Completed Curry Chicken Salad....#idcookthat

Curry Chicken Salad: An Amazing Make-Ahead Lunch

I’ve always found it hard to make time for a delicious, healthy meal that I could make quickly for lunch. No doubt many of you are in the same boat. With this time restriction in mind, I sought out to find meals that I could put together on Sunday that would be edible for the […]

Dinner Party Essentials

So You Want to Host a Dinner Party…

I’m going to start this off with a bit of a confession. The reason behind this post is because last week I went over to a friend’s house to BBQ and about 15 people turned out. Everything was going well until it was time to start cooking and eating. There was no olive oil. The […]

Completed braise of chicken in milk!

Chicken Braised in Milk

I was doing a bit of research last week trying to find a unique dish that I could whip up to showcase the wide range of meals that braising allows you to make. (If you missed out on my braising primer, you can get caught up right here.) Well, I think I found one that […]

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The Basics: Braising

Let me tell you a secret. I love braised foods and I love cooking braised foods. Okay, that’s not really a secret. Let me tell you something else. Most of my friends and family have no idea what braising is or why it produces some of the best dishes this side of deep frying. It […]

Everything You Wanted to Know About Cast Iron But Were Too Afraid to Ask

A Little Bit of History There is absolutely nothing new about cast iron – in fact, the Chinese are credited with the first cast iron creations all the way back in the 5th Century BC. The first cast iron cookware has been dated back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD). Making cast […]

The Basics: Proper Food Handling and Sanitation Techniques

Back when I was just a wee Brandon, I worked as a server at a restaurant in Lee’s Summit, MO and was forced to get a food safety card in order to work in the restaurant industry. While I certainly didn’t pay too much attention  in class, I did understand the importance of not making […]

The Basics: Slow Cooking

I do a lot of slow cooking at my house. It may be because I’m lazy. More than likely though it’s probably because slow cooking produces the juiciest, most succulent and easiest meals this side of deep frying. Seriously, I’ve never seen a slow cooker recipe that an 8-year old couldn’t handle. For my favorite […]