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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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Sauces

Airing: 10:00 AM/9:00c

A good sauce transforms an ordinary meal into an extraordinary one. Kelsey takes us through the three basic sauce groups:...more

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Kelsey's Favorites

Airing: 10:30 AM/9:30c

Kelsey shares her favorite recipes and essential methods of cooking. A vibrant Sesame Ginger Salmon en Papillote --...more

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Cast Iron Skillet

Airing: 11:00 AM/10:00c

Kelsey's favorite kitchen essential takes center stage -- the cast iron skillet. It's so versatile, it works magic in...more

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Stews

Airing: 11:30 AM/10:30c

The essential one-pot meal -- the stew! Kelsey treats us to a simple technique that cooks up some winning creations:...more

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Super Sandwiches

Airing: 12:00 PM/11:00c

Making delicious, flavorful sandwiches is an essential skill that every home cook needs to know. Nothing wins over guests...more

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Summer Desserts

Airing: 12:30 PM/11:30c

Kelsey indulges her sweet tooth by whipping up some fresh and exciting desserts for entertaining friends or just nibbling...more

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Veggie Bliss

Airing: 1:00 PM/12:00c

For anyone who wants to add fresh and delicious ingredients to their dishes, finding the freshest vegetables is essential....more

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Small Plate Party

Airing: 1:30 PM/12:30c

Small plates are a great way to show off big flavor and a fun way to entertain a large group of people. Kelsey will...more

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Heavenly Herbs

Airing: 2:00 PM/1:00c

Kelsey is all about bringing heavenly herbs into your kitchen. She will show you how to transform those fresh herbs...more

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BBQ

Airing: 11:00 AM/10:00c

Whether smoked, sauced or rubbed, Kelsey never met a barbecue she didn't love. Usually she satisfies her barbecue craving...more

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Easy Summer Cooking

Airing: 11:30 AM/10:30c

Kelsey uses one of her favorite essential tools, the slow cooker, to make some surprising, delicious and versatile dishes....more

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Videos: Kitchen Basics

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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.

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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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