How To’s

How To Make A Vinaigrette

Vinaigrettes are one of my favorite salad dressings.  I love their tangy flavor, and the number of ingredient combinations they can have, creating dozens of different flavor profiles.

What I also love about vinaigrettes is they are one of the easiest dressings to…

How To Roast Beets |

How To Roast Beets

Roasted beets are one of my favorite items to have on hand in my fridge.  I used them in salads, wraps, as…

How To Cook Chickpeas |

How To Cook Chickpeas

As I am a big fan of the dry goods section in the food market, chickpeas are something I…

The Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg

I love hard-boiled eggs; their…

Easy Homemade Croutons |

Easy Homemade Croutons

Croutons.  So simple, yet they provide such a flavor and texture boost to so many different dishes with their different sizes, flavors, and being made from numerous types of breads.  I used to be intimidated by making them from scratch, but after…

How To's: Homemade Mayo |

Homemade Mayo

It’s easier than you think.

The process of making mayonnaise is a basic emulsification (getting two things to mix that normally don’t), so it is a bit of a delicate process and time consuming; but the end result is so worth it.

What I…

Tomato Concasse

Tomato Concasse

Tomato concasse (cone-cass-SAY) is just a fancy term for tomatoes which have been peeled, seeded, and chopped to a 1/4-inch dice.  Although a bit laborious and time consuming, the end result of having fresh, peeled tomatoes is invaluable.  Many dishes will not…

How To: Grilled Corn |

Grilled Corn

A while back, a friend lent me Bobby Flay’s Grill It! cookbook.  As my favorite way of cooking is grilling, I pretty much read the cookbook cover to cover (I highly recommend checking it out if you love to grill too).  I…

Rice Pilaf ~ Easy to make, and a delicious side to add to any meal! |

Rice Pilaf

A simple, yet tasty, side to add to your family or guests’ dinner plates is rice pilaf.  I learned this recipe in culinary school and I absolutely love it.  It is extremely easy to make and very affordable.

Yields 4 Servings

Preheat your oven…

How To: Clarified Butter | The glorious clarity of clarified butter!

Clarified Butter

One of the first things I learned in culinary school was how to make clarified butter.  I had always thought it was just melted butter (which I now know is called “drawn butter”), but there’s a bit more to it.  Clarified butter has…