Monday, May 2, 2011

Cooking Tips I Love

The April issue of Food Network Magazine was exciting for me because it advertised their article on the 100 Greatest Cooking Tips by their famous chefs.

I'm a new foodie, having really just gotten confident in my cooking skills in the last year or so. This article was AWESOME for me!

Here are some of my favorites:

Always make stock in a large quantity and freeze it in plastic bags. That way, when you want to make a nice soup or boil veggies, you can simply pull the bag out of the freezer. Charlie Trotter, Charlie Trotter's, Chicago

Cook pasta 1 minute less than the package instructions and cook it the rest of the way in the pan with sauce.
Mario Batali, Iron Chef America [I'm TOTALLY trying this!]

For rich, creamy dressings made healthy, substitute half the mayo with Greek-style yogurt. Ellie Krieger,
Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger [You guys, if you don't read Ellie Krieger you need to immediately. I don't think she's the greatest TV personality, but her recipes are TO DIE FOR!]

For an easy weeknight meal, save and freeze leftover sauces from previous meals in ice cube trays. The cubes can be reheated in a sauté pan when you need a quick sauce. David Burke, David Burke Townhouse, New York City

Buy fruit at its peak at a farmers' market and freeze it in an airtight container so you can enjoy it year round.
Mindy Segal, Mindy's HotChocolate, Chicago

Cook with other people who want to learn or who know how to cook. Laurent Gras, New York City [I'm testing out this idea: MN Blogger Cooking Meetup???]

So what are your favorite tips?


Small Town Mommy said...

I love to cook and those are some great tips. I hope you have fun with the cooking meetup. If I lived in Minnesota I would definitely be up for it.

Donna U said...

These are all great tips. I already use them all and can say they all work. I make my own stock, freeze it and always have what I need on hand. Finishing cooking your pasta in the sauce makes an amazing difference in flavor. I'm always looking for ways to cut calories and using yogurt in dressings and dips is one way that works for me. The one sauce I always keep on hand in frozen cubes in pesto. Love it and it keeps really well. It's Just One Donna from

Kristy said...

I am getting better and better at the cooking thing. I love buying whole chickens and roasting them in the crockpot and then using the meat for all sorts of things after that!

Shell said...

Great tips! I should probably take a look at the rest of them. I can use kitchen help!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Lord. I'm That person who always reads all of the cooking tips and then proceeds to not do any of them. In all seriousness, freezing pesto in ice cube trays is an absolutely brilliant idea and I highly recommend it.

gin said...

I love to put purees in all kinds of food and I'll freeze them ahead of time. I'm a die hard follower Jessica Seinfeld, I guess you can say.

Amy said...

I loved that article! Ripped it out immediately so I wouldn't forget it was in there.

Amy @ A Little Nosh

Terri said...

Cooking meetup... yes please! What a great idea!!

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