Chef Kevin Cottle

TIPS FROM CHEF KEVIN

Chef Kevin Cottle is an executive chef, serving the social, corporate, and civic communities of Southern New England with determined care and expertise.

COOKING TIPS FROM CHEF KEVIN

HOW TO TELL WHEN BROWNIES ARE DONE

Brownies are done when the edges appear hard, the top is slightly cracked, and the top has a glassy appearance. The center should not jiggle when you shake the pan. For cake brownies use a toothpick to see if the cake sticks. The toothpick test doesnt work for fudge brownies.

WHEN TO CUT BROWNIES

Let them cool to room temperature before cutting brownies.

HOW TO TELL IF AN EGG IS STILL FRESH

Lower the uncooked egg into a bowl of water. If the egg settles horizontally (on its side), the egg is fresh. If it settles vertically (up and down) or if it rises to the top, toss it out.

HOW TO CUT AN ONION WITHOUT THE TEARS

Use sweet onions. Peel and cut under running water, chop near a gas flame, or refrigerate before chopping - all methods reduce the volatility of the sulfide that causes the irritation.

HOW TO PEEL A WHOLE GARLIC

Place your knife flat on the garlic clove and whack with your other hand. The covering will burst open and the cloves can be easily removed.

SHOPPING TIPS FROM CHEF KEVIN

HOW TO BUY LEMONS OR LIMES

Buy large lemons and limes, they tend to be much sweeter. Make sure that the skin is thin, those are much juicer. To obtain more of the juice from lemons, limes or oranges, microwave on high for 30 seconds and then let stand for a couple of minutes before cutting and squeezing. Rolling them between your hand and the counter will also help release more juice.

STORING TIPS FROM CHEF KEVIN

HOW TO STORE POTATOES

Store potatoes in a cool dark place. To prevent potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes. Change the apple every week.

CLEANING TIPS FOM CHEF KEVIN

HOW TO CLEAN SCRATCHES ON WOOD SURFACES

Rub the same color crayon as the wood on to the scratch. This fills the scratch. Then clean with mayonnaise. The scratch will disappear.



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