Cooking Technique: Thinly Sliced Garlic

Tools Required:
Sharp Knife – Global is my favorite brand.

Wood Cutting Board – I buy these bamboo boards at IKEA!

My Thought Process:

The initial reason I started thinly slicing rather than mincing my garlic was simply because it was less work. However, aside from any culinary corners I was cutting, I soon discovered that it added WAY more garlic flavor to nearly every dish!

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Cooking Technique – Making Your Greens Taste Amazing

Tools Required: 

Chef’s Knife – A good knife is an essential tool for success in the kitchen. Contrary to what many believe, you really only need one or two good knives to get the job done. I am a strong believer in finding a knife that feels good to you so I suggest hitting up your local Williams Sonoma and asking to hold a few until you find your perfect fit. I use Global knives. They’re Japanese-made, sleek, sharp and lightweight. In other words, perfect for my dainty hands! But remember that knives like these must be hand washed!

Wooden Cutting Board – I buy these bamboo boards at IKEA! They give me a lot of prep space and the wood is much better for my knife than a plastic board. Hand wash with dish soap and hot water and dry really well.

Skillet – Heavy-bottomed, nonstick, oven-safe skillets are crucial in my kitchen. I won’t deny that All-Clad are incredible pans but for everyday affordable cookware, Calphalon makes some amazing products. I own a couple of the 10-inch and 12-inch pans and they’re just perfect! Just be sure when you’re buying skillets to look for ones without a plastic handle so that they can go into the oven. And, like your knives, keep these babies out of the dishwasher and hand wash only!

My Thought Process: 

So, here’s the deal. I haven’t always been a leafy greens lover. In fact, I still remember the first time I cooked kale. I had picked up a bunch at the farmers’ market and got home and Googled kale recipes. I had no idea what to do with it but after some research, I headed to the kitchen with the “perfect recipe.” And even though I followed the recipe to the letter, the result was mushy and bitter and tasted, well, gross. And I know I am not the only one who’s had this experience.

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Life-Changing Lemon

Tools Required: 

Sharp Knife – Global is my favorite brand.

Wood Cutting Board – I buy these bamboo boards at IKEA!

Titan Peeler – It’s from an infomercial but I swear it’s the best peeler I’ve ever owned!

My Thought Process: 

The initial reason I even tried this technique was because I didn’t have a microplane on hand and I wanted some lemon zest for a quinoa salad. And, seeing as I was feeling too lazy to mince the lemon peel, I just cut it into thin strips and tossed it in. But holy-intense-pop-of-lemon-burst, it was amazing!

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