Cooking Tips from the CIA

14 Dec

Between the luggage fees, lack of peanut/pretzel snacks, and early 90’s TV monitors, I didn’t think anything could be enjoyable about my flight back from Puerto Rico.  But if American Airlines can’t do anything else right, the monthly American Way Magazine remains a trusty source for in-flight entertainment.  The November 15 issue featured an article about the Culinary Insitute of America in NYC with a useful list of cooking tips.  A few that I’ll be posting on my fridge:

  • Keep your knives sharp.  Dull knives are more dangerous than sharp knives.
  • Salt after, not during, sauteing for better browning (salt draws out water).
  • When boiling potatoes, start them in cold water so that the outsides don’t cook faster than the insides.
  • When you turn over a piece of meat or fish, set it down in a new spot on the grill or pan.  The previous part of grill/pan will not be as hot and will cause the meat/fish to stick.

Link for the rest of the cooking tips.


5 Responses to “Cooking Tips from the CIA”

  1. FatCap 12/15/2009 at 9:34 am #

    That “salt after” guideline applies to sautéing veggies only.

  2. Irina 12/16/2009 at 2:50 am #

    Thanks for the link! I like the mention of the McGee book — I only found out about it yesterday, and promptly added it to my Amazon cart.

    By the way, as a fellow Dallasite… I enjoy the blog.

  3. Margie 12/26/2009 at 8:53 am #

    Happy Holidays, Donna! Thanks the tips!

  4. luniz 01/04/2010 at 1:12 pm #

    I dunno FatCap, it seems like it might work for brains too.

    Thanks for reposting Donna, some of those tips are pretty good.

  5. Joey 01/25/2010 at 11:42 am #

    the CIA is not in NYC, but Hyde Park, NY, about 2 hours (by train) up the Hudson from NYC…The CIA also has a campus in San Antonio.

    PS: The campus has several an excellent restaurant which is operated by the students providing service, food preparation and drinks.

    Its a lovely campus especially in the Fall. I recommend a visit to anyone visiting the NYC region. it is an easy train ride from Grand Central Station.

    It a fun day trip out of the city.

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