Discover Your Kitchen Personality

What form of prepare dinner are you? Do you prefer to get up early to prep the evening meal? Are you simply too crazed to even consider dinner till after paintings? Or are you one in every of individuals who are capable of discover a balance in among?

These are a number of the questions I ask in "Kitchen Life," my new e-book in which I quiz readers to assist them determine what type of chefs they’re. I’ve developed recipes and techniques that go with an man or woman’s cooking and kitchen control style.

The quiz outcomes display me that lack of time is the largest barrier within the kitchen. The right gear, even though, can help with that.

Among my top 5 time-saving kitchen essentials is a vacuum-packaging equipment. My favourite is made by way of FoodSaver. Whether you are seeking to maintain food you have organized earlier or preserve the fresh-cooked flavors and textures of leftovers, this equipment is an easy manner to get extra out of your time in the kitchen.

As you plan your meals, you may save a lot of time in case you look for recipes that permit you to use your leftovers. I call those recipes "kitchen workhorses" due to the fact one batch can yield numerous extraordinary meals.

When making ready a recipe to consume now and use later, the key’s vacuum-sealing the leftovers to keep freshness and prevent freezer burn. Take my Chili Shepherd’s Pie with Buttermilk Potato Topping, as an example. I begin with my Kitchen Workhorse Chunky Beef Chili. The chili is excellent as a stand-alone, however it is also a key aspect in numerous spin-off recipes.

Then, I vacuum-package the more chili with my FoodSaver equipment and freeze the remainder in managed sizes to use later for different recipes, like my tasty Soft Beef Tacos or Chili and Macaroni Casserole. Voila! From one meal, many.

CHILI SHEPHERD’S PIE WITH BUTTERMILK POTATO TOPPING

(Makes four servings)

2 kilos Yukon Gold

potatoes, peeled and reduce into 1-inch chunks

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

half cup buttermilk, ideally at room temperature

1 quart Kitchen Workhorse Chunky Beef Chili (observed on page 150 of "Kitchen Life"), heated

1 half of cups clean or thawed frozen corn kernels

1/three cup (about 2 half oz.) shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to four hundred ranges. Lightly oil an 8-inch rectangular baking dish.

Place potatoes in a medium saucepan and upload sufficient cold, gently salted water to cover them by way of 1 inch. Bring to a boil over excessive heat. Reduce warmness to medium and cook dinner potatoes until gentle, approximately 20 minutes.

Drain potatoes and switch to a bowl. Add the butter. Mash potatoes with a masher or an electric mixer on low, step by step adding the buttermilk. Season with salt and pepper.

Mix the chili and corn within the baking dish. Spread the potatoes on top of the chili and sprinkle with the cheddar. Bake till the cheddar melts and the topping is tinged with brown, 15 mins to 20 mins. Serve hot.