*Scroll down for a complete list of recipes in this category.*
Cooking is more than just throwing some ingredients into a pan and hoping for the best. It is a lot like any other skill, there are some basic concepts that apply to all techniques and that can take you from novice to expert. The truth is, most (if not all) of your favorite recipes have a bit of science behind them!
Mastering the basics of sauces and soups
In culinary school, sauces and soups are some of the first things that you learn.
Learn how to make homemade broth, which can be used not only in soups, but also to elevate pasta dishes, casseroles, and gravies.
Everything you need to know about cooking meat
Meats can be hit and miss, so understanding fundamental concepts and recipes will help you get it right every time.
Unless you are vegetarian, most dinners center around meat — be it chicken, steak, pork, or brisket.
Meat can also be the most expensive item in your fridge, so it’s really something you’ll want to perfect.
Tips for cooking veggies
Vegetables are packed with important nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants, and they also taste great when prepared properly.
For vegetarians, they are even more important as they are the star of most dishes. Learn the differences between different types of onions (and when to use them), and get creative with last night’s leftover mashed potatoes.
Understanding kitchen equipment
There are hundreds (if not thousands) of kitchen doohickeys that do any number of things.
While you don’t need to master every single utensil and type of cookware, there are cooking essentials that everyone should know how to use. It’s a good idea to understand how to use everything in your kitchen, and explore tools like sieves, cheesecloth, and paring knives to see if they may help you up your cooking game.
Many high-quality kitchen tools, like wooden cutting boards, knives, and cast iron skillets, require special care to ensure they last you for years.
Holiday cooking essentials
Planning is essential to any holiday meal because you are likely to be making several dishes at once. For everything to run smoothly, make sure your kitchen is organized and the pantry is fully stocked with the essentials.
You will need to plan your menu ahead of time so that you can grab all the ingredients you need, and time your prep so that your guests aren’t waiting for that roast to finish up long after dinner was supposed to start!
Checking in with your guests ahead of time to see if they have strong dietary preferences or allergies is a great way to guarantee that everyone will enjoy the meal.