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Kelsey Nixon's got spunk, she's got sass, but most importantly, she's got what you so desperately need in the kitchen: The Essentials. From "Roasting" to "Sauce-Making" to "Quick Breads," Kelsey shows you — the DIY home cook — the essential techniques, equipment and foolproof tips you need to be the boss of your own kitchen. Kelsey is all about using the basics to create dishes that are anything but ordinary.

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Essential Ingredients: Recipe by Recipe

Essential Ingredients: Recipe by Recipe

Transform a few key ingredients into unexpected but easy recipes. 

Visual Ingredient Guides

Cooking Fundamentals

Free Culinary School

Free Culinary School

Master your chopping, baking and everyday dinner-making skills with simple kitchen tips.

Cook Like a Pro

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Indoor BBQ

Airing: 12:30 PM/11:30c

There's nothing Kelsey loves more than the sweet and smoky smell of barbecue. Outdoor grilling is great, but she will...more

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Pizza and Flatbreads

Airing: 12:30 PM/11:30c

Kelsey dives into the essential techniques, ingredients and variations for pizza, calzones and flatbreads. Kelsey starts...more

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Classic Steak with a Twist

Airing: 12:30 PM/11:30c

Knowing how to cook different cuts of beef is an essential technique for any home cook. Today, Kelsey is taking three...more

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Fresh Pasta

Airing: 12:30 PM/11:30c

Kelsey teaches the essentials for making fresh pasta in your own kitchen. Hand-cut Cannelloni with luscious Italian...more

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Roasting

Airing: 12:30 PM/11:30c

Kelsey reveals the basics of roasting so you can let your oven do the work for you! She'll show you how with a tender...more

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Amazing Mashups

Airing: 11:00 AM/10:00c

With food mashups being the latest culinary trend Kelsey heads to Kimchi Taco Truck to visit the mashup master, Phil...more

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Mobile Global Cuisine

Airing: 11:30 AM/10:30c

With global street food taking over Kelsey visits Danny of Cemitas who is turning out cemitas packed with layers of...more

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Videos: Kitchen Basics

Save money on culinary school with our easy tips on everything from chopping veggies to frosting a cake.

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Video: Essential Knives

Video: Essential Knives

Kelsey shows you why a good core set of kitchen knives are a chef's most essential tools.

See the Four Knives You Need
How to Slice & Chop

How to Slice & Chop

Learning to use kitchen knives properly can save you time, hassle and Band-aids.

Hone Your Knife Skills
How To Use Herbs

How To Use Herbs

Add color and kick to your dishes with our step-by-step herb techniques

Make the Most of Leafy Herbs.
How to Pick & Store Fish

How to Pick & Store Fish

Learn how to buy the freshest fish, and it will do much of the work for you.

Improve Your Seafood.
How to Defrost Meat

How to Defrost Meat

Make safe use of the chicken, beef and other meats sitting in your freezer.

See How to Thaw Meat, Step-by-Step.
Video: Perfect Pie Crusts

Video: Perfect Pie Crusts

Watch Kelsey blind you with the science of flaky, buttery crusts.

Become a Pie Pro
More Kitchen Tips

More Kitchen Tips

Our original web series Good to Know has more fun how-to's and DIY tips to simplify and inspire your cooking.

Watch Good to Know.

About the Chef

Kelsey Nixon began teaching others to cook in college when she created her own cooking show, Kelsey's Kitchen, emphasizing fast, fun and affordable meals.

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