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Kelsey Nixon's Summer Essentials

Kelsey’s Summer Kitchen Essentials

Editor's note: The following is a guest post written by Cooking Channel personality Kelsey Nixon; she's the host of Kelsey's Essentials, which debuts its second season tomorrow. In her first article, she discusses three of her Summer must haves.

To kick things off I wanted to share a favorite tip, tool, and technique that I consider essential in my kitchen during the Summer months.

  • Tip: Break up with your oven. Preheating the oven on a warm, Summer day for dinner or dessert can send the internal temperature of your home or apartment soaring through the roof. Summer is a great time to make recipes that don’t require the oven. This usually means quick cooking times, fresh food, and cooler living spaces. On the first episode of Kelsey’s Essentials, airing June 25, I share my favorite Summer desserts that require no cooking in the oven. I’ll even show you how to bake a cake in the refrigerator!

See Kelsey's essential tool and cooking technique when you read more.

  • Tool: Tongs. Now, it may sound simple, but stocking a couple of pairs of tongs in the kitchen will be the best decision you ever make. For me, tongs in the kitchen are basically an extension of my arm and are the most versatile tool around. They are excellent for both cooking and serving. Especially in the Summer, you’ll use tongs for all sorts of occasions like grilling or tossing big Summer salads together. Once you become a regular tong user in the kitchen, you’ll never go back.
  • Technique: Summer and grilling seem to go hand in hand. Utilize your grill as much as possible during the Summer months, and view it as an opportunity to brush up on your basic grilling skills. Consider investing in a grilling cookbook or watching a weekly cooking show dedicated to grilling. It’s an excellent method of cooking, which can provide the most delicious flavors that you won’t achieve any other way.

You can catch more of Kelsey's tips, tools, and techniques every week on her show Kelsey’s Essentials on Cooking Channel, airing Saturdays at 2:30 EDT.

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