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The Fire House Chef

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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Salsa

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.

8mins

16 Oct 2011

Rank #1

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Avocados

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.

7mins

15 Jun 2011

Rank #2

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Christmas French Toast

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.

6mins

17 Dec 2011

Rank #3

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Backyard Burgers

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.

7mins

22 Aug 2011

Rank #4

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Mustard

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

5mins

6 Aug 2011

Rank #5

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Ketchup

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.

8mins

14 Aug 2011

Rank #6

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College Food (Asian Noodle Soup)

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.

7mins

3 Dec 2011

Rank #7

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Thanksgiving Brussels Sprouts

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.

7mins

16 Nov 2011

Rank #8

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Holiday Cookies

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.

7mins

10 Dec 2011

Rank #9

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Pumpkin Soup

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

5mins

24 Oct 2011

Rank #10

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Frittatas

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.

6mins

12 May 2011

Rank #11

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Lemon Churros

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.

5mins

24 Apr 2011

Rank #12

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Chips and Tortillas

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

8mins

5 Jul 2011

Rank #13

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Dutch Baby

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.

8mins

6 Nov 2011

Rank #14

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Black Bean and Corn Salad

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.

6mins

27 May 2011

Rank #15

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Your Burning Question

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.

10mins

21 Jul 2011

Rank #16

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Chicken Calzones

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.

6mins

15 Aug 2012

Rank #17

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Mayonnaise

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

5mins

1 Aug 2011

Rank #18

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Roast Chicken

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.

8mins

2 Oct 2011

Rank #19

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Roasted Corn and Salmon Chowder

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.

6mins

21 Jan 2012

Rank #20