Category Archives: In the Kitchen

“Food for Thought”

STEP ONE:  WALK INTO YOUR KITCHEN Dear Friends and Cooking Comrades, Welcome back home! Those first steps toward entering the kitchen and actually cooking can seem like the longest mile – maybe even a marathon.  Maybe you’ve never cooked.  Maybe … Continue reading

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What a Crock!

Dear Friends and Cooking Comrades, Welcome back home! I was watching a food program the other day.  The food was beautifully styled on expensive china by a team of experts, perfectly lit and shot through a filtered lens on the … Continue reading

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Fresh-Baked Anything

Dear Friends and Cooking Comrades, Welcome back home! What is it about fresh-baked goods that make a house a home?  Is it getting your hands messy with flour and butter?  Is it the aroma of yeast when you open the … Continue reading

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Resurrection

Dear Friends and Cooking Comrades, Welcome back home! Spring is starting to arrive in the Northeast.  Those of you in the South have already started to see signs of Spring, but we hearty northerners have been impatiently waiting for it.  … Continue reading

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In the Weeds

Dear Friends and Cooking Comrades, Welcome back home! There’s a phrase used in the professional kitchen when you are behind, when you are struggling to be ready in time for food service, when you can’t move or prep fast enough.  … Continue reading

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Making Your Kitchen Comfortable

Dear Friends and Cooking Comrades, Welcome back home! What is it that makes your kitchen comfortable? If you don’t like being in your kitchen, let’s change it!  I’m not talking about a kitchen makeover here, I’m talking about some simple … Continue reading

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Portion Sizes

Dear Friends and Cooking Comrades, Welcome back home! How much is enough?  Most of the recipes in Learn How To Cook (and eat your mistakes)! are portioned for 4 eaters – with a few exceptions. Are you cooking for two?  … Continue reading

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I Hear America Cooking!

Dear Friends and Cooking Comrades, Welcome back home! My friend, the brilliant food writer Betty Fussell wrote a terrific cookbook on American cuisine called, “I Hear America Cooking” – a play on the poet Walt Whitman’s “I Hear America Singing.” … Continue reading

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And now a word (or more) about chef’s knives

Dear Friends and Cooking Comrades, Welcome back home! The chef’s knife is the knife with the long triangle-shaped blade.  They come in all kinds of lengths and types – and lots of different price ranges.  The chef’s knife is the … Continue reading

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Welcome home!

Dear Friends and Cooking Comrades, Welcome home! We’ve just finished all the principal photography for Learn How to Cook (and eat your mistakes)! Whew!  After months of planning, recipe testing, discussions, abandoned ideas, new ideas, then better ideas, it doesn’t … Continue reading

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