1. "If you can’t adjust a recipe to make it vegan or vegetarian in 2022, you shouldn’t be a chef."
2. "Those pricks who pour crap cheese sauce all over the top of a burger? F*ck those people."
3. "Life is too short for bad bread. I refuse to buy it in those Wonder Bread-type sleeves in the durable baked goods aisle. I always go for the naturally-leavened loaves in the bakery. They don’t last as long, but you can keep them frozen and thaw slices as needed."
4. "Mixing by hand beats using a machine. If the recipe is calling for things to be mixed by hand, there’s usually a reason for it. Especially working with any kind of dough, you can go from under-mixed to over-mixed in literal seconds. I always get a much better feel for what the dough needs (water, flour, egg) when I can actually touch it."
6. "Too many people cook mushrooms so they look like boiled flesh. But brown is the key to mushrooms! Don't crowd the pan, just let it sit and brown a while."
7. "Homemade whipped cream is and always will be better than the fake store-bought stuff."
8. "People eat the 'fast' versions of food for different reasons than the authentic versions of food. People don't eat Kraft mac and cheese and expect it to be the best they've ever had. They eat it because it's easier to make than actual homemade mac and cheese. Sometimes, your brain just craves the weird powdered cheese flavor from Kraft, and sometimes, it wants the real cheese flavors that come from homemade mac and cheese. Both can be good in their own categories, but shaming people for eating 'non-authentic' versions of food is just weird and elitist."
9. "I think everyone, both food service workers and the general public, should take a food safety course."
10. "Freshly ground black pepper is so much better than pre-ground."
11. "Anthony Bourdain was right: Butter is the secret ingredient."
12. "You cannot trust your oven's built-in thermometer. Get a separate one, and use it to 'calibrate' your oven. Mine will tell me it's hot about 100 degrees before it's actually at temperature. Very annoying."
13. "I've done many barbecue contests back home in Texas, and the best wood to use in my opinion is pecan."
14. "Mixed greens are not an acceptable substitute for lettuce (iceberg, romaine, green leaf, butter) on a hamburger. The point of the lettuce is for texture, so you want a mild flavor and high crispiness. Mixed green misses the mark on both points."
18. "Learn the five mother sauces: béchamel, espagnole, tomato, velouté, and hollandaise. People will start to think you’re a gourmet chef."
20. And finally: "Propane will never be as good as charcoal."
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