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.
 

Simple Shrimp Risotto Recipe

January 4, 2014 2 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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Basic Tomato Sauce

September 15, 2012 0 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 7 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 5 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 2 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 80 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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Turkey Basics

November 22, 2006 5 Comments
Turkey Basics

Turkey Tips For Thanksgiving Cooking a turkey is not that difficult. In my opinion, it’s all the side dishes and desserts that become intimidating. But for those of you who are just a little intimidated or “reluctant” about cooking the Thanksgiving bird, here are some basic cooking tips that might help. I’ll also supply you […]

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Pasta Tip – Don’t Add Oil

March 23, 2006 2 Comments
Pasta Tip – Don’t Add Oil

Problems When You Add Oil to Pasta I get a lot of emails from visitors who have read my pasta tips page with the suggestion of adding a little oil to the pot of boiling water to prevent the pasta from sticking together. I did this for years until my friend and professional chef Ricco […]

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