How to Get that Onion Smell Off Your Hands

How to Get that Onion Smell Off Your Hands

While an onion begins many meals in almost every cuisine, the onion, and the entire Allium family, (which includes leeks, shallots, garlic and chives) contains a redolent juice than lingers longer on the fingers (and cutting board) than it does on the tongue.

Want it Your Way? Maybe Not as FDA Delays Menu Labeling

Want it Your Way? Maybe Not as FDA Delays Menu Labeling

Aaaahhh…. May 5, 2017 was going to be a great day.
It was that day that restaurants with over 20 locations nationwide were required to put calorie counts on their point of purchase menus. The current administration and FDA leadership have delayed this labeling until 2018 and may ax it completely for some food service establishments. You can thank the supermarket and pizza lobbies for this

Get Your Mise En Tip# 1 - Cutting Board Stays Out

Get Your Mise En Tip# 1 - Cutting Board Stays Out

Want to work faster in your kitchen?  Leave your cutting board out on the counter.
The year was 1997 and I had just moved into my sweet little Beach Drive apartment in downtown St. Petersburg.  The previous tenant left behind this big butcher block that measured about 1-foot by 2 feet. It was lovely. It was useful. It was damn heavy.

A Little Goes a Long Way: Homemade Salad Dressings

A Little Goes a Long Way: Homemade Salad Dressings

The true beauty of homemade salad dressings is that they are so full of flavor that you tend to use less of them. And, ultimately, using less of any food means fewer calories. That’s good if you are trying to consume less overall to maintain or lose weight. I am often looking for ways to decrease my input so dressing my salads with these makes sense.

 

11 Tips for Working Faster in the Home Kitchen

11 Tips for Working Faster in the Home Kitchen

Here are the 11 tips I teach during an hour-long presentation about working faster in your kitchen. These are just the tips and I will flesh out each of these in the future.

All Things Seafood

All Things Seafood

Many are afraid to buy and cook seafood but it is one of the easiest thing to prepare once you know how. We learn simple dinner recipes for fish, crab and shrimp that can be ready to eat in minutes.

Basic Vegetable Prep

Basic Vegetable Prep

It all starts with an onion and chopping one is one of the most useful kitchen skills to have. We also learn to prep tomatoes, peppers, salad greens and root vegetables culminating in a gorgeous entree salad.

Wash. Chop. Cook.

Wash. Chop. Cook.

When the photo of Julia Child's iconic kitchen popped up in my Facebook newsfeed I saw something that made me grin from ear to ear. While the Internet was buzzing about Julia's pegboard where all her gadgets hung in neat rows my eyes went to one special area of her kitchen: the sink.

Cooks Don't Cook in Schools

Cooks Don't Cook in Schools

Surprise. Surprise. Cooks don’t cook in public schools anymore. I mean I “knew” this going into an extensive tour of schools but I wasn’t prepared for how little the staff cooks in a school kitchen.

"Mise En Place" Method

"Mise En Place" Method

Create your kitchen work space for maximum efficiency with our "Mise en Place" techniques. Learn how placement of utensils, cutting surfaces, pans and kitchen staples can increase your speed. Also learn to stock your pantry and refrigerator with staples so you are always ready to cook.

The White Sauce Method

The White Sauce Method

One sauce - the classic fat/flour/liquid or white sauce - is the backbone method that can lead to so many dinner dishes. After mastering it you can make homemade macaroni and cheese; scalloped potatoes; chicken pot pie and many creamed soups.

Protein Pan Saute Method

Protein Pan Saute Method

Rice or pasta stir fry is a quick and healthful way to get dinner on the table fast. Each method combines rice or pasta, a protein and a flavorful sauce for a delicious one-pan dinner. Learn Vegetable Stir Fry with Peanut Soy Sauce; Creamy Pasta Primavera; Classic Tomato Ragu and Spinach Pesto Pasta.