Learning to Cook… Online?

Almost everything is available to do virtually now, including learning how to cook. There are several accredited courses you can take online that will make you a chef! One of the primary benefits of online education is that it provides flexible learning on a schedule…

Kids in the Kitchen

Kids in the Kitchen

Children and kitchens can sometimes seem to be oil and water, but the only way they’ll learn to cook is by joining you in the kitchen. When children grow into adulthood, they eventually have to rely on themselves for everything, including feeding. Without cooking skills,…

Ice Cream Aisle Explained

#atozchallenge - Ice Cream Aisle

There are many commercial brands of ice cream and frozen desserts that can be great substitutes if you don’t have the time or desire to make your own. Many supermarkets carry a variety of gourmet ice cream, sorbet and gelato. Many of these interesting flavors…

High-Altitude Cooking

#atozchallenge - High Altitude Cooking

What’s the big deal with High Altitude? The change of air pressure makes things in the kitchen act a bit differently. At high altitudes: Air pressure is lower, so foods take longer to cook. Temperatures and/or cook times may need to be increased. Water boils…

Garbage, Compost, and Spoilage

#atozchallenge - Garbage, Compost, & Spoilage

A great deal of household garbage is produced in the kitchen. As part of the preparation process, inedible or unappetizing parts of food— peels, seeds, bones, shells, rinds, fat, gristle and stems—are removed for disposal. All sorts of metal, glass, paper, cardboard or plastic packaging…

Eating Etiquette

#atozchallenge - Eating Etiquette

Etiquette affects almost every aspect of dining. Dining etiquette rules apply before you ever take your seat and continue after you excuse yourself from the table. Table manners play an important part in making a favorable impression. They are visible signals of the state of…

Diet Descriptions

#A2Z CHALLENGE - Diet Descriptions

People like to eat; but not everyone eats the same way. Some eat a certain way due to health problems, and others are following the latest weight-loss trend. And yet others follow a lifestyle.

Converting Measurements

#A2Z CHALLENGE - Converting Measurements

It doesn’t matter whether you’re increasing a recipe or decreasing it — the procedure for adjusting the ingredient quantities for a different number of portions is the same. We call this scaling a recipe. When scaling a recipe it’s important to know how to convert…

Beverage List for a Full Bar

#A2Z CHALLENGE - Bar Stocking Basics

There is of course no ‘initial fix’ to a fully stocked bar. It is an ongoing process requiring the addition of certain liquors etc. at a time when there becomes a demand for them. Most or all of the ingredients below are considered essential bar-stock,…

Abbreviations Used in Recipes

Abbreviations Used in Recipes

Deciphering between the different cooking abbreviations and their proper unit of measurement can help make sure your dish comes out exactly as imagined. Often times, different books will use different abbreviations, which can cause confusion when putting together a dish.