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Make better cookies, cakes, and other baked goods by learning the creaming method. Finally, a resource that explains the technique AND the science!
Cooking Methods

Creaming Method: Baking 101

Make better cookies, cakes, and other baked goods by learning the creaming method. Finally, a resource that explains the technique AND the science! Last week we started covering our baking methods by focusing on the biscuit method – which is good for making flaky…

May 16, 2016
Learn all about the biscuit method, it's two variations, and have the age old questions of butter vs. shortening as well as pastry cutter or hands answered!
Cooking Methods

Biscuit Method: Baking 101

Learn all about the biscuit method, it’s two variations, and have the age old questions of butter vs. shortening as well as pastry cutter or hands answered! I’m excited to share the biscuit method with you today, because baking holds a very special place…

May 9, 2016
Cooking Methods

Deep-Frying: Cooking Methods 101

We saved the best for last, right? I, like most Americans, LOVE deep fried food.  Also, like most American’s, my love of deep fried food intensifies with beer – which is why I try to eat my fried goods before I start drinking.  Hmmm…did…

August 22, 2015
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Grilling and Griddling: Cooking Methods 101

I feel like as I write this post I should be sitting outside (which really I should be – it’s a beautiful day, but the mosquitos in Virginia love to attack me despite how much bug repellent I use) sipping a yummy IPA and…

July 26, 2015
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Braising: Cooking Methods 101

  Come curl up with a delicious bowl of stew and enjoy braising with me.  Braising is probably one of my favorite cooking methods. After simmering, it is probably the one most used in my house, and simmering only really beats it because we…

July 24, 2015
Learn everything you ever wanted to know about pan-frying. Including how to get a great crust and how much fat to use.
Cooking Methods

Pan-Frying: Cooking Methods 101

Today we will be discussing pan-frying.  Everyone loves a delicious pan-fried something or other, like chicken, or pork chops, but how does it vary from other methods and when should you use it? What is Pan-Frying? Pan-frying is simply cooking in a moderate amount…

July 22, 2015
Sautéing 101
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Sautéing: Cooking Methods 101

  One of the things that I looked forward to the most about going to Culinary School was learning how to sauté.  I wanted to be able to toss things about in a pan like a champion.  It looks so cool.  I still to…

July 20, 2015
Cooking Methods

Broiling & Pan-Broiling: Cooking Methods 101

Broiling is an under-utilized cooking method at home.  In restaurants, it is extremely helpful because it cooks quickly, but at home, I think most of us look at the knob on our oven and wonder when the last time was that we turned it…

July 18, 2015
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Steaming: Cooking Methods 101

Hello, and welcome to our newest cooking method – Steaming!  I really wanted to follow this up with a punny reference to being careful because our conversation about steaming may get a bit…steamy… Also, I considered quoting Nelly lyrics (“it’s getting hot in herre…”)…

July 17, 2015
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Poaching, Simmering, and Boiling : Cooking Methods 101

Hi there!  Welcome to our beginners guide to understanding poaching, simmering, and boiling.  I don’t know about you, but, culinary school education aside, when I think of poaching, simmering, and boiling the first thing that pops into my mind (besides maybe eggs) is making…

July 17, 2015