I love these guys - puffy, airy little pastries designed to do one thing: be a delivery mechanism for awesome flavors. They are a staple of New Mexican cuisine, and as far as I can tell, almost exclusive to it as well. Sopapilla literally means "little soup pillow" and that's what they are best at … Continue reading New Mexico Sopapillas
Mise-En-Place. It sounds like a fancy, perhaps erudite phrase designed to intimidate aspiring chefs and home cooks alike; however, it is nothing of the sort. Mise-En-Place is French for "putting in place" is an organizational technique used by professional chefs to make sure their cooking process goes smoothly. It basically means getting everything ready to … Continue reading Mise-En-Place: 5 Tips That Will Instantly Improve Your Cooking
The kitchen table has always been a place where we nourish not only our bodies, but our souls. Let's be real people: Times are tough right now and it doesn't look like it's going to get a whole lot easier any time soon. But that doesn't mean we're stuck eating McDonald's and Spaghetti-O's. It has … Continue reading Cook Like a Peasant: 5 Ways to Eat Like a King During Lean Times
Although this recipe is already contained in a number of other recipe posts on this blog, I thought it was worth sharing by itself because making these crispy, golden cutlets opens up a world of creativity in terms of what you do with your pan sauce. Once fried golden brown, you pop them in the … Continue reading Panko Crusted Chicken Cutlets
Number 8 was a total game changer for me. While there are certainly many other ways to screw up in the kitchen (and I'm always finding new ones!) these are some of the most common blunders I come across when talking to people about how they cook. I've been guilty of all of these at … Continue reading 10 Common Kitchen Mistakes
Truth be told, I'm quite fond of fond. But what it is? Properly pronounced, the word is fahn, which is French for "base." (Ask my wife and she will tell you that I butcher French pronunciations, but that's neither here nor there.) But that fond - that base - is that beautiful brown stuff you … Continue reading What is Fond?
Flambéing, or igniting alcohol in a hot pan, is both a primal and thrilling experience as well a spectacular thing to behold. While it isn't really a necessary step in most recipes, it does add a depth of flavor which can't otherwise be achieved. Most recipes that call for a flambé will taste just fine if the … Continue reading How to Flambé