Create your kitchen work space for maximum efficiency with our "Mise en Place" techniques. Learn how placement of utensils, cutting surfaces, pans and kitchen staples can increase your speed. Also learn to stock your pantry and refrigerator with staples so you are always ready to cook.
One sauce - the classic fat/flour/liquid or white sauce - is the backbone method that can lead to so many dinner dishes. After mastering it you can make homemade macaroni and cheese; scalloped potatoes; chicken pot pie and many creamed soups.
Rice or pasta stir fry is a quick and healthful way to get dinner on the table fast. Each method combines rice or pasta, a protein and a flavorful sauce for a delicious one-pan dinner. Learn Vegetable Stir Fry with Peanut Soy Sauce; Creamy Pasta Primavera; Classic Tomato Ragu and Spinach Pesto Pasta.
Soup and chili is not an all-day job. Learn a quick broth/protein/vegetable soup from which many derivations can be created; a basic chili; Asian ramen; roux-based gumbos and a basic blended cream-based soup.
Pan sear or blacken chicken and fish, make an incredible chicken or eggplant parmesan or fire a quick shrimp scampi on your cooktop or outdoor grill. This method adds many dishes to your dinner repertoire and is great for summertime meals when it's too hot to mess with the oven.
Learn to roast all types of vegetables (potatoes, carrots, squash, beets, peppers, etc.) for quick and delectable side dishes. Includes peeling and chopping these big vegetables and a roasted red pepper pesto that's great on meats and as a pasta sauce.
Learning this simple method can instantly add 4 -5 dinners to your repertoire. Learn crab and fish cakes, falafel, black bean cakes, meatloaf and turkey loaf with this one simple method.