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Menu Planning aka The Meal Plan Primer

How to Start a Menu Plan -Eat at Home (part 1)A Plan Is Not a Rut, Slowly Increase Your Recipe Repertoire (part 2)
Cut Your Menu Costs By Building Your Pantry (part 3)Side Dishes are an Important Part of Menu Planning (part 4)
Busy Schedules and Meal Plans

Get Started with 16 Weeks of Free Menu Plans

Basic Cooking Skills


Cooking Terms and Definitions

Use the Water Test to Prevent Food Sticking in Stainless Steel

Knife Skills
How to Sharpen a Knife
How to Dice a Bell PepperHow to Cut Up a Whole Chicken
How to Seed and Dice a CucumberHow to Dice an Onion
How to Slice an OnionHow to Dice a Tomato


Food Safety
How to Hand Wash Dishes
How to Use Chlorine Bleach SafelyIs Vinegar Strong Enough for Kitchen Disinfection
How to Freeze Food Safely, Part 1How to Freeze Food Safely, Part 2
Why Thaw Food in a WaterbathWhat to Do After the Freezer Was Left Open
How Long Can Food Be Frozen
Use Refrigerator Zones for Optimal Food StorageUse Caution Cooking Kidney Beans in a Slow Cooker

Recipes and Tutorials

Sauces, Gravy, and Salad Dressing

How to Make Bechamel (White Sauce)How to Make Pan Gravy
Cream of X Soup Substitute
How to make Sausage Gravy
Enchilada SauceTzatziki or Cucumber Garlic Sauce
Homemade Ranch Dressing MixBlue Cheese Dressing
Western Dressing

Soups and Stews

AlbondigasBaked Potato SoupBeef Stew
Black BeanChicken and Turkey StockChicken Gumbo
Chicken and Wild Rice  (Creamy)Chicken Noodle SoupCioppino (Shellfish Stew)
Corn ChowderCream of BroccoliCream of [X] Soup Substitute
GazpachoGluten Free Corn ChowderLeek and Cabbage Soup
Leek and Potato SoupNew England Style Clam ChowderNo Tomato Chili
Shrimp ÉtoufféeSplit Pea SoupStewed Chicken
Taco Soup Tomato SoupWhite Chicken Chili


Bean and Corn SaladCandied Bacon Salad Caprese
Carrot Raisin Salad Chicken Salad Classic Tuna Salad
ColeslawCucumber Salad (2 ways)
Greek Pasta SaladMediterranean Cous Cous SaladChick Pea and Watermelon
Pasta SaladPotato, Egg, and Green Bean Salad
Radish and Egg SaladSpinach Salad with Cranberries & FetaTomato Salad
Tuna Macaroni SaladTuna Salad (Tangy Variation)


CioppinoDilled SalmonFish and Chips, Oven Fried
Fisherman’s PieLinguine with Clam SaucePecan Crusted Salmon
LoxShrimp EtouffeeShrimp Etouffee, Dry Roux
Shrimp StockSpanish Baked Cod with Olive TapenadeSpring Rolls with Shrimp
Steelhead Trout with Honey or Maple Glaze


Chicken Recipes 1

How to Convert Chicken Recipes for Various Cuts

How to Cut Up a Whole Chicken

How to Butterfly or Spatchcock a Chicken

Boneless (breasts or thighs)
Buffalo Chicken SandwichesChicken CurryChicken Fingers
Chicken MarsalaChicken ParmesanChicken Picante
Leg Quarters, Thighs, Drumsticks, Wings
Chicken GumboChili Honey Chicken ThighsFried Chicken
Garlic and Brown Sugar ThighsGarlic and Soy Baked Chicken ThighsGrilled Buffalo Wings
Italian Marinated Fried Chicken ThighsOven Fried Chicken ThighsPineapple Grilled Chicken
Stewed Chicken
Balsamic Roasted ChickenBBQ Chicken (dry rub)Chicken Bog
Chicken Pilau Chicken Peppers and MushroomsOven Roasted Chicken
Pre-Cooked Chicken (canned or homemade)
Chicken and Wild Rice SoupChicken Chimichangas / Grilled BurritosChicken Noodle Soup
JambalayaChicken Pot PieWhite Chicken Chili


Ground Beef
AlbondigasBeef and Cabbage SkilletCheeseburger Macaroni
Egg RollsGrilled MeatloafLasagna
MeatballsMeatloaf (traditional)
Sloppy JoesSpaghetti Sauce Taco Soup
 Pot RoastWalnut Crusted RoastWine Braised Pot Roast
Beef StroganoffBlackened Beef TipsCountry Fried Steak
Country Style Cube SteakHerb Crusted SteaksMediterranean Beef Pitas

Short ribs


Baked Pork Egg Rolls   Strips Chili Maple Pork ChopsFake ‘n’ Bake Pork Chops
 Italian Pork Chops Pork Chops with Raspberry Sauce Pork Spare Ribs, Memphis Dry Rub Style
 Pulled Pork Thai Lettuce Wraps with Satay 


Asparagus, GrilledBaked PotatoesBaked Potato Soup
Broccoli Almond SaladBroccoli Cheddar FrittataBroccoli with Bell Pepper
Broccoli, RoastedBroccoli, SteamedBroccoli Rabe with Garlic and Ginger
Brussels Sprouts, Oven-RoastedBrussels Sprouts with BaconButternut Squash, Savory
Butternut SquashCapreseCarrot Raisin Salad
Cauliflower Cheddar BitesColeslawCollard Greens
Collard Greens and Northern BeansCollard Greens, Vegetarian StyleFried Green Corn
Corn and Bean SaladCorn ChowderCorn Chowder, Gluten Free
GazpachoGreen Beans, RoastedGuacamole
Hasselback PotatoesHow to Roast PotatoesKale, Braised
Leek and Cabbage SoupLeek and Potato SoupLoaded Mashed Potatoes
Olive TapenadePeach SalsaPeach Syrup
Pear SaucePeas and AlmondsPotato Salad
Ranch Potato WedgesRice and PeasRoasted Vegetables
Rutabaga, BraisedRutabaga, Mashed
  Turnips and Rutabagas, Braised

Breads: Yeast and Quick

Sweets and Savories