Articles Posted in the Cooking Techniques Category

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    Better than Starbucks: 16 Tips for the Best Cup of Coffee Ever (Plus Infographic)

    A Little Background Bad coffee literally makes me a little sad. But a great cup of coffee? I’ll just about pop out a tear of joy if it’s that good. I remember a handful of epic coffee moments in my life—where time stopped just for a second and I wanted to keep those flavors in […]

  • Don’t Know How to Cook? This Appliance Will Help

      How many of you enjoy cooking? Is it more of a chore, or is it fun for you? More often than not, I run into people who don’t enjoy cooking because they don’t know what they’re doing and don’t know where to start. One of my first questions is, “Do you have a slow […]

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    How to Cook Faster – Part 3: Cleaning

    There was a time when I cooked in commercial kitchens where I had a dishwasher who’s only job was to clean up after my mess and wash the dishes while I cooked. It was glorious. But in real life, we’ve gotta clean up our own dishes. I don’t know about you, but I’m almost 30 […]

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    How to Cook Faster – Part 2: Cooking

    Before you read this, check out Part 1: Prep Work. Once you’re prepared to start the cooking process, a key factor in getting in and out of the kitchen more quickly is timing. It’s all about timing. Before any of your food touches heat, you should have already thought about what needs to cook first. […]

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    How to Cook Faster – Part 1: Prep Work

    One of my favorite things in life is to spend hours cooking a long, drawn out meal for a group of friends as I cook and they gather around the kitchen to drink beverages over a conversation. To spend hours nibbling on fine foods and truly savor the flavors while discussing theology or culture. But […]

  • Cooking Meat: Muscle vs. Fat

    Most people I know don’t buy cuts of meat they’re not familiar with because they have no idea how to cook it, so they stick with chicken breasts and ground beef because it’s all they know. A few weeks ago I was on a late-night run to the grocery store with a roommate and I […]

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    Fresh Homemade Mozzarella Cheese – $1.26 (per ball)

    Recently, I stumbled on a recipe for mozzarella cheese. I mail-ordered some of the ingredients and planned to spend a relaxing few hours learning the art of mozzarella cheese making as I house-sat for a friend. What I didn’t realize, until half-way through following this recipe, was that this very reputable blog writer had failed […]

  • Kitchen Knives: What to Buy and How to Cut

    One way to get healthy and save money is to eat at home. But to be consistent, you’ve got to realistic. If dinner takes too long to prepare every night, you’re not going to do it. To be realistic, you’ve got to be able to get in and out of the kitchen quickly. That’s why chopping skills and the right knife are paramount in learning how to cook.

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    How to Cut an Onion

      I know some people who wont use onions if they’re 1) in a hurry, 2) have makeup on, or 3) don’t feel like crying at the moment. I used to think that until I started working in kitchens and learned how to cut onions quickly. That’s a shame, ’cause onions=flavor. If you can cut them […]

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    9 Tips & Tricks for the Best Hummus Ever

    A few months back, my friend was raving about this hummus she found at a local Mediterranean restaurant. She claimed it was, “smooth as silk” and by far, the best hummus she’s ever had. Frankly, this bothered me. What was their secret? I wanted to make the best hummus we’ve both ever had. (What an […]

  • 4 Reasons Not to Buy Ground Meat

      Don’t worry, I’m not going to persuade you to be a vegan or to stop eating ground meat. I wouldn’t do such a thing. But watch out for ground Turkey till they get this salmonella junk settled (*See 1st reason below for more info*). These outbreaks tend to make people uneasy, but they actually encourage […]

  • Benefits & Drawbacks of Gas & Charcoal Grills

    Let’s get down to the real question. What’s more important to you on a daily basis: flavor or convenience? They’re both good answers, and I won’t judge you for being swayed either way. But that’s what this topic really gets down to. Let me please take this moment to say that I think grilling in […]

  • 4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Choosing a Grill

    It’s grilling time. I’d be willing to bet that the majority if you have probably grilled something in the past few weeks. I know I have! But inevitably, the polarizing argument of gas vs. charcoal will probably come up at your summer cookout. Forget what your neighbor has or what Food Network tells you to […]

  • 3 Reasons to Avoid Processed Food

    3 Reasons to Avoid Processed Ingredients

    Last week, as I was housesitting for a friend, I decided to make something with a package of beef chunks in the freezer. Since it wasn’t the leanest of cuts, I decided to cook the heck out of it and make a type of thick, savory, oniony stew to put over rice or pasta. So […]

  • Why Knife Skills Will Change Your Cooking Life

    If you know how to cut veggies and fruits, you’ll eat them more. I’ve worked in commercial kitchens where I don’t have time to be slow. So it pays to learn these tricks because you’ll be in and out of the kitchen in no time.

  • Breaking Dependence from Recipes and Using Common Sense

    If I was ever cool enough to write a “cookbook”, this would be the subtitle. Look, I like recipes just as much as anyone else. In my spare time I’ll flip through magazines or browse websites looking for cool ideas. When I’m baking or cooking something complicated, that’s a different story, recipes are my friend. […]

  • Different Meals with the Same Ingredients

    One reason you may see similar foods being used as you go through this website is because, well, I have a very limited space to put all my food. I also don’t have a big budget for food and can only buy a little bit at a time. For most people out there who are […]