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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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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Most Popular Recipes

All Kelsey's Essentials Recipes

Skillet Corn Cakes

Bianca Lasagna with Pesto

Fresh Herb Salad with Burrata

Honey-Glazed Apple Pear Tart

Fried Fish with Carrot Escovitch

Chicken-Fried Steak with Spiced Milk Gravy

Salted Caramel Sauce

Slow Cooker Shredded Pork

Chorizo-Stuffed Fried Olives

Berry Pie Pops (Pie on a Stick)

Roasted Rosemary Turkey Breast

Green Goddess Crab Tapas

Grilled Picnic Corn

Scallop Crudo

Roasted Stone Fruit

Roasted Chicken with Lemon, Garlic, and Thyme

Crab Cake Croquettes

Roasted Vegetables

Lemon Blueberry Muffins


Fruit Crisp Topping

Tomatillo Dressing

Papaya Slaw with Spicy Honey Vinaigrette

Broiled Flank Steak with Grilled Champagne Grapes and a Bitter Greens and Blue Cheese Salad

Stone Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Cranberry Salad

Parmesan-Crusted Grilled Cheese

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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