Explore the Series

Explore The Series

Learn How to Cook (and eat your mistakes)! is packed full of everything you need to become a great cook - and it's now teaching hundreds of people across the country to do just that!

Along with 24/7 web support and additional content, the 14 Video Bites that make up this series (approximately 15 hours to watch at your leisure) contain over 100 on-screen demonstrated recipes and techniques.

Here's a brief video summary of each bite and a few of the details that go along with each step in the series:

What are the three most important knives to have in your kitchen? In this Bite, you'll learn all about knives — the workhorses of the kitchen, including the various types and how best to care for them. There's also helpful information about peelers, cutting boards, basic knife cuts, and how to set up prep trays so that you can be at your most efficient while cooking.

  • Types of Knives
  • Peelers
  • Sharpening Your Knives
  • Cutting Boards
  • First Aid for the Kitchen
  • Basic Knife Cuts for Vegetables
  • Cutting Onions
  • Peeling and Chopping Garlic
  • Cutting Mushrooms
  • Cutting Potatoes
  • Slicing and Peeling Cucumbers
  • Peeling and Cutting Carrots
  • Cutting and Slicing Tomatoes
  • Cutting and Dicing Bell Peppers
  • Using Prep Trays and Bowls

How can I make sure I'm as comfortable and safe in the kitchen as possible? In this Bite, you'll discover the secrets of the "Work Triangle," along with other helpful kitchen tips – both for your comfort and safety. Topics include the types of cooking vessels and implements, and how to handle kitchen fires and burns.

  • The Work Triangle
  • Foot Comfort and Protection
  • Avoiding Burns
  • Food Storage
  • Helpful Kitchen Items
  • Measuring Devices for Liquids and Dry Ingredients
  • Cooking Spoons and Other Items
  • Making Antibacterial Solution
  • Making Antibacterial Solution
  • Cooking Vessels
  • Baking Dishes and Pans
  • Strainers
  • Electrical Equipment
  • The Stove
  • Dealing with Kitchen Fires
  • Dealing with Burns

What are some fast and easy ways to create healthful and delicious meals? Learn about two high-heat cooking methods as you create terrific main dishes such as Chicken with Snow Peas and Seared Tuna with Ginger. Also included are recipes for simple side dishes including Sautéed Spinach, and Corn and Cherry Tomato Succotash.

  • Types of Cooking Oils and Fats
  • Types of Aromatics
  • Sautéed Spinach
  • Sautéed Mushrooms and Peppers
  • Sufferin' Succotash
  • Sautéed Potatoes, Onions and Carrots
  • Chicken and Snow Peas
  • Seared Tuna with Ginger
  • Soy and Honey Glaze

How can I use boiling water to make something simple and delicious? In this Bite, you'll learn how to make a number of wonderful dishes such as succulent Poached Shrimp, Poached Chicken with Orange Sauce, and Poached Salmon with Leeks... all with just a few ingredients and a pan of boiling water!

  • Cooking with Water
  • Poached Chicken Breast
  • Orange Sauce
  • Poached Salmon with Leeks
  • Poached Eggs
  • Poached Shrimp
  • Poached Pears

I'm tired of canned vegetables. What can I do to bring some freshness to my table? Preparing a veritable cornucopia of healthy and tasty vegetables is easy as you explore this Bite. Included are all the basics of how to cook everything from asparagus to green beans to cauliflower — all to the perfect point of doneness. Recipes include Honey-Ginger Baby Carrots, Smashed Potatoes with Garlic, and Couscous with Dried Fruit.

  • Green Beans (Haricot Verts)
  • Asparagus
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Steaming Vegetables
  • Steamed Snow Peas
  • Honey-Ginger Baby Carrots
  • Smashed Potatoes with Garlic
  • Couscous with Dried Fruit

I want to make something hearty for dinner. Do you have any suggestions? Become a master at creating hearty and delicious dishes such as Rustic Tomato and Garlic Soup, Pumpkin Bisque, Stovetop Cassoulet (Vegetable Stew), along with Beef Stew, Yankee Pot Roast and more. It's "stick to your ribs" comfort food that's a perfect complement to the Fall and Winter seasons.

  • Making Homemade Soups
  • Making Chicken Stock/Broth
  • Rustic Tomato and Garlic Soup
  • Pumpkin Bisque
  • Stovetop Cassoulet (Vegetable Stew)
  • Beef Stew
  • Coq au Vin (Chicken with Wine)
  • Yankee Pot Roast

How to I make sure that my dishes aren't bland? Is there anything I can do to "spice them up"? In this Bite, you'll learn all about the "Five Tastes," and how to use them to inform your cooking. You'll also discover how to make your dishes sparkle using other taste tips and tricks, such as adding brightness, tanginess, and even texture and astringency.

  • Tastes
  • Flavorings and Extracts
  • Textures
  • All About Herbs
  • Food Cautions
  • Using Variety in Your Cooking

I love roasted meats and vegetables, but don't know how best to make them. Can you help? Your kitchen will be bursting with wonderful aromas as you learn to roast everything from Roma Tomatoes to Rosemary Potatoes, and Broccoli. Recipes in this Bite also include Roast Beef and Horseradish and Green Apple Relish/ Slaw, Pork Tenderloin with Pesto Crust, and Roast Chicken with Pan Gravy. There's even information on making sauce accompaniments for your dishes including fresh Hand-Cut Salsa and Apple, Date and Ginger Chutney.

  • Roasted Roma Tomatoes
  • Roasted Rosemary Potatoes
  • Roasted Cauliflower
  • Roasted Broccoli
  • White Béchamel Sauce
  • Mornay (Cheese) Sauce
  • Roast Beef and Gravy
  • Horseradish and Green Apple Relish/Slaw
  • Brining
  • Pesto Sauce
  • Pork Tenderloin with Pesto Crust
  • Roast Chicken with Pan Gravy
  • Carving a Chicken
  • Greek Tzatziki Yogurt Sauce
  • Hand-Cut Salsa
  • Apple, Date and Ginger Chutney

Help! My lunches are so dull. Is there anything I can do to spice them up? Add zest and zip to those boring lunches, first courses, or quick–grab dinners with the dishes in this Bite. It's packed with easy-to-create and unique recipes for delicious fresh Shrimp or Chicken Salad, a homemade Blueberry or Herb Vinaigrette, and even an impressive Deconstructed (and easy to make!) Waldorf Salad.

  • Types of Bread
  • Spreads and Relishes
  • Black Olive and Cream Cheese Spread
  • Herbed Mayonnaise
  • Chicken and Grape Salad
  • Shrimp Salad
  • Cheesy Quesadillas
  • Blueberry or Herb Vinegar
  • Blueberry or Herb Vinaigrette
  • Herbed Croutons
  • Types of Lettuce
  • Sliced Cucumbers with Blueberry Vinaigrette
  • Caprese Salad
  • Deconstructed Waldorf Salad
  • Spinach and Orange Salad with Orange Mayo Dressing
  • Iceberg Wedge with Tomato and 1000 Island Dressing

Sometimes there's nothing better than fried food. Is there a way to make it more healthful? Who doesn't love fried food? In this Bite, you'll discover the trick to making tasty recipes for everything from Beer-Battered Vegetable Tempura to Beignets to probably the best Fried Chicken you've ever tasted. You won't find any of this at your local drive-through!

  • Types of Fryers
  • Panko-Crusted Pork and Chicken Cutlets
  • Fried Eggs
  • Beer-Battered Vegetable Tempura with Soy, Honey and Ginger Dipping Sauce
  • Making Brine
  • Fried Chicken
  • Beignets (Fried Dough)

What's the trick to grilling the perfect burger or steak? Can I actually grill an entire meal, including dessert? This Bite is packed with great grilling tips and recipes, including how to make Stuffed Bundle Burgers, Steaks, Pomegranate-Marinated London Broil, and even Grilled Rosemary and Parmesan Bread, and Grilled Pineapple and Peaches.

  • Grilling Basics
  • Grilling Safety Tips
  • Grilled Stuffed Bundle Burgers
  • Grilled Vegetable Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette
  • Grilled Steaks
  • Grilled Rosemary and Parmesan Bread
  • Broiling
  • Pomegranate-Marinated London Broil
  • Pork Chops with Honey- Mustard Glaze
  • Cutting a Pineapple
  • Grilled Pineapple and Peaches

What's the best way to make a great cup of coffee or tea? Any suggestions as to what to serve my guests for breakfast besides a bowl of cold cereal? There's a lot of bad coffee and tea out there, but you won't find it in this Bite! Learn the tips and tricks to making the perfect cup, along with delicious recipes for breakfast staples such as Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs, Omelettes, and Pancakes. Also included is an amazing recipe for a Quick and Dirty Quiche that your friends and family will adore.

  • All About Coffee
  • All About Tea
  • Classic Hearty Oatmeal
  • All About Eggs
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Hard-Boiled Eggs
  • Omelettes
  • Breakfast Meats (Sausage, Ham, Bacon)
  • Quick and Dirty Quiche
  • Pancakes

I love baked goods, but don't have a sweet tooth. What can I bake to accompany a meal? In addition to learning all about the different types of flour, this Bite is chocked full of baking ideas and pointers. Recipes include Biscuits, Old-Fashioned Yankee Cornbread, Focaccia, Garlic Knots, and even a classic easy-to-make loaf of bread.

  • Types of Flour
  • Measuring and Sifting Flour
  • Leavening Agents
  • Proofing Yeast
  • Other Baking Tips
  • Your Oven
  • Baking Pans
  • Biscuits
  • Old-Fashioned Yankee Cornbread
  • Strawberry Freezer Jam
  • Focaccia
  • Garlic Knots
  • Homemade Bread

I'm tired of serving store-bought cakes and cookies. What can I bake for dessert that's a little different? The smell of cinnamon, vanilla, and chocolate will fill your kitchen as you learn to make Vanilla Shortbread Cookies, delicious Chocolate-Chip Oatmeal Cookies, Clafouti (a French peasant dish that's sure to dazzle your friends!), Apple Crumble, and a decadent Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. They're all the perfect finish to your "Learn How to Cook" experience.

  • Vanilla Shortbread Cookies
  • Dessert Baking Tips
  • Mom's Chocolate-Chip Oatmeal Cookies
  • Clafouti
  • Apple Crumble
  • Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Testing Cakes for Doneness