Quick and easy culinary tips to take your meal to the next level.

At CCG, we’re all about big fancy culinary tricks and skills, but sometimes it comes down to the little things that will really make a dish pop right off of the plate. What are our skills, you ask? They’re simple tips that can be found everywhere from food blogs like this one or this one, to your favorite chef’s brain. 1. Make a great salad by sprinkling salt over the lettuce before adding other veggies or dressing to the salad, giving the salad more flavor and a better texture than plain old lettuce. Have a salad that you’re excited to eat! 2. Dip a chopstick into oil you want to fry in– if bubbles come up around the wood, your oil is hot enough to cook in! Don’t rush with pan frying or sauteing, either. Make sure that your oil is preheated and at the proper temperature before you add anything to the pan; the heat of the oil will drop as soon as there’s more food in the pan! 3. Add milk or cream to scrambled eggs before cooking– this will make the eggs fluffy and more savory while and after they cook. For extra deliciousness, add parmesan cheese or feta. Your favorite breakfast wants more than plain old cheddar! 4. Soak raw onions in water for ten minutes before adding them to a salad to avoid crying over your dinner and to enjoy the savory-sweet of everyone’s favorite layered vegetable. 5. Don’t be afraid to season with sugar! Lean proteins like shrimp, chicken, and some fish taste great with a sweet coating that helps them brown faster than without. 6. When boiling noodles, add a pinch of salt to the water! It won’t change the flavor much, but it’ll make the water boil hotter and the noodles cook faster– perfect for impatient nights with hungry family or friends to feed. 7. Add fresh spices at the right time! If you’re unsure when a spice or herb should be added to a dish to get the best flavor out, make sure to look it up. For example, fresh rosemary, thyme and oregano should be added early to maximize flavor, while basil, cilantro, and chives should be added later to retain color and taste.

Give these tips a try the next time you’re in the kitchen!

Annie McLeod