An evocative, gorgeous four-season look at cooking in Maine, with 100 recipes
No one can bring small-town America to life better than a native. Erin French grew up in Freedom, Maine (population 719), helping her father at the griddle in his diner. An entirely self-taught cook who used cookbooks to form her culinary education, she now helms her restaurant, The Lost Kitchen, in a historic mill in the same town, creating meals that draw locals and visitors from around the world to a dining room that feels like an extension of her home kitchen. The food has been called “brilliant in its simplicity and honesty” by Food & Wine, and it is exactly this pure approach that makes Erin’s cooking so appealing—and so easy to embrace at home.
Improve Your Cooking Breadth With This Knowledge
Good food is at the heart of life. The tips we give in this article can show you how to raise your culinary skills to a higher level.
Preparation is incredibly important prior to cooking a meal for loved ones. Gather all the ingredients beforehand. Prepare everything the day prior, including the correct utensils and other cooking tools. This will limit the amount of stress you experience when cooking the meal and help to ensure that you are able to cook the masterpiece you want.
There’s an easy way to save thin sauces. Take one tablespoon corn starch, and combine with two tablespoons water in a mixing bowl. Stir this mixture into the sauce while it’s simmering and this will make it more thick. Add the starch solution slowly, and stir constantly so that the sauce does not become too thick.
To reduce the calories and fat of mashed potatoes, and to avoid sacrificing taste or texture, replace some potatoes with the same amount of cauliflower. Cauliflower has little taste of its own, so it will blend right into your potatoes and pick up flavors from whatever other ingredients you use. Cauliflower has the same texture and color as mashed potatoes, so the dish will be transformed into one that has more vegetables and fewer calories.
You can use it on practically anything. For example, sprinkle it over roasted nuts or seeds, or use a dash when cooking eggs for breakfast. Everyone will wonder what you’re doing to make things taste so delicious!
A healthy way to cook vegetables is to saute them with a little bit of chicken broth. Not only does it lessen the amount of cooking oil needed as per a traditional saute, the broth adds an extra dimension of flavor to the vegetables. This is a delicious and healthy way to easily cook vegetables.
Food is a powerful and basic necessity in life. Apply these tips to your cooking and watch how people react.