26 Foods You Should Know How To Cook In Your 20’s . . .

26 Foods You Should Know How to Cook in Your 20’s . . 
A good friend of mine recently shared this article with me, and after a VERY unofficial poll, I found that not many people know how to cook these 26 foods!
So this week’s Your Resident Gourmet is sharing my choice of Top Ten foods you should know how to cook at any age. Don’t worry-I’m also sharing the link with you for the other 16, so get cooking!

Happy Cooking!

Chef Jennifer
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26 Foods You Should Learn to Cook in Your 20’s . .  .


Here Are My TOP TEN

1. A Deliciously Melty GRILLED CHEESE

Serious Eats has a great step-by-step slideshow of how to make the ultimate grilled cheese. The key tip is that you should toast one side of each slice, sandwich the cheese between those toasted sides, then toast the other sides.

2. The Best CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

The New York Times did a great story in 2008 where they tested and retested different chocolate chip cookie methods to “assemble a new archetypal cookie recipe.” The results indicated that letting your dough rest overnight before baking is essential.

3. Perfectly Seared STEAK

Pat it very dry, season it, cook it over very high heat in the right kind of fat, let it rest. As for doneness – buy a thermometer, poke it with your finger constantly, and practice makes perfect.

4. Killer GUACAMOLE

Authentic guacamole doesn’t have garlic or tons of lime juice in it. (Personally, I think tons of lime juice makes it heavenly, so I add it anyway.) The most important thing is to choose avocados that are super ripe and salt aggressively.

 

5. Easy Homemade TOMATO SAUCE

Tomato sauce is just canned tomatoes with some kind of seasoning that you add cooked together for a while to let the flavor develop. Marcella Hazan’s famous tomato sauce recipe just has you simmer canned tomatoes with a butter and an onion cut in half. That works. So does sautéing a chopped onion, maybe some garlic, then adding the tomatoes and simmering for a while, like this recipe from Bon Appetit.

6. An Easy FRITTATA

This really comes in handy when you have big group of people to serve breakfast to, or when you have a lot of vegetables and you’re not sure how to use them quickly. Just sauté veggies, pour in whisked eggs, cook it on the stovetop for a while, then stick it in the oven for a few minutes.

7. Pan-Roasted CHICKEN THIGHS

This recipe is hands down the cheapest and quickest way to make chicken that’s delicious – way better than anything you do to chicken breasts, trust.

8. Simple SAUTÉED GREENS

Vegetable oil in pan, get it nice and hot, push chopped greens around in there for a while, season with salt until you like the way they taste. Works for spinach, kale, collards, mustard greens, anything. You can sauté shallot, garlic, or onion in the pan before you add the greens if you want, but you don’t have to. You can add lemon or vinegar and some red pepper, but you don’t have to.

9. Fluffy PANCAKES Not From a Box

Knowing how to do this will make you a Sunday morning hero so many times in your life.

10. MUSSELS in White Wine Sauce
You’re going to be shocked by how easy it is to cook mussels – and clams work exactly the same way. Add crusty bread and you’re in heaven.

To Read this article in it entirety, check out:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/emofly/foods-everyone-should-learn-to-cook?bffbfood#  

The Drunken Snail: Slow Foods Tasting Event featuring Chef Jennifer Hill Booker

Introducing the Drunken Snail
Chef Series!

July 16th, Chef Jennifer Hill Booker, will kick off this Slow Foods sponsored event with a Seasonally inspired Tasting Menu at the Little Vinyl Lounge. With recipes from her upcoming cookbook, Field Peas to Foie Gras: Southern Recipes with a French Accent, deliciously paired with a Seasonal Artisan Cocktail, you will find nothing tastes better that eating . . .and drinking In Season.!

Hope to See You There!

Chef Jennifer
Pre-order your copy Chef Jennifer’s cookbook, Field Peas to Foie Gras: Southern Recipes with a French Accent
at PelicanPub.com

Follow Chef Jennifer on Facebook
Chef Jennifer Booker
and Twitter
@Chefjennbooker

July 16th Drunken Snail Event

This kick-off event includes an Artisanal Cocktail & Seasonal Tastings, paired to showcase the biodiversity and seasonal traditions celebrated by Slow Food. There will also be a Sensory Honey Tasting presented by Host, Peter Morich, an Atlanta Slow Food Board Member

Peter will also be sharing more about Slow Food’s Biodiverisity Projects, Seasonal Growing Charts, and the Ark of Taste.

The Tasting menu is as crafted by Chef Jennifer Hill Booker of Your Resident Gourmet, with recipes from her up-coming cookbook, Field Peas to Foie Gras: Southern Recipes with a French Accent and a delicious seasonal cocktail created by Mixologist Cara-Lee Scheinfeld of Little Vinyl Lounge

Buy your tickets today to reserve your spot!

 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-drunken-snail-seasonal-cocktails-and-tastings-with-slow-food-atlanta-tickets-12167698915

The Drunken Snail
Slow Food Tasting Menu
Savory
-Smoked Chicken Croquette w/ Pickled Vidalia Onions
-Georgia Grown Corn Cakes w/ Blackberries and Tupelo Honey
-Heirloom Tomato Pie w/ Local Artisan Cheese

Cocktail

-Blackberry Smash