Cooking Techniques

Stir Fry Lessons for Home Cooks

June 18, 2012 2 Comments
Stir Fry Lessons for Home Cooks

How to Stir Fry in Your Own Kitchen Every week or so I get a craving for Chinese food. There’s something about those crunchy vegetables, tender meats, and incredible flavors that forces me to dig out a menu buried in a kitchen drawer and order from a local restaurant. The Chinese have a way of […]

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How to Stew Anything

June 18, 2012 1 Comment
How to Stew Anything

How to Make a Great Stew Recipe All About Stew & How to stew anything Nothing hits the spot on a cold, snowy day than a rich and steaming bowl of stew. But what is, stew, exactly? Stew is not only the name of a dish, but it is also a cooking method. Stew, the […]

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Poaching Eggs, Meat, Chicken, Fish and Vegetables

June 18, 2012 11 Comments
Poaching Eggs, Meat, Chicken, Fish and Vegetables

Poaching is a Moist Heat Cooking Method Have you ever poached an egg to make Eggs Benedict? Poached pears in wine for dessert? Or delicately cooked a fish covered with water, stock or wine (poaching liquids) in a covered pan to preserve the moistness of the meat? These are examples of poaching you are probably […]

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Roasting Technique | How to Roast Meat and Poultry

June 18, 2012 8 Comments
Roasting Technique | How to Roast Meat and Poultry

All About Roasting Meats How to Roast Meats & Poultry In the beginning, roasting was done on a turning spit over an open fire and the juices ran over the surface of the meat basting it continuously. Roasting is a dry heat cooking method. A more specific definition includes roasting in an oven, before a […]

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How to Braise Everything

June 18, 2012 29 Comments
How to Braise Everything

The Art of Braising – a Simple Cooking Technique with Huge Outcomes What Is Braising? Braising is a cooking technique in which the main ingredient is seared, or browned in fat, and then simmered in liquid on low heat in a covered pot. The best equipment to use would be a crock pot, pressure cooker […]

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Learn How to Bake Anything

June 18, 2012 10 Comments
Learn How to Bake Anything

The Art of Baking – a dry heat method of cooking Definition of Baking Baking is defined as cooking food in an oven using dry heat. That’s all well and good, but since baking is one of the primary ways in which we cook food, let’s take a minute to look at baking, in depth. […]

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A Different Way to View Boiling

May 18, 2012 0 Comments
A Different Way to View Boiling

Chinese Water Temperatures I remember as a kid my mom boiling a lot of foods. Vegetables – fresh, frozen or canned were thrown in a pan and brought to a boil.  Chicken, beef, pork, hot dogs, even some seafood was boiled.  There was no finesse about it; she just turned up the heat and let […]

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Barbecue Ribs – Doing Them Right

July 19, 2011 4 Comments
Barbecue Ribs – Doing Them Right

Shedding Some Light on Ribs I wrote a post last week called What Is Barbecue about the different styles of barbecue.  There’s so much information out there on barbecue, but even after all my research, I probably just barely scratched the surface.  While the sheer amount of fact and opinion out there is daunting, I […]

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All About BBQ and the Different Types of Barbecue

July 12, 2011 12 Comments
All About BBQ and the Different Types of Barbecue

Shedding Some Light on Barbecue Ask ten people in ten different cities what “barbecue” is, and you will likely get ten different answers.  Some will say it’s just grilling.  Others might talk about smoking or steaming. Some say barbecue means beef.  Others will call foul and say that pork is the meat of choice when […]

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Still Even More Baking Questions Answered

June 17, 2011 4 Comments
Still Even More Baking Questions Answered

Learn More About Baking This week I received a bunch more baking questions from readers. Great questions but I’m not much of a baker so again I asked my friend Chef Jenni for help. Readers want to know about pre-making tarts, white sugar substitutes, baking soda questions and more. Here are a few of the […]

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