Sara moulton’s guide to cooking for beginners – and old-timers, too _ the charlotte observer

Television chef Sara Moulton has distilled four decades worth of culinary knowledge into her most recent cookbook, “Sara Moulton’s Home Cooking 101.”

Moulton, 64, has had plenty of culinary experiences from which to cull kitchen wisdom. Chicken parmesan recipes easy She graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and went to work in high-end restaurants. How to make chicken parmesan with pasta She transitioned to the now-closed Gourmet magazine’s test kitchen when she wanted to start a family, and then spent 20 years as chef of its executive dining room.


Parmesan chicken crockpot Moulton also was the on-air food editor for “Good Morning America” and one of the Food Network’s original stars with “Cooking Live” and “Sara’s Secrets.” She now hosts “ Sara’s Weeknight Meals,” which is in its fifth season on PBS.

In a recent phone interview, Moulton said she didn’t know if she wanted to write another cookbook; this is her fourth. Chicken parmesan for two But her publisher was looking for a book similar to the Good Cook cookbooks, a monthly instructional series that Time-Life Books published in the late ’70s and ’80s. Chicken parmesan recipe pinterest The idea of offering her best advice and recipes for beginner and experienced cooks appealed to her.

“It’s very personal. Breaded chicken parmesan recipe baked It’s what I learned over the years,” said Moulton, who will be signing copies of her new book on Sunday in Chapel Hill and Monday in Raleigh at Southern Season locations.

Moulton’s 368-page cookbook starts out with her 10 rules for great home cooking (how to balance flavors, how not to waste food), a chapter on basic pantry recipes (stocks, tomato sauce, vinaigrette) and then chapters for quick entrees, one-pan meals, sides, desserts, vegan and vegetarians dishes and more. Parmesan crusted chicken calories It is the perfect gift this time of year with graduates and newlyweds in need of a go-to beginner cooking manual. Authentic italian chicken parmesan recipe It also is an attractive purchase for an experienced home cook because of the well-tested recipes, including some from guest chefs on Moulton’s show, like Indian-American chef Floyd Cardoz, Japanese cooking expert Hiroko Shimbo and stir fry guru Grace Young.

Forget mise en place: Mise en place, which means “put in place,” is a standard in restaurant kitchens where every ingredient is prepped before you start cooking. Parmesan chicken bake recipe As a working mother, Moulton said, she realized that “if you did all of that before you started, you are wasting time.” Instead Moulton writes her recipes to use the time when one ingredient is cooking to prep the next ingredient. What to serve with parmesan chicken The only exception to this rule: stir-fries, where there are no lulls because the cooking happens too quickly.

Salt as you go: Do not wait until the end to add salt to your food. Baked chicken cutlet parmesan recipe Salt makes everything taste better, but you have to add it lightly as you go to get the full effect. Baked chicken parmesan panko For example, salt helps vegetables get rid of excess water, which is good for tomatoes, eggplant and cucumber, whether serving them raw or cooked. Chicken parmesan easy recipe “I really do believe you will use less if you don’t wait until the end,” Moulton said.

Moulton hopes this book will not only inspire people to cook but lay a strong foundation for their own culinary education: “I think if somebody cooked their way through it, they would learn a whole lot.”

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