This is a pretty simple and straightforward entry. But here are my picks for tools that any cook should own and that which will make all your meals easier and better prepared. I’d consider them the first step to leveling up your cooking beyond boxed meals.
This you can use to precisely manage temperatures of things in the oven. When cooking a steak in the oven you can make sure it comes out exactly when it’s ready.
Digital/Analog. Whatever. Just having a scale allows you to more precisely manage your ingredients and your food. The minimal amount of math required to manage flavor is made easier with the metric system.
Finally. You can whip together the ideal scrambled eggs. That homemade dressing will never stop being a colloid.
There’s nothing more annoying than putting an egg in a pan and realizing the pan isn’t hot enough. Now you have to wait and your perfect yolk is not to be. This stops that. This allows you to take easy spot temperatures. This doubles as a toy for the cat.
Sourdough is criminally easy and when you break down the cost it’s too cheap not to make yourself. For me, using the best materials, each loaf with time and money factored in costs around $1.27.
You’ll need a sourdough starter to make this recipe and if you don’t have one you can use my method to easily make your own!
Here’s what you’ll need-
Today you’ll get two recipes that make an amazing meal and will leave some good leftovers for those of you in the meal-prep crowd.
We’re going to make my recipe for Spanish rice first then add some ingredients and make stuffed peppers.
So here’s what you’ll need in two parts:
- Spanish Rice
- 1 1/2 C. Rice (Uncooked, White)
- 2 C. Chicken Broth
- 3 T. of Olive Oil
- 1/2 C. Onion (Chopped)
- 1/2 C. Yellow Pepper (Chopped)
- 1/2 C. Cactus (Chopped) [It looks like this in the store]
- 1/2 C. Tomatos (Chopped, in sauce, you can use salsa as a proxy)
These chicken enchiladas are something that my mother has made for years and I’ve only slightly changed to align with my adult tastes. But they are easy enough and tame enough that even the most picky eaters will be pleased with your effort and you’ll not break a sweat.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A large casserole dish (8″ x 12″-ish)
- A skillet and butter
- 1 package of at least ten ‘burrito’ sized tortillas
- 1 10oz. can of chicken breast
- 1 10.5oz. can of cream of chicken soup
- 18oz sour cream
- 1 7oz. can of green diced green chiles (get the smaller can if your brood is ultra sensitive to the slightest spice)
- 1/2 C. green onions [sliced]
- 1/2 C. Pico De Gallo
- 3/4 C. cheddar or colby jack cheese [grated]
- 1/2 C. milk
- 1/2 t. salt
This is a dish that my family has been making for a while as the breakfast for christmas morning. It’s an easy enough dish to do when you need it or, as I like, to do the night before then bake the next morning. Whichever you prefer I promise you that this is dish which will make everyone happy. It serves 8-10 and is hearty enough that you shouldn’t need more than a cup of coffee to rip through the gifts under the tree after.
Here’s what you’ll need to make it:
- One large rectangular casserole dish (8″x12″ish)
- 2lbs of hash browns (thawed) or potatoes (grated)
- (1) 10.5oz can of cream of chicken soup
- 1/2 C. [1 stick] of Butter (melted)
- 2 C. of sour cream
- 2 C. of Ham (cubed)
- 1/2 t. of Black Pepper (crushed)
- 1/2 C. of green onion (chopped)
- 1.5 C. of cheddar cheese (grated)
- 2 C. of ‘corn flake’ cereal (crushed)
Listen up my friends! It has been a while since I posted and I apologize for that.
But, I know you want more eggs in your life and you want those eggs to be naughty. Like the devil himself.
First you’re going to need something to boil your eggs in, something to mash the yolks up with, and some ingredients…
Per every three eggs you boil you’ll need:
2 T. Mayonaise
1 t. Mustard
1/8 t. Salt
Paprika to taste
but you can also have one of the following:
1/2 t. Sweet Gherkin Pickles (finely chopped)
1/2 t. Bacon (crispy, finely chopped)
1/4 t. White Wine Vinegar
(or any other slight flavor you’d like to add).
For the next part you need to boil your eggs. This is how:
Anyone who knows something about anything is sure to tell you that you can’t rush good pizza. This is probably the most absolute rule in the whole of the universe. But don’t fret because we’ve got plenty of time and I’ve been making pizza for a decent portion of my short life.
Things you may want:
A pizza stone
A pizza cutter
some olive oil
perhaps an oven mit.
There are two stages to making a good pizza. First you make the crust and then you tackle the toppings.
To make the crust you’ll need these ingredients:
- 1 packet of Active Dry Yeast (about 2 1/4 t.)
- 1 t. of Sugar
- 1 t. of Salt
- 2 T. of Vegetable Oil
- 1 C. Warm water
- 2 1/2 C. Flour (omit salt if using ‘self rising flour)
First get a small bowl and put your warm water into it. Take the yeast you have set aside and dissolve it into the warm water. Read more