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Whether you’ve never touched a stove or you’ve been cooking for fifty years, sometimes it’s best to get back to basics. Learn about the different cooking methods, how to hold a knife and cut an onion, and more! Take out your fear of cooking with these great cooking basics.

Book Review – How to Cook Everything: The Basics by Mark Bittman

Book Review – How to Cook Everything: The Basics by Mark Bittman

I absolutely love books. Physical books. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t argue with an expansive library on my phone that I can take with me (best for airplanes!) in my kindle reader….but physical books are justĀ better. The weight of them in your hands, the smell of the pages, the ability to flip back and forth through pages to reference easily without frantically swiping and then losing your spot in your eReader…. So, I figured I’d take a closer look…

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How to Cut an Onion

How to Cut an Onion

An onion is a versatile ingredient that enhances the flavor of recipes. If you’ve ever hesitated to use onions at home, hesitate no more! Whether you’ve avoided them because they make you cry or because you just don’t know where to start when taking a knife to an onion, you won’t have any fears of the vegetable any longer! In this article we’ll cover the parts of an onion you’ll eat and discard, how to prepare an onion so that…

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How to Sharpen Knives

How to Sharpen Knives

Having a sharp knife in the kitchen may be scary to some, but it’s actually much safer than having dull blades! A sharp knife cuts through food more easily, which requires less force and helps reduce slips. Fewer slips means fewer cuts on your fingers. Plus, it will help your knives last longer, giving you more bang for your buck! But why do we need to sharpen our knives at all? They look pretty pointy to me! Sure, they look…

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Basic Knife Skills

Basic Knife Skills

Preparing ingredients is a big part of cooking with whole foods, especially fresh produce! It’s important to know what the heck you’re doing when you’re flailing around a blade in the kitchen. Here, we’ll go over how to choose the right knife, how to hold a knife, and simple (and safe!) ways to use knives in the kitchen. They are sharp, but they don’t have to be scary! (Tip #1: Don’t flail your knives around in the kitchen.) This post…

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How to Measure Wet and Dry Ingredients

How to Measure Wet and Dry Ingredients

You’ve got a recipe. You’ve gone shopping. You’re standing in your kitchen ready to go. But before you can start cooking, you need to measure ingredients! This post will teach you how to measure both wet and dry ingredients. We’ll talk about measuring with cups, spoons, a liquid measuring cup, and a kitchen scale. Measuring ingredients will ensure that your recipes come out right. While you don’t want garlic to overpower the flavor of your dish, the great thing about…

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How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label

How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label

The nutrition facts label is a great tool when grocery shopping (especially if comparison shopping), but it won’t do you much good if you don’t know how to read it! The good news is, it’s super simple. We’ll go over where to find information on the label and how to use it to make informed decisions. What is the Nutrition Facts Label? You’ve seen these before. The tall, narrow label on the back or side of food packages with numbers…

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Basic Cooking Methods

Basic Cooking Methods

This post is the first in a Cooking Basics series I’ll be creating. If you’re interested in weekly lessons that will teach you about cooking without being overwhelming, I recommend signing up for my mailing list! You’ll get updates on which lessons are coming out, plus recipes and more! When I first started to learn how to cook, I assumed baking and boiling were pretty much the only two things you could do. It’s either in a pot on the…

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How to Organize Your Kitchen

How to Organize Your Kitchen

There are a million tips and tricks on how to organize your kitchen around the internet and in magazines. There are a ton of ways to store things, whether you’re stacking your pans, hanging them from hooks, or utilizing some kind of rack – and that’s just pans! I’m going to give you a look into my kitchen to show you how I organize it and explain why I do it that way. My kitchen isn’t static, either. I move…

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What You’ll Need In Your Kitchen

What You’ll Need In Your Kitchen

If you open a cookbook, chances are you’ll find a section in the beginning that lays out which essential kitchen tools you’ll need in order to prepare all of the intricate recipes within that book. It’s an overwhelming start, especially if you’re just learning to cook and have next to nothing in your kitchen. I’ve gone through my own kitchen and pulled out the things I use basically every day. I was left with a few things in my drawers…

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