The Basics

A collection of cornerstone recipes, tips, and techniques that every home chef should have in their repertoire broken down into easy, step-by-step instructions.

How To:  Make Homemade Labneh

How To: Make Homemade Labneh

Making cheese yourself sounds really hard, right? Sounds like it would be a lot of work, you’d need some fancy equipment or ingredients, and it probably wouldn’t be worth the effort, right? Wrong, my friends! Enter homemade labneh. I bet you have all the things […]

Quick Pickled Asian Vegetables

Quick Pickled Asian Vegetables

I was perusing the Asian market up the street from our house earlier this week in search of dried shiitake mushrooms, mirin, and pickled ginger for my Milk Street Tuesday Night Recipe this week and was thinking about just how little we utilize pickled things […]

Perfect Hard and Soft Boiled Eggs

Perfect Hard and Soft Boiled Eggs

If you do a quick google search for how to make the perfect hard boiled egg, you’ll get a whole plethora of different results. I actually can’t think of any other food that’s so simple to to cook that has SO many variations out there […]

Homemade Chicken Stock

Homemade Chicken Stock

You know that unmistakable, cozy Thanksgiving smell you get when you roast a chicken or a turkey?  Want to know a secret way to get that wonderful small wafting throughout your house without actually roasting a chicken or a turkey?  Homemade chicken stock. P.S. This […]

Homemade Gnocchi

Homemade Gnocchi

When I was living in France after college, my kitchen was very, very small. It consisted of two hot plates, a sink, and about six inches of counter space. With no oven and very few pots and pans, I was forced to get creative with […]

Roasted Tomato Sauce

Roasted Tomato Sauce

It’s late summer and tomato season is slowly rolling to an end.  Tomato season is something I await with such eager anticipation, and then by the end I am overwhelmed with the summer bounty.  The tomatoes in my garden keep kicking until well into September […]

How To Make an Epic Cheese Board

How To Make an Epic Cheese Board

Confession:  I have a cheese board obsession.  I have at least 3 different sets of cheese knives, I have multiple wooden boards for serving, and the cheese drawer of my fridge always contains the proper fixings.  I am not against (and am actually very for) […]

Basic Crêpes

Basic Crêpes

I remember very clearly my first nutella banana crêpe in Paris 11 years ago almost exactly.  Crêpe stands are all over the city, mostly clustered in tourist areas, but the French definitely eat crêpes regularly as well.  Crêpes can be filled with both savory or […]

Homemade Fettuccine

Homemade Fettuccine

Making pasta from scratch is one of those things that everyone should try at least once.  And speaking from experience, after you do it once you’ll be hooked.  This is obviously not something you’re going to do on a weeknight after a long day when […]