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Batter Fried Oyster Mushrooms are made by Battering and Frying Whole Oyster Mushrooms.
Preparation Begin your Preparation, the second of Smart Kitchen’s 4 Levers of Cooking™, by preheating your oven to 325° F (163° C). Next, Melt the unsalted Whole Butter using a Sauce Pan on Low Heat or by placing the Butter into a Ramekin and heating it to its Melting Point in the oven, toaster oven, or microwave...
Preparation Begin your Coleslaw by preparing your Salad ingredients first. Will you be Toasting your Sesame Seeds fresh on your stove top? If so start that process first and once they are toasted let the toasted Sesame Seeds sit aside to cool. If you will be working with store-bought Toasted Sesame Seeds, just consider them another ingredient and begin this Coleslaw recipe with the Cabbage prep below...
Preparation The preparation for this Crisp Bean Salad should start the night before the active work. Soaking the Dried Beans overnight, will allow them to Rehydrate and cut down on your future cook time dramatically! Take a few minutes to inspect the dried beans for any debris, grit, etc...
Preparation Preheat your Oven to 350° F (177° F). If you did not purchase your Pecans out of the shell, shell the Pecan Nuts. If you want a tip on how to more easily crack the shells see the Pecan Nut Resource on Smart Kitchen under the Culinary Use heading. With the Pecans shelled, place them, spread out evenly, on a Baking Sheet to wait for the oven to reach the proper temperature...
Preparation Bring your 8 Quarts of water to a rapid Boil on High Heat in a Stock Pot. Use one of the large Mixing Bowls to make an Ice Bath for use after the Dumplings have been cooked. Method To begin, Sift the All Purpose Flour and Kosher Salt into one of the Large Mixing Bowls...
Fettunta is a simple (and simply delicious) Tuscan take on Garlic Bread that showcases good Garlic and pairs well with Soup, Stew or Pasta, or just about any hearty meat course. Preparation Since it is the longest lead time step, begin your Preparation, the second of Smart Kitchen’s 4 Levers of Cooking™ by pre-heating your oven to 350° F (177° C)...
Preparation The Preparation, the 2nd of Smart Kitchen’s 4 Levers of Cooking™ is fairly straightforward when making this French Bean Salad Garnished with Crispy Shallots. The Shallots should be Peeled, as you would Peel an Onion, and then Julienned. The French Beans should be Prepped and then Blanched before you begin...
Method Begin by preparing all of your ingredients, including Zesting the Orange and Dicing the Pineapple. Next combine all the ingredients, except the Bosc Pears, in a large Sauce Pan. Using Medium Heat, bring everything to a Simmer. Manage the Cooking Process, the third lever of the 4 Levers of Cooking, ™ and keep it at a simmer for 30 minutes...
Preparation The preparation for this Garlic Rice is fairly straightforward. The most time consuming preparation step will be, if you elect to start from scratch, making the Chicken Stock. The flavor will make a big difference and creating Chicken Stock is very doable if you Organize and plan ahead...
Preparation Peel the Carrots and then use your Chef’s Knife to take them to a Pont Neuf. You may to Chop the Parsley as part of your preparation, but, depending on your knife skills, you could also do your chopping while the Carrots are cooking. By the way, if you want to add some heat to your Glazed Carrots, you could add 1 T of Chili Powder (or Paprika) to your Mise en Place...
Preparation The preparation for this Lemon Rice is fairly straightforward. The most time consuming preparation step will be, if you elect to start from scratch, making the Chicken Stock. The flavor will make a big difference and creating Chicken Stock is very doable if you Organize and plan ahead...
PREPARATION Begin your preparation by Peeling & Trimming the Parsnips and then taking them to a Parmentier. Next, Prep the figs by washing them and cutting off the top where the stem was attached, before quartering them. This preparation can be done up to 2 days in advance. As part of your preparation, you will also want to set up your Food Processor if you are planning to go that route...
Preparation A lot of the initial preparation work will be Peeling and Dicing on your Cutting Board. Peel the Turnips as you would Peel a Rutabaga and then Rough Chop them. Peel the Shallots as you would Peel an Onion. Take the Shallots to a Julienne. Rinse the fresh Parsley and then Mince it...
Preparation Begin the Preparation, the 2nd of Smart Kitchen’s 4 Levers of Cooking™ by adjusting the rack in your oven to the middle position and then preheating your oven to 350˚ F (177˚ C). While the oven heats you should have time to prep your produce. Let’s talk about the Rice a second before we prep it...
Sautéed Oyster Mushrooms are considered to have an “Oyster-like” flavor which is also akin to Abalone.
Preparation The Morel Mushrooms will need to be cleaned before use. Smart Kitchen has a Cleaning Morel Mushrooms Exercise if you wish to learn more. Once cleaned, Slice them in half lengthwise. The fresh Chives will also need to be rinsed and dried before being Sliced into rounds. Method To begin the active phase, place a medium-sized Skillet or Sauté Pan over Medium Heat...
A Quick and Memorable Specialty Cheese Preparation
Roasting makes Shallots even sweeter and Roasted Shallots which are then peeled and Puréed are a great addition for flavoring Soups and Sauces. Preparation Begin your Preparation, the 2nd of Smart Kitchen’s 4 Levers of Cooking™ by pre-heating your Oven to 375˚ F (190˚ C)...
Preparation The preparation for this dish is very straightforward. Halve a ripe Papaya lengthwise with a Chef’s Knife. Tropical Papayas are preferred since they will be sweeter but the recipe will work with a Mexican Papaya as well, though it may have a muskier flavor. Remove the Papaya Seeds from the Papaya...
Preparation This Pecan Cheese Crisp recipe calls for Toasted Pecan Halves which can be made two weeks ahead of time. If you have your hands full with other prep, you can also substitute Roasted Pecans for the Toasted Pecans. Roasted Pecans should Hold for a week or two in the refrigerator so they can be made well in advance...
PREPARATION Before you begin the Shallots should be Peeled as you would Peel an Onion and then cut down into Batonnet, so that they are ultimately a Good Chew and/or an appropriate size for a Garnish. Method To begin the active phase, set a medium Saucepan over High Heat. Add the White Wine Vinegar, Granulated Sugar and Sea Salt to make your Brine...
Rum Buttered Yams are Perfect for the Holidays.
Preparation Prepare the Saffron by placing 2 tablespoons of hot water into a bowl and stirring the Saffron into it. Set the Saffron Bowl aside. You can work on your produce next. Peel the Onion and then take it down to a Macédoine. Your choice of Olive Oil is less critical here since it will be mostly a cooking oil and only doing a little coating...
Method Begin by washing and drying your Mustard Greens as you would Wash Spinach by rinsing them under cold running water, discarding any dirt or litter, and then drying them with a paper or kitchen towel. You could also dry them with a Salad Spinner, if you are so inclined. Discard any litter or coarse items...
Savory Oyster Mushroom Fritters are made with Diced Oyster Mushrooms in the Batter.
Preparation Begin your prep by taking your Marscapone Cheese out of the refrigerator to Temper it. Next, set up a Steamer. Steam the Artichokes for about 20 minutes until they are cooked. While they are cooking you have time to work on some of your other preparation. Get out your Cutting Board and Mince the Rosemary and the Prosciutto...
Preparation Before we begin the Preparation, the Second of Smart Kitchen’s 4 Levers of Cooking,™ let’s talk about the Rice choice a second before we prep it. We are calling for a Medium Grain White Sushi Rice (Minute Rice and Converted Rice won’t work well here) because it is a stickier type of Rice than a regular Long Grain White Rice...
Preparation Begin your Preparation, the second of Smart Kitchen’s 4 Levers of Cooking,™ by whipping up some homemade Mayonnaise, unless you already have some on hand. Use your Mayonnaise, or store bought if you must, to make an Orange Chipotle Mayonnaise which will be one of your ingredients when you start the active method of the recipe...
Preparation The preparation for this Thai Coconut Rice is fairly straightforward. The most time consuming preparation step will be, if you elect to start from scratch, making the Chicken Stock. The flavor will make a big difference and creating Chicken Stock is very doable if you Organize and plan ahead...
This Toasted Parsnip Mash is a perfect accompaniment for his Coffee-Braised Venison Shoulder that is also listed elsewhere in the Smart Kitchen Recipe Section. Method Begin your preparation by Peeling & Trimming the Parsnips. Next, place them on a thin, oven-safe Baking Sheet and rub them with Oil using a Pastry Brush...
Gravy is generally defined as a Sauce made from meat juices, often combined with Stock or Milk, and Thickened with a starch. Gravies tend to break down into two categories, Pan Gravies and Reductions. Simple Pan Gravies are built upon a reduction made from the Jus and Fond of cooked Proteins, such as Meat, Fish or Poultry...