8 Must-Have Kitchen Items

8 Must-Have Kitchen Items

These are the must-have kitchen items that I think are essential for every home cook. It’s a follow-up to my 10 Essential Kitchen Tools list I wrote three years ago. This post contains affiliate links that help support my blog, but please be assured that 

No-Cook Meals For When You’re Tired of Cooking

No-Cook Meals For When You’re Tired of Cooking

As a professional chef, the term “no-cook meals” isn’t one that I think about very often, because, well, I love to cook. As I was enjoying a delicious meal last night that I put together quickly after a dance class, I decided it was time 

Chili Spices: Everything You Need to Know

Chili Spices: Everything You Need to Know

The perfect blend of chili spices can make or break your next pot of chili. While ground dried chilies are an obvious ingredient, what are the other key herbs and spices to have on hand to add to your next batch of chili? What is 

When to Use Salt During the Cooking Process

When to Use Salt During the Cooking Process

Have you ever thought about when to use salt during the cooking process? It turns out there is a right time to add salt to your dishes to make them flavorful throughout. When to Use Salt One of the things I often talk about in 

4 Reasons to Take a Cooking Class

4 Reasons to Take a Cooking Class

Among the obvious reasons to take a cooking class are “learn something new”, “taste new flavors”, or “get tips to cook like a pro”. While these are absolutely terrific reasons for taking a cooking class, I’d like to offer the following in addition: 1. Hone 

How to Cook Food That Tastes Amazing

How to Cook Food That Tastes Amazing

How to cook food that tastes truly amazing does not have to be a mystery. Below are some of my favorite cooking hacks that I’ve learned over the years working as a professional chef, and use all the time to create delicious healthy meals at 

8 Meal Planning Tips

8 Meal Planning Tips

If you’re wondering how to meal plan, this post is for you. Cooking at home can add years to your life, and meal planning is the key to producing those home-cooked meals, while saving money and time in the process. 1. Make Time for Meal 

Farmers’ Market Shopping Tips

Farmers’ Market Shopping Tips

Shopping at your local farmers’ market is a terrific way to get fresh seasonal produce. However, it can also be a totally overwhelming experience! You know the trips when you have visions of farm-to-table dinners dancing in your head, and leave with a container of 

7 Tips for Cooking Grass Fed Beef

7 Tips for Cooking Grass Fed Beef

When cooking grass fed beef, it is necessary to keep in mind a few specific things that set it apart from conventional grain fed beef. Read on for 7 tips for transforming grass fed beef into a moist and flavorful meal. Grass Fed vs. Grain 

Kosher Salt vs. Sea Salt: Which Salt Should You Use to Cook?

Kosher Salt vs. Sea Salt: Which Salt Should You Use to Cook?

Kosher salt vs. sea salt: which salt should I use to cook? This is a question I get asked often when I teach cooking classes. Throw out your table salt for good, and read on to learn a few things to help you make a 

How to Be a Better Cook with 9 Simple Tips

How to Be a Better Cook with 9 Simple Tips

We all want to be better cooks, right? I believe that kitchen time should be something to look forward to and always awesome. Below I’ve compiled some of my essential tips for enjoying your time spent in the kitchen in 2019 and beyond. 1. Have 

How to Use Cumin (and 9 Other Herbs & Spices)

How to Use Cumin (and 9 Other Herbs & Spices)

Have no idea what to do with cumin? Does coriander mystify you? Knowing which spices to keep on your spice rack may seem overwhelming at first, but if you start small, and build up over time, you will soon find yourself an expert, tossing a 

Za’atar Spice Blend Recipe

Za’atar Spice Blend Recipe

Learn how to use za’atar spice blend and make your own from oregano, sumac, toasted sesame seeds, and sea salt. It’s an easy way to add tons of flavor! Za’atar spice blend is common in countries such as Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria. The blend recipe 

How to Store Zucchini

How to Store Zucchini

Looking for answers for how to store zucchini? It’s mid-July, and zucchini is everywhere. The garden, CSA deliveries, the farmer’s market, and the grocery store. Before you secretly drop off another paper bag full of zucchini on your unsuspecting neighbor’s front porch, read on for 

How to Store Vegetables Without Plastic Bags

How to Store Vegetables Without Plastic Bags

Learn how to store vegetables without plastic bags, it’s simple! Just a few simple swaps in your kitchen will have you on your way to plastic-free. How to Store Vegetables Without Plastic Bags Like anything new, learning to store vegetables without plastic bags takes some 

5 Simple Salad Dressing Recipes

5 Simple Salad Dressing Recipes

Wondering how to make a healthy salad dressing? Look no further than these 5 delicious recipes to add magic to your veggies. 1. Cilantro-Mint Sauce An aromatic mixture of ginger, cumin, garlic, jalapenos, onion and of course, cilantro and mint. Called “new Indian Pesto” by 

6 Tips for Batch Cooking Success | 6 Batch Cooking Recipes

6 Tips for Batch Cooking Success | 6 Batch Cooking Recipes

I love batch cooking. It is a great way to make sure a delicious home-cooked meal is always at hand. Batch cooking refers to cooking up large quantities of a recipe, and saving some or all to be reheated and eaten at a later time. 

How to Stock Your Pantry

How to Stock Your Pantry

How to Stock Your Pantry Cooking at home does not have to be a chore. Stock your pantry with a few key ingredients, learn a few simple methods and recipes, and a nourishing and satisfying meal is never more than a few minutes away. My