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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All Kelsey's Essentials Recipes

Spicy Kale Caesar Salad

Braised Collard Greens with Bacon

Skillet Bacon Mac and Cheese

Buttery Garlic Herb Knots

Dessert Sushi

Curried Butternut Squash Ice Cream

Sunday Pot Roast

Homemade Breakfast Sandwiches with Homemade Maple Sausage, Egg and Cheese

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

Stone Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Cranberry Salad

Lemon-Basil Orzotto

Garlicky Smoked Shrimp

Curried Butternut Squash Ice Cream

Blackberry, Cucumber, Ginger Spritzer

Queso Fundido with Charred Poblanos and Sides

Pressed Picnic Sandwich with Roasted Red Pepper and Pepperoncini Spread

Sweet and Spicy Shredded Pork

Lamb Shank Ragu with Cheesy Gnudi

Cherry Lime Vanilla Glacier

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

Pan-Seared Pork Tenderloin with Rosemary Balsamic and Orange Sauce


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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