Flavors, what to know to be a good cook

This blog post contains notes for a Zoom video event with my MeetUp group on April 4, 2020. This is an overview of Flavors, in regards to “seasonings.” Note: the term flavors actually refers to the “…intersection of taste, aroma, and sensory elements including texture, sound, appearance and temperature.” Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, by Samin Nosrat, […]

20 min shopping, 2 weeks of food, 28 meals

20 minutes planning. 20 minutes shopping. For 2 weeks of food, 28 meals. This blog post is to help you meal plan, get in and out of the store quickly, and what to do when you’re back at home. Here is an old post:  HOW TO PLAN A MENU, worthy yet needs updating. My 2-week […]

3 soups in 3 minutes in the Instant Pot

3 soups in 3-minutes in the Instant Pot (1) Pour in 1 cup of broth, and turn IP on Pressure Cook : HIGH : 3 minutes. Option: add FROZEN fish pieces, or FROZEN chicken tenders (small pieces) (2) Add medium-size chunks of veggies up to the fill line. Broccoli should be frozen because 3 minutes will […]

Storing food in the refrigerator

Food-storage tips I have used this method for YEARS and my veggies will last quite some time before going bad. Before I start, I wanted to share this worthy article: Complete Guide to Storing Food in the Fridge First — to explain why I do what I do: Veggies need a humid environment to stay […]

Boost Your Immune System Cooking Class

A cooking class to Boost Your Immune System Click here to book this class. This is a 3-hour PRIVATE cooking class for 1 or 2 people. Do you want more nutrition for your immune system to be the best it can be? This class is all about immune-boosting foods. And I also want you to […]

How to become a good cook

How to become fluent in the kitchen “Hello, I am a personal trainer for your kitchen. My goal is to elevate your comfort level in the kitchen by replacing effort with skill. Sharing information on cooking methods (rather than recipes) is what I do to help you think like a chef.  My focus is on […]

Choosing a cutting board

Cutting board with drawers

Here’s a quick overview of cutting boards that I like, and don’t like, what works, what doesn’t work…

Cleaning fruits and vegetables

A ‘free’ scrubbing net, you might already have this! I use the net from garlic bulbs as a mit, or bag, to scrub fruits and veggies. It works well, rinses easily and lasts a couple of months.

Reinventing leftovers

“Encore Presentations” refresh • reinvent • reinvigorate your leftovers A cooking class dedicated to showing how to change leftovers into a newly inspired dish. Click here to book this class. This is a 3-hour PRIVATE cooking class for up to 6 people. “Encore Presentations: Bringing back leftovers with renewed flare!” News flash! –leftovers do not […]

Got odors? mustard powder eliminates odors

Got odors? Use mustard powder to get rid of pesky stale odors when you want to reuse a jar or plastic container … lids, too. Includes ideas for uses, even armpits.