Perfect Stovetop Rice

Rice is a great base for countless dishes. It is great in curries, jambalaya or even as a side to a piece of fish or chicken. Recently, I have loved making rice bowls with marinated salmon topped off with seaweed, sesame seeds and other delicious garnishes. Making rice requires a different approach to making pasta, and if you don’t have a rice cooker it’s easy to end up with soggy grains. As long as you follow these steps, you will have the perfect serving of stovetop rice.  INGREDIENTS 1 cup rice 2 cups water ½ tsp salt PREPARATION Measure out

Spicy Eggplant

Often when I’m having a bland meal I crave a flavorful side dish. This eggplant has a medium heat content and some sweet and salty flavor. The dish has lots of room for improvisation. If you don’t have one of the ingredients, look up a substitute or leave it out. Before plating, taste the dish and determine if you need to add anything. If it is too concentrated, add a little bit of water. This simple dish is great as a side and perfect for leftovers you will look forward to!  INGREDIENTS 2 small eggplants Pinch of salt 3 tbsp

Three Cheese Ravioli Filling

Since I haven’t been able to go out and eat at my favorite Italian restaurants lately, I have had a craving for some good pasta. These homemade ravioli are infinitely better than any frozen ravioli you could buy at the store. Though it may seem daunting at first, it is not complicated at all. Use your favorite pasta dough recipe for the ravioli. I like the New York Times one. Serve with some sage brown butter and enjoy!  INGREDIENTS 15 oz container ricotta cheese 1 ¼ cup mozzarella ½ cup parmesan 1 tsp ground black pepper 1 tsp ground aleppo

Quinoa Fried Rice

Fried rice is one of my favorite comfort foods. Substituting quinoa for rice makes for a lighter and healthier dish that can easily be prepared at home for dinner and eaten for lunch as leftovers the next day.  One of the advantages of any fried rice dish is the flexibility it gives you to play and experiment with many ingredients. I prefer to include the vegetables featured in this recipe, but you can use whatever is in your fridge. I’ve done it with zucchini and mushrooms before, and I especially love using leftover meat or chicken! This healthy fried rice

Simple Chicken

With the transition to distance learning, many of us have more time to cook meals. This is the first article in an Augur Bite series about easy, accessible cooking. While getting in the kitchen may seem daunting at first, we want to provide easy guides and staple recipes that are simple and easy to build on. Being able to cook chicken is a versatile and important skill. Once you’re comfortable cooking chicken breasts you’ll be able to master other proteins. I cook and eat this chicken often at my house and it’s a simple recipe that you can add to

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Cooking During Quarantine With An Inept and Bumbling “Chef”

What do fire alarms, ruined pans, a butter container with a hole burnt into it and some regurgitated bread have in common? Well, you could find all of them in my kitchen on March 26. So far, I’ve spent my quarantine being unproductive and eating unhealthy desserts that I found at Safeway. But today, I decided to make a change.  I continued to eat unhealthy desserts, but in a safe way: by staying home. I, Aidan Kohn-Murphy, an inept and bumbling chef, would attempt to bake and cook for myself.  Throughout my culinary journey, I failed, struggled and failed again.

Spinach Salmon Pasta

On weeknights when I don’t have a lot of time to cook, I like to go for recipes that don’t require a lot of preparation beforehand. This recipe is very easy; it only requires you to cut up salmon and mince garlic. There is room for customization as well. I prefer using pasta with a shape like penne, but any pasta, including whole wheat, would work great. Other vegetables, like broccoli, can be added in addition. The recipe takes 20-25 minutes from start to finish, so it’s easy to whip up a portion and have leftovers for lunch the next

Simple Blender Pancakes

These pancakes are super easy to make! You can mix them in the blender and then pour them straight into the pan. Although the batter thickens and develops more flavor if you let it sit, you can also cook it right away for a quick, tasty pancake. This simple recipe is my go-to and allows you to play with the amount of batter and size of your pancakes. The topping choices are endless so add what you like! A classic is a squeeze of lemon and some powdered sugar, or maple syrup and whipped cream! You can add whatever fruit

The Best Guacamole

One of my favorite meals to prepare is tacos. It is extremely simple to make all of the components—from the meat inside to the tortillas, salsa and guacamole—from scratch. I am often disappointed by store-bought guacamole. It’s not fresh, and lacks the depth of flavor you get from the many ingredients in this recipe. While many store-bought guacamoles do not include tomatoes or bell peppers, they really pull this recipe together. Freshly squeezed lime juice is essential for a fresh taste and to keep the avocados from browning.  INGREDIENTS 4 avocados 1 cup tomatoes ½ cup bell pepper 1 tbps

Fresh Pesto

Pesto is a super simple spring dish. Basil is really easy to grow, and I gathered the basil used in this recipe from my own garden. Fresh ingredients are the key to a successful pesto. Grate the parmesan from a block, as opposed to buying pre-shredded parmesan, and use the highest quality olive oil available to you. This pesto works best with pasta, so once your pasta finishes cooking, drain the water and let it sit in the pesto. Your dish can be garnished with more fresh basil, parmesan, pine nuts or burrata as seen in the image.  INGREDIENTS ½

Grasshopper Brownies

This is a super easy recipe that you can make at home with only a few ingredients. These grasshopper brownies are festive, tasty, and simple. It is possible to bake the brownies with a mix, but you can also try your favorite recipe. Top them with this bright frosting for the perfect treat. Make them for your family, friends, or even to bring in to advisory…  These brownies are classic and school-spirited! INGREDIENTS For the brownie: 1 package of your favorite brownie mix and the complementary ingredients For the frosting: 4 cups of confectioner’s sugar 1/2 cup of softened, unsalted