Rub this spice blend into a room-temperature steak before grilling it; Sprinkle a handful over a piece of halibut just before it’s pan seared; Combine with equal parts oil and vinegar for a simple serving sauce; Or better yet, make a marinade for chicken by combining ½ cup olive oil, 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar, ¼ cup of the spice blend and whisk well. This one creation can be used on so many of your summer meats.
I’ve been stocking this chimichurri spice concoction in my cupboard for years, and next to my charcoal chimney, it’s the most-used element in summer grilling. All of the above suggestions have been tried, plus a few more, and each one is just a little more delicious than the last.
This concoction is flavourful and versatile, two of my favourite culinary adjectives. It’s also adaptable. If you like more heat, increase the quantity of the crushed red pepper, and if you’re concerned about your salt intake, reduce it just a tad. Just be sure to use fresh dried herbs and not the ground variety, but most importantly, enjoy.
Find the full printable recipe here: Dry Chimichurri Rub
This spring, I’ve been studying for my certification in home preserving from The National Centre for Home Food Preservation at The University of Georgia. This isn’t the first time I’ve taken a cooking course, or pursued higher learning in the name of good food—and I’m fairly certain it won’t be the last.
One of the beautiful things about the Internet is that there are numerous ways to get educated, even in the culinary arts. In fact, if you love cooking, but don’t really know how to do it, the answer might be just a few clicks away.
In addition to the class I mentioned above—which is completely free, and comes with a full certification at the end of the study—there are a few other online schools that I know of. They include:
1. Rouxbe: Perhaps the most well known of the online cooking schools, this video-based program from Vancouver is an excellent resource and has taught many people how to cook well. Reasonably priced, and stocked with a library of excellent recipes, this would be my first choice for an online culinary education.
2. Feast: This video-based cooking platform is for culinary novices. There is no quiz, or fancy cooking jargon, just online classes that will teach you how to feed yourself well.
3. The Epicurious Cooking School: A pay-by-class cooking school in partnership with The Culinary Institute of America. You can take your first course free of charge, and then choose a package of lessons to learn from.
4. Craftsy: What started as an online destination of classes for crafty types now includes cake decorating, pizza baking (free!), and artisan cheese making. Add classes to your account and watch them whenever it’s convenient for you—there’s no schedule to stick to, and an acclaimed instructor teaches each lesson.
5. ChefSteps: If you’re interested in modernist cuisine, there is a free-to-study cooking school where ‘master techniques of traditional and modernist cooking through practical, hands-on demonstrations with detailed step-by-step explanations’ are taught. These are, admittedly, designed to teach more difficult techniques and methods of preparation, but if you’re interested in learning how to make the perfect citrus supreme, this might be your school.
Would you ever take an online culinary class? Have you? What would you most like to learn?
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