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By Lauren Braun Costello

The kitchen may be an intimidating position if you happen to don’t understand whether or not they should still blanch, braise, or broil. yet now not each person can have the funds for to head out each time they wish to devour good! So how does the hopeful cook dinner discover ways to create scrumptious cuisine?

In this cookbook, specialist caterer and cooking professional Lauren Braun Costello offers the connoisseur wannabe lots of nutrients for notion, together with how to:

set up the kitchen to maximise house and accessibility
inventory the pantry with crucial instruments and ingredients
grasp the 10 strategies each domestic chef should still know
Whip up vintage recipes, tailored to assorted palates and talent levels
Use lingo you’ve continually puzzled approximately (what is coulis, anyway?)

Starting with the main simple abilities and development to complex recommendations, this culinary compendium serves up an entire A-to-Z path that begins out al dente and finishes with a few zest!

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Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low. Cover pan and simmer over low heat 30 to 35 minutes, or until rice is tender. Stir in salt and pepper. Serve immediately. 78 WINTER BEEF AND VEGETABLE MEDLEY Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 30 to 35 minutes Serves: 4 to 5 This is a simple, straightforward skillet dish using the bounty of winter vegetables found in the market. Accompany with steamed brown or wild rice for an easy supper. 1 pound boneless top sirloin steak, trimmed of all fat 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 4 celery ribs, thinly sliced diagonally 5 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced diagonally 1 bunch radishes (about 10), thinly sliced 3 medium turnips, peeled, cut into quarters, and thinly sliced ½ pound fresh green beans, cut into 1½inch pieces 2 beef bouillon cubes ¾ cup water ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1.

1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 medium onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced ¼ cup canned diced green chiles 2 to 2½ tablespoons chili powder 1 (28-ounce) can cut-up peeled tomatoes, undrained 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained 1 (15-ounce) can Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained 1 cup frozen or canned corn kernels ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper Grated cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese, plain yogurt, and chopped fresh cilantro or scallion green, for garnish 1. In large flameproof casserole or nonreactive saucepan, heat oil until hot.

Drain, then rinse with cold water and drain again. Transfer to a large bowl. Add all remaining ingredients except lettuce to pasta. Toss to blend well. Serve at room temperature or chilled on a bed of shredded lettuce. 44 PASTA POT 59 LINGUINE GORGONZOLA Prep: 5 minutes Cook: 3 to 4 minutes Serves: 4 This is a quick-fix idea. Simply add a simple salad (pick one up at a salad bar) and you can have dinner on the table pronto. 1 (9-ounce) package fresh linguine 1 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (about 6 ounces) ¾ cup heavy cream ½ cup chopped roasted red pepper ½ cup chopped watercress 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1.

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