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Category Archives: Cooking 101

My 5 Kitchen Must Haves

This morning, I was reading an article on one of my favorite money saving blogs, Wisebread, about the five kitchen luxuries that are worth the money and 5 that aren’t.  … Continue reading

March 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

Charcuterie and Salumi

Charcuterie  (said like” shar-coot-a-ree”) is a huge trend with foodies and cooking geeks right now. It’s kind of a weird sounding word. It’s basically the French art of making cured … Continue reading

January 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Cooking 101- Salt and Pepper Tutorial

One of my closest friends told me that her biggest cooking revelation was that she wasn’t using enough salt when she cooked, which is the reason her food was bland. … Continue reading

January 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Cooking 101-Beans in the Slow Cooker

I used to avoid cooking dried beans because of the soaking and hours of cooking on the stove. I have no clue why it never occurred to me to cook them in the slow … Continue reading

January 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

What in the Heck Does That Mean? Salt Pig

My sister-in-law bought my mother-in-law a beautiful (and in my opinion the most valuable) piece of kitchen equipment called a salt pig. My MIL wasn’t quite sure what it was. A salt pig … Continue reading

January 12, 2012 · 1 Comment

Cooking 101-Stock, Broth, and Bouillion

Figuring out the difference between stock, broth, and bouillon can be confusing. When I was learning about cooking, I wondered: Is there even really a difference? Can you use them interchangeably? Are any … Continue reading

January 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

What in the Heck Does That Mean? Butter Bell

A butter bell is the number one on my wish list of kitchen tools. A butter bell is also known as a French butter dish. It is designed to keep … Continue reading

January 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

What in the Heck does that Mean? Herbes de Provence

In the spirit of our last what in the heck does that mean post, since I mentioned herbes de Provence, I thought I should explain what they are and what … Continue reading

January 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

What in the Heck Does That Mean? A la Provençal

A la Provençal is another fancy pants cooking term with a simple meaning. It is French for “in the style of Provence.” Provence in a region in the south of … Continue reading

January 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

Cooking 101- Salt Primer

Salt seems like such a simple, unassuming ingredient that it’s easy to take it for granted. Most of us just instinctively pick up the iodized salt in the blue cylinder without even … Continue reading

January 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

10 Cooking Tips That Make All The Difference

I am a huge fan of the cooking message board Chowhound (I’m addicted.) I found a great thread over there with over 800 responses about cooking tips that made all … Continue reading

January 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

What in the Heck Does That Mean? Mise en Place

I’ve been hearing the term mise en place being thrown out around there on cooking blogs and message boards lately. But, it’s a fancy chef’s term and not everyone knows … Continue reading

January 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Learning to Cook? Best Cooking Show to Watch.

I know lots of people who are trying to learn to cook from scratch. One mistake I see new cooks make is that they want to just be able to … Continue reading

January 1, 2012 · Leave a comment