Category: Basics

Cooking Basics is a collection of methods, short cuts, and best practices to use when cooking – tips and suggestions in the kitchen.

cooking rice like pasta
Basics

Cooking Rice like Pasta

In the past, I’ve always cooked rice the traditional way. But many times it was too sticky, not done, or burned to the bottom of the pan. I didn’t enjoy cooking rice. Until now. Now, I use the “overwater method” for cooking rice: cooking it in a pot with extra water, like you cook pasta. […]

roast or toast nuts
All Vegan Recipes, Basics

How to Roast or Toast Nuts

Knowing how to roast or toast nuts will come in handy when you want to use raw, organic nuts for toppings on hot cereals and desserts, or would like a crunchy snack.  You can roast nuts in as little as eight minutes, with no oil needed, using your oven or stove top. Roasting or toasting […]

vegan parmesan
All Vegan Recipes, Basics, Fewer Than 6 Ingredients, Gluten Free Option, Italian Cuisine, Pasta & Noodles, Pizzas, Spice Mixes

Three Variations on Vegan Parmesan

I love having cheezy vegan parmesan to sprinkle on pasta, pizza and veggies. It just adds that little bit of “oomph” to a dish. And since it’s made with nuts and nutritional yeast, it actually adds nutrients to your meal! I made vegan parmesan for the first time this week – I’m so glad I […]

easy vegan sugar glaze
All Vegan Recipes, Basics, Birthdays, Desserts, Fewer Than 6 Ingredients, Gluten Free, Sweet Sauces & Dressings

Easy Vegan Sugar Glaze

This versatile, easy vegan sugar glaze is quick to make and can be used to sweeten many desserts. Drizzle it over cakes, cookies, muffins and more. With an addition of a little lemon juice and lemon zest, you can make a delicious citrus glaze. Orange and lime juice can be used, too! If you don’t […]