Intro to Cooking – Kitchen Tools

In my very first blog post over a year ago, I said “if I can do it, you can do it”. I stand by that statement. There is no magic. Yes it takes a little practice, but we learn far more from our mistakes than our successes. Be bold. You got this. Lets start with some basics. What equipment/tools do you really need? I’ll go … Continue reading Intro to Cooking – Kitchen Tools

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Missing Ingredients? How to approach cooking substitutions

We’ve all been there. You’re halfway through a recipe and realize you don’t have the next item on the list. Or maybe you found some recipe that sounds delicious but you can’t get one of the ingredients where you live. Sometimes you just want to make a familiar meal and realize you don’t have something you need and you don’t have time to run to … Continue reading Missing Ingredients? How to approach cooking substitutions

The Maillard Reaction, A Cook’s Best Friend

I’m willing to bet you are not only familiar with the Maillard (pronounced my-YAR) Reaction, you are probably a big fan. Do you love the smell of toast, bread baking or fresh coffee? How about the flavor of a perfectly grilled steak, roasted potatoes or popcorn? If your mouth watered at thought of those (or almost any other roasted, toasted or fried food), you can … Continue reading The Maillard Reaction, A Cook’s Best Friend

My Trip to the CIA

OK, before anyone worries about my safety or legal standing, I’m not talking about “that” CIA.  I’m talking about the Culinary Institute of America, Greystone, in the Napa Valley of California.  I had the privilege of attending a multi-day event that included some educational seminars, wine tastings and out of this world food. I have always enjoyed food.  Eating it, cooking it, baking it… you … Continue reading My Trip to the CIA

What Foodies Don’t Share on Social Media

I really like finding inspiration for new recipes on social media. The beautiful pictures of perfectly prepared dishes on Pinterest and Instagram make my mouth water. I’m sure you’ve seen some picture of a gorgeous seven layer cake that made you just want to lick the screen. I spend a lot of time staging photos for blog posts. Picking the plates, arranging the the shots, … Continue reading What Foodies Don’t Share on Social Media