Learning to Cook · Miss Mary

Learning to Cook, Instructional Techniques Book Review

With 1500 photos, 250 techniques and 200 tools anyone wanting to enhance their kitchen acumen can pick up Williams-Sonoma Tools & Techniques and learn better ways to cooking success.  There are full color photos, detailed information on all the products listed, basic recipes you could practice on, technique troubleshooting – YES!,  and tips.  I really like this book! The… Continue reading Learning to Cook, Instructional Techniques Book Review

Learning to Cook · Miss Mary · Recipes

Learning to Cook, Side Dishes are Taking the Lead

The main dish is no longer the star these days.  Side dishes are becoming an important component to your dining experience.  Much of this has to do with the ability to source foods locally, using fresh and organic flavorful choices that home cooks experience in restaurants creating a desire to reproduce the dish in their… Continue reading Learning to Cook, Side Dishes are Taking the Lead

Learning to Cook · Miss Mary

Learning to Cook, Storage Options

Storage of food using conventional options such as glassware, or plastic is really a personal preference.  There are so many options that I’ll point out a few links of reviews of many of them.  The end-of-story for storage is we need to store our leftovers, our prep-ahead food, our overnight marinating food, Christmas cookies, cookie… Continue reading Learning to Cook, Storage Options

Miss Mary · Sewing

Spring is in the Fabric

Fabric can be beautiful.  Just like art work, fabric can emote a sympathetic aesthetic response to the onlooker.  I get that feeling every time I enter a quilt store, so many fabrics, so many creative opportunities to make beautiful things. Quilting helps me indulge in a passionate fantasy.  All the quilt tops to enjoy.  But… Continue reading Spring is in the Fabric

Learning to Cook · Miss Mary

Learning to Cook; Pan Searing Not My Favorite

Thought I’d try something new, slow roasted then pan sear.  Not my favorite method to cook meat.  I understand the theory, slow roasted heat then sear the meat in a really hot pan.  Low and slow is suppose to create a “dry exterior creating a thin arid layer that turns into a gratifyingly crisp crust… Continue reading Learning to Cook; Pan Searing Not My Favorite

Miss Mary · Recipes

Food Fest: Chili Verde Chicken Casserole

Once a year at work we have Inventory.  I brought Chili Verde Chicken Casserole for our potluck lunch.  There were SO many things to choose from.  God love the person that brought fresh veggies and fruit! This casserole is the easiest ever to prepare, you just have to have all the goodies in the house. A Rotisserie Chicken… Continue reading Food Fest: Chili Verde Chicken Casserole

Learning to Cook · Miss Mary

Learning to Cook, Meal Planning

Learning to Cook isn’t like back-in-the-day where great grandma walked to the market to see what’s fresh for dinner THAT DAY!  Today, we have so many varieties of foods to choose from, better storage of food (freezers or fridge), greater access to recipes, better chef’s tools, better small appliances, and less time to really make… Continue reading Learning to Cook, Meal Planning