointers - May 07 2013
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Question...Where was the Tequila bottle? Not only were there verbal blurps but written ones too. Love the episode anyway. Gave it character.

Outstanding show

By GEORGE THEODOROY - Oct 12 2012
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Thank you from Baltimore City Fire Department Show help a lot

iTunes Ratings

45 Ratings
Average Ratings
42
2
0
1
0

The Empanadas Episode...

By LuvGSPointers - May 07 2013
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Question...Where was the Tequila bottle? Not only were there verbal blurps but written ones too. Love the episode anyway. Gave it character.

Outstanding show

By GEORGE THEODOROY - Oct 12 2012
Read more
Thank you from Baltimore City Fire Department Show help a lot

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The Fire House Chef

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Geared towards proving that "anyone can cook", the Fire House Chef (AKA - Ryan McKay) will break down the barriers and fears that surround cooking. I will stress the importance of family and food and that with one comes the other. Be it in the Fire House or at home, you will walk away from The Fire House Chef with the belief that cooking is for the many, not the few

Salsa

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Salsa - You asked for it so here you go, Salsa. I show you the reason I use Roma, what on Earth a Tomatillo is, the authentic classic style salsa and lastly a gourmet smoky green salsa. Rate me on iTunes please! For more info, visit www.thefirehousechef.com.

Oct 16 2011

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Avocados

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Avocados (AKA: Butter of the Gods). In this episode, we learn about the most wonderful Mexican fruit, the avocado. I present it's most classic presentation, Guacamole, and offer a chance to learn alternative recipes. This is part 1 of 2. For more, visit www.thefirehousechef.com.

Jun 15 2011

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Christmas French Toast

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Christmas French Toast - December 25th, the big day where presents are opened while sitting around the Christmas tree, sipping on hot chocolate with Nat King Cole playing in the background... All that is missing is a great Firehouse breakfast, French Toast. In this episode, I show you that an inexpensive breakfast can still be luxurious, that which loaf you buy can be key, and that there are four major food groups (hint: we use one). For more, including the recipe, visit www.thefriehousechef.com.

Dec 17 2011

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Backyard Burgers

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Backyard Burgers - In this episode, we enjoy the waning days of summer and make some backyard burgers. We discuss what they are made of, how to make and cook them, and then top them with some of the homemade condiments from our previous episodes. For more, visit www.thefirehousechef.com.

Aug 22 2011

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Mustard

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Mustard - This is the second installment of my Condiment series. In this episode, I break down Mustard, demystify how to make it (and show how ridiculously easy it is to make it), and then throw together the classic Honey Mustard Vinaigrette. For more, visit www.thefirehousechef.com

Aug 06 2011

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Ketchup

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Ketchup - In this episode we take on the king of condiments, ketchup. We discuss what it is, how to make it, and what to eat it with. For more, visit www.thefirehousechef.com.

Aug 14 2011

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College Food (Asian Noodle Soup)

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College Food (Asian Noodle Soup) - Had some collegate followers throw down a challenge of making firehouse worthy dorm food so here's the response. In this episode, we discuss fermented anchovies, what Coriander is, and that once you graduate the only thing left to do is to pay for it. Visit www.thefirehousechef.com for the recipe and more.

Dec 03 2011

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Thanksgiving Brussels Sprouts

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Thanksgiving Brussels Sprouts - In this most traditional of holidays in which food is celebrated with family and friends, we explore the offerings of Thanksgiving. We discuss turkey, elementary school children's least favorite vegetables, and the importance of bacon fat. Oh, and we make a most memorable Brussels Sprouts side dish. Visit www.thefirehousechef.com for more.

Nov 16 2011

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Holiday Cookies

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Holiday Cookies - With Christmas fast approaching, we delve into the world of cookie making. We make some chewy cookies, discuss leavening agents, and quote the greatest Christmas movie ever made. Visit www.thefirehousechef.com for more.

Dec 10 2011

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Pumpkin Soup

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Pumpkin Soup - Happy Halloween everyone! Let's make some Pumpkin Soup. I show that canned foods aren't always bad, soups are the best one pot meal and that Mint and Pumpkin really are a great combo. For more, visit www.thefirehousechef.com

Oct 24 2011

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Frittatas

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Frittatas - I'm back from my road trip and too tired to cook but I show you that even when you're down, you can still perform... I take leftovers from the day before, repackage it with eggs, call it something fancy, and present you with Frittatas. For more, visit www.thefirehousechef.com for more.

May 12 2011

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Lemon Churros

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Lemon Churros - I present my spin on a classic Mexican treat, churros. By adding lemon, these elevated desserts are not only easy to make, but don't hurt the wallet. Can be made well ahead of dinner to help avoid kids at home and calls at the firehouse. For more visit www.thefirehousechef.com.

Apr 24 2011

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Chips and Tortillas

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Chips and Tortillas. We continue with Part 2 of Butter of the Gods (AKA- Avocado) with the exploration into the world of Masa Harina. Join me as I make fresh corn tortillas, fresh corn chips, and spiced up store brand chips. For more, visit www.thefirehousechef.com

Jul 05 2011

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Dutch Baby

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DutchBaby - In this episode, I show you a twist on the classic pancake, there is always room for breakfast and how to top it off with a Blueberry Syrup. Also, a very special announcement! For more, visit www.thefirehousechef.com for more.

Nov 06 2011

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Black Bean and Corn Salad

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Memorial Day Salad, er, Salsa, or Pico de Gallo? I tackle the Black Bean and Roasted Corn salad you saw from the last episode per your requests. For more, visit www.thefirehousechef.com for more.

May 27 2011

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Your Burning Question

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Your Burning Question - In this special episode, I answer the questions you asked via the social media (AKA- Twitter, Facebook, Gmail, and www.thefirehousechef.com). I touch on potatoes, fire extinguishers, my 'go to' recipe and why Chefs are snobby.

Jul 21 2011

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Chicken Calzones

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Chicken Calzones - What do you get when you stuff Puff Pastry with Garlic Herb Cheese and Chicken? I don't know either but my crew called it Chicken Calzones and the name stuck. In this episode we discuss the sense of smell while baking, what a rough chop is and that egg wash seals the world of pastries together. For more, including the recipes to this episode, visit www.thefirehousechef.com.

Aug 15 2012

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Mayonnaise

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Mayonnaise. In this episode we discuss what Mayo is, how to make it (with a whisk no less), and how to spice it up (Aioli). This is part one of the Condiment Series. For more visit thefirehousechef.com

Aug 01 2011

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Roast Chicken

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Roast Chicken - Fall is in full swing in the South so what better way to usher in the new season then by roasting. In this episode, I show you how important brining is, how to flatten a chicken, and that you can cook the whole meal in one pot. For more, visit www.thefirehousechef.com.

Oct 02 2011

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Roasted Corn and Salmon Chowder

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Roasted Corn and Salmon Chowder - It's the perfect transitional episode for the steak and potato lover to the wonderful world of fish. Have someone you care about that won't touch fish if their life depended on it? This is the perfect recipe to open them up to what they are missing. We discuss that nothing beats cold weather like a warm belly, that Liquid Smoke is like bacon lite, and that eyebrows have a mind of their own. For more, visit www.thefirehousechef.com.

Jan 21 2012

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Stone Fruit Crisp with Brown Sugar Cream

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Stone Fruit Crisp with Brown Sugar Cream - With summer fading and fall seemingly upon us come Labor Day weekend, that means one thing, and one thing only, FOOTBALL! All that being said, I wanted to provide a firehouse recipe that only requires 15 minutes prep time and an hour in the oven, all the more time to watch your beloved team in action. Thank me later. In this episode we discuss browning butter, coarse sand, and the importance of being 10% smarter. For more, including the recipe, visit www.thefirehousechef.com.

Aug 31 2013

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Key Lime Pie

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Key Lime Pie - With a holiday near and dear to my heart, I felt it prudent to slip out of semi-retirement to bring to y'all a perfectly suited dessert for the under-the-sun gatherings of this 4th of July weekend, KEY LIME PIE! This citrus classic is perfectly suited for transport to the next firehouse, deck party, pool side or cul-de-sac and thankfully, can be made a day ahead. In this episode, we discuss ziploc bags, pie shells, and making the world move. For more, including the recipe, please visit www.thefirehousechef.com

Jun 30 2013

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Beef & Chorizo Empanadas

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Beef & Chorizo Empanadas - With Cinco de Mayo upon us, it is finally an occasion to express my love for the culture and cuisine of Mexico. I felt it prudent to bring a not so often consumed empanada its due time. It's the perfect pocket of well seasoned filling and I top it with an Ancho Cheese Bechamel. In this episode we discuss heat levels, chorizo innards and that perfectly pronounced Spanish is boring. For more, including the recipe, please visit www.thefirehousechef.com.

May 03 2013

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Warm Mustard Potato Salad

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Warm Mustard Potato Salad - With Spring officially here, it was high time I share a porch free recipe with y'all. One caveat, there's no mayo. But that's the good news, as EVOO, whole grain mustard and fresh greens doesn't allow you to miss it. In this episode we discuss steaming, green bean alternatives and audio is terrible in a sub. For more, including the recipe, please visit www.thefirehousechef.com.

Apr 24 2013

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Raspberry Mint Lava Cakes

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Raspberry Mint Lava Cakes - What happens when I realize that I haven't had a recipe were chocolate is the featured star? I take the classic molten lava cake and stuff it with raspberries and mint and stack it next to some good old fashion vanilla ice cream like only a firefighter would. In this episode we discuss chocolate's dark side, chocolate's health benefits and certain facial expressions cause pain. For more, including the recipe, please visit www.thefirehousechef.com.

Apr 16 2013

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Báhn Mì

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Báhn Mì - The traditional French-Vietnamese fusion street food is an affordable, yet tasty sandwich fit for the masses. Utilizing crunchy, yet a soft baguette filled with a fish aioli, spicy and caramelized pork, pickled carrots and radish, fresh cucumber, biting jalapeño and herbaceous cilantro then slightly toasted, it's a winner. In this episode, we discuss the power of salt, finding a local bakery has it's advantages, and that I use my hands, a lot. For more, including the recipe, please visit www.thefirehousechef.com.

Apr 01 2013

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Mascarpone Whipped Cream Lemon Bars

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Mascarpone Whipped Cream Lemon Bars - With springtime ready to bear it's vivid colors, plentiful sun and warmer days, I felt it prudent to bring you one of my favorites for celebrating the seasonal change, the lemon bar. But I elevate them by introducing an airy mascarpone whipped cream and a toast coconut finish, an almost perfect dessert. In this episode we discuss the power of zest, the backbone of confections and that whipped cream and whipped cheese are NOT the same thing. For more, including the recipe, please visit www.thefirehousechef.com.

Mar 22 2013

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Habanero Ham Mac & Cheese

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Habanero Ham Mac & Cheese - When at the firehouse and some comfort food is being requested, don't just turn to the standard bowed variety. Take some creative control, throw in some heat (substantially or not), add some savory protein and then top it with some toasty crunch and make it a firehouse worthy meal. In this episode we discuss starch, the Scoville Scale and recipe inspiration. For more, including the recipe, please visit www.thefirehousechef.com.

Mar 13 2013

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Buttermilk Drop Biscuits

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Buttermilk Drop Biscuits - Craving the heavenly buttered Southern gold standard known as the biscuit but don't want all the work attached to it? Then may I present to you the 'drop' biscuit. Have the effort but all of the flavor, this is a great stand in for those occasions when time is of the essence and you need biscuits sooner rather then later. In this episode we discuss aluminum free alkalis, salt diameters and that size matter (again). For more, including the recipe, please visit TheFireHouseChef.com.

Mar 04 2013

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Roasted Eggplant w/ Quinoa & Yogurt

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Roasted Eggplant w/ Quinoa & Yogurt - Mention the word "vegetarian" in the firehouse and be prepared to see everyone scatter like cockroaches when the lights come on. Fire service personnel are inherently carnivores in nature and have almost an unconscious, near violent reaction to even the whisper of a veggie based meal. So, with that in mind, I've decided to takle the infamously bitter and tasteless eggplant, to prove that any veggie can produce a wonderfully satisfying meal. In this episode we discuss preserved lemons, pomegranate molasses and raisin water. For more, including the recipe, please visit www.thefirehousechef.com. Stay hungry, my friends!

Feb 21 2013

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Valentines Platter

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Valentines Platter - Better late then never, this is a recipe that really can be used anytime and for any reason. It's fondue in the house with many a homemade item to enjoy. Marshmallows and ganache are the star in this episode but don't forget the graham crackers, pretzels, bacon, salt, whipped cream and strawberries. It's interactive dessert time reserved for the home only. In this episode we discuss steeping tea, the "soft ball stage" and slamming doors. For more, including the recipe, please visit www.thefirehousechef.com. Thanks, and I love you too.

Feb 15 2013

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Corn Dogs

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Corn Dogs - Time for the Super Bowl! One of the few "cheat" days in the fire service were we look the other way when it comes to frying. So I bring to you the fair classic Corn Dogs. I also teach you an Asian inspired ketchup and make Funnel Cake Bites out of the leftover batter. It's all good. In this episode we discuss plastic bags, pieces of bread and what to do with leftovers. For more, including the recipe, please visit www.thefirehousechef.com.

Jan 27 2013

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Sloppy Joes

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Sloppy Joes with Pickled Onions - Continuing with the comfort food theme while simultaneously being challenged to produce something delectable with ground beef, I decided to tackle the notoriously canned spectacle that is the Sloppy Joe. Inexpensive, built in less then an hour (homemade barbecue sauce included) and topped with pickled onions (don't worry, I demo those as well), this is a great week night meal sure to fill any belly. In this episode we discuss tomato paste, pickling and audio issues. For more, including the recipe, please visit www.thefirehousechef.com.

Jan 21 2013

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Shrimp & Grits

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Shrimp & Grits - Southern comfort food has it's own culinary following (with very good reason) and one of the staples is shrimp & grits. I'll try to recreate this southern classic while adding my own personality into what I consider a great rendition perfectly suited for a quick firehouse dinner. In this episode we discuss evaporation, shrimp stock and being shy. For more, including the recipe (and so much more), please visit www.thefirehousechef.com.

Jan 14 2013

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Ginger Carrot Soup

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Ginger Carrot Soup - Craving that warm, hearty winter soup but done in the style of the vegans and gluten free? Gotcha covered here with my rendition of a savory Ginger Carrot Soup. With a boosted sugar content provided courtesy of the cousin of carrots, the beautiful parsnip, and given added depth and earthiness with freshly ground spices, this soup hits the mark. In this episode we discuss blooming spices, many hand power tools and the strength of one man's blade. For more, including the recipe, please vist www.thefirehousechef.com.

Jan 06 2013

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Bacon Wrapped Dates

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Bacon wrapped dates with blue cheese, smoky almonds and fresh rosemary leaves. There every ounce as good as they sound. Complicated, layered and thought provoking (a stretch, I know), these little appetizers will be the hit of any party (if you care about such things). It hits all the marks when it comes to your tastes, it's the perfect bite. In this episode we discuss spiced nuts, taking it slow and a special birthday wish. For more, including the recipe, please visit www.thefirehousechef.com.

Dec 30 2012

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Espresso Nutella Mousse

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Espresso Nutella Mousse - With the Christmas holiday likely the last big meal of the year, I felt it prudent to share with y'all a light (though decadent) dessert to finish the merry night's festivities. Easy to assemble and affording you the chance to make it well in advance, this dessert offers something for everyone; coffee, peanut butter, chocolate, fruit (either bananas or tart berries), whipped cream and toasted nuts. Enough said. In this episode we discuss air bubbles, heavy rescue tools and humans raised by elves. For more, including the recipe, please visit www.thefirehousechef.com

Dec 16 2012

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Kale Chips

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Kale Chips - Want to have an easy to make, healthy alternative for potato chips for your "backyard burger" or "spiral cut hotdog"? Enter (the Dragon) Kale Chips! Take one the healthiest vegetables on the planet and trasform them into a fun and crunchy snack that will blow the minds of your fellow crew members (or family). IN this episode we discuss oven frying, the importance of being COMPLETELY DRY and that's there no difference between cheap and inexpensive. For more, including the recipe to this episode, please visit thefirehousechef.com. Stay hungry, my friends.

Dec 08 2012

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Rosemary Focaccia

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Rosemary Focaccia - Quick flatbreads that require very little 'hands on' time are a perfect way to get your gluten fix during a busy day. The majority of the time is spent proofing (more time for you) and the end product is a lite Italian inspired bread that fills the firehouse (and home) with a wonderful yeast smell. It's a win-win. In this episode we discuss protein percentages, rising up and Breaking Bad. For more, including the recipe, please visit thefirehousechef.com. Stay hungry, my friends!

Dec 01 2012

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Savory Stuffed Pumpkin

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Savory Stuffed Pumpkin - With Thanksgiving upon us, I wanted to offer a non-traditional and impressive side dish for the table. For me, the sides are were the fun begins on this Holiday (or Christmas for that matter). This stuffed pumpkin can be very versitial as you can place any combination of items in it. Don't want rice, addd quinoa, coucous, or cubed bread in it's place. Remove the protein (sausage) and dairy to make it a vegetarian dish. You can even consider making it a sweet version as well... And please don't pigeonhole this into just being a side dish. This cored out gourd feed 6 big Firefighters for dinner with a side salad and toasted bread on the side. I also demonstrate how to make roasted pumpkin seeds to top the pumpkin with. In this episode we discuss Jack O' Lanterns, recovering from mistakes and my love of all things pumpkin. For more, including the recipe, please viist www.thefirehousechef.com.

Nov 17 2012

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