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

Ratatouille Tart with Caramelized Onion-Tomato Jam

Italian Sausage, Spinach, and Ricotta Cannelloni

Bianca Lasagna with Pesto

Tangy Coleslaw with Smoked Corn and Lime Dressing

Cotton Candy Lemonade

Antipasto Summer Lettuce Wraps

French Onion Soup


Salted Caramel Sauce

Roasted Chicken with Lemon, Garlic, and Thyme

Queso Fundido with Charred Poblanos and Sides

Pressed Picnic Sandwich with Roasted Red Pepper and Pepperoncini Spread

Green Goddess Dressing

Pan Seared Pacific Cod with Cilantro Vinaigrette and Creamed Corn

Creamy Gazpacho

Roasted Peanut Slaw

Sunday Pot Roast

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ham, Leek and Gruyere Quiche

Breakfast Tacos with Chorizo, Egg and Potato

Brothy Clams and Chorizo

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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