Cooking Tips and Tricks

How To Cook Fish If You Hate Cooking

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How To Cook Fish If You Hate Cooking

Wrap it inside parchment paper with some other ingredients and it cooks itself. Cooking fish can be intimidating. It’s messy, it has a tendency to dry out, and flipping it midway through cooking often makes it fall apart. Which sucks, because fish is delicious and good for you. But there is another way — a way that doesn’t ask you to even touch the fish during cooking and takes only 15 minutes. The method is calleden papillote in French, and translates to “in parchment paper.” Here’s how to do it. You can find parchment paper in any grocery...

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Cooking Tips That Will Change Your Life

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Cooking Tips That Will Change Your Life

And save you lots of time. Time that you can spend eating!   1. Use two bowls to cut corn off the cob without getting kernels everywhere. Wrap a small bowl in a paper towel (to keep it from slipping) and set upside-down inside a big bowl. A bundt pan works great for this too, if you have it. 2. Instantly core a head of iceberg lettuce by slamming it down on a cutting board. 3. Pre-soak pasta and it will cook in about 60 seconds. Sounds weird, but it works! Soak the pasta in water in a sealed bag for a couple hours or overnight. Then you...

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How & Why to Tie Rib Roast (Beef, Lamb or Pork)

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How & Why to Tie Rib Roast (Beef, Lamb or Pork)

This simple preparation will ensure that the roast cooks evenly, retains its shape and is easy to carve.     Step 1 Count the ribs on your roast.  Mine has 10.  This means, I will need nine pieces of string (one less than the number of ribs), each long enough to wrap securely around the roast and easily tie.  My lengths today are 18″.  Error on the side of a bit too long.   Step 2 The ribs on this pork roast are about 1″ apart, so, I arranged my lengths of string 1″ apart across the top of a large cutting...

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How to Cook Chicken

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How to Cook Chicken

Grilling and Pan Frying Chicken breasts are the whitest and leanest part of the meat and are ideal cuts for grilling and pan frying with a little oil. Grilling is a super healthy way of cooking chicken as the grill rack keeps it above any fat, allowing it to drain away. If pan frying, remove the skin from the chicken first and use small amounts of oil.  Always drain on absorbent paper, like paper towel.   Stews and Casseroles The long slow cooking process of stews and casseroles is ideal for the tougher cuts of meat, making them tender...

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Slow cooker secrets

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Slow cooker secrets

As a time-saving, convenient way to have food on the table at the end of the day, slow cookers are hard to beat. All you need are the right ingredients and some handy tips.   What meat should I use? The great thing about slow cooking is that the tougher (and generally cheaper!) secondary cuts of meat work the best. This is because they’re generally from the ‘harder working’ parts of the animal, so the meat tends to be tougher. They benefit from being cooked for longer and at lower temperatures than leaner meat, as the connective...

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6 Cooking Techniques Everyone Needs to Know

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6 Cooking Techniques Everyone Needs to Know

Technique 1: Slow Roast This hands-off method (the oven does the work) gets the most flavor out of vegetables and ensures an even, fork-tender finish on a large cut of meat. (Fast, high heat can dry out the edges before the center is cooked.) You’ll need time, but slow roasting can transform tough ingredients. Take tomatoes: Even not-so-great ones become irresistible as the low heat slowly removes water and concentrates their flavor. They’re excellent in a simple pasta salad or served with ricotta on crusty bread or toasted baguette slices....

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Cooking tips, tricks and hacks

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Cooking tips, tricks and hacks

Food is not just food. It is about enjoying delicious and fun meals. Be a hedonist! Delicious and healthy? Or maybe delicious? Food is not just food. You can quite enjoy food. It’s a great thing when you have a plate of a delicious and healthy meal in front of you. There are a few tricks that can help you achieve this.   TIP #1 Seasoning A little bit of extra salt, pepper, and lightly chopped herbs will make a great natural flavor for a dish. It would be a catastrophe to eat a roast chicken without salt and pepper. Adding some sea salt,...

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How To Make Great Ribs in the Oven

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How To Make Great Ribs in the Oven

Who says you need a grill to cook good ribs? The lack of outdoor space for a grill at my apartment led me to pass up a good many recipes for barbecued ribs over the years. Now I’ll be making up for lost time. I do believe I’ve cracked the code to making perfectly tender and mouth-watering barbecued ribs in the oven.   Why Cooking Ribs in the Oven Works This is one of those recipes that you almost have to try in order to believe. Rib meat is fairly tough, and it needs a long time to break down and become tender. The oven is...

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Basic Techniques: Eight Ways to Build Flavor

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Basic Techniques: Eight Ways to Build Flavor

  Have you ever made a dish that smelled great but tasted flat, unexciting, or one-dimensional? Don’t give up on that recipe! Next time you make it, try boosting the flavor with a few of these techniques… When we talk about “building flavor,” we don’t necessarily mean adding or changing the ingredients in the original recipe. We’re really talking about cooking techniques that create depth and dimension in a dish and that help us hit the high, medium, and low flavor notes.   TIP #1 Searing the Meat...

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The definitive guide to cooking with Herbs

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The definitive guide to cooking with Herbs

Confused about when to break out the basil and when to reach for the rosemary? This infographic breaks it all down for you.       But adding herbs to a recipe can really take it from ho-hum to yum-yum with just one sprinkle. And that’s particularly important when you’re cooking for kids who may need a little extra convincing to try something new at meal time. So if you are confused about cooking with herbs — never fear! We have you covered with this definitive guide to all of your favorites. Don’t be afraid to...

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