Category : Basics

Moving On, Moving Up

Moving On, Moving Up

It is pretty amazing how things can change in a year. On this day in 2010, Dr. Fiance and I were staying in a temporary apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The apartment was just over 100 square feet, had zero ventilation, and we were sleeping on an air mattress that took up […]

James Beard Home Style Bread

James Beard Home Style Bread

Making a 1lb loaf of five minute artisan bread for dinner each night has become an easy habit to fall into. I always have about four loaves worth of dough sitting in the fridge and it’s a rare day that goes by that I don’t make at least one loaf for dinner. But dinner is […]

Home Made Yogurt

Home Made Yogurt

I am starting to realize that many of my food ideas come from my parents. The more that I get into this cooking thing, the more memories I am having about the food that I ate growing up. Obviously there are big meal occasions that I remember, but more often than not, the things that […]

Notes on Mise En Place

Notes on Mise En Place

All cooks from the hoighty-toighty chefs down to the lowly line cook have one thing in common when they walk into a kitchen: the mise en place. Literally meaning “to put in place” this little fancy sounding French term means basically getting all your culinary ducks in a row. In a commercial kitchen this means […]

Stock Investment (Part 2)

Stock Investment (Part 2)

When we last checked in with Shoot To Cook I was researching recipes, shopping for chicken parts, and locating a pot of sufficient size to make stock. And what is our hero doing now? Trying to find the appropriate stock-making music. Can’t cook without music. Duh. For some reason the combination of 70s era cookbooks, […]

Stock Investment (Part 1)

Stock Investment (Part 1)

The more I time I spend reading cookbooks the more I’m starting to realize just exactly how many recipes call for stock. Even recipes that aren’t soup require the stuff, it’s like the crack of the food world. Cooks can’t get enough. So I’m going to have to figure this stock situation out. In the […]

Tis the Season for Food

Ok, so Thanksgiving happened. Who’s still hungry? Me! Although I shouldn’t be, for sure. We are back from a long weekend of pretty much non-stop eating. Thursday was a traditional Thanksgiving meal in Virginia, followed by 36 hours of solid eating on Friday and Saturday at my parent’s house. Then Saturday night we were back […]

100 Pots of Coffee

100 Pots of Coffee

There is nothing that I look forward to more in the morning than a nice cup of joe. It is especially nice to drink a cup of nice, hot, brewed coffee in the comfort of one’s home office. Today marks a milestone in my transition from New York City to St. Louis. As I write […]

Next Up On the Learning Curve: Meat

Next Up On the Learning Curve: Meat

The lady is gone for the weekend, off to Kansas with the girls to go see some concert or other, so there isn’t a lot of cooking going on this weekend. I spent Saturday night hanging out with all the boys left out of the Kansas trip and our host grilled us a lovely pork […]

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