Getting your pasta just right can be tricky. If it's overcooked, you have a big pile of mush. If it's undercooked, you get bits of hard, dried noodles. Neither is appetizing or pleasant to eat. If you are trying to cook the perfect pasta, there are some basic pasta cooking guidelines that will help get you there.
Before you even start cooking, you have to pick out your pasta. If you have ever really looked at the variety... Read More
"What is this for?" If your cooking utensils include a double boiler, you may have heard this question. You may have even asked it.
Double boilers, while not a commonly used kitchen utensil, are extremely beneficial. They are perfect for preparing cream-based sauces and soups, or desserts requiring melted chocolate. Once you get comfortable using a double boiler, you'll wonder how you lived without it.
A double boiler is essentially a... Read More
Many cooks are intimidated by complex sauces with fancy names. Béarnaise, Marinara, Béchamel, Picatta...they all sound complicated, but they're not! These sauces combine simple ingredients with a little bit of patience and a hot pan to produce tasty results right in your own kitchen.
Béarnaise -- A Butter-Wine Sauce
Béarnaise is a butter-wine sauce thickened with egg yolks and... Read More
Clarified butter is a delightfully rich concentrated butter that can be used in cooking and making mouth watering sauces. Traditional methods for making this rich butter concentrate can be a little intimidating at first, but not anymore. There is a very simple and easy 4-step method to make clarified butter. The only catch is that you need to plan a day ahead of time.
The first step is to slowly melt one to two sticks of unsalted... Read More
Lean, healthy salads, fish and chicken quickly turn into high-calorie indulgences with the addition of dressings and sauces. Particularly when you're dining out, order salad dressings and other sauces on the side. This way, you have control over how much or how little you add. When you order grilled fish or vegetables, ask that the food either be grilled without butter or oil or prepared "light," with as little oil or butter as possible.... Read More