Cooking Basics

Planning on making lasagna, moussaka, or chicken tikka masala? Each of these dishes requires one or two basic recipes that every chef must know. These recipes will put new tools in your chef’s toolbox giving you the ability to go where you have never gone before!

  • Garlic Oil – Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    Wednesday, 8th January 2020Tyler

    I’ve never been a huge fan of salad dressings. After living in Italy, I learned to love the simple flavors like extra virgin olive oil with a touch of salt or a simple balsamic glaze. Garlic oil, however, has recently entered into my favorite category. Ever since I visited Pastabilities in Syracuse, NY I’ve just wanted to eat it (see my post on my take on Spicy Hot Tomato Oil). I’ve been making and using it so consistently ever since that you’d be hard-pressed not to find it in my kitchen. Years ago, when visiting olive oil shops in Bitonto, Italy (aka the “city of olives”) and see infused oils and think “What the heck? Why are they ruining that good oil?” Thank goodness I’ve…

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  • Balsamic Glaze: How to make a simple Balsamic Reduction

    Balsamic Glaze (Balsamic Reduction)

    Sunday, 8th April 2018Tyler

    Hey guys! Today, I’m making a Caprese salad. While making it, I realized that I didn’t have any balsamic glaze to 1. add an extra fruity flavoring to the salad…

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  • Quick Homemade Crouton Recipe

    Quick Homemade Croutons

    Saturday, 10th February 2018Tyler

    While preparing my French onion soup recipe the other day, I decided to put croutons in my soup (tons of croutons instead of tons of cheese :). And I thought,…

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  • Bechame Sauce Step 3 Slowly Add Milk Until Thickened

    Béchamel Sauce

    Friday, 1st December 2017Tyler

    It’s official! Winter has come, and I wish to ‘pound out’ those wonderful dishes I only make during winter. But, I couldn’t help myself and I made a lasagna and…

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