The Best, Easiest Roast Chicken

Stick with me on this one people:  Trust me. If you do, you will be rewarded with the juiciest, tenderest most succulent chicken with the crispiest, most delicious crackling skin you've ever had. A good roast chicken should be both simple and delicious rather than fussy and difficult.  The method described in this post is, … Continue reading The Best, Easiest Roast Chicken

50 Kitchen Essentials Every Cook Should Have

Epic Post Alert:  This is a tad long but I'm writing it because likely the #1 question I get from budding culinary aficionados is "What do I absolutely have to have in my kitchen to get started?"  Well, here it is - The List. A few of things worth noting here:  First, this post is … Continue reading 50 Kitchen Essentials Every Cook Should Have

New Mexico Sopapillas

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: 5 Tips That Will Instantly Improve Your Cooking

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, 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 go … Continue reading Mise-En-Place: 5 Tips That Will Instantly Improve Your Cooking

Cook Like a Peasant: 5 Ways to Eat Like a King During Lean Times

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

Panko Crusted Chicken Cutlets

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

On the Importance of a Good Thermometer

Critical to any cook's arsenal of tools is a good, reliable, accurate instant read thermometer.  In fact, I would argue that short of a knife, this is the most important tool in the kitchen.  Here's why: A couple of months ago I received one of the greatest honors of my culinary career:  My dear friend … Continue reading On the Importance of a Good Thermometer