Stove Top Smoker

Just because you live in an Apartment and can’t “technically” grill doesn’t mean you can’t smoke. As long as you have a working vent, a digital thermometer and and understanding landlord, you’ll be fine. Granted, you won’t do a pork shoulder let alone a pig, you can do a loin …

Smoking

Smoking is hands down one of my all time favorite methods of cooking and can be used in a much wider range than most people think. It’s one of the oldest cooking methods and acts to preserve the food while at the same time enhancing flavors. Low and slow is …

Saute

Other than a good Knife, the best piece of equipment you can buy is a standard 9 inch saute pan since it’s something that is almost always going to be used when making just about any meal. Need to make Roux? Get out your Saute pan. Need to make French …

Marination

Marination is a very simple way to both tenderize and add flavor to meat. It’s typically a mixture of some type of acid such as wine, juice or vinegar, herbs and oil. The meat is allowed to soak in the mix for a few hour and the acid starts to …

Roasting

Roasting is one of the most basic methods in cooking and for all intents and purpose it’s the same thing as baking. You’re surrounding the food with hot dry air. So yes, technically you roast a cake. If you’re using your oven, you’re roasting unless you’re broiling (see below). There …

Frying

This is one of the least used methods that people cooking at home use and I get it, hot grease burns like a bitch. But the truth is, as long as you use a digital thermometer, pay attention to the temp and don’t overload the fryer it’s not that hard. …

Blanching

In simple terms, blanching is method where we immerse  vegetables, typically long beans or asparagus in boiling water for about 20-30 seconds then place them in ice water to stop the cooking process. We do this to cut down on the final cooking time but it also brings out the …

Roux

It’s fat and flour, cooked and used to thicken sauces, soups, gravies and things of that sort. Its one the most simple things you can make but it’s also one of the most important tools you can have. Depending on what you’ll be using it with, you mix equal parts …

Mirepoix

This is another one of those basics that’s used in the Kitchen yet most people don’t really understand. It’s a simple mix of Onions, Carrots and Celery that’s the base to various stocks and sauces in Western cuisine. The part that most people get wrong is the ratio by weight. …