Techniques

Making Cooking and Baking Easy and Enjoyable

Okay, maybe bearable but definitely easier! Ever wonder “How do I do that?” I have, so over the years I have tested many ways of doing things in the kitchen and found some to be useful and others – well, not so useful. Some of my techniques are conventional and some unconventional, but this is what I have found to be easiest in my kitchen. I still don’t tie the legs of my poultry before putting it in the oven. Until the bird jumps out of the roaster and runs away, I won’t be doing any tying.

If there is one technique I could offer to the world to make cooking and baking easy – it is Mise en Place! Mise en Place is one of those fancy French words that basically means to have everything in place that can be prepped, measured and ready prior to cooking or baking. Therefore, you will not have to stop and measure each ingredient or go to your pantry or fridge and get it which will slow you down. Also, it will ensure that you have all the ingredients, prior to cooking or baking. Mise en place isn’t a great technique for everything, but for the most part I use it frequently, especially for a stir fry!

How to Serve and Store Wine and Beer

All varietals of wines should be stored in a cool, dark place preferably at cave temperature which is 58 degrees Fahrenheit.  However, most of us… [more]

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How to Cut an Avocado

Step 1: Slice Avocado in half Step 2: With a sharp knife hit the seed of the avocado on a cutting board at an angel,… [more]

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How to Test Meat for Doneness

Testing meat can be tricky. Most of the time you will cut into it and then all the juices will run out and the end… [more]

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How to Remove Portabella Mushroom Gills

This is an important technique when trying to present a dish with portabella mushroom. If this is not done it will alter the color of… [more]

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How to Remove Lobster Meat

Step 1: Hold the body of lobster and twist each arm, until it easily breaks away form the lobster. Step 2: Twist, or crack all… [more]

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Creating Puff Pastry Pinwheels

I think this is a perfect example of when to use a little extra effort and time to make a great presentation. It is so… [more]

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Preparing a Hungarian Wax Pepper for Stuffing

This type of pepper is ideal for stuffing, because it has flavor with a touch of heat. As with any fresh pepper you can get… [more]

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