Basic Cooking

Learn the basics and cooking becomes easy. – One of the biggest reasons I created The Reluctant Gourmet was so I can share what I have taught myself over the years with those of you just starting out. Like building any structure, you start at the foundation and build up. Here are a few of my favorite cooking “basics” that will help you on the road to becoming a better cook.
 

How To Know When Shrimp Are Done Cooking

June 27, 2015 2 Comments
How To Know When Shrimp Are Done Cooking

How Do I Know When Shrimp Are Perfectly Cooked & Ready to Eat? There are many ways to cook and serve shrimp. Do you remember Pvt. Benjamin Buford’s line in Forest Gump? “Anyway, like I was sayin’, shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté […]

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Basic Roast Beef Recipe

April 12, 2015 0 Comments
Basic Roast Beef Recipe

Simple Rump Roast Beef Recipe I was in our local organic supermarket called Mom’s for the best blueberry muffins in the township and noticed they had some organic meats on sale for 50% off. I don’t typically purchase organic meats for several reasons, all of which probably don’t make any sense and I’ll revisit this […]

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Simple Shrimp Risotto Recipe

January 4, 2014 4 Comments
Simple Shrimp Risotto Recipe

When we need a quick and delicious meal, shrimp risotto to the rescue! Do you have nights where you haven’t planned anything for dinner but want to put a great meal on the table that everyone including the kids will enjoy? In our house, that means shrimp risotto. I already have a recipe for shrimp […]

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How Much Heat To Use When Sauteing

September 16, 2012 7 Comments
How Much Heat To Use When Sauteing

How Much Heat Should I Use When Sauteing? I recently received an email from a reader asking about the type of heat to use when using the cooking technique of sauteing. Medium Medium High High They also wanted to know about the heat of the pan and the fat you cook with.  Great questions so […]

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Basic Tomato Sauce

September 15, 2012 2 Comments
Basic Tomato Sauce

A Simple Tomato Sauce Recipe One of the most important items I have on hand at all times is my Basic Tomato Sauce. Sometimes called Salsa Di Pomodoro but more often called “Italian Gravy” by my Italian friends, this sauce is the start of many great recipes. Once a month, usually on a Sunday, I […]

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Basic Mushroom Risotto

September 9, 2012 2 Comments
Basic Mushroom Risotto

How to Make a Basic Mushroom Risotto Preparing a basic mushroom risotto doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor. No, this is how I would prepare it during the week and use button mushrooms or whatever I had on hand. If I want to step this dish up to something more “special”, I would look […]

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Basic Mustard Vinaigrette Recipe

July 22, 2012 15 Comments
Basic Mustard Vinaigrette Recipe

How to Make a Simple Mustard Vinaigrette One of the first things I learned to make when I was learning how to cook or should I say being taught how to cook was a simple vinaigrette. I was in my 20’s and didn’t even know at the time how much I would enjoy spending time […]

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Mayo – Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe

July 17, 2012 9 Comments
Mayo – Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe

Homemade Mayo is easy to make and tastes so much better than store bought. We all have our favorite brand of Mayonnaise. All you have to do is look at some of the comments on my blog post – What Mayonnaise Tastes Best to see how people react when it comes to this staple. And […]

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10 Pasta Cooking Tips

July 17, 2012 3 Comments
10 Pasta Cooking Tips

Tips That Will Leave You With Perfect Pasta Making good pasta is easy, but to make great pasta….. How Much Pasta Per Person If you will be serving pasta as a main course with, say, a salad and some crusty bread, count on 4 ounces of pasta per diner. In other words, a one-pound box […]

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Basic Bread Recipe

September 30, 2008 82 Comments
Basic Bread Recipe

How to Make Bread at Home Baking homemade bread can be challenging to even the most experienced home cooks. It’s not like making a stew or grilling up a steak. There is a lot of technique involved and lots of ways to mess up. Below is a recipe for making a basic 4-ingredient bread with […]

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