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The Kitchen Counter - Home Cooking Tips and Inspiration

The show that's dedicated to helping aspiring home cooks grow their skills and confidence in the kitchen so they can start cooking up memories with their family and friends. Whether you want to learn to cook or just need some simple food inspiration, we will cover recipes, kitchen tools, and interviews with experts to help you on your home cooking journey! On Twitter at @TKCpodcast /Facebook at facebook.com/kitchencounterpodcast / Instagram at https://instagram.com/kitchencounterpodcast

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Instant Pot

Today I'm joined by longtime listener Heidi Schmutzler to talk all about the Instant Pot multi-cooker. Let's get the pressure on! For complete show notes and recipes on this episode, visit http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/90 Connect with the show at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kitchencounterpodcast Twitter: @TKCpodcast Email: feedback@kitchencounterpodcast.com Leave a rating and review at: http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/itunes Available on Google Play Music

35mins

5 Jun 2017

Rank #1

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Meal Planning

Leah McGrath R.D. returns to the show and we chat about meal planning, grocery shopping and more for #familymealsmonth! For complete show notes on this episode, visit http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/120 Connect with the show at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kitchencounterpodcast Twitter: @TKCpodcast Email: feedback@kitchencounterpodcast.com Leave a rating and review at: http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/itunes Available on Apple Podcasts and Google Play Music

37mins

16 Sep 2018

Rank #2

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Five Tips for Better Cooking

Let's talk about five things that will make your time in the kitchen more fun, less stressful, and help you turn out better food! For complete show notes and recipes on this episode, visit http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/38 Connect with the show at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kitchencounterpodcast Twitter: @TKCpodcast Email: feedback@kitchencounterpodcast.com Leave a rating and review at: http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/itunes

26mins

16 Aug 2015

Rank #3

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Sourdough

Maurizio Leo of The Perfect Loaf joins me today and get deep into the ins and outs of making sourdough bread! For complete show notes and recipes on this episode, visit http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/110 Connect with the show at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kitchencounterpodcast Twitter: @TKCpodcast Email: feedback@kitchencounterpodcast.com Leave a rating and review at: http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/itunes Available on Google Play Music

36mins

11 Mar 2018

Rank #4

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Improvising in the Kitchen

Tips and ideas to become a better freestyler in the kitchen! For complete show notes on this episode, visit http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/129 Connect with the show at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kitchencounterpodcast Twitter: @TKCpodcast Email: feedback@kitchencounterpodcast.com Leave a rating and review at: http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/itunes Available on Apple Podcasts and Google Play Music

33mins

11 Feb 2019

Rank #5

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9 Cooking Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

We all make mistakes in the kitchen. Let's get ahead of some of the common ones and kick up our cooking successes in 2017! For complete show notes and recipes on this episode, visit http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/83 Connect with the show at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kitchencounterpodcast Twitter: @TKCpodcast Email: feedback@kitchencounterpodcast.com Leave a rating and review at: http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/itunes Available on Google Play Music

25mins

16 Jan 2017

Rank #6

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Let's Cook: Pork Fried Rice

Let's head back to the kitchen for another "live cooking" episode featuring everyone's favorite takeout staple: fried rice. For complete show notes on this episode, visit http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/145 Connect with the show at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kitchencounterpodcast Twitter: @TKCpodcast Email: feedback@kitchencounterpodcast.com Leave a rating and review at: http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/itunes Available on Apple Podcasts and Google Play Music

31mins

14 Oct 2019

Rank #7

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Eight Tips for Surviving Holiday Hosting

It's that time of year. Holiday get-togethers of all shapes and sizes are upon us. Are you hosting this year? Let's look at some tips to make your hosting duties lower stress and higher success. For complete show notes on this episode, visit http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/147 Connect with the show at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kitchencounterpodcast Twitter: @TKCpodcast Email: feedback@kitchencounterpodcast.com Leave a rating and review at: http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/itunes Available on Apple Podcasts and Google Play Music

32mins

17 Nov 2019

Rank #8

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Kitchen Essentials: Cooking Equipment

Today I'm talking cooking equipment. What does a home cook absolutely need to be successful?  For complete show notes and recipes on this episode, visit http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/20 Connect with the show at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kitchencounterpodcast Twitter: @TKCpodcast Email: feedback@kitchencounterpodcast.com Leave a rating and review at: http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/itunes

37mins

28 Feb 2015

Rank #9

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7 Ideas to Break Out of Your Cooking Rut

Tired of cooking the same old things week in and week out? Listen on dear home cook for ideas to jump the tracks and try something new! For complete show notes and recipes on this episode, visit http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/65 Connect with the show at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kitchencounterpodcast Twitter: @TKCpodcast Email: feedback@kitchencounterpodcast.com Leave a rating and review at: http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/itunes

25mins

9 Jun 2016

Rank #10

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More Cooking Myths Exposed

In this epsiode, a sequel to my most populat (7 Cooking Myths Exposed) I bring you another list of 7 cooking myths...or are they? Play along to this true or false cooking episode! For complete show notes and recipes on this episode, visit http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/29 Connect with the show at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kitchencounterpodcast Twitter: @TKCpodcast Email: feedback@kitchencounterpodcast.com Leave a rating and review at: http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/itunes

25mins

8 May 2015

Rank #11

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Five Favorite Cookbooks

Listen in for some cooking inspiration as I recruit my brother for a "five favorite cookbooks" conversation! For complete show notes and recipes on this episode, visit http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/64 Connect with the show at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kitchencounterpodcast Twitter: @TKCpodcast Email: feedback@kitchencounterpodcast.com Leave a rating and review at: http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/itunes

26mins

29 May 2016

Rank #12

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Kitchen Questions

In this epsiode, I answer listener questions! Fun! For complete show notes and recipes on this episode, visit http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/30 Connect with the show at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kitchencounterpodcast Twitter: @TKCpodcast Email: feedback@kitchencounterpodcast.com Leave a rating and review at: http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/itunes

36mins

15 May 2015

Rank #13

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Slow Cooker to the Rescue

Leave me voice mail feedback at: 971-208-5493 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kitchencounterpodcast Twitter: @TKCpodcast Email: feedback@kitchencounterpodcast.com If you liked what you heard, please consider subscribing in iTunes. You can also help out the show by leaving a positive review in the iTunes store (you know you want to)!   You want to cook more meals yourself, rather than relying on eating out, takeout, or just popping a frozen box dinner into the microwave. The problem is you don't have that much time, and quite frankly, you're kind of tired after working all day and you don't feel like laboring away in the kitchen to put a hearty and nutritious home cooked meal on the table. So what's a person to do? Slow Cooker to the Rescue Enter the slow cooker, otherwise known as the crockpot (which is an actual brand name, but is often used generically for all slow cookers). With this seemingly magical little device, you can do some minimal prep work with your ingredients, and get outstanding results with practically no effort and a little time. Because of the low wattage involved, slow cookers can be used while you are away from home (e.g. at work) and have a meal ready for you when you return. If you don't use your slow cooker (or want to use it more), or don't have one, listen on for everything you ever want to know about this underrated kitchen appliance. Afterwards I'll share some resources to get you started with a ton of slow cooker recipes. What is a slow cooker, and how does it work? Simply put, a slow cooker is an appliance that consists of a heating element, an insert (or crock) made of ceramic or porcelain, and a lid. The function of a slow cooker is to cook food at a low, steady temperature. It does this much better than pretty much anything else in your kitchen. Because of the low wattage involved you can safely leave your slow cooker plugged in and working while you are out of the house.   Varieties of Slow Cookers Slow cookers come in an endless variety of shapes and sizes, and features. Here are four from Rival Crock-Pot that show the range of what is available (even more expensive models exist, though I'm not sure they deliver as much value for the cost): Crock-Pot SCR300SS 3-Quart Round Manual Slow Cooker, Stainless Steel Crock-Pot SCCPVL600S Cook' N Carry 6-Quart Oval Manual Portable Slow Cooker, Stainless Steel Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S Programmable Cook and Carry Oval Slow Cooker Crock-Pot SCVT650-PS 6-1/2-Quart Programmable Touchscreen Slow Cooker, Stainless Steel Slow Cooker Recipes Here are resources to get you started off with a ton of slow cooker recipes! 50 Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes! Overnight Oatmeal Recipe Allrecipes.com Slow Cooker Recipes 100 Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes Southern Living Slow Cooker Recipes   Tips for getting the most out of your slow cooker - Prep your slow cooker ingredients ahead of time (not necessarily the night before--think a few days ahead), and keep in fridge or in ziploc bags until ready to drop in the crock. - If you don't have time or don't want to hassle with sauteeing your aromatics (onion, garlic, etc) you can cut them up and put them in a bowl with some oil. Microwave for a few minutes, then toss into the crockpot! - Cheaper cuts of meat, with bone in, are better for the slow cooker. Lean meats, light meat chicken, and fish...not so much. - Don't put frozen meat directly into the crockpot. It will take longer to come to a safe temperature (and the texture might be a little off as well). - Don't overfill your slow cooker--you need to leave room for heat to circulate so everything makes it to proper temperature. - Don't open that lid too often - Every time you open the lid of the slow cooker a ton of heat escapes. You need to add about 20 minutes of cooking time on to the recipe for every time to open the lid! - Use less liquid than a recipe calls for (unless the recipe is specifically designed for a crockpot). Because your slow cooker will do most of its work with a lid on, moisture will not have a chance to escape and will therefore remain in the crock. - When you slow cook food for an extended period of time, all the flavors begin to meld together. Adding something to the finished dish can be just the trick (olive oil, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, vinegar, sauted garlic, fresh herbs, ginger, dash of wine, can all be great finishing touches to help your flavors pop).   There are a few things that slow cookers can't do, or don't do very well Because of the low temperatures involved, slow cookers generally aren't good at rapidly cooking food Slow cookers won't end up browning any meat you cook in them. If you want browned meat, you'll need to do that separately before you put it in the crock. Seafood and dairy products generally don't fare too well with slow cooking. If you are using them, add them late in the cooking process and watch their progress closely. The care and feeding of your slow cooker Don't store cooked food in the crockpot insert. Don't put a cold crock into a hot base (or vice versa), as it could cause the insert to crack. Wash your insert by hand. Consider investing in crockpot liners to facilitate cleanup it it's a problem. Periodically inspect the slow cooker cord to ensure it's in good shape and doesn't pose a fire hazard.

31mins

11 Jan 2015

Rank #14

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Time Saving Kitchen Tips

Everybody is pinched for time, so check out these seven tips to win back the minutes and hours in the kitchen! For complete show notes and recipes on this episode, visit http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/54 Connect with the show at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kitchencounterpodcast Twitter: @TKCpodcast Email: feedback@kitchencounterpodcast.com Leave a rating and review at: http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/itunes

20mins

4 Mar 2016

Rank #15

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Pan Sauces and Thickeners - Sauces Vol 1

Today it's all about the sauce. Well, at least a few of them. This is part one of a two-part series on sauces. In this show we tackles pan sauces and thickeners. For complete show notes and recipes on this episode, visit http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/60 Connect with the show at:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kitchencounterpodcastTwitter: @TKCpodcastEmail: feedback@kitchencounterpodcast.com Leave a rating and review at: http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/itunes

22mins

23 Apr 2016

Rank #16

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Let's Cook: Creamy Mac and Cheese

It's time to make the king of BBQ sides and childhood favorite, mac and cheese! We will start with a bechamel and end up with an easy, craveable dish that will be the star of your next potluck. For complete show notes on this episode, visit http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/136 Connect with the show at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kitchencounterpodcast Twitter: @TKCpodcast Email: feedback@kitchencounterpodcast.com Leave a rating and review at: http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/itunes Available on Apple Podcasts and Google Play Music

29mins

31 May 2019

Rank #17

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Intro to Air Fryers

Air fryers are the hottest kitchen gadgets going, but what are they and how do they actually work? Is it possible to make deep-fried foods with a tiny fraction of the oil? Listen on for everything you need to know before you dive into the air frying craze. For complete show notes on this episode, visit http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/138 Connect with the show at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kitchencounterpodcast Twitter: @TKCpodcast Email: feedback@kitchencounterpodcast.com Leave a rating and review at: http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/itunes Available on Apple Podcasts and Google Play Music

29mins

8 Jul 2019

Rank #18

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Five Tasks Your Instant Pot Makes Easy

Instant Pots and other pressure cookers can make life so much easier for a home cook. You can find countless recipes online, but here are five basic uses for a pressure cooker that you can adapt to whatever recipe or cuisine you like! For complete show notes on this episode, visit http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/149 Connect with the show at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kitchencounterpodcast Twitter: @TKCpodcast Email: feedback@kitchencounterpodcast.com

19mins

12 Jan 2020

Rank #19

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Grilled Cheese Greatness

Let's talk about the six essential steps to building the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. For complete show notes and recipes on this episode, visit http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/75 Connect with the show at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kitchencounterpodcast Twitter: @TKCpodcast Email: feedback@kitchencounterpodcast.com Leave a rating and review at: http://kitchencounterpodcast.com/itunes

18mins

6 Aug 2016

Rank #20