In this blog, I share my favorite food tips, tricks, and simple recipes. I have been cooking for most of my life, and over the last 20 years, I have developed a simple philosophy of smarter cooking built upon smart yet straightforward recipes, featuring fresh ingredients and global flavors cooked in an efficient yet straightforward manner. In every blog post, I will share tips, tricks and maybe a bit of food history centered around the idea of an easy and ultimately tasty recipe.
A well-stocked pantry can save your time and money. Let me share some of my best pantry essentials tips & tricks, from maximizing your space to choosing essential ingredients.
For ultimately tender and flavorful meat, brining is an excellent choice. Let me show you how easy it is to brine beef brisket to create succulent corned beef!
Instead of ordering take-out for your next family pizza night, why not create a yummy pizza from scratch? From making your own pizza dough to preparing a flavorful sauce, you will be amazed at how easy pizza recipes can be! Here are some of my favorite tips & tricks for the ultimate homemade pizza.
Need some easy & delicious snack ideas? Wait until you try my yummy homemade soft pretzel recipes! They bake warm, tender, and just the way you love them. I am also sharing recipes for savory beer & cheese dip and German-style mustard.
Do you love cheese? How about cheese and wine? In this blog you will learn about different pairings for wine, cheese, nuts and fruits. You will also learn about pairing wine, cocktails and beer with recipes containing a variety of different cheeses.
For decades, the simple BLT has held an iconic spot on American diner menus. Let me show you how to elevate your Perfect BLT sandwich to new flavor heights with modern twists. BLTs are quick, easy to make, and offer unlimited options for your family’s dining pleasure.
Pasta is represented in just about all international cuisines. Let me show you how inexpensive & easy it is to make fresh homemade pasta from scratch! Use your noodles to make some of my best pasta-forward recipes. When it comes to yummy pasta dishes, it will be hard for your family to resist!
If you love chocolate desserts, wait until you discover how well it pairs in savory dishes! Try my easy recipes that combine cocoa with zesty Mexican-inspired spices to create mouth-watering barbecue rubs or savory chili. Chocolate adds subtle creamy, smoky nuances that send your taste buds into overdrive. Give into your chocolate cravings and try my elegant & tasty chocolate martini, too!
One of the keys to working efficiently in the kitchen is to have everything set up before preparing a recipe. The French call it mise en place, meaning everything in its place. Here are my best tips & tricks to help you save time.
The right usage of herbs & spices makes a big difference in your finished dishes. Try some of my delicious spice-forward recipes and discover how tasty seasoning blends can be! International recipes will develop your palate for tasty herbs & spices in all your cooking.
As an aficionado of vintage cookbooks, I discovered that braising has been a popular method of cooking for a long time. When I researched the technique, the earliest references I could find were from 18th century France. French cooks called the process of using dry and wet heat to prepare meat “braiser,” which morphed into our English word braising.
Ask a kitchen pro what the secret is to creating dishes wrapped in full flavor and what you’ll hear is “go low and slow.” This is a secret the folks at Rival have known for decades, and it was the inspiration for today’s modern Crock Pot.