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How to Cut a Carrot

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The humble carrot. A vegetable I feel often gets forgotten unless you buy baby carrots or shredded carrots at the store. A carrot is another staple in the kitchen. It is a third of what makes up mirepoix (a French term for the combination of onions, carrots, and celery). I personally prefer the taste of […]

How to Cut an Onion

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The onion is a huge staple in the kitchen. It is the base to many dishes around the world. And a lot of people don’t know how to cut an onion! Or at least properly. I have to say that my all time biggest culinary pet peeve is seeing people cut an onion with a […]

Basic French Knife Cuts

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One of my main goals on this blog is take all of the classic techniques and methods I was taught in culinary school and translate them in a way that makes practical sense for the home cook. I thought it would be helpful to give you some context by showing you what classic French knife […]

Basic Knife Handling

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Before I dive into knife cuts I want to make sure you know how to properly hold your knife. I have shown you the pinch grip but I wanted to go over more knife handling specifics like what to do with your other hand, and different ways of holding your knife for different tasks. Pinch […]

Quarantine Favorites

Lifestyle

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It is very smokey here in Portland. We are totally safe but the smoke has settled in Portland making everything in our apartment look orange. I am currently working on getting some more knife work content done but the lighting in my apartment is less than ideal for making videos. So once the smoke clears […]

Knife Buying Guide

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The chef’s knife is arguably the most essential tool in the kitchen. But finding the right one can be an intimidating process. In today’s post I want to give you tips on how to find the best chef’s knife for you and what to look for in a quality knife. While I am focusing on […]

Knife Skills FAQ

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Learning how to properly use a knife is an essential skill to become a great chef. In this new series I will teach you everything there is to know about knife skills and knife care. Starting with some questions I get asked frequently. What does ‘knife skills’ mean? Knife skills really come down to learning […]

My Favorite Mise en Place Equipment

Mise en Place

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Bench Scraper This is honestly one of my favorites tools in the kitchen. I think everyone should own a bench scraper. Use this to scoop food from your cutting instead of your knife. This also is great for baking to help transfer pie dough or to divide bread dough. And (as its namesake suggests) it’s […]

Creating an Ambiance

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This is my favorite part of mise en place. Is it not a necessity to become a great cook but it does make cooking more enjoyable. This part of mise en place helps me relax and focus on why I love cooking. My favorite way to create ambiance is to put music on. I love […]

Physical Mise en Place

Mise en Place

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I consider myself to be a practical cook. If I don’t have to do it, I won’t. When it comes to physical mise en place I like to keep it as simple as possible. Physical mise en place is preparing all of the tangible elements in your kitchen to get you ready to cook. Four […]