Techniques

Culinarily Yours

Keeping Count

When making cherries jubilee for multiple guests, I want to be able to provide the same amount of cherries in each serving. The question then becomes, how many cherries do I have on hand to be divided between the guests? By looking at the picture above, I could easily tell […]

Pasta 1-2-3

Part of my apprenticeship, has been learning how to run the lunch program for our son’s school. During the previous school year, I shadowed Chef Husband in the kitchen. That experience is what precisely prompted me to start learning more about how he does things as a professional chef. This […]

Baggie Bowls

I have always fought with zipper bags, trying to scoop things into them, and then having whatever wet sticky mess I was trying to put in, left behind all over the zipper and on the outside of the bag. Well no more! A little trick I learned from Chef Husband […]

How to Trim a Bread Bowl

Suddenly, I noticed the scent of garlic and clams were filling the air. Could it be? Is Chef Husband making chowder? It has been a really long time since I’ve had clam chowder. Back when we owned our last restaurant, it was an every Friday occurrence. But that was about […]

Herbs are like Flowers

How many times have we purchased herbs only to lose them to a pile of slime in a plastic bag at the bottom of the veggie drawer? With a little bit of effort and attention, those same herbs can last longer and be used more often. My task, when herbs […]

peeling carrots

A Lesson in Peeling Carrots

On the menu, carrot cake, made from scratch, with locally grown English walnuts and a homemade vanilla cream cheese frosting! Yummmm. Though, as I was prepping my Mise en Place, yet another teachable moment presents itself…how to peel a carrot. Everybody knows how to peel a carrot. Right? Long strokes […]

A Pressing Matter

Tonight, I was requested by Chef Husband to purée a basket of blueberries. Proudly, I dumped them into my Ninja blender, whirled them round and round, and poured some into my little strainer. I grabbed a teaspoon and pressed them, and scraped them, and swirled them, all to no avail. […]

Stack then Cut

As I watched Chef Husband prepare our Chef Salads last night, I learned a new trick that he said was old school. A quick way to prep the meat and cheese for the salad is to layer the sliced meat, then sliced cheese, then sliced meat, and so on (we […]