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

Free Culinary School

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

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

See the Four Knives You Need

Video: Perfect Pie Crusts

Watch Kelsey blind you with the science of flaky, buttery crusts.
Become a Pie Pro

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.
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Most Popular Recipes

All Kelsey's Essentials Recipes

Microwave Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Cream

Fruit Leathers

Fried Chickpeas with Parmesan, Lemon and Almonds



Apple Tarte Tatin

Pork and Poblano Soup

Haricots Verts Almondine

Pickled Shrimp with Lemon Chive Aioli


Thai Deviled Eggs

Pomegranate Quinoa Pilaf

Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

Peach Salad with Tomatoes, Feta and Basil Vinaigrette

Tres Leches Bread Pudding

En Papillote

Tangy Maple Baked Beans with Applewood Smoked Bacon

Ham, Leek and Gruyere Quiche

Deviled Eggs with Candied Bacon

Herby Potato Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

Homemade Breakfast Sandwiches with Homemade Maple Sausage, Egg and Cheese

Dessert Sushi

Dos Leches Strawberry Cake

Quinoa Pilaf


Quick Pickles

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

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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