A long long time ago, in another life I was in the restaurant business. I was the general manager for a 75 seat family restaurant in Maine. I was never formally trained as a cook but learned by fire. If a cook didn’t show up to work, I was the one that took his place for the night. And the only thing my mother taught me about cooking was that the base seasonings of a spaghetti sauce were BOG – basil, oregano, garlic.
What I did learn in the restaurant was how to follow a recipe, and how to time food in the oven so everything came out hot at once. Those two things alone have served me well in the past 30 years.
During the shutdown, one of my forms of entertainment is to watch cooking shows and YouTube videos on cooking. I know I’m not alone in this guilty pleasures so, I thought I’d highlight some of my favorite resources.
I’m going to include links to all the YouTube channels, so if you want, you will be able to find the websites from there.
The first is Yummly a place to go for a more traditional recipe collection. Usually their videos are quick, annotated and very informative.
Laura Vitalli is a wonderful personality and very Italian. She also is very traditional, but with a touch of flair and very talented.
Laura in the Kitchen
If you are vegetarian or vegan, this next site is for you. Sam, is a very creative chef and she recreates traditional recipes into delicious vegan meals.
Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken
Now we come to my newest best friend, my Instant Pot. This is a modern day pressure cooker that will cook food faster than seems logical. It also allows me to dump ingredients all at once into a pot and walk away only to return in what seems like minutes to a fully cooked meal. Baked potatoes in 15 minutes, perfect cooked hard boiled eggs in 10 minutes that peel better than I have been able to cook in 30 years. Tonight I cooked frozen chicken along with rice in 25 minutes while I did other things. It was a simple dump and go. Here are two sites that will convince you to run out and buy your own Instant Pot tomorrow.
365 Days of. Pressure Cooking
Six Sisters Stuff
I hope you find some new favorite recipes, or at least have a nice distraction from our current situation.