Stupid Good Summer School 2014 Roundup

Below you will find a roundup of all the recipes and videos from my summer project, Stupid Good Summer School! Looking for the perfect way to cook bacon? I’ve got the video right here! Perhaps you’d like a way to use up diced onions? Let’s check out this recipe. I’m working on a few new projects for the Fall but until then, check out some of my attempts at videos. If you have any suggestions for next year’s potential Summer School, leave your ideas in the comments below!

DSC_7049Week One: How to Poach an Egg
Video // Recipe: Poached Eggs on Asparagus Toast

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 2.54.53 PMWeek Two: How to Dice an Onion
Video // Recipe: Sausage and Spinach Stuffed Shells

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Video // Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower with Bacon and Cheddar

DSC_7192Week Four: How to Roast a Chicken
Video // Recipe: Roast Chicken with Lemon, Paprika and Thyme

DSC_7219Week Five: How to Prepare a Tomato
Video // Recipe: Spicy Avocado Salsa

marinara-sauce1Week Six: How to Make Marinara Sauce
Video // Recipe: Easy Marinara Sauce

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 11.22.05 PMWeek Seven: How to Make Grilled Cheese
Video // Recipe: Pimento Grilled Cheese

DSC_7405Week Eight: How to Make a Simple Cocktail
Video // Recipe: Gin Mint Lemonade

cookiesWeek Nine: How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies
Video // Recipe: Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pecans

how-to-make-salad-dressingWeek Ten: How to Make Salad Dressing
Video // Recipe: Red Onion Vinaigrette

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Stupid Good Summer School: Roasted Cauliflower with Bacon and Cheddar

Everybody should be well versed in the art of making bacon (watch Tuesday’s video here) and if anything measures your success in the kitchen, it should probably be determined by how you make bacon. This recipe calls for crisping it up in the oven, avoiding obnoxious grease splatters and flavoring this otherwise plain vegetable- cauliflower.

This dish is super comforting, perfect for torrential downpour days in Florida. Honestly, I much prefer rain over the devil’s armpit weather that is the norm here in Ft. Lauderdale. Bacon, cheddar and rosemary highlight this beautifully roasted cauliflower- a perfect side dish or a bigger portion can be packed away for lunch. Feel free to omit the rosemary, but I think it really elevates the richness. Enjoy!

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Roasted Cauliflower with Bacon and Cheddar

  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped into small florets
  • 6 strips of bacon, cut into 1/2″ pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  1. Set your oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Spread out the cauliflower florets on the baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper and olive oil, tossing together to coat all pieces. Place the bacon amongst the cauliflower, making sure it is even throughout.
  3. Cook for 30-35 minutes, or until the cauliflower is toasty and fork-tender and the bacon is crispy.
  4. Take the pan out of the oven and sprinkle the cheddar across the top (the residual heat should gently melt the cheese). Garnish with rosemary and more salt and pepper, if desired.

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Stay tuned for next week’s Stupid Good Summer School:
How to Roast a Chicken

 

Stupid-good-summer-schoolSchool may be out for the summer, but it’s time to get your kitchen game onto the honor roll! ‘Stupid Good Summer School’ features a technique every Tuesday, and a recipe using that technique every Thursday. 

Stupid Good Summer School Week 3: How to Cook Bacon

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Learning how to cook bacon is not just a technique, it’s a way of life. I am aware I should be demonstrating more knife skills or hard boiling an egg or maybe even how to clean your blender; Standard kitchen stuff! But no, this is the information that you really need. Cooking rich, thick slabs of pork. Yes.

I use the thickest bacon you can find- it’s more expensive, but damn, is it worth it. You can get a package for about $8, but you can freeze and save any you don’t use right away. In this video, you get two techniques that are my favorite ways to get flat, crispy bacon. In the oven, you avoid the dangerous grease splatters and in the frying method, adding water helps slowly render the bacon fat and leaving you with crispier, flatter bacon. Say goodbye to weak microwave bacon!