Becoming a Chef – Do You Want to Become a Chef (or Just Cook Like One)?

Maybe you’ve dreamed about being a chef before; you love your time in the kitchen, cooking and experimenting with different ingredients, tastes, and textures for family and friends, with different recipes. What does it mean to truly embody the life of a top-notch chef, though? Do you want to actually become a professional chef man pursue this as a career, or do you want to simply become a “chef” at home, for your family, cooking the best you can?

In fact, you can do either. Culinary art is a field that’s perfect for anyone who likes working with food — and likes to eat, drink and be merry!

If you want to actually become a truly great chef, though, that’s a little bit of a different story, though. That will take a significant amount of time and focus on your career so that you take full advantage of the educational opportunities you pursue and become “top-notch” as a chef in your field, too. What would it mean to you, for example, to be known simply by your name, to have immediate recognition as a chef whose reputation is stellar, and whose skills are in demand both for current and future customers?

What do you have to do to become a very sought after chef in the culinary field? There are a few things you’ll need to do so that you have both exposure and the right experience; you’ll need to truly learn your way around the kitchen as any master chef would. One of the first steps you’ll need to take is to go to school at a culinary arts institution that has great recognition in the field, is reputable, and that has turned out one great chef after the next great chef, year in and year out.

In general, if you go to a culinary arts school of this nature, you’ll graduate with a four year degree, in the culinary arts.

The more you focus on your career, the better prepared you will at becoming a chef. Your love of food, and its preparation, are going to be your greatest assets if you, too, want to be a great chef.

What Are the Best Pampered Chef Products?

If you are looking to start your own Pampered Chef Products Collection or add to your current collection then here is my list of the top pampered chef products. This list was created by searching all the online forums and websites discussing everyone’s favorite pampered chef products. I took all that information and added it to the data gathered from actual pampered chef consultants on their favorite and top selling items and compiled this list and then added my opinion and a brief description of each.

My number ten pick is the classic Ice Cream Scoop. Not much explanation is needed for this item. I have always loved this pampered chef product and seems to only get better with each update. This was actually my very first pampered chef product and I am still using it today.

Number nine would be The Measure-AllĀ® Cup. This adjustable measuring cup is just what it says. You adjust it to the amount you would like, fill it, the pour it. The good thing about it is when using it for solid ingredients, you can use the adjustable piece to push the ingredients into your recipe. I have just recently started using this item and it works very well but personally I prefer the easy read measuring cups.

For number eight I picked the Pizza Cutter. This oversized stainless cutting wheel is beveled on both sides, so it glides right through them all. I’ve had no problems with this product so far. It is made from high quality materials so it is great for someone like me who love pizza of all types. If not, then just your average pizza cutter would be best for you.

Next at number seven is the Smooth-Edge Can Opener. It has an intuitive easy-guide system that automatically aligns on cans to open them without leaving sharp edges. I usually don’t use this type of can opener because they are complicated to use and hard to attach to the can. However, this one is very user friendly compared to any I have bought at the local stores.

At number six are the Adjustable Measuring Spoons. These are a good product for someone who likes things organized with little clutter. They eliminate the need for multiple spoons with a slider to adjust the portions. They are good for solids and liquids. If you’re not worried about space then your typical measuring spoons will work just fine for a lower price.

Now the top five.

Number 5, Quikut Paring Knives. I love to be able to cut through items effortlessly in the kitchen and I fell in love with these knives the first time I used them. They come in a set of 3 and the price is great too. I highly recommend the Quikut Paring Knives.

In the number four spot is the Classic Batter Bowl. You can mix, store, reheat and even bake in this heavy-duty tempered glass bowl. Good quality but for me a bowl is a bowl. Enough said.

The third choice is the Food Chopper Pampered Chef calls this their most popular kitchen tool and it is great for someone with limited time trying to prepare a meal from scratch. It works great, but for me I’d prefer the knives.

Number 2 is the Mix N Chop. This is my top value item. It is a very popular item in part for the price and almost anyone who knows of Pampered Chef knows about and would recommend this product. This is also a consistent top seller for all the consultants interviewed for this article. You can use it to efficiently chop and crumble foods for even cooking and seasoning. Honestly, much better than trying to use a spoon or a spatula.

Finally…

#1: Stoneware – This was by far the top recommended product by users of Pampered Chef Products. Including the Bar Pan, Pizza Stone and the Rectangle Stone just to name the top mentioned items.

So, if you are looking for the most recommended Pampered Chef Products, then here they are. Hope they help and enjoy. I know I will.

4 Awesome Recipes For Easy Home Cooking

The best methods of cooking are the easy ones no doubt, and in these busy times when time and energy savings are so difficult to come by, everybody would like to try some. We have the awesome four-some recipes for easy home cooking listed here for you to try for yourself or to share:

1. Chicken Soup and Dumplings :

Ingredients: 19 oz of Progresso Traditional chicken noodle soup, 14 oz chicken broth, 16.3 oz Pillsbury Grands refrigerated buttermilk biscuits, freshly chopped parsley if you like.

Method: warm the soup and broth; bring to a boil in a 4-quart Dutch oven and work to divide dough into 8 parts, cutting them into 4ths. Add these biscuit pieces into the boiling soup and cook in an open vessel for ten minutes, bringing to a medium boil, then cover and cook for another ten minutes so dumplings get fluffy and light. For serving, first take out dumplings, then using a soup ladle, spoon into bowls, adding dumplings before garnishing with parsley.

2. Quick Chicken and Broccoli Pie :

Ingredients: 10 ounces frozen chopped broccoli, defrosted and drained, 6 oz Cheddar cheese, a cup of cut-up cooked chicken, 1/2 cup chopped onion, 1/2 cup Original Bisquick mix, a cup of milk, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper and two eggs.

Method: pre-heat oven to 400 Degrees F and grease a 9-inch pie dish while you sprinkle broccoli, a cup of cheese, chicken and onion in to the pie plate. Mix and blend well the Bisquick mix, milk, salt, pepper and eggs then pour it into pie plate and place into the oven to bake for half an hour; insert knife into the center to check if done (if it comes out clean), before sprinkling in the remainder of the cheese and browning the top till it melts. Cool a few minutes before serving.

3. Spiral Sandwich Idea :

Ingredients: a 15-inch diameter soft cracker bread, single herb-and-garlic cheese spread, 8 oz of finely sliced smoked turkey, 1 big tomato finely sliced, 6 oz finely sliced Swiss cheese, 18 leaves of fresh spinach.

Method: Spread cheese on bread in an even layer; place turkey, tomato, Swiss cheese and spinach on it taking care to leave 4″ on one side covered only with cheese spread. Roll up bread starting from the turkey-layered side and trim edges before cutting the rolled-bread into 1-inch sandwich slices.

4. Ham and Swiss Pie :

Ingredients: a cup and a half of fully cooked smoked boneless ham, one of grated Swiss cheese, one forth cup chopped onion, half cup Original Bisquick mix; single cup milk, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp pepper, two eggs, a single tomato sliced and a green bell pepper sliced into rings.

Method: Pre-heat oven to 400 Degrees F, while you grease the 9-inch pie dish; shaking ham, cheese and onions on the dish comes next, followed by stirring in the Bisquick mix, milk, salt, pepper and eggs till all the stuff is well mixed. Now pour the mixture into the pie plate and bake for half an hour or another 10 minutes till the knife inserted in the middle comes clean. Cool before topping with tomato and bell pepper.