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

Skillet Bacon Mac and Cheese

Ice Cream Birthday Cake

Italian Sausage, Spinach, and Ricotta Cannelloni

Salt-Crusted Pork Roast

Spicy Kale Caesar Salad

Braised Collard Greens with Bacon

Sesame-Ginger Salmon en Papillote

Skillet Corn Cakes

Bianca Lasagna with Pesto

Fresh Herb Salad with Burrata

Honey-Glazed Apple Pear Tart

Fried Fish with Carrot Escovitch

Crab Cake Croquettes

Chicken-Fried Steak with Spiced Milk Gravy

Salted Caramel Sauce

Slow Cooker Shredded Pork

Fried Chickpeas with Parmesan, Lemon and Almonds

Custom Blend Beef Patty Melt with Pimento Cheese

Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto with Beurre Blanc

Vanilla Almonds

Tangy Maple Baked Beans with Applewood Smoked Bacon

Boardwalk Dog

Pan-Seared Pork Tenderloin with Rosemary Balsamic and Orange Sauce


Black Bean Salad with Mango, Cilantro and Lime


Homemade Root Beer Float

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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