Category: Kitchen Basics

Kitchen Basics are methods, short cuts, and best practices to use when cooking – tips and suggestions in the kitchen. We also include basic staple recipes that you will use time and time again.

kitchen basics cooking with eggplant
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Kitchen Basics: Cooking with Eggplant

Prepping and cooking eggplant couldn’t be easier. Even if you want to “sweat” them as you’ve read about, it’s super simple and only adds thirty passive minutes to your cooking time. Many people hesitate to cook with eggplant because the sweating part seems mysterious. The first thing you should know is that sweating is unnecessary, […]

vegan pie crust
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Kitchen Basics: Vegan Pie Crust

Now that I’ve made this easy and very tasty vegan pie crust, I won’t buy store bought again. Making vegan pie crust is the same as making non-vegan pie crust – you just replace the butter with vegan butter. But a lot of people have never had to make a pie crust from scratch, thanks […]

how to cut tomatillos
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Kitchen Basics: How to Cut & Cook Tomatillos

If you like Mexican food, you’ve probably eaten tomatillos, or Mexican husk tomatoes, many times. And if you love salsa verde (green salsa), you have absolutely eaten tomatillos. While most people have had tomatillos in their Mexican dishes, many still haven’t cooked with them. I bought my first fresh tomatillos to make salsa verde. I […]

2 soy dipping sauces
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Kitchen Basics: 2 Soy Dipping Sauces

I love these two soy dipping sauces served with Chinese or East Asian cuisine. Great for dipping dumplings, veggies, and as a sauce for delectable scallion pancakes. Both of these sauces are quick and easy, made from ingredients you probably have in your refrigerator. You don’t really need all of the ingredients – just take […]

easy homemade croutons
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Kitchen Basics: Easy Homemade Croutons

You’ll want to keep these easy homemade croutons on hand once you’ve made them for the first time. Any time you have bread that’s a little bit old, you can cut it up and make croutons. Once cooled, they keep nearly foreverĀ in an airtight container or ziplock bag. We always have some on hand for […]

easy homemade ketchup
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Kitchen Basics: Easy Homemade Ketchup

This easy homemade ketchup is so full of flavor – I don’t think I’ll ever use store bought ketchup again! And you can make this ketchup just the way you like it. Making it at home, you control the levels of sweetness and saltiness. After you’ve made it once or twice, you can see how […]