How to season food

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, […]

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.

Cooking without a recipe

Here is my way to cook without recipes. Have a variety of foods on hand, which can be done with different parts of the plant. These foods have different functions for the plants, so using these different parts will inherently give you a variety of flavors, nutrition, colors, textures. …and cook times. Roots: onions, garlic, […]

Plating Magic – finding your artistic flare

This is a class for chefs who already know what it means to make great meals but have yet to discover how to make them look on the plate as wonderful as they taste to the palate. Learn what it means to add the sense of sight to taste and smell to produce dishes that are distinctively who you are and express both your cooking expertise and your esthetic sense.

Cooking lesson: salads and salad dressings

A lesson plan for learning the fundamentals of Salads and Salad Dressings

Cooking lesson: Braised Chicken and Roasted Vegetables

This cooking lesson plan is for those who want healthy FAST and EASY cooking …cooking chicken on the stovetop while the vegetables are cooking in the oven.