10 Essential Tips To Speed And Improve Your Cooking

1. Be hungry

I’m talking about an attitude. By hungry, I mean a sense of permission mixed with curiosity: what would you like to eat? Think of it as listening to your stomach’s desires. If you start cooking when you are already physically hungry, you may be in too great a rush to pay attention. Maybe it is really hot and so you feel like having something cool and crisp. What’s in the fridge? Lettuce? Yes, but not enough. Cabbage. Yes, again, and you are well on your way to salad with some sliced red onion or shallot, toasted nuts perhaps, fresh chopped herbs, red wine vinegar and olive oil. Are you cooking to please just yourself or your family? Friends? How much time do you have? To paraphrase one of John Irving’s characters in an early novel: If you start with good ingredients and exercise a reasonable amount of care, you can be fairly sure of a good result.

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Oven-Dried San Marzano Tomatoes

Oven-Dried San Marzano Tomatoes

Michael Chiarello taught me to oven-dry tomatoes. We were working on one of his early cookbooks and I’ve used the technique ever since. Because (the dirty little secret is:) even at the height of tomato season, sometimes they taste, well, not the way we remember or think they should. So we need to do something […]

What Pasture-Raised Eggs Teach about Freshness

What Pasture-Raised Eggs Teach about Freshness

In this time of bad-news eggs and the sorry conditions in which they are produced, let’s talk about good news eggs: delicious, pasture-raised eggs and the lessons they teach about freshness. They cost more; boy, do they! But their cost, I believe, better reflects the true cost of producing good food. Nicholas D. Kristof, wrote […]

Quick, Spicy, Salty, Sweet Toasted Nuts

Quick, Spicy, Salty, Sweet Toasted Nuts

I wondered whether there wasn’t an easy way to make just a small batch of candied nuts. Say you want a quick dessert: fresh fruit and a few nuts would be healthy, pretty, and fast. But how to make it a little special? Instead of plain nuts, you could toast them in a dry skillet […]

Easy Entertaining with Hand-crafted Pottery

Easy Entertaining with Hand-crafted Pottery

A well-stuffed prop closet is one of the secrets to easy entertaining. Instead of slaving away in the kitchen, let hand-crafted, affordable pottery do the work for you. Even the simplest foods can wow  your guests and make entertaining easy when presented on fabulous dishware, platters, and bowls. But these can be expensive and when […]

How to Choose the Right Equipment for You

How to Choose the Right Equipment for You

Choosing equipment doesn’t have to mean spending lots of money but it would be a good idea to research your choices ahead of time.

Cook Smart by Shopping Smarter

Cook Smart by Shopping Smarter

The most efficient cooking strategy is to shop efficiently. If you have good food in the house, you can cook it.


Testimonials

This cookbook is far more than a book about burgers. It is a book about great flavor combinations, cooking technique and presentation, all brought to you through manageable recipes.

-About “Burger Bar”

About Penni

Over 30 years as a food and wine professional, writer, and editor.

Cookbook author including:
'The Tra Vigne Cookbook' for Michael Chiarello,
'The Basque Kitchen' for Gerald Hirigoyen
and 'BurgerBar' for Hubert Keller.

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