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, Pasta & Noodles, Salads, Sandwiches, Vegetables

Kitchen Basics: Roasting Bell Peppers (or any peppers!)

Roasting bell peppers is an easy way to cook them for adding to sandwiches, salads, pasta or other veggie dishes. There are a few ways to roast peppers, with variations in how to cut the peppers, mostly. You can roast them whole or halved, but I like this method, for a few reasons: 1) It’s […]

Condiments, Desserts, Fall & Winter Holidays, Fewer Than 6 Ingredients, Gluten Free, Kitchen Basics

Kitchen Basics: Vanilla Sugar

Use one of these three methods to make one of the easiest kitchen basics: vanilla sugar. From time to time, you will come across a cookie recipe calling for vanilla sugar. Don’t run out to buy it! You can easily make it at home. I’ve seen vanilla sugar in many European and German cookie recipes. […]

Appetizers, Condiments, Fewer Than 6 Ingredients, Gluten Free, Kitchen Basics, Oven Dishes, Pasta & Noodles, Pizzas

Kitchen Basics: Roasted Garlic

One of my favorite kitchen basics, roasted garlic is one of those foods that you won’t be able to live without once you’ve made it. You can roast several garlic heads and use them at once, or keep them in the fridge or freezer for later. Roasted garlic can be used on pasta, spread on […]

kitchen basics cooking with eggplant
Fewer Than 6 Ingredients, Kitchen Basics, One Pot Dishes, Oven Dishes, Vegetables

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
Desserts, Fall & Winter Holidays, Kitchen Basics, Oven Dishes

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
Kitchen Basics, Mexican Cuisine, Southern US Cuisine, Vegetables

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 […]