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Learn to Play the 3 Flavor Notes: Home Cooking Boot Camp Lesson 8

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In science, an “elegant theory” is one that explains a lot with very little. It’s simple and powerful. For instance, Einstein’s most famous equation E=MC2 presents in just five symbols what amounts to a doctorate-level understanding of the relationship between energy and mass.

In cooking, a dish is said to be elegant when it uses as few seasonings as possible to achieve jaw-dropping results.…

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The Power of Flavor Profiles: Home Cooking Boot Camp Lesson 6

The Power of Flavor Profiles: Home Cooking Boot Camp Lesson 6

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Before developing Kitchen Karate, I learned to cook by throwing dinner parties. Each week I invited six guests to be my guinea pigs as I tried my hand at a new cuisine: Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Indian, Thai, French, Caribbean, and many more.

I pulled recipes off the Internet for the most popular appetizer, entree and dessert from the cuisine of the week.…

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How to Organize Your Kitchen for Speed: Home Cooking Boot Camp Lesson 5

How to Organize Your Kitchen for Speed: Home Cooking Boot Camp Lesson 5

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When it comes to home cooking, most of us grab what we need as we need it: counter space, tools, or seasoning. In the process, we turn our kitchen into a hot mess. Even an experienced home cook will often leave a trail of wreckage as he or she puts on even a small dinner party.

This mess can make it hard to motivate yourself to cook, which sends you down the slippery slope of grabbing what’s convenient and neglecting proper nutrition.…

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The 3 Essential Cooking Methods: Home Cooking Boot Camp Lesson 3

The 3 Essential Cooking Methods: Home Cooking Boot Camp Lesson 3

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Last week we brandished a big knife. This week we play with fire.

We are going to cover the three cooking techniques you must know to feed yourself with any regularity: boil, saute, and roast. Each comes with its own implement of doom — pot, pan, and earthenware, respectively. We are going to use all of them in this lesson.

But before we get into dancing around the flames, a quick safety message from your local fire marshal.…

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Knife Skills and Stir Fry: Home Cooking Boot Camp Lesson 2

Knife Skills and Stir Fry: Home Cooking Boot Camp Lesson 2

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In boot camp lesson one, we focused on embracing our chef sense and breaking free of recipes. Now, we get to wield a big knife and show food who’s boss!

There is only one knife you truly need and it’s called the chef’s knife.

The chef’s knife is big and bold, and a lot of people shy away from it because it looks intimidating.…

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