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How To Cook Like A Pro With What’s Already In Your Pantry, Part Three: Keeping It Fresh




Emily, a cook with the South African Chef Kobus van der Merwe of the Wolfgat restaurant on the beach in Paternoster, works on a steamy load of freshly cooked mussels in the restaurants kitchen on June 18, 2020.
Emily, a cook with the South African Chef Kobus van der Merwe of the Wolfgat restaurant on the beach in Paternoster, works on a steamy load of freshly cooked mussels in the restaurants kitchen on June 18, 2020.
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You’ve got a fridge full of sourdough starter, scallions overgrowing the windowsill, the last remnants of summer produce on the counter and one major challenge: you don’t want to cook.

It’s been months since consumers gutted grocery stores in anticipation of the coronavirus pandemic. Though supplies are now relatively stable, home chefs have moved past ingredient shortages to a more intangible problem— inspiration. March and April saw quarantine cooking trends flood social media (see: that sourdough starter in your fridge and the scallions on your windowsill), but the trends have since tapered off. Yet the prolonged nature of the coronavirus pandemic has continued to bring a host of challenges to home cooks. Now that the school year has begun, parents might feel overstretched and in need of easy, quick recipes to make for their kids. Newly unemployed Angelenos may be grocery shopping on a smaller budget than they’re used to, while others might be trying to work their way through pantry items. Some home cooks are cooking more than they ever have before, and might simply be looking for ways to take their skills to the next level. 

No matter what your situation is, we’re here to help. Chefs Diep Tran and Noelle Carter are bringing their extensive food knowledge to the table to answer your questions. Need a simple recipe to please your picky kids? A use for that extra head of lettuce you bought at the store? Give us a call at 866-893-5722 to get your questions answered.

Guests:

Noelle Carter, chef, food writer and culinary consultant for Noelle Carter Food, a website sharing recipes, cooking techniques and helpful kitchen tips for the home cook; she is the former director of the Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen; she tweets @noellecarter

Diep Tran, research and development chef at Red Boat Fish Sauce; she is the former chef and owner of Highland Park’s Good Girl Dinette; she tweets @goodgirldinette