How to Use This Blog

For Kitchen Confidence:

More than anything, my desire for this blog is to give you the confidence you need to succeed in the kitchen.  Whether you are using my recipes, or something you found off of pinterest, I want you to be able to read a recipe and understand everything that is going on and predict problems before they arise.

To do that, I’ve taken the knowledge I’ve learned throughout my years in the Culinary industry, combined them with the information I learned with my Culinary Arts degree, and have made it all accessible here for you.

Some good places to start would be:

  1. Cooking Methods.  While it may not seem like a lot of fun to read about cooking methods.  Understanding them properly could help prevent a total recipe catastrophe, as well as save you time, money, resources, and dinner before something goes totally awry.
  2. Basics.  If you are a true beginner (or just never learned a good way to do it), this is a great section for you.  It covers everything – with step by step picture or video instructions – explaining things like how to roast garlic by the head or clove or how to toast hazelnuts.
  3. Information.  Again, not the most flashy category to go check out, but this is going to have really useful tips in it like how to bake with honey, and what type of flour to use.
  4. Glossary.  One of the most frustrating things when you are trying to make a new recipe or understand something is when jargon is used.  As expected, the culinary world as a lot of its own unique jargon.  Instead of having to pull up a new tab every time and google the word – I have a handy dandy quick search glossary for you.  I will try my hardest to have posts that explain each of them as well, but for in a pinch, the glossary is always available.

For Recipes:

To make things as easy as possible for you, I have a super helpful in post app that provides an interactive recipe interface.  So pretty much what that means is that there are cool features.  “What kind of cool features?”, you ask.

  • You can pop the recipe out into full-screen.  I know that I have the tendency to get distracted if it doesn’t take up my whole screen – so this is great if you’re like me and you don’t want to burn your food because you’re looking at 10 other things at the same time.  It’s also responsive, so it will adjust to whatever type of computer, phone, or tablet you are using.
  • The checkboxes are actual checkboxes.  Go through and check off all your ingredients as you prepare them, and follow along step-by-step marking your spot as you go.
  • There is a super cool little timer feature that will show up in yellow.  It is also an actual timer.  Just click the little clock and it will start the countdown for you.  It alarms when its done so you can check off your box and move on to the next step.  Nifty, right?

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  • At the bottom of each recipe there is a set of nutrition facts, just in case you’re watching your calories, sodium, cholesterol, etc…
  • In all of our how-to’s there are either video or step-by-step picture breakdowns of how to make embedded right into the recipe.
  • If you’re looking for a recipe, you can just head over to the recipe section and search based on a number of different criteria.  So instead of having to know what you want to make, you can search by category (brunch, sides, desserts, etc…), cuisine (american, french, italian, etc…), Cooking method (especially handy if you want to grill), as well as your basic search parameters like servings, keywords, or ingredients.
  • To help you choose which recipes you are ready for there are a few helpful things to look for
    • Difficulty. A graduating bar that changes from green, to yellow, to red, will show you difficulty level.
    • Prep time and cook time.  I try as often as possible to make this realistic for the basic home cook – so what that means is that I usually have Trever make it and time him.  I do my best to make these times be accurate.
    • Yeilds.  Just as I try to be honest with the prep and cook times, I try to do so with yields.  I go by the portion size I would serve you if I were making this for you in a gourmet restaurant.  Not too big, not too small.  I’m not going to make a recipe that will honestly serve 4 people until they are full a recipe marked as for 6 servings because that sounds better.  Get what I’m saying?
    • Hearts.  If you really like a recipe, you can favorite it by clicking the heart at the top of the recipe.  Not only will this be helpful for you, but it will show other people who visit the site that the recipe is loved.
  • If you love to use social media, at the bottom of each recipe are buttons to share to pinterestfacebooktwitter, or instagramgoogle+, or to just email it to yourself or a friend.
  • Lastly, if you are like me and prefer to have things in print, you can print out the recipe.  I know, I know, it’s a thing of the past and becoming antiquated, but sometimes its just useful.

 

For Groceries:

Every post that features a recipe will come with a printable (or responsive, if you prefer) grocery list.  I do my best to put the amounts down that you’ll find in the grocery store – for example – if the recipe calls for 3/4c. half and half, I’ll tell you to purchase a half pint of half and half.  Or, if you need a 2 tablespoons of flat-leaf parsley, I will tell you to buy one bunch of parsley.  I don’t know about you, but if I don’t get in and out of a grocery store quickly, I usually leave with a container of cookies or something covered in chocolate – so I’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for you.

 

For Consistency:

Cover page to An Illustrated Guide To Kitchen ToolsI update this blog 3 times a week.

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For Community:

If you’ve already been to the about me page, you know how important community is to me.  I plan to foster the community that I value in real life through this website as well.  Right now, as the blog builds, the very best way to do that is to comment on the posts (I’ll almost always respond), or follow and participate on any of our social media platforms.  I want to get to know you and know your name and personality.  If you haven’t picked up on it by now – I LOVE friends.  So please, be my friend.

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