Kitchen basics – how to roast garlic

FinalGarlicI live about 30 minutes north from the garlic capital: Gilroy, California. Each year on (what seems to be) the hottest weekend of the summer, people make the trek to Gilroy to enjoy all things garlic.

I can’t wait until summer. I love garlic on just about anything.

Perfectly roasted garlic is soft, sweet, nutty, caramely and encompasses everything we love about garlic, without the sharp burning after taste. It’s easy to create a jar of roasted garlic cloves at home. Let me show you.

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Kitchen Basics – Risotto

Risotto is a Northern Italian rice dish, with a supremely rich, creamy consistency. This dish has a been given a bit of a bad reputation, because it has been deemed the diva of rice dishes. It is notorious for being a “time consuming” or “fussy” recipe to execute. Why?!

Risotto is actually quite easy. It only takes 30 minutes to make, and it doesn’t require any master chef-level kitchen skills outside of the ability to whisk. In fact, the add-ins can be purchased pre-chopped, which makes it even easier. When risotto is done the right way, it is totally worth the whisking time.

It is also a highly customizable dish, which is why it constitutes as a kitchen basic. It’s more of a method than a recipe, due to the versatility. It can be eaten as a side, or as a main meal, depending on what you’ve added to it. It can be the basis of a hearty vegetarian meal, or served on the side of a meaty dish. Risotto can be enjoyed all seasons of the year, because it takes on the flavor of any seasonal produce added to it.

I will be showing you basic step-by-step directions on how I create my own distinctively savory risotto, along with ideas and inspiration for additional add-ins.

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Kitchen Basics – How To Make A Perfectly Cooked Hard Boiled Egg

Every egg lover has experienced it. The green ring around the yolk of an egg isn’t just visually unappealing-it’s a sign that the egg has been overcooked. The green ring comes with a chalky, lifeless texture and lack of taste.

Hard boiled eggs are not always considered to be the most glamorous food, but when cooked properly, the flavors are creamy, unctuous, and luxurious. Here is a tutorial on how to cook a perfect hard boiled egg.

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To Freeze/Make Ahead, Or Not?

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There seems to be a recent boost in popularity amongst home cooks: big batch make-ahead freezer meals.

To those who may not be familiar with this method, these recipes generally involve prepping and assembling several meals at once, storing each in the freezer, and then thawing and reheating in the oven or slow cooker at the time needed. Some people believe that this method saves time and money, however others might still be asking, “Why would I want to do that?”

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