• Cooking,  Ingredients

    Pantry Staples: This Cook’s Most Versatile Ingredients

    It is well-known in the culinary industry that being prepared is the key to success. A poorly stocked pantry is needlessly debilitating to that effort. Keeping in mind your personal cooking style, ability and preferences, having certain necessities on hand at all times will enable you to put something together for any occasion. The trick is knowing what won’t even make it to your shelf on grocery day, and what you’ll find with an inch-thick layer of dust while spring cleaning. In this list, I will cover only our most versatile. These are the products that I would borderline panic if without because we use them daily in one way…

  • Cooking,  Ingredients

    Grapefruit / Flaxseed / Avocado

    Cooking is the preparation of ingredients. But what are the ingredients? You could spend several lifetimes learning all about cooking and how to prepare food in a way that is all-together satisfying, and you still wont know everything. But to that end, in the fruitless effort to know everything about cooking, what I find many cooks undervalue or neglect to consider at all is the learning about the ingredients themselves. They will know how to work with them and cook with them, but not them themselves. That is what this series of posts will look into: some fundamental information on ingredients. There are hundreds of books written about ingredients from…