It’s summer here in Indiana! To celebrate, we made our favorite summertime treat and brought our video camera along to show you!
With our recent focus on fresh herbs, we wanted to share with you this lovely way to use mint, along with that signal that summer has arrived – strawberries! We picked up some fresh local strawberries from the Broad Ripple Farmer’s Market this weekend for the occasion.
You might not know it, but you’ve probably seen a chiffonade before. You might even know how to do it, even if you don’t know it by that name.
Or, you may have no idea what it is, or why it might be useful (as we were a few years ago)!
Chiffonade is a technique for cutting herbs and green leafy vegetables into long, thin strips. You may have seen basil, spinach or mint cut in this way — which turns it into beautiful, thin ribbons to garnish a dish.
When we first started cooking, we had no idea the right way to hold a knife, let alone the first idea of why to chiffonade. But as we’ve learned more, we’ve started to use the word “chiffonade” in many of our recipes — especially those with fresh, leafy herbs like basil, mint, and sage.
We love writing instructions on how to do things (it’s actually our professional career!). But let’s face it – learning by reading isn’t always the best method. Especially when it involves things that are hard to explain, like the texture of dough, or how to cut an onion.
A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Well, how about a thousand (or so) pictures?
We are so excited to unveil our first A Couple Cooks original instructional video! And what better place to start than pizza?
Alex has been pondering how to share with you some of the secrets of his pizza crust for a while. (Since he’s the pizza crust master in our house, they’re secrets that I didn’t even know until I watched the video!)
He shot, directed, and produced this video to show you some of the magic he does to get the perfect pizza crust (the result of many years of trial and error!). Check it out, and get inspired to start your own home pizzeria!