Ryan C Heffernan: The Best Kept Cooking Secrets

Best Kept Cooking Secrets That Will Make your Life Easier

The art of cooking is fraught with secret recipes and tips that many chefs are loathe to impart to others. While some secret recipes are guarded with more security and secrecy than the United States government uses, like the KFC, Coca Cola, or Bush’s Baked Beans recipes, there are still lots of tips that are less top secret, but little known to most people who cook. I’ve compiled a list of basic cooking tips that’ll hopefully make your time in the kitchen easier! Read more →

Ryan C Heffernan: Beat the Heat with these Summer Cooking Tips

Beat the Heat with these Summer Cooking Tricks

The dog days of summer are well upon us, and as much as I love a good home-cooked meal, I am starting to dread turning on the oven. If your house is anything like mine, leaving the oven on for 30 minutes to prepare dinner makes the kitchen turn into a sweat lodge, and by the time that piping hot dinner is ready I just want to ditch it for ice cream! If you’re not ready to admit defeat by eating out all summer, never fear. Turn the summer heat into a creative burst of culinary inspiration with a few simple tricks to eat well while staying cool. Who knows, the summer menu may even become one the best things about the season. Read more →

Ryan C Huffernan: How to Plate Your Food Like a Professional Chef

How to Plate Food like a Professional Chef

If you’ve spent hours in the kitchen conjuring up a beautiful meal for your family, your date, your mother (or in-laws!), or even just for yourself, you want to make sure that your work looks as perfect as it tastes. Presentation goes a very long way when it comes to food, and you deserve recognition for all of your hard work! If you want to wow your guests when you bring out plates that look like they’d belong at a Michelin star restaurant, you’ve come to the right place. These simple tricks and tips will make the lucky loved ones you’re feeding ask whether you studied in France. Read more →

Barbecued meat

Time-Saving Tips for the Low-Fuss Carnivore

We all want to come home to the delicious scent of meat on the grill every night, but most of us don’t want to take the time slaving in the kitchen to prepare it. Sure, vegetarian meals might be cheaper and quicker, but I know I’m not ready to give up meat-based dinners. If you’re like me, you’re looking for a happy medium, a way to treat yourself to a delicious dinner without giving up your free time to cooking. Here’s three great tips for cooking meat quickly and easily, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the result of your minimal labors. Read more →