Love rice? Today's 'Cooking 101' post- How to Cook Basmati Rice in the Microwave!

How to Cook Basmati Rice in the Microwave

Love rice? Today's 'Cooking 101' post- How to Cook Basmati Rice in the Microwave!

How to Cook Basmati Rice in the Microwave

Today’s ‘Cooking 101’ tutorial: How to Cook Basmati Rice in the Microwave!  Follow a few easy steps and get fluffy, delicious rice in less than 20 minutes.

In my house, we go through a lot of basmati rice.  Sometimes we eat it with curry, sometimes with lentils, but I always– and I mean always— cook it in the microwave.  Actually, I cook all my rice in the microwave.  Why?  It’s easy, seemingly foolproof, and is ready in about 20 minutes.

I realize that this post won’t be helpful for everyone.  Some of you are ‘anti-microwave,’ others have rice cookers, and some of you probably cook rice on the stove top regularly without any issues.   Personally, I don’t use the microwave on a regular basis– except for rice.  If you’re ‘rice challenged,’ and have issues with rice sticking to the bottom of your pot when cooking– this post is for you.  If having multiple stove top burners going at once stresses you out– this recipe will let you put the rice in the microwave while dinner cooks on the stove.  If you’re simply looking for an incredibly easy way to fix your basmati rice– keep reading, because this post is for you too!

Continue reading

Cooking 101: How to Make Chocolate Crêpes

Cooking 101: Chocolate Crêpes

Cooking 101: How to Make Chocolate Crêpes

How to Make Chocolate Crêpes

This easy how-to will help you make delicious, light Chocolate Crêpes with just a few steps.  Eat these on their own, or use them in decadent breakfasts and desserts.

What single ingredient makes almost everything better?  Stumped?!  No– you aren’t!  You know! Of course you know!  It’s brussels sprouts… (pause)… I’m just kidding, guys– it’s obviously chocolate.   You know it’s true– Cake is good.  Chocolate cake is excellent.  Coffee is a morning staple, but add in some chocolate for a mocha, and you have a steaming cup of delicious extravagance.  I could go on, but you don’t need to be convinced, do you?  It’s only natural, therefore, that when I found myself devouring crêpe after crêpe, that I couldn’t help wishing they were chocolate.  Well, dear reader, here at Champagne Tastes, I don’t just ‘wish’ something had chocolate– I make it chocolate!  These Chocolate Crêpes are simple to prepare, delicious, and perfect for both breakfast and dessert.

Continue reading

This easy how-to is a step-by-step tutorial on making French Crêpes

Cooking 101: French Crêpes

This easy how-to is a step-by-step tutorial on making French Crêpes

How to Make French Crepes

Do you wish you could take a basic cooking class?  Do you find yourself buying lots of pre-made ingredients, but suspect your food would taste even better from scratch?  Periodically, Champagne Tastes will be featuring ‘Cooking 101’ recipes.  These cooking staples will take your food to the next level, and will help you make more ingredients from scratch.

If you find yourself impersonating the fabulous Julia Child while declaring, “Bon Appétit!” before a meal, you aren’t alone.  (Or maybe no one else does this?  I’m sure I can’t be the only one.  I also like to take selfies with cardboard Julia at the Smithsonian,* so maybe it really is just me.)   Whether or not you’re a Julia-fan, you should at least be aware that, if you’re looking for a basic, go-to, will-not-fail French recipe– she’s your gal.  Her recipes have never failed me, and are always delicious.  Her recipe for basic French Crêpes is easy to follow, and is sure to leave you with a stack of delicious, ultra-thin French pancakes.

Continue reading

Red Wine Pasta Sauce

Cooking 101: Red Wine Pasta Sauce

Red Wine Pasta Sauce- Easy to make, and ready by the time your pasta is done cooking!

Do you wish you could take a basic cooking class?  Do you find yourself buying lots of pre-made ingredients, but suspect your food would taste even better from scratch?  Periodically, Champagne Tastes will be featuring ‘Cooking 101’ recipes.  These cooking staples will take your food to the next level, and will help you make more ingredients from scratch.

Do you ever find yourself with less than 30 minutes to make dinner?  Of course you do.  When this happens to me, I usually find myself making some kind of pasta.  I even convince myself I’m saving time by starting the water boiling process in my electric kettle.  (I’m pretty sure this does NOT save me time, because I have to do this in two batches.  I do it anyway, and that’s okay).  This Red Wine Pasta Sauce is an easy, flavorful addition to a quick weeknight meal.

Continue reading

Homemade Vegetable Stock - For the best flavor, make your own stock!

Cooking 101: Homemade Vegetable Broth

Do you wish you could take a basic cooking class?  Do you find yourself buying lots of pre-made ingredients, but suspect your food would taste even better from scratch?  Periodically, Champagne Tastes will be featuring ‘Cooking 101’ recipes.  These cooking staples will take your food to the next level, and will help you make more ingredients from scratch.

Easy Homemade Vegetable Broth: Less Salt, More Flavor, Incredibly Simple

One basic recipe I find myself using over and over again is vegetable broth.  Yes, yes.. I know. Broth comes in a box.  It’s cheap.  It’s so so easy to just pop the lid off the box, and pour that broth into your soup (or whatever you’re making).  Well guess what.. pre-made broth also has tons of salt.  I don’t mind using it periodically, and typically in late spring or summer I just go ahead and use pre-made broth.  Once it starts getting cold outside, I start making soup almost daily, and I don’t really want to eat that much salt on a regular basis.  (Really… I eat So. Much. Soup.)

Continue reading