My oldest daughter writes a beautiful blog called Homemade Toast. You may have stumbled into it a year or so ago when her Ashton!) Anyway, the reason I bring it up is because her blog was named for a conversation she once had with one of her sisters (who shall remain nameless) about how to make toast. (Is it really possible that one of my daughters needed to “learn” how to make toast?)post went viral. (Thanks,
Well, I guess we all have to start somewhere, and so today I’ve compiled a very special collection of recipes for those of you who are just getting to know your heat-producing appliances. Master these, and you are well on your way to becoming a Kitchen Ninja like me.
- [The NY Times]
- How to Make Toast So Awesome You Can Charge $4 a Slice [Bon Appetite]
- How to Make Toast, the Jamie Oliver Way [The Guardian]
Once you’ve passed the Toast Test, you may be ready to move on to more involved recipes. Like Ramen:
- How to Make Proper Ramen Noodles [The College Survival Handbook]
- Perfect Instant Ramen [NY Times – again!]
- Top Ramen in Microwave [Instructables] (Check out the last step!)
- Ramen Hacks: 30+ Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Instant Noodles [Serious Eats] (OK, this one is actually pretty good.)
When you master both Toast and Ramen, there’s really only one way to go – blue box Mac & Cheese. Of course.
- How to Make Kraft® Macaroni and Cheese [WikiHow]
- Make a Better Blue Box Mac & Cheese (Without any extra ingredients) [Instuctables]
- [eHow Video]
Quick Story: When Mr. B and I met, we were both fifteen, and he was already a kitchen master: with just a few extra ingredients, he could transform a blue box of mac and cheese into something pretty wonderful. (Wonderful, that is, if you are fifteen.)
But all those elementary cooking tutorials start here, with what is quite possibly the Best Tutorial Ever in the history of food blog tutorials: HOW TO BOIL WATER on Irvin Lin’s fantastic food blog, Eat the Love. [GO! Read it!]
I mean, where else are you going to find a gluten-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly, meatless Monday friendly, cane sugar-free, soy-free, peanut and nut tree-free, egg-free, dairy and casein-free, vegan, vegetarian, local and organic recipe – all wrapped up in baker’s twine?
Happy April Fools Day!