To all those people who say “I can’t cook/bake!” Repeat after me: Practice makes perfect. Practice makes perfect. Practice makes perfect. The #1 mistake I see kitchen beginners making is trying recipes that sound awesome but put an amateur in way over their heads – too many ingredients, too much set-up, too much chopping, too much multitasking, too many judgment calls that require a higher skill level in the kitchen. Diving into a complicated recipe without much experience is a surefire way to convince yourself that you’re destined for a life of takeout.
But have no fear! Here are ten recipes you CAN make, and that will make a foundation for most breakfasts, dinners, and desserts you’ll learn to make in the future. There’s only a few ingredients in each recipe, most of which you probably already have, and you’ll only need very basic kitchen equipment. Bon appétit! Keep reading »
If you’re anything like me, you realize all your fruit is ripe at the same time and put everything you have into a bowl and call it fruit salad. Well, turns out, technically it’s not fruit salad. It is a bowl of chopped up fruit. Oh. Real fruit salad is so yummy because it contains a “dressing” to enhance the fruit combinations. I recently attended a wedding and had the most amazing watermelon and tomato fruit salad! Who would have guessed? Not I. Let’s all up our fruit salad game and try one of these recipes.
Have you ever made a sandwich and thought, “Everything I’ve ever done in my life pales in comparison to the amazing achievement that is this sandwich”? That’s what happened to me yesterday after I made this sandwich. It’s vegetarian but packed full of flavor thanks to fresh mozzarella, crispy turnips (which are in season a lot of places right now and surprisingly versatile to cook with), and a spicy aioli. Damnit I’m making myself hungry just thinking about it. Gotta go make another one now. Read on for the super easy recipe! Keep reading »
I put savory grits right up there with French fries on my list of favorite foods. Garlicky, cheesy, spicy, you name it and the flavor can be captured within a plate of grits. Eat it alone or top it with something hearty and savor the creamy goodness…
I’m one of those people who looks at food and thinks, “Could I make this myself?” I figure it’s always worth a shot, especially if I feel like I’m paying a lot for something on a frequent basis. When someone told me that Greek yogurt is just strained regular yogurt, I made a mental stink-face thinking about the fact that I was spending $7 every few days on quarts of Fage. So I looked up a few different recipes, tried it a few times, and found out that Greek yogurt is one of the easiest things to make at home. I’ve been making it for the last five months. If I make it with organic milk, I save 50% each time; if I make it with conventional milk, I save 80%. EIGHTY. BEAT THAT.
Now, small disclaimer before we launch into the recipe: I’ve been working with food and in kitchens for a very long time, and I’m not squeamish about the potential hazards of fermenting stuff at home. But you are going to be fermenting dairy, so make sure your equipment is sterilized before you go ahead. Keep reading »
Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this holiday weekend!
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