Using videos to improve your cooking (and a note from Julia Child)

P E A C H & P E C A N

It’s Sunday morning and I’m up early drinking coffee and thinking and reading and writing.  I hope you’ve had a restful and delicious weekend.

Today’s kitchen tip is short and sweet:  when you don’t know how to do something, you can get the ingredients from any old food blog, but don’t forget to check for videos on youtube if the recipe calls for a process or technique you’ve not used well before.  Watching someone do something can completely change the way you understand a recipe.

For example, when I wanted my Thanksgiving pie to be delicious AND beautiful, I went to youtube to see what I could find.  I already knew how to make the crust and that you were supposed to pinch the edges together, but it wasn’t looking quite right.  So I watched a few Grandma Sues and Aunt Pollys on youtube pinch their own pie crusts, and it was like having my own grandmother in the kitchen with me teaching me what you can really only learn from experience: the way cooking is supposed to feel.

Here’s Julia Child making an omelet: which is an easy recipe, but has a certain finesse that you can’t always pull out of a recipe.


This post is number 5 of my #write31days project 31 Days in the Pink-Briefcase Kitchen.  You can read yesterday’s post here, and follow along with the series each day in October.  An archive of posts is available here, or just click on that big button on the right sidebar. 



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