10 Basic Cooking Techniques
I know how to cook fancy stuff, but did I know the basic cooking techniques every diyhomegoddess should know? The basis for cooking? The ones, if you know these, you can do anything? I didn’t know.
A couple of months ago, I went to a Sur La Table class on ’10 Skills Every Cook Should Know’. To see if I knew them all. I am in the process of petitioning Sur La Table to give ‘degrees’ after you attend so many classes. I think I’m ready for a formal cooking degree from them!
What Are These Skills?
You know how to bake. And you know how to cook. When you watch the Food Network, the Cooking Channel, even PBS, do you understand what they are talking about? Do you know the terms for the skills you amassed, which are thrown around like they are the word cat?
Prepare yourself to be educated! Read more
SPAGHETTI CARBONARA A LA AMERICANA
Picture it, January 4, 2018. The East Coast had extremely high winds. The high was only 26 degrees, without the wind chill factor. And there was snow swirling around in the wind. I found out it was Spaghetti Carbonara Day from Foodimentary http://foodimentary.com. So I decided to make Spaghetti.
Now, my roommate’s favorite spaghetti is my homemade sauce (see it here and here. Alas I didn’t have any canned tomato products in the house. And that nixed the Bolognese sauce as well. With the bad weather that day, I was not about to travel to the grocery store. No way. Nope. Not gonna do it.
But I was determined. So I looked up other spaghetti noodle recipes.
Hooray! Spaghetti Carbonara didn’t need any tomato products! It’s a wonderful silky eggy Italian spaghetti dish that made me think of breakfast spaghetti. But I ran into another problem. I didn’t have any Parmesan cheese! And no pancetta (that’s Italian ham for those not in the know). What was this diyhomegoddess to do?
Don’t Be Afraid To Revamp
So, here I am, determined to make spaghetti to honor the day. I checked out what I had. I happened to have a half pound of bacon in my freezer. And I had cheddar cheese with Read more
I admit it. “Hello, my name is diyhomegoddess, and I am a kitchen gadgets addict”.
This is the Alexa, a great timer and music when cooking!
Okay, you are supposed to say “Hello, diyhomegoddess”. Hello? Is anyone out there with my problem? I am sure there is. Alton Brown says don’t buy anything that you can’t find at least two uses for. And don’t buy anything just to have it. But I can’t help it! I have everything under the sun I can afford and have room for (well, maybe I’ve run out of room).
I take lots of cooking classes, and whenever there is a new thing used in the class I don’t have, if I like the recipe, I will buy it. Right now, I only have two gadgets I’ve never used. A hot oil fryer (don’t know why I haven’t used it!) and a Spiralizer (my family hates veggies, and I’m trying to figure out how to get them to try something tasty).
But how many kitchen gadgets is too many kitchen gadgets?
How Many Kitchen Gadgets Does a Chef Goddess Need?
Okay, I won’t give you a tour of my entire kitchen. There is only room for two chefs in my kitchen, and sometimes that’s pushing it. You may never escape once you enter! I don’t want to be responsible for losing someone’s mother, wife, or partner in my little kitchen.
Recipe for Poached Pears
Desserts are the best, aren’t they? Recipes for desserts are overly abundant because of the variety you can find in a dessert. Chocolatey or fruity, velvety or crunchy, decadent or light, sweet or tart. The possibilities are endless. And complicated. And overwhelming. How about some simple poached pears?
I recently got some Korean Pears for Christmas. These things are huge! And extremely meaty. I didn’t know what I was gong to do with them. I stared and stared at them. They weren’t speaking to me in their natural state. They were being very quiet and illusive.
I started thinking about a tart I made once in a cooking class with poached pears. But a whole tart for just me? That was way too much. I started researching the recipe for poached pears and what can be done with just that simple fruit. It’s amazing how many different recipes there are, but I went with the one I’d tried before.
I have always loved desserts. That was the first thing I taught myself how to cook. (FYI, simple desserts are a great way to start learning). If you saw me, you’d be able to tell right away I love sweets. Chocolate is my big weakness. But sometimes I want something a little different. Read more