Cooking Techniques

A Cut Above: Choosing the Right Knife

by zesty on August 16, 2012 · 19 comments


Well the end of the week is here and what a week it was.  Lets end the week with an educational post to take you through the weekend.  I get a lot of questions about what knife to use when you are chopping versus what knife to use to slice bread etc. This post will [...]


3 Steps to Unbelievable Beef

by zesty on July 2, 2012 · 1 comment

Happy July to you!  The month of June flew by and here we are sitting in July.  Hard to believe but we must move on.  Yesterday being Canada Day, there was a lot of hype and action around the city.  We on the other hand took it pretty easy however did attend the fireworks viewing [...]

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A Simple Sear…. Salmon

by zesty on June 13, 2012 · 3 comments

Hi there. How are you? How is your week going? What is new in your world? Wanna try some salmon? Simple seared salmon with an orange ginger sauce served over some roasted vegetable salad. Pretty simple. Takes about 15 minutes start to finish. I thought you might say yes so I jotted down the ingredients [...]


How to Win the KitchenAid Giveaway Today Just leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite Cooking dessert post.    HINT: To find a list of the desserts you can click here… Remember, you can still enter the contest from previous days at the bottom of this post! – – – – – – [...]


The Power of the Hen

by zesty on October 18, 2010 · 3 comments

Good morning.  A slightly different twist than my traditional post today.  I wanted to talk to you about the power of the hen and the high quality food source called the “EGG”.  Now I often don’t go on rants about health and protein balanced meals and if you saw my physique in full form you [...]


Low Calorie Stir Fry and Wrap Sauces

by zesty on April 21, 2010 · 6 comments

Hi All and Happy Wednesday.  Let’s just say I have somewhat of a different post in store today.  Not that I usually talk about low calorie ideas specifically but on occasion I drop in a low cal dish here or there.  With that said, I got an interesting question from a Cooking reader yesterday. He [...]


Guest Post: Hello from the Land of Dairy!

by zesty on November 19, 2009 · 7 comments


Hi everyone, Julie from Savvy Eats here!  For those of you who are unfamiliar with my blog, I am a Food Science & Engineering student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating in May. I’m an unusual engineering student in that I don’t want to do super-technical work when I graduate. What I really want to [...]


Wanna better Burger?

by zesty on August 15, 2008 · 1 comment

Here are some common tips to making your burger experience better. The type of meat in the patty is important. Do not use extra-lean meat. Instead look for meat that is 80 percent meat and 20 percent fat. The ideal size for a burger patty is 6 ounces. When forming the patty, make an indent [...]

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The Secret to Perfectly Cooked Vegetables

by zesty on August 11, 2008 · 6 comments

How to Shock Vegetables A simple do-ahead method for delicious veggies every time. Shocking, or refreshing, refers to the technique of plunging just blanched vegetables into ice water to halt the cooking. (They’ll keep cooking if you simply take them off the heat.) It locks in flavor, texture, and color, and you don’t have to [...]


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