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 Peel a Prickly Pear

Step1:  Get the tools you will need – a knife and a cutting board.  You may need a towel if the pear has thorns still… [more]

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Mise en Place

Mise en Place is a French term that basically means to have everything in place prior to cooking or baking. Using this technique will make… [more]

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How to Cut a Mango

Step1: Hold Mango lengthwise on cutting board. Slice about a ½ inch of the mango from the center. Step 2: Reverse mango on cutting board,… [more]

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Lobster Imperial Technique

Step 1: Lay cooked Lobster on its back. Step 2: With a sharp knife begin to cut whole lobster in half, from head to tail…. [more]

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Preparing Soft Shell Crabs for Sautéing

Some of you may shy away from making soft shell crabs, because of the lack of knowing how to properly prepare them or you have… [more]

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How to Successfully Seal a Calzone

What to do and what NOT to do. They will still taste great no matter what, but if you are looking for a better presentation,… [more]

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Black and Tan

Step 1: Make sure you have all the ingredients and simple tools – a pint glass, spoon,  bottle opener (not shown) and the two types of… [more]

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