Cooking 101


How To Poach An Egg - Video

How To Poach An Egg

Poaching eggs is a very easy way to prepare eggs, but -- for some reason -- many people get nervous about how to poach an egg. So, I would like to show you just how easy poach [...]

Stick Blender Giveaway

Stick Blender Giveaway Winners!

First, the three winners of the Cuisinart Stick Blender are: (1) Vicky McNelis, (2) Astrid J. Gomez Escobar, and (3) Ermalynn McRae. Congratulations to each of you! Please contact me at [...]

Stick Blender Giveaway

7 Reasons Why Stick Blenders Rock

It's getting to be that time of year when we start thinking about soups and stews and lattes and warm, filling holiday goodness in our tummies. That is, before we step outside and get hit in the face with 100 degree weather. In September. Awesome. [...]

What's the Difference Between Onions?

Cooking 101:
What’s the Difference Between Onions?

If you're not familiar with the different types of onions and when to use them, it can get confusing when a recipe simply calls for an "onion." Do you use a red onion, a white onion, scallions or some other type of onion entirely? This Cooking 101 post will [...]


Cooking 101: Safe Minimum Cooking Temperatures

We all know the rule: Cook meat to the appropriate minimum temperature so you don't get yourself or others sick. But, even though we all know it, why is it so darn hard to remember the minimum temperatures each type of meat is supposed to be cooked to? You'd think, after cooking so many meats [...]


Handy Printable Kitchen Charts

Hello there! I hope this post finds you well. I would like to share some helpful cooking tips and tricks . As a cook, it is pretty much inevitable that you will, at some point, find yourself without certain necessary ingredients. When this happens, it's necessary to improvise. Here’s a table of common herb and [...]

Cooking 101: Healthy Recipe Substitutions

Probably the most common type of question I get in my email and comments involves asking for healthy recipe substitutions. While I do enjoy eating healthy, I'll be the first to admit that several of my recipes aren't the healthiest they can be. What can I say? I like my butter and bacon. That being [...]


Cooking 101: Decoding Meat and Dairy Product Labels

Hi guys! I wanted to share some very helpful information my mother-in-law, Jody, gave me a while ago about decoding meat and dairy product labels. I don't know about you, but I get confused easily sometimes.  I mean...with food labels.  I mean...what? Exactly. Anyways, Jody found this very helpful list at the Environmental Working Group's [...]


Cooking 101: 5 Common Cooking Mistakes (And How to Fix Them!)

I thought I’d share five common cooking mistakes we probably all have done (or still do) in our kitchens and how to fix them. It’s okay.  Sometimes, we can get lazy.  Or careless.  Or maybe we don't even know better. Lucky for us, there are usually ways to fix these common mistakes without having the [...]


Cooking 101: The “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15″

Ever heard of the "Dirty Dozen"? If not, it's a list of the 12 fruits and vegetables that contain the most pesticides. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit organization specializing in research and advocacy related to public health and the environment, recently released its "Dirty Dozen" list for 2011.    Here's the 2011 list: [...]

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