One of the most basic things about good cooking is learning to cook with fresh food. So, what about shopping for and finding that fresh food? If you don’t have a thriving garden of your own you might find yourself strolling through the farmers market, one of the few places where it’s easy to get the freshest produce straight from the source.
Spice mixes are something that I love and use all the time in my kitchen. I find that making them myself not only increases the quality but saves money when compared to purchasing the pre-made seasonings. I also really love that it avoids the processed foods and the non-recyclable packages.
Having these blends on hand can make cooking at home much easier. Tossing together a last minute dish becomes child’s play when you don’t have to think about the spices necessary to bring it together. Below are 10 of my favorite spice blends for you to try out. [Read more…]
I’m sure you’ve seen fresh herbs being used by chefs on TV and even found them in your food at restaurants, but for a lot of people, they can be intimidating. There’s a lot to consider when using fresh herbs, their flavour is a little different than the homogenous dried stuff we are used to, how do you prep them, and what do you do with the remainder?
Using fresh herbs in cooking doesn’t have to be scary, it’s actually pretty easy and rewarding. Not to mention that fresh herbs are usually rather pretty and have numerous health benefits. Learning to use fresh herbs in cooking can really help you take it to the next level. [Read more…]
Knowing the difference between soup and stew isn’t something that is really going to make you a better chef. However, it is often a topic that comes up as many people get more and more into cooking. So it’s a topic that I’ve decided to tackle here in my cooking lessons series. Both soups and stews rely on the same base ingredients cooked in liquid, but the main difference here is that stews use less liquid. Now if it were really just that simple, that’s where this post would end, but there’s a bit more to it than that.
Vegetables can be both the easiest and hardest things to cook since there are so many varieties of vegetables and so many ways to cook them. In today’s Cooking Lesson we are going to look at a few basic ways to prepare vegetables whether it be for a side dish or a step in preparing another recipe.