Basic shit

Basic vinaigrette:
Oil
Vinegar
Dijon mustard
Salt
Pepper

Whisk mustard and vinegar together, then slowly add oil. The mustard helps to emulsify everything, which then helps the dressing to stick to the salad and not dribble to the bottom of the bowl.

Some variations:
Add a crushed garlic clove, then remove it before serving.
Add diced shallots and oregano, and use red wine vinegar.
Add a bit of honey if your salad has fruits in it.
Add some orange oil – just a tiny drop! This is great on peppery greens like cress or arugula.

Basic roux:
This is the basis for any cream sauce, mac and cheese dish, or cream soup that you want to make.

You  need:
Fat (bacon fat, duck fat, butter….)
Flour
Cream or milk

Medium low heat – throw the fat in there. Add some flour, cook slowly for about 10 minutes (I don’t really know – you gotta cook the flour taste out though, so cook it slowly for a while). Add your milk or cream.

That’s it. No seriously, that’s it. Now you can add all the other ingredients you want. I’ll make some mac and cheese later this year and post that recipe but you get the general idea, right?

Basic Whipped Cream
While I like Cool Whip as much as anyone I really love freshly made whipped cream. And it’s the easiest thing.

Heavy cream
Sugar
Vanilla

Add ingredients to a big bowl…AND WHIP! You can do this by hand. No really, you can. I have one of those old ass electric hand mixers with the two spinny things that pop off. I usually use that.

You can add all sorts of things to flavor the whipped cream – bourbon,  almond essence, citrus oil, cocoa powder, espresso (!), etc. Just be careful not to over-whip or it will break and you will be so sad.

Basic Marinade
Yes, there is a formula.
Oil – this can be EVOO, sesame, a combo, whatever
Salt & pepper, or soy sauce, fish sauce, etc.
Acid – vinegar, citrus, etc.
Aromatics (that means herbs & other flavorful things) – garlic, shallots, rosemary, oregano…..
Sometimes sugar, either granulated or in the form of soda. Yes, soda. Ryan makes ribs with a jalapeño-Coca Cola glaze.
From here you can go nuts and experiment with different things.
For example, for Filipino BBQ the basic marinade is garlic, ketchup, sprite, soy sauce, and a little fish sauce.
A classic roast chicken dish gets the garlic-lemon-rosemary-salt-pepper treatment. You get the idea.

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