Tuesday, December 22, 2009

5 Tips to Choose the Best Culinary Arts School

Posted by Rica at 6:04 AM 1 comments
Author: Joanne Dominick

You may think of becoming a chef or make it as your future career after college graduation. Then, you must earn a certification or related degree in culinary arts in order to successfully entering this quickly changing and high-demand industry. When you start planning your future culinary career, here are some things that you should consider when determining the best culinary arts school for your further education.

1. The type of degree

The type of degree you want to earn may affect which Culinary Arts school you choose. Some culinary arts schools just offer very specialized culinary arts degree programs while other may have different types of degree levels such certification, associate degrees, bachelors, masters or even doctorate programs for you to choose from. Hence, before you choose the best culinary arts school of yours, you need to determine the type of degree you plan to pursue. Then, eliminate the culinary arts schools that do not offer the type of degree from your consideration list. This will help to narrow your scope of selecting the best culinary arts school and make easy for you in your decision making.

2. The culinary arts school credibility and reputation

Your culinary degree or certification will determine your career future in the food industry; hence you need to ensure your degree or certification which is the evidence to prove your qualification needs to be from the culinary arts school that has the highest creditability with the best reputation. Holding a degree from school that has good reputation and well known in the job market will make your interview process more smoothly and increase your chances to secure the culinary job opportunity when you use it to start your culinary career after graduation.

3. The accreditation of culinary arts school

There are too many education scams out there and you need to be sure to stay far away from them. One way to ensure your degree that really valuable in the workplace is by enrolling into a culinary arts program offered by the school that is fully accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the Department of Education. This is very important to your future employment and well worth in your educational investment.

4. The school's facilities

Cooking is definitely a hands-on subject that involves a lot of practical works. Hence the best culinary arts schools should well-furnished with sufficient kitchen facilities for you to practice your learning. Before you enroll into the culinary arts degree program of your selected culinary arts school, you should pay a visit to the school to ensure the school has the necessary facilities for your practical works.

5. Total cost for entire culinary arts program

Although the cost to complete the entire culinary arts program need to be considered especially if you have a budget constraint for your education investment, but keep in mind that the degree you earn will provide a lifetime of solid income, so you should make your decision more on the quality of the culinary arts degree program rather than the cost. Moreover, there are many scholarships and other financial aids available that you can apply to support the program cost.

Summary

If you choose culinary career as your future career, a culinary related degree or certification will helps you in entering this quickly changing and high-demand career field. Use the above suggestions to select the best culinary arts school to get the culinary arts degree that will meet your career goal.

About the Author:

Joanne Dominick, the author on various online education topics invites you to explore more information on culinary art degree programs at http://culinaryartsdegreeonline.studykiosk.com and get more information on the type of culinary degrees available for you to choose from.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

QuickFire, Pesto Prawns Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes

Posted by Rica at 11:27 PM 3 comments

In one of the episodes of QuickFire of QTV Channel 11, Ched Rosebu Benitez cooked pesto prawns salad with sun pried tomatoes, together with her guest Tere Licaros and Maggie Wilson. This one is very great recipe for those on a diet. If you want to make this recipe try it out, it's so very easy to make, here's the recipe.

Pesto Prawns salad with sun dried tomatoes

1/2 kilo prawns, peeled and deveined

1 tbsp butter

1/2 cup white wine

3 garlic cloves, minced- me

1/4 cup prepared basil pesto sauce - store bought

6 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and diced- me

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese- me

Salt and pepper

Ajinomoto Super seasoning

1 pack mixed greens

1. In a bowl, mix the pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, mayonnaise, and Parmesan cheese. Cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve.

2. Season Prawns with salt and pepper. Saute garlic with butter and add the prawns. Season with Ajinomoto umami super seasoning.

3. Plate the greens and pour the pesto mix. Top with prawns and a few more grated cheese and sun dried tomatoes.


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Italian Cooking School - The Secret Ingredient To Cooking Authentic Italian Food

Posted by Rica at 11:13 PM 2 comments

Italian Cooking School - The Secret Ingredient To Cooking Authentic Italian Food

Author: Abhishek Agarwal

There are a lot of things that you could learn in an Italian cooking school. When enrolling in a culinary institution, there are different options. You could choose those who offer basic culinary education, the fundamentals and the like or opt to take up specialized classes that deal with specific types of cooking. If you are planning to become a chef, then cooking school is mandatory. But even if you are just a cooking enthusiast, you could still broaden your skills by taking up classes in specific types of cooking like joining an Italian culinary school. You should list down the things that you expect t to learn from these schools before enrolling in one though.

Enrolling in the right School

Italian cooking, is of course, the main forte of Italian schools. But there are some Italian schools that offer more styles which include Asian and French cuisine. This is because such styles are popular and widely practiced. So it would do well for you to know them too. But fundamentally, you will be trained in Italian Cuisine. Italian is very distinct when it comes to other types of cooking. The classes will involve demonstrations where in you could practice hands-on, practicing techniques that have been passed down traditionally and the story behind them as well. Because, like all styles, Italian cooking is a philosophy as well. In the end, you are going to be cooking genuine Italian meals.

You will also be versed in Italian culture when you enrol in an Italian cooking schools. You will find out thins like how food factors into every day Italian life. These include foods that are used day to day and foods that are only prepared during celebrations and festivities. You will also learn Italian wine culture. Because not only are they used as refreshments, wines are common Italian ingredients as well. You will also learn all of the available Italian ingredients as well as places to best procure them in.

You could also learn other things which would include the Italian language. You are sure to pick up some words that are involved with this cooking style. And of course you will also learn effective food management because, as we know, cooking doesn’t only involve the actual cooking itself. You need to know how to manage food quality afterwards as well. The best thing is that you could also get the chance to learn from famous Italian chefs and apprentice in popular Italian restaurants. When it comes to Italian cuisine, that is first-hand experience!

If you are enticed by all of this then by all means, enrol in an Italian cooking school. You will not only learn how to cook food, but you will also learn how to live and enjoy the Italian lifestyle as well. You will definitely profit greatly from the knowledge that you will earn in these schools.

About the Author:

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Secrets of The Masters - QTV Channel 11 Cooking Shows

Posted by Rica at 10:39 PM 1 comments

Secrets of The Masters is one of the great cooking shows in the Philippines wherein they gather most the country's top chefs and most in demand restaurants to show their own unique techniques and style of cooking. It was aired every Sunday at QTV Channel 11, and was hosted by non other than Issa Litton. Every episode they presents one culinary master to unveiled some of their kitchen secrets.

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Sarap at Home - QTV Channel 11 Cooking Shows

Posted by Rica at 11:34 PM 2 comments
Sarap at Home was one of the freshest cooking shows in QTV channel 11. It hosted by non other Sam Oh, one of the host of True Confections and Chef Nino Logarta. Sarap at Home is not just an ordinary cooking show, it is also a bit sitcom, cause in Sarap at Home the host plays as neighbors. Sam Oh as a single career-woman whose kitchen is always stocked with food, and her neighbor Chef Nino Logarta who loves raiding her kitchen. In this cooking show they are more detailed when it comes with cooking, they plush on TV each of the ingredients and shows every bit on how to cook and prepare the dish for the day.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Online Cooking School

Posted by Rica at 7:41 PM 0 comments
Cooking course nowadays have being popular, you can noticed it cause there are lot of cooking schools and culinary shools that have been come up. There are lot up people enrolled to cooking class or in culaniry class because they wanted to learn the art of cooking and have a degree or certificate from it. But if you just wanted to cook and want to learn more, you can learn it in an online cooking class. There are lots of online cooking class nowadays that have been offered for free. One of the free online cooking class that you can see on the internet is rouxbe.
"Rouxbe is a new kind of culinary website where we teach home cooks how to cook better by using the same process that professional chefs and culinary schools have used for decades all over the world. It starts with learning cooking skills and culinary techniques and then practicing these newly acquired skills and techniques with delicious recipes."
Rouxbe is the web's first-ever online video cooking school complete with practice video recipes, cooking exercises, culinary quizzes, progress reporting and personal chef support.

You can visit their website at http://rouxbe.com/

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Monday, November 30, 2009

True Confections, Nestle All Purpose Cream Calamansi Cloud

Posted by Rica at 8:26 PM 0 comments


Ingredients:
  • 2 250 g NESTLE All Purpose Cream
  • 1/2 cup CARNATION Condensada
  • 1 8 oounce cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup freshly-squeezed calamansi juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon green food coloring
  • 14 pieces graham crackers
  • 1 piece kiwi, sliced into wedges
Directions:
1. Mix well NESTLE All Purpose Cream, CARNATION Condensada, cream cheese and calamansi juice. Add food coloring until desired color is achieved. Set aside.
2. Spread 1/4 cup of the calamansi-cream mixture into the bottom of a square glass or aluminum container. Arrange graham crackers on top of the cream.
3. Add a second layer of the cream. Finish with another layer of graham crackers and the rest of the cream. Decorate with kiwi wedges and crushed graham crackers on top if desired. Chill for least 4 hours before serving.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

My Favorite Recipes - QTV Channel 11 Cooking Shows

Posted by Rica at 11:02 PM 0 comments
My Favorite Recipes is one of the newest cooking shows in QTV Channel 11 and it was hosted by Chef Aileen Anastacio, she's also one of the host of QTV show True Confections.
According to WMN "The recipes are inspired by childhood memories, unforgettable travels, and bonding time with family and friends. Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner or those sneaky meals in between-this show has something for every food lover."
During the pilot episode of My Favorite Recipes, it features one of Chef Aileen’s favorite childhood recipes, the Chicken ala King.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

True Confections - QTV Channel 11 Cooking Shows

Posted by Rica at 10:49 PM 0 comments
True confections is another one of the best cooking shows in QTV channel 11. This show is hosted by Sam Oh, Chef Aileen Anastacio, and Chef Jackie Ang-Po. True Confections is a half-hour casual baking tutorial that showcases easy-to-make and hard-to-resist desserts.
In this show they are showing how to make and bake most of the delicious and luscious desserts.
One of the most used product in this show is Nestle All Purpose cream, by just using this they can make a lot of variety of desserts like creamy drinks, cakes, mousse and ice cream.
I really love watching this show specially when they make cakes, and other special desserts that will make your mouth watery.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Stirr, battery operated automatic stirrer

Posted by Rica at 11:49 PM 7 comments
Stirring is one the tedious part during cooking, specially for those foods that require constant stirring or else it will all stick on your cooking pans. Thanks Lakeland they have invented Stirr a battery operated automatic stirrer, you just need to turn it on and all your stirring problem will be all gone.
Stirr is a British-patented design, it’s a hands-free, self-stirring wizard that allows you to get on with other tasks, keeping things moving smoothly until the job is done. A revolution in your pan. And its made up of stainless steel with heat-resistant silicone legs. It requires a 4 x AA batteries to run.

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How To Make Cassava Cake

Posted by Rica at 11:31 PM 1 comments
Ingredients:

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 bottle macapuno (12 oz jar )
2 oz butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 packet frozen cassava, grated

Topping:
1/2 can condensed milk ( 300ml can )
grated cheese

Instructions:
  • Mix sugar and butter until smooth.

  • Add cassava, macapuno and coconut milk.

  • Add vanilla. Stir together. Bake in 350°F oven 30 minutes or until cooked.

  • Pour condensed milk on top of cassava cake.

  • Sprinkle grated cheese on top.

  • Put back in oven top shelf until brown.

Source: Filipino Vegetarian Recipe
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Quick Fire - QTV Channel 11 Cooking Shows

Posted by Rica at 1:25 AM 0 comments
Quick Fire is one of my favorite cooking shows in QTV channel 11 it is hosted by Rosebud Benitez. The show is very popular now a days because they are teaching all moms like on how to cook meals in less than 10 minutes. It is very important for mom to cook meals in fast and easy way, because we all know that most of mom's out have a lot of task to do inside and outside their home.
I also like this show because they also shows all of the new and unique gadget that can help lessen the burden of preparing and cooking meals.


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How To Make Fish Balls

Posted by Rica at 1:19 AM 3 comments
FISHBALL RECIPE

Ingredients:
1 tbsp. baking powder
3 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. salt
1 kilo fish fillet (preferably labahita, maya-maya or dalagang bukid)

Procedure:
1. Wash fish fillet & drain in sieve or colander.
2. Chop fish fillet finely. Place ice if you want it to stick quicker together while mixing.
3. Mix salt, baking powder & constarch
4. Add to fish and mix well.
5. Take 1 tbsp fishball mixture & roll it into the pl\alm of your hands until you form a nice ball. Repeat. You can make 100 fishballs with this mixture.
6. Set fishballs aside. Boil water in a saucepan.
7. Drop fishballs into the boiling water.
8. Cooked fishballs float when they are done. Collect the floaters to drain on sieve or colander.
9. Store in fridge or freezer.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

How to make cheese sticks: Quick and Easy Recipe

Posted by Rica at 11:38 PM 1 comments
Ingredients:

Any cheddar cheese (don't use quickmelt cheese)
Lumpia wrapper
1 tsp cornstarch for paste

Ketchup
Mayonnaise

Instructions:

1. Slice cheese into strips approx 1/2" x 2.5"
2. Cut lumpia wrapper into quarter
3. Make cornstarch into paste by adding a little water to seal the end of wrapper
4. Wrap cheese using the lumpia wrapper
5. Deep fry
it until lumpia wrapper is golden brown
5. Dip with mayo mix with ketsup

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

How To Make Siomai (Steamed Dumplings)

Posted by Rica at 11:12 PM 5 comments
Ingredients:
1 kg ground pork
1 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup chopped water chestnuts or turnips (singkamas)

50 pcs. large or 100 pcs. small wanton or siomai wrapper
1/3 cup chopped carrots

soy sauce

2 medium or 1 large minced onion

calamansi

bunch of spring onions or leeks
sesame oil
1 egg
chilli paste (optional)
5 tablespoons sesame oil

1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


Directions:

Mix all the ingredients for the filling in a bowl.

Spoon 1 tablespoon of mixture into each wrapper.
Fold and seal.
Meanwhile, boil water and brush steamer with oil.
When the water gets to a rolling boil, arrange the siomai in the steamer and let stand for 15-20 minutes, longer for larger pieces.

Serve with soy sauce, calamansi and sesame oil. Chili paste is optional.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Iron Chef

Posted by Rica at 11:33 PM 2 comments
The Iron Chef is one of my favorite cooking show that can be watch at QTV channel 11 every Monday at 8:30 PM. Iron Chef was a stylized cooking competition featuring accomplished guest chefs challenging one of the show's resident "Iron Chefs" in a timed cooking battle built around a specific theme ingredient. The three Iron Chef are named Chen Kenichi (Iron Chef Chinese), Hiroyuki Sakai (Iron Chef French), Masaharu Morimoto (Iron Chef Japanese). The host of the show was Takeshi Kaga known on the show as Chairman Kaga.
The story behind this cooking competition was always every time the show was aired. It said the Takeshi Kaga "realise his dream in a form has never seen before" and he constructed a cooking arena called "Kitchen Stadium" in his castle. There are visiting chefs who are going to challenged one of his resident chefs which he called the Iron Chefs. The challenger and the chosen Iron Chef will try to defeat each other by trying to make the best foods out the themed ingredients of the day.
I hope that the Filipinos will build their own version of this cooking competition, I am sure it will be a very great hit, because it is very exiting show and you learn a lot from it.

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QTV Channel 11 Cooking Shows

Posted by Rica at 11:13 PM 0 comments
QTV Channel 11 was the sister channel of the number 1 channel here in the Philippines which is GMA 7. QTV shows mostly focus on woman, lifestyle and cooking. In this channel you can watch a lot of shows cooking like the Iron Chef, Quick Fire, My Favorites Recipe, Sarap at Home, Secret of the masters and True Confections. When you watch this shows, you will always be hungry, because they are always teaching and showing how to cook delicious foods.

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