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Cooking Basics For Dummies, 5th Edition by Bryan Miller, Marie Rama

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Part II

Know Your Techniques

Common Cutting Methods

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Illustration by Elizabeth Kurtzman

webextras.eps The Southwestern Chili recipe posted at www.dummies.com/extras/cookingbasics puts many of your basic cooking skills to the test. After all that chopping, sautéing, and boiling, you’ll be ready for a big bowl of this delicious chili.

In this part …

  • Figure out which knives you really need in your kitchen, and master skills like mincing, chopping, and slicing.
  • Submerse yourself in information about boiling, poaching, and steaming — in other words, how to cook in liquids.
  • Grab a frying pan and figure out the secrets to sautéing. It’s simpler than you think.
  • Take it easy when making your evening meal by using the slow-cooking approaches of braising or stewing.
  • Draw your family to the dinner table with the delectable aromas of roasting meat.
  • Head to the back yard and grill your entire meal — meat, veggies, and even dessert — over an open flame.
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth with delicious desserts you’ll want to make again and again.

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