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Here are some I'd do:
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Posted to Thread #18038 at 11:09 pm on Apr 5, 2010
I would also recommend a good basic cookbook such as Doubleday that has an extensive glossary & "how to" section. I find that many novice cooks have no idea what lots of cooking terms mean.
How to deeply brown a roast or chunks of meat - that will cover both pot roast and lots of stew, soups and braises. I think novices would be afraid that they are burning things or put too much meat in the pan & stew instead of carmelizing.
How to make a really basic recipe of old fashioned soft white rolls - everyone loves them and you feel like you're showing off. They are easy and that recipe can be built on to make fancier rolls or in the case of refrigerator dough it is sweet enough to expand on making a few easy sweet rolls.
A basic roux white sauce is a good foundation for lots of things and the technique also applies to gravies and even gumbo.
How to measure different things.
How to bake a good potato-no foil.
How to cook eggs different ways.
How to make a basic red/marinara sauce. It's almost as fast as opening a jar and so much better.
Good larder basics to have on hand and ideas of quick/easy things that can be done with them.
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- 18038. Project: help create a menu showing basic cooking techniques - MariaDNoCA - 10:30pm on 04/05/10 (17)
- Here are some I'd do: - Melissa Dallas - 11:09pm on 04/05/10
- Time line plan and make ahead - Earnie - 5:38pm on 04/06/10
- Knife skills are really important. Maybe start with some vegetable cuts and then cut up a chicken - Joe - 11:11pm on 04/05/10
- If she's interested in baking, showing her how to cream butter and sugar is essential, plus - Meryl - 11:33pm on 04/05/10
- how to make meringue, basic chicken stock, roast chicken, pie crust... [NT] - cheezz - 12:16am on 04/06/10
- Pasta primavera...shows cutting skills, sauteeing skills, and a simple alfredo sauce - MarilynFL - 12:48am on 04/06/10
- A flat pie crust tart (crostini) that can be made before guests arrive - MarilynFL - 12:50am on 04/06/10
- pie crust in general and using phllyo dough - 2 still challenges for me [NT] - elaine - 5:14am on 04/06/10
- How to choose meat - beef cuts; How to have tender meat, different kinds of roasts; cuts of pork - Marsha tbay - 12:55am on 04/06/10
- How to pound chicken to an even thickness then ... - deb-in-MI - 9:17am on 04/06/10
- The older "Joy of Cooking" should be in the mix somewhere. - Dawn_MO - 12:17pm on 04/06/10
- Make sure it is a menu that is simple and that she can succeed with right away - CathyZ from Kauai - 3:56pm on 04/06/10
- I think an easy appy is in order like guacomole or a dip eg....smoked.... - joanietoo - 8:46pm on 04/06/10
- Perhaps you could get her a cast iron pot....and let her help season it by boiling up all the.... - joanietoo - 8:49pm on 04/06/10
- This brings back memories. I got married without ever having made a meal! - MoNJ - 12:18pm on 04/08/10
- How to make mayo, and some other basic sauces like Bernaise, Hollandaise and Bechamel sauce. [NT] - EvaN - 7:36pm on 04/08/10
- Oh fun! A "Kitchen" Shower!...A veggie peeler and good - Glennis_NoCA - 1:14am on 04/12/10