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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Cooking Fundamentals

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

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Video: Essential Knives 14 Videos

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

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Video: Perfect Pie Crusts

Watch Kelsey blind you with the science of flaky, buttery crusts.
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All Kelsey's Essentials Recipes

Chocolate Sheet Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Antipasto Summer Lettuce Wraps

Charred Corn Salad with Creamy Tomatillo Dressing

Ham, Leek and Gruyere Quiche

Cotton Candy Lemonade

Sweet Pepper Poppers

French Onion Soup

Sugar Cookie Crust Fruit Pizza

Charred Corn Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Cumin Scented Oven-Baked Ribs with Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce

Shrimp Lo Mein

Pressed Picnic Sandwich with Roasted Red Pepper and Pepperoncini Spread

Deviled Eggs with Candied Bacon

Shredded Pork Summer Rolls

Salt-Crusted Pork Roast

Roasted Peanut Slaw

Pan-Seared Pork Tenderloin with Rosemary Balsamic and Orange Sauce

Roasted Vegetables

Skillet Corn Cakes

Asian Chicken Burger with Spicy Lemongrass Mayo and Pickled Asian Slaw

Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Icebox Cake

About the Host

Kelsey Nixon

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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