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Fudehouse

FudeHouse is a funky cooking show by butcher and artist Jeffrey de Picciotto. It’s not about detailed recipes or complicated meals, but about those small tips, tricks, and techniques that will help you become a maverick in the kitchen. FudeHouse gives you a foundation of basic principles that creativity can grow upon – so that you can jump into the kitchen and just have fun. Learn more at FudeHouse.com.

ShakShuka
Pizza Dough
Measurements
Vodka
Croutons
Vegetable Stock
Braising
Popcorn
Flavor Explosion (Umami)
Garlic Confit
  Ginger
Turkey Trussing
Crispy Chicken Thigh
Beet Dressing
Pickles
Crispy Chicken Skin
Knife Sharpening
Peeling Shrimp
Watermelon Salad


ShakShuka
FudeHouse teamed up with Quinciple to cook shakshuka. A beautifully fragrant (za'atar) and flavorful (spicy) tomato stew with eggs from the Middle East. So similar to your traditional Italian Sunday sauce - it's so easy to make. Israelis love to eat it for breakfast with pita, or something fluffy and crusty.




Pizza Dough
Sure, you can buy fresh pizza dough from your favorite pizzeria... there's nothing wrong with that. But you'd be surprised by how easy it is to make. It needs fewer ingredients than you think. Less time than you think. More fun than your think. And less brain power than you think. The key is allowing your dough to proof. That is essential to dough texture and flavor. Plus, it will allow you to get that beautifully thin, stretchy, crispy crust.




Measurements
When following a recipe it is always best to measure your ingredients by weight (especially when baking), but many recipes use cups, tablespoons, and teaspoons. Here are some guidelines to help you cook just like the recipe-writers intended. A cup of flour should weigh 4.25 ounces. If you don't have a scale, here is how you make sure you get as close as possible. It's all about air. Should I pack brown sugar? Should I shift cocoa powder? How much is a generous pinch?




Vodka
If you're buying the OJ for the vodka anyway, transfer the juice to something else for screwdrivers later, and use the carton to freeze your bottle in a block of ice. It's fun and impressive - for very little effort. Plus, encasing the bottle in ice is very good at keeping it cold. And it goes down a whole lot easier.




Croutons
After beautifully roasting a chicken in the oven, you have a few options. 1. Throw out those pan juices. 2. Make a gravy. 3. Deglaze for a pan sauce. 4. Make the most amazing croutons of your life. Toasted bread bathed in chicken fat and the residual goodness the herbs, salt, and spices have left behind is one of the best things you will ever eat.




Vegetable Stock
Stop buying stock in a box. Using the principles of surface area and oven roasting, FudeHouse reveals the secrets of how to make the best vegetable stock in the shortest amount of time. It's so easy, you'll slap yourself.




Braising
Cooking low and slow in liquid is foolproof. Take these easy braising ideas and run with them.





Popcorn
Once you try stovetop popcorn, you won't go back to the microwave. Use your imagination to top it off with whatever you like.





Flavor Explosion
You should always have this secret weapon in your back pocket to wow your taste buds – it’s a homemade packet of umami-rich foods. A riff on a traditional Spanish sofrito, FudeHouse shows you the basics to making an all-natural flavor booster that you can add to almost anything.





Garlic Confit
Slow-poaching garlic in olive oil gives you all the flavor and texture of oven-roasted garlic without the sticky mess. The confit process removes the sharp, bitter quality of raw garlic. The French technique traditionally keeps the cloves blonde (without color), but FudeHouse develops the flavor until the cloves are golden brown.





Ginger
Ginger can be tough and fibrous, but this quick tip turns you into a ginger whiz. FudeHouse talks about why it tastes so good and some, let’s say, less common uses.





Turkey Trussing
Trussing a bird for roasting is useful for even cooking and beautiful presentation. Just like trussing a chicken but with a few more twists and turns to accommodate for a larger bird, FudeHouse demonstrates a great technique to tying up a turkey.





Crispy Chicken Thigh
Achieving crispy skin is the holy grail of cooking a chicken. In this episode, FudeHouse shows you how to skip the oven and get fantastically crispy skin in a pan on your stovetop. It’s easier than you think.





Beet Dressing
Raw beets can taste sharp, but mellowed by honey and Greek yogurt this dressing pairs well with greens, fish, and potatoes. FudeHouse brings you through the basics to composing a salad dressing built on the 3:1 model.





Pickles
FudeHouse shows you the quick way to fresh and easy pickles at home. A great garnish on everything from sushi to lettuce wraps, these Asian-style pickles impress without a lot of hassle.





Crispy Chicken Skin
Crispy skin has one enemy: moisture. FudeHouse talks about a few surprising techniques that will help you get that restaurant-quality crispy chicken skin at home. With a side-by-side experiment, the results are clear. You’ll never look at boiling water the same again.





Knife Sharpening
What is the difference between sharpening and honing? And what does that have to do with the steel in my knife block? FudeHouse explains what’s really happening with the blade of your knife on a scale smaller than you can see, and demonstrates two easy ways to keep it super sharp.





Peeling Shrimp
Everyone knows how to do it, but not like this. FudeHouse throws a couple tips your way to help your peel-n-eat enjoyment. Plus, a better way to clean out the vein and the key to stuffed shrimp.





Watermelon Salad
Any summer day will cool off with this ridiculously easy salad that brings together sweet, salty, crispy, creamy, and fresh flavors into one place. This is one of those great FudeHouse ideas you’ll spend more time eating than making. It’s perfect for a summer picnic.







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