TEST YOUR SKILLS: A SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION

2019-06-05T13:04:43-04:00

Photo by Shubhesh Aggarwal on Unsplash By Jillian Fraioli It’s no secret that I love food. What I love more than eating food is creating food. And to take that further, I love getting into the kitchen with my friends to see what we can create together.  We started a tradition a few years ago to celebrate the coming of summer. On the solstice, we ask a handful of our closest friends to come over, bring what they have from their gardens, their fridge, and their pantry. A large part of the fun comes from starting with a blank slate and [...]

TEST YOUR SKILLS: A SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION2019-06-05T13:04:43-04:00

THE RHYTHM OF SPRING: A COOK’S INDULGENCE

2019-04-23T12:38:24-04:00

Photo by Nathalie Jolie on Unsplash By Jillian Fraioli There are few foods that evoke the turning of winter to spring to me like the long, furry packets of English peas and fava beans — sitting there in the open-air market, waiting in the warming air to be gathered into the next cook's hands. I tend to anthropomorphize my food. So when I’m wandering around in a daze, gazing at all the abundance that has made its way through winter, I see these pods and stalks in my mind's eye telling me their stories about the verdant and delicious treasures buried inside.Like us, these [...]

THE RHYTHM OF SPRING: A COOK’S INDULGENCE2019-04-23T12:38:24-04:00

TURNAROUND RAMEN

2019-03-28T12:33:00-04:00

Photo by Edward Guk on Unsplash By Jillian Fraioli I worked for over two decades in professional kitchens and restaurants. There’s a phenomenon that you might not yet know about most chefs: when they’re in their own kitchen, they often don’t cook. Well, let’s look at that for a moment. They don’t cook much. They don’t cook fancy. They keep limited ingredients on hand. They know of every place in their town that delivers or serves food until 4:00am. And they eat there, often. In my experience, this is due to a few things: they’re at the restaurant too long, they’re too tired, they [...]

TURNAROUND RAMEN2019-03-28T12:33:00-04:00

THERE’S ALWAYS MORE TO THE STORY

2019-02-19T17:43:17-04:00

Photo by Jacek Dylag on Unsplash By Stephanie Freybler I am blessed to have my grandma’s old recipe box, complete with her handwritten recipes. I don’t use the recipes often, but I still treasure them. The other day, as I was looking through the recipe box as I sometimes do, I focused on one recipe card for her strawberry salad. I looked at her familiar, perfect cursive writing. I studied the ingredients, and I looked through the steps that this particular recipe required. Then, I found myself wondering about the times she made this recipe. Did she make it often? Was it reserved for [...]

THERE’S ALWAYS MORE TO THE STORY2019-02-19T17:43:17-04:00

MAKING IT SAUCY

2019-02-19T16:43:15-04:00

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash by Jillian Fraioli Making a quick pan reduction sauce is one way I elevate a weeknight meal. However, I hear from people all the time that they think making sauce is “hard.” Once upon a time, I would have agreed. The “Mother Sauces” were one of the first things I had to perfect in a professional kitchen. These include béchamel, hollandaise, espagnole, veluté, and tomat. The idea behind this learning process is that once you can make these, you can pretty much make anything. While the art of the sauce has inspired many a chef’s episode on TV, and [...]

MAKING IT SAUCY2019-02-19T16:43:15-04:00

Low and Slow: A Secret Weapon

2019-01-28T13:54:54-04:00

Photo by Eiliv-Sonas Aceron on Unsplash By Jillian Fraioli If you’ve read any of my past articles, you’ll know that my “secret ingredients” are fish sauce and miso paste. Those items add umami, which I believe is key to amping up all of your endeavors in the kitchen. Everyone has a different idea of a “secret ingredient.” A good example is Samin Nosrat’s Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, where she demonstrates how those four elements, or “secret ingredients” if you will, are the key to consistently better cooking. Salt brings out deeper flavors. Fat helps us achieve texture.  Acid balances that flavor. And heat transforms [...]

Low and Slow: A Secret Weapon2019-01-28T13:54:54-04:00
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