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Chef Shawn Bucher

About the author: Shawn Bucher

Chef Shawn Bucher holds business degrees and a culinary certificate and has worked in the food service industry for over 20 years. Having been involved in most aspects of the industry “from grocery stores to restaurants, hotels, schools to corporate training and development,” he brings a unique and overall perspective to cooking and the food service industry.

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Recipe for Pico De Gallo

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“Recipe for Pico De Gallo” Need a recipe for Pico De Gallo?  Here is my go to recipe for Pico De Gallo. Pico De Gallo Recipe Yield: 3 cups     1 each                  Large Sweet Onion – Diced 1 each                  Lime 3 each                  Roma Tomatoes – Diced 1 each                  Fresh Cilantro Bunch – Minced…

Cooking Barley

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“Cooking Barley” Cooking Barley is just like cooking most other grains.  A basic 2 to 1 ratio of liquid to Barley is the basic idea behind cooking barley. Barley has gained popularity the last few years because it is a nutritious, gluten-free, filling option.  Cooking Barley is just like cooking rice and has a similar…

Easy Fish Taco Sauce

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“Easy Fish Taco Sauce”  Creating an easy fish taco sauce is a great way to spice up a boring fish taco.  One of my favorites is an easy fish taco sauce that is unique, but familiar, a signature easy fish taco sauce of mine-the Coconut lime sauce! For a while I was calling it a…

Simple Guacamole Recipe

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“Simple Guacamole Recipe” Sometimes a simple guacamole recipe is not that simple.  Rest assured, this simple guacamole recipe on the other hand is very simple The key to a good simple guacamole recipe is really the same for any recipe, starting with the best ingredients possible.  There are only a few ingredients in a simple…

Homemade Butter Recipe

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“Homemade Butter Recipe” Want a good homemade butter recipe?  Here is a good way to start making your own butter. When making your own homemade butter recipe, keep a few things in mind. #1 – Go with “Pasturerized” not “Ultra-Pasturized” heavy cream for your homemade butter recipe. #2 – When you have whipped it for a long…

How to make Corn Syrup

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“How to make Corn Syrup” When Learning how to make corn syrup, keep in mind that learning how to make corn syrup will only peak your interest in learning how to do more things thatn just learning how to make corn syrup . . . For example, why not learn how to make your own…

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The First Timers Cookbook

Learn how to cook,
not just what to cook.

The First Timer's Cookbook is the cook book that teaches basic principles and techniques behind cooking. The second edition combines The First Timer's Cookbook and The First Timer's Bakebook and includes recipes and additional content that the original did not.