Cooking shows make everything look so easy, but most of us have struggled to navigate the kitchen at times. Fortunately, once you know the secrets restaurants use, you can go from Kitchen Nightmares to Top Chef in no time.
Keep knives sharp. Use the honing steel every time to ensure perfect cutting.
Mise en place. French for “everything in its place.” Gather all tools and measure ingredients before you start cooking.
Preheat your pan. This keeps food from sticking and ensures even cooking.
Clean as you go. Wipe down counters and wash dishes as you go.
Taste, season, taste again. Start light and add more if needed.
Ready to put your new skills into action? Try this decadent dessert that’s elegant enough for a special occasion but easy enough for a weeknight.
Easy Chocolate Mousse
1 c. heavy cream
3 tbsp. sugar
2 oz. chocolate, milk or dark, broken into small pieces
¼ c. heavy cream, heated
6 raspberries, to garnish
2 sprigs mint, to garnish
2 rolled wafer cookies, to garnish
1. In a large bowl, combine the heavy cream and the sugar, beating with an electric mixer until soft peaks form when lifted from the bowl. Set aside two large spoonfuls of the whipped cream to garnish with at the end.
2. Whisk the chocolate and hot cream in a separate bowl until smooth, then fold the mixture into the cream with a spatula until no streaks remain.
3. Split the chocolate cream mixture evenly between two martini glasses or your serving dish of choice, then chill for at least 1 hour.
4. Garnish with a spoonful of whipped cream, raspberries, mint, and the wafer cookie.
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