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Knife Skills, Uncategorized

Knuckle Up

An important guideline, when using a knife, is to keep your fingertips out of the way. For some reason, our natural instinct is to hold our food stationary for cutting, with our fingertips exposed and in harm’s way of a knife. When you “knuckle up” […]

Sautée, Uncategorized

Getting the Hang of It

Today was the day. In my progression of sautée practice, I moved on from a slice of bread to a generous handful of navy beans. The trick seems to be, not to feel it in the wrist but to work those biceps, keeping the pan pretty much […]

Restaurant Life, Uncategorized

This Towel’s For You

I learned an important lesson today: towels are a method of communication in a commercial kitchen.  I was serving lunch today, at our son’s school, and everything was going great, for the first few orders, until it was discovered that I had forgotten the meatballs […]

Rice, Techniques, Uncategorized

Stove Top Rice vs Risotto

Usually when you cook rice on the stovetop, the common recipe is to bring 2 parts water to boil in a saucepan, with your oil/butter and seasonings, then add 1 part rice, cover, reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes until water is absorbed. […]

Sunday Reading, Uncategorized

Sunday Reading – Salt and Wind

Part of my research on boiled peanuts, yesterday, took me to a website/blog focused on food and travel.  www.saltandwind.com The site includes unique recipes with technique levels ranging from beginning to intermediate to advanced and the writers usually keep their stories brief, allowing the food […]

Eggs, Techniques, Uncategorized

Scrambled Eggs

Chef Husband pulled together a quick breakfast this morning, by making scrambled eggs. As I watched, I learned a few techniques. Take the pan off the burner: I noticed the pan full of liquid eggs, whisked with a bit of milk, was cooking off of […]

Sautée, Uncategorized

Have Pan Will Flip

Seriously? Seriously. I’m watching TV and working on flipping a piece of bread in a little sautée pan. No beans yet. There’s a rhythm to be found, almost like a locomotive, chugga chugga, chugga chugga.  Until next time… Culinarily Yours,  Mrs. Chef (Christa) READ YESTERDAY:  Hooch, There […]