Food52 is a website for home cooks but—shhh—there are chefs among us! And professional chefs are—no surprise here—some of the smartest home cooks we know.
Because when your work consists of slicing vegetables and stirring sauces and serving food to others, you better bet that—when it comes time to feed yourself at home—every added step needs to be worth that extra effort.
Sara Jenkins is a chef who's "happiest cooking freely at home, without all the stuff that goes along with running a restaurant [Editor's note: Sara runs three.] and a kitchen." The techniques and ingredients she does bring home from her restaurant kitchen are those that add value—and are doable—for a home cook.
"It's the food I cook that I really want to eat, when I'm not worrying about using up an ingredient or pleasing my customers, and it's also food I cook in a non-professional environment, where I don't have a walk-in full of homemade chicken stock at my disposal and a prep cook to chop all kinds of things for me and a dishwasher to scrub everything up after."
Here are some of our favorite Sara Jenkins recipes—which we especially love when we're trying to channel our inner chefs—along with a few of the best tips and techniques they've taught us:
Sara couldn't live without this one.
What do you make for dinner when you want to feel like a professional chef? Tell us in the comments.
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