Real Simple Cooking School
The truth? There’s no real magic to cooking, just some simple know-how. These videos demonstrate the basics.
How To: Slice an Onion
Onions are notorious for making people cry. The reason? Slicing into a bulb releases enzymes, which react with the air to form sulfuric acid that has an immediate tearing effect on our sensitive eyes. The best way to reduce tears is to handle the onion for the shortest time possible, using this quick, efficient slicing method.
How To: Chop Rosemary and Thyme
Fresh herbs like rosemary and thyme make a world of difference to the flavor of your dishes. This video shows how to prep and chop them, quickly and efficiently.
Stock your pantry with a few basic ingredients to create an authentic French meal.
- Bread: Ideally, serve it in baguette form. It’s definitely worth searching out at a local bakery.
- Butter: Butter is not typically offered on the table alongside the bread. However, it is a key component in French cooking and baking, so buy the best high-butterfat brand your budget permits.
- Cheese: Considered a separate course in many French meals, a selection of cheese is always good to have on hand. French cheeses are
a solid place to start (think Brie, Camembert, and Roquefort).
Related: Cheese Varieties