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

10513272_246785078854988_998196453435287399_nWeek Three: How to Cook Bacon
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


Stupid Good Summer School Week 6: Easy Marinara Sauce

Stop. Put down the jar. It is not your friend. That jar of pasta sauce right there in your hand? It’s filled with sodium and preservatives and junk. Well, the real reason you should put the jar down is because you can totally make a better sauce with less than $3 and 30 minutes. Yes, I understand that opening a jar takes 3 seconds but hear me out. This sauce freezes really well, but also you can impress guests with homemade sauce. Pasta sauce isn’t super impressive, but if you make your own, you’re a culinary hero. Make them bring wine because it’s gonna be a hell of a spaghetti dinner!


Preparing a tomato (watch Tuesday’s video here)


Easy Marinara Sauce

  • 1 28-oz can whole, peeled tomatoes
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs basil, chopped
  1. In a medium skillet or saute pan, heat olive oil over medium-high.
  2. Add onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minutes.
  3. Add whole can of tomatoes to the pan and turn the heat up to high. Bring to a boil, gently crushing the whole tomatoes with a wooden spoon. Don’t worry about the giant chunks, they will break down during the cooking process. Add oregano and salt.
  4. Turn down the heat to a simmer and cook covered for 25 minutes.
  5. You can continue to break down the tomatoes with a spoon, but I am a fan of a chunky sauce. You can also put the sauce in the blender for a few minutes, depending on how smooth you like it. Enjoy over fresh, hot pasta!

Stay tuned for next week’s Stupid Good Summer School!


School 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 5: Spicy Avocado Salsa


Preparing a tomato (watch Tuesday’s video here) is super simple, especially when summer gives you the gift of gorgeous tomatoes. Some people like the seedy pulp on the inside of the tomato, but when it comes to the salsa party, seeds aren’t invited. Nope.

This recipe is a marriage between my two favorite things: guacamole and salsa. Because dude, no one should have to choose. Also, like how better to celebrate a ripened avocado than with salsa? The lime in this recipe will help the avocado from turning brown if you have leftovers, but let’s be real who has leftover salsa.


Spicy Avocado Salsa

  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 3 tomatoes, de-seeded and diced
  • 1 jalapeño, de-seeded and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Combine the red onion and vinegar and let sit for 10 minutes. This will break down the onion so you don’t have a harsh, onion-y crunch. Drain off as much vinegar as you can.
  2. Combine all ingredients, except for salt and pepper. If you like a spicier salsa, add some jalapeño seeds until you reach optimal spice level.
  3. Try your salsa with a tortilla chip- your chips might be salty enough for the salsa! You can always add more, but never less.

Stay tuned for next week’s Stupid Good Summer School:
How to Make Quick Marinara Sauce


School 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.