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Culinary Schools In Houston and all over America offer accredited college courses and professional training for aspiring chefs.
The most highly acclaimed Culinary School in the United States is the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.
Le Cordon Bleu degrees are recognized and respected by top chefs all over the world. Graduates of Le Cordon Bleu include Julia Child and Martha Stewart.
The Le Cordon Bleu school maintains 15 campuses across America, but the nearest one to Houston is in Austin (see image shown above).
Here's a short list of some well reputed Cooking Schools in Houston:
Culinary Institute Le Notre 888-536-6873
Well Done Cooking Classes 832-782-3518
Local cooking schools will typically teach students how to incorporate locally sourced products onto a menu.
The official state plant of Texas is the edible Prickly Pear Cactus. The pads of the cactus are used in salads, soups, tacos, or just cooked on the grill for a zesty side dish.
The pads are also used for making Cactus Tacos (image shown below). The technique is rather self-explanatory:
Just put the pieces of prepared cactus into taco shells (hard shells are recommended). If you like, you can add lettuce, guacamole, cheese, and chunky salsa.
Cactus tastes somewhat like a limp, skinless, lightly marinated string bean. But it has an Okra-like 'slime' after cooking and should be rinsed well before serving.
The sweet, red fruit of the Prickly Pear is used to make jellies, pies, dried snack foods, dessert toppings and cocktails.
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