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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All Kelsey's Essentials Recipes

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

Dessert Sushi

Charred Corn Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Orzotto

Rustic Fall Vegetable Soup

Deviled Eggs with Candied Bacon

Roast Turkey Breast

Shredded Pork Summer Rolls

Banana Split Funnel Cake

Pickle-Brined Pork Chops with Mushroom Escabeche and Smashed Potatoes

Simple Pizza Dough

Lemon Curd

Meatball Sub Egg Roll

Seared Duck Breast with Fig Sauce

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Roasted Pork Loin

Horchata

Salt-Crusted Pork Roast

Skillet Corn Cakes

Quickbread

Spicy Kale Caesar Salad

Pork and Poblano Soup

Smores Granola Bites

Pan Seared Pacific Cod with Cilantro Vinaigrette and Creamed Corn

Butter Lettuce Salad with Pickled Sugar Snap Peas and Homemade Thousand Island Dressing

Potato Latkes with Smoked Turkey Leg and Kumquat Chutney

Buttery Garlic Herb Knots

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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