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What does “To Taste” actually mean?

Basics

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“To Taste” or “TT” in a recipe is entirely dependent on you and your personal taste. To taste means seasoning your dish to the level of deliciousness that is perfect to you. But that means you have to taste your food! In this article I am specifically talking about salt. However, a lot of recipes […]

Sautéing 101

Cooking Methods

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Sautéing is a dry heat cooking method. To sauté means to cook food in a pan on the stove with medium high to high heat in a little bit of fat. Sautéing is used to get golden brown color on your food as well as soften it. Sauté in French literally translates to “jumped up.” In […]

Best Equipment for Roasting

Equipment I Swear By

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Here is everything you would ever to need to roast anything. To learn more about roasting you can read my post here. Just as a refresher, roasting using hot air (most commonly from an oven) to cook food. Sheet pan You can roast anything is a sheet pan. Veggies, chicken, roasts, fruit etc… I prefer […]

Smoke Point

Basics

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The smoke point is the temperature at which oil or fat will burn and, you guessed it, smoke!  Why do I need to know smoke point? Because different oils have different smoke points, each type of oil lends themselves better to different cooking methods. Knowing the smoke point of the fat you want to use will […]

Roasting 101

Cooking Methods

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Roasting is a dry heat cooking method that uses hot air to surround food to cook it. Roasting results in a brown and caramelized exterior with a moist interior. Roasting most commonly takes place in an oven but can also be done over a flame (spit roasting). Vegetables and meats particularly lend themselves well to […]

Intro to Cooking Methods

Methods

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From the beginning I always wanted this blog to be focused on methods and techniques rather than recipes. Learning methods and techniques in culinary school opened up a million possibilities. Instead of memorizing a specific equation I understood the formula. Understanding the method also allowed me to understand what went wrong and how I could […]

French Onion Soup

Methods

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French onion soup is one of those magical foods. It’s sweet and savory and filled with all that umami goodness. And it is really easy to make and doesn’t have to take forever! I wanted to put the formula/recipe first and then go into the whys of the method and ingredients. So keep scrolling to […]

10 Things I Learned in Culinary School

Culinary School

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As you can imagine, I learned a lot in Culinary school. It was an experience that changed my life and the way I cook. In an attempt to condense everything I learned into a catchy and easy to read article, I chose 10 things that I have found most impactful on the way I cook. […]

All About Yeast

Ingredients

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Yeast is a magical ingredient. It’s what gives bread its characteristic lightness and airiness. It can be cultivated naturally or used in its most common man made form. In this post I will teach you what yeast is, where is comes from and the different types of yeast most commonly used. What is yeast? Yeast […]

Save or Splurge: Instant Read Thermometer

Save or Splurge

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I wanted to break up the knife content I have been working with a new blog segment called save or splurge! There are some kitchen gadgets worth having in the kitchen and and some that just aren’t. And there are plenty of tools that are useful that you don’t need to spend a lot of […]