Posts Tagged ‘Cooking Basics’

How to Fry an Egg

Heather says: Today we’re covering fried eggs -as new projects to procrastinate develop- I’ll also address: scrambled eggs, omelets, frittatas, quiche, and my as yet unnamed hybrid of the three techniques that feeds my family on a busy evening when I have no interest in effort.     So what is a fried egg? Well…

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Hearty White Sandwich Bread

Step 10 - cooled and sliced

Michele says: I’ll never forget the first time my childhood friend showed me how to make one of her favorite treats.    The recipe was simple: one piece of white bread, squished and squeezed into a compact ball.  It was kind of like a bread bonbon, and the thought of it horrified me immensely.  You see,…

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Balsamic Marinated Chicken Thighs

Heather says: This recipe for balsamic marinated chicken is sort of a repeat. Why? Because sometimes you don’t want to cook a whole chicken and grab the super-value pack of chicken thighs or leg quarters when they go on sale. Like the garlic and soy chicken thighs, this recipe is simple, the only drawback is…

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Easy Italian Bread

Michele says: A little over ten years ago today, I enrolled in home economics as a school elective.  To say I was excited would be an understatement, and I showed up for my first day of class eager to learn anything and everything I could about sewing, cooking, cleaning, and—most important to me—baking.  The pace…

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Thai Inspired Beef and Cabbage Skillet

Thai Inspired Beef Cabbage Skillet Recipe

Heather says: I’d like to thank Bobbie for helping out with the name of this quick beef skillet, I was staring at it last night and drawing a blank. This ground beef cabbage skillet recipe will feed six, more if you serve over cooked rice or noodles. Feel free to play with the ingredients as…

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Simple Scalloped Potatoes from Scratch Recipe

  Bobbie says:   Lately, Home Ec 101 has been focusing on cooking basics, and in my opinion, Scalloped Potatoes are about as basic as it gets when it comes to side dishes. They go with practically anything, and with the right recipe, made-from-scratch scalloped potatoes are almost as easy as a boxed mix, so much better…

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Italian Sausage Skillet

Easy Sausage Skillet

Heather says: I’m not the only one getting into this whole back to cooking basics idea. Over on the Home-Ec 101 Facebook Fanpage, Home Eccer Lindsey decided to play around with this week’s Simple Philly Skillet and used what she had on hand -smarty lady!- and shared the results. She shared the a whole album…

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Simple Philly Skillet

Heather says: This simple Philly skillet is another in my impromptu, unorganized, and a johnny-come-lately decision to dive into cooking basics here on Home-Ec 101. I try my best to stay out of the center aisles of the grocery store. Yes, there are some pantry basics on some aisles that I must have, but for…

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Pork Chops, Fried

Fried Pork Chops

Heather says: Fried pork chops are a quintessential Sunday Dinner and depending on the number of minions you are cooking for, they are fairly low effort. They are less touchy than fried chicken and completely company worthy, especially if it’s the kind of company that will hang out in the kitchen and talk while you…

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Turkey or Beef Taco Skillet

Taco Skillet

Heather says: Taco Skillet? Yep. We’re Home-Ec 101 here and one of my goals for this year is to go back and share those simple recipes that we assume everyone already knows how to make. This is as close to Hamburger Helper™ as you can get without opening a HH box. Sometimes dinner is just thrown…

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No-Salt Taco Seasoning

This no-salt taco seasoning recipe is a great way to keep your salt intake under control without sacrificing flavor.

Heather says: This no-salt taco seasoning recipe is a great way to keep your salt intake under control without sacrificing flavor. It takes all of 3 minutes to put together -5 if you’re the picture taking type- and it makes enough for about 4 recipes calling for a taco mix. Use 2.5 tablespoons of the…

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How to Use Bay Leaves: The Misunderstood Herb

I’d dismissed them, not realizing that they were the very thing that made the aroma of mom’s vegetable soup so comforting. Here's how to use bay leaves in many recipes.

Dear Home Ec 101: A friend told me that bay leaves are poisonous, and that’s why you remove them before serving. Isn’t it kind of…insane to cook with a poison plant? If they are ok, would you tell me how to use bay leaves? Signed, Is it safe? Bobbie says: You know, that never made…

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Ten Fridge Essentials for Every Man

 Brian says: Whether you’re single or a happily married man with children, there are certain things that we need in our lives to keep us, well, grounded. For some, it’s the legendary and mythical “man cave”, for others it’s a fantasy sports team. For me, though, it’s the unchangeable list of ingredients and sundries that…

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How to Poach an Egg

Heather says: We’re huge fans of eggs in our house, with growing kids and a busy schedule, they are one of the fastest and most economical forms of protein we keep on hand. Throw in the fact that there are hundreds of ways to cook eggs and we’re sold. Learning how to poach an egg…

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