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Mastering Kitchen Basics, 3-Ingredient Challenge, Chef Jeff Henderson, Please Explain

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Friday, November 01, 2013

On today’s Food Fridays show: Cynthia Keller from the Culinary Institute of America explains how you can master the basics of home cooking. Rozanne Gold joins us to launch our next listener 3-ingredient culinary challenge! Chef Jeff Henderson talks about his journey from being a drug dealer to a celebrity chef and mentor. Plus, on this week’s Please Explain, we’ll find out how to use slow cookers to create all kinds of dishes—even chocolate cheesecake and poached salmon.

Mastering Cooking Basics

Cynthia Keller of the Culinary Institute of America tells us how to master the basics of cooking at home—from equipment to ingredients to technique. Cooking at Home with the Culinary Institute of America covers basic knife skills and essential cooking methods like braising and grilling. features hundreds of recipes, ranging from the very basic to the more complex, and covers almost every kind dish, including soups, starters, salads, meat, poultry, fish, grains, breads, and desserts.

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3-Ingredient Challenge

Cookbook writer Rozanne Gold kicks off our three-ingredient challenge and explains how to make delicious dishes with just a handful of ingredients!

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Please Explain: The Slow Cooker

Julia Collin Davidson, of America's Test Kitchen, talks about the versatility of the slow cooker. It’s not just for beef stew anymore. On this week’s Please Explain she talks about how to roast, poach, and even make cakes and custards in the slow cooker. Julia Collin Davidson is one of the editors of America’s Test Kitchen’s Slow Cooker Revolution.

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Chef Jeff Henderson

Chef Jeff Henderson tells how he went from drug dealer to TV celebrity chef to nationally acclaimed speaker. He has devoted himself to mentoring and motivating at-risk and vulnerable Americans. In If You Can See It, You Can Be It, he offers 12 inspiring and pragmatic “recipes” to make life-changing decisions and secure personal and professional success.

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Recipe: Braised Steaks with Horseradish Smashed Potatoes

Steak and smashed potatoes is a classic pairing that now you can make in the slow cooker.

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Recipe: Chicken Pomodoro

Classic chicken pomodoro features tender chicken braised in a rich tomato sauce in a slow cooker.

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Rozanne Gold's Pineapple Flan

Recipe: Rozanne Gold's Pineapple Flan

Here, just three ingredients coalesce into a luscious, and improbable, custard of tropical intensity.

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Recipe: Rozanne Gold's Sheet-pan Spinach

Make spinach with this "sauna" technique.

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Recipe: Rozanne Gold's Flap, Hanger, or Skirt Steaks with Sumac

Sumac is one of just three ingredients i this recipe. It's available at Middle Eastern markets.

 

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Rozanne Gold's Chicken with Roasted Grapes & Grape Demi-Glace

Recipe: Rozanne Gold's Chicken with Roasted Grapes & Grape Demi-Glace

Only three (or maybe four) ingredients are needed to make chicken with what looks like a demi-glace sauce.

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Mahogany Short Ribs Rozanne GOld

Recipe: Rozanne Gold's Mahogany Short Ribs

Just three ingredients make delicious short ribs.

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Recipe: Celeriac and Tart Apple Salad

Make this crisp and refreshing salad at home.

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Recipe: Garlicky Shrimp

The slow, gentle heat of the slow cooker isgreat for producing tender shrimp without the fear of overcooking.

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Poached egg dish

Recipe: Poached Eggs Mornay

A simple poached egg dish.

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How to: Poach Eggs

A clear how-to on one of the cooking basics: poaching an egg.

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Recipe: Jeff Henderson's Friendly Womack’s Fried Chicken

Perfect fried chicken to go with buttermilk waffles and maple syrup.

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Recipe: Jeff Henderson's Mashed Butternut Squash

Chef Jeff Henderson says, "Butternut squash is versatile. I love to roast them in a sweet way, mash them up, and serve them with steak or risotto. This dish is best in the winter, but you can make it any time of the year."

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Recipe: Jeff Henderson's Chocolate S’more Bread Pudding

This recipe is based on Chef Jeff Henderson's granddaddy’s bread pudding.

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Recipe: Beef Ragu with Warm Spices

A slow-cooker version of a traditional long-simmered Italian meat sauce.

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