How NOT to Start a Recipe – Kitchen Equipment

January 12, 2019 0 Comments
How NOT to Start a Recipe – Kitchen Equipment

The Importance of Good Kitchen Equipment Before You Start a Recipe Mistake #6 – Not Having the Right Equipment As part of reading the recipe and getting your mise en place together, you should also have inventoried your cooking equipment.  While it is acceptable to make some substitutions with equipment – using a sauté pan […]

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How NOT to Start a Recipe – Mise en Place

January 6, 2019 0 Comments
How NOT to Start a Recipe – Mise en Place

More Mistakes Home Cooks Make When Starting a Recipe Mistake #4 – Not Prepping Your Ingredients Almost as important as making sure you have all your ingredients is making sure that your ingredients are cooking ready.  How many times have you started a recipe only to realize you need a chopped onion or diced carrot […]

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How NOT to Start a Recipe – Part 2

December 30, 2018 0 Comments
How NOT to Start a Recipe – Part 2

Before You Even Think of Starting a New Recipe, Read This Mistake #2 Not Giving Yourself Enough Time I cannot stress this enough: just because recipes say that they can be made from start to finish in thirty or forty-five minutes does not mean that a person who is unfamiliar with the recipe or the […]

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How NOT to Start a Recipe

December 22, 2018 1 Comment
How NOT to Start a Recipe

What A Recipe Is Before I talk about how not to start a recipe, I want to take some time to talk about what a recipe is.  According to Miriam Webster, a recipe is “a set of instructions for making something from various ingredients.” The second definition is “a formula or procedure for doing or […]

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How NOT to Season Food With Salt

December 10, 2018 0 Comments
How NOT to Season Food With Salt

Common Mistakes When Seasoning With Salt Salt is critical for bringing out flavors in the foods we cook. One of my problems with eating out, especially at good restaurants, I find chefs often over salt their dishes. I’m not sure why and this would be a great topic for another article but I find it […]

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How NOT to Season Foods – Spice and Herb Chart

December 3, 2018 0 Comments
How NOT to Season Foods – Spice and Herb Chart

A Simple Chart Describing Herbs & Spices & How to Use Them Let’s take a look at some of the more commonly available herbs and spices.  These listings are by no means exhaustive.  Many of the spice plants are not native to the United States; in these cases, I provide the USDA hardiness zone information […]

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How NOT to Season Food – Part 2

November 26, 2018 0 Comments
How NOT to Season Food – Part 2

More Common Mistakes When It Comes to Herbs & Spices Mistake #2  Keeping Herbs and Spices Forever Most of us have a dark, dusty corner of our spice cabinet where old spices go to die.  You know the place.  It’s where you keep the rarified spices that you bought to make a special dish for […]

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Mashed Potatoes FAQ

November 20, 2018 0 Comments
Mashed Potatoes FAQ

Mashed Potatoes Frequently Asked Questions Should I peel the potatoes before cooking? This is purely a personal preference. I peel my potatoes first, but I also know people who leave the peels on and then peel them after they are cooked. This sounds like more work than I want to do, but it is an […]

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Best Mashed Potato Options

November 19, 2018 0 Comments
Best Mashed Potato Options

Now Let’s Consider A Few Options When Mashing Potatoes Choosing the Right Potato to Mash A potato is basically a package that contains starch, sugar and water along with some nutrients, especially in the skins. But, there are many different varieties of potato, and they differ in the proportions of each component. Most cookbooks tell […]

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How NOT to Season Foods

October 30, 2018 0 Comments
How NOT to Season Foods

How NOT to Season Foods – Common Seasoning Mistakes & How to Avoid Them Spices and seasonings are our passport to a whole world of flavor possibilities.  We are very lucky that we live in a time when a host of spices are readily available for our use and experimentation. In the past, wars have […]

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