Martha Stewart's Cooking School
Imagine having lifestyle expert Martha Stewart at your side in the kitchen, teaching you how to hold a chef's knife, select the very best ingredients, truss a chicken, and much more. Based on her eponymous best-selling book, Martha gives home cooks a culinary master class. Each episode features demonstrations of classic dish preparations and expert cooking techniques.
Roasting (#109H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
This episode is devoted to roasting, a straightforward and adaptable technique that also works well for meat, fish and chicken. Martha's roast chicken showcases the benefits of this method, with a crisp exterior and moist interior. Because roasting so beautifully concentrates the flavors of the ingredients, it's also well suited to vegetables, and Martha includes a recipe for a delicious roasted root vegetable salad. Finally, she prepares a show-stopping dish fit for any holiday table: a green peppercorn-crusted roast tenderloin of beef.
- KQED Life: Fri, Aug 1, 2014 -- 4:00pm
Braising (#110H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Braising is a busy cook's best friend, and here's why: with little hands-on time and no special equipment, this "low-and-slow" method produces hearty, consistently flavorful main courses and side dishes that belie their ease. It's also a great way to cook lean, inexpensive cuts of meat. Martha shows you which cuts are ideal for braising and the best ways to cook them, sharing recipes for classic pot roast, braised cabbage with apples and pulled pork sandwiches.
- KQED Life: Mon, Aug 4, 2014 -- 4:00pm email reminder
Know Your Vegetables (#307H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
We all know we should eat vegetables whenever possible, but it's important to vary the types that we cook. In this episode, Martha shows how to make four tasty dishes using vegetables that may not be in everyone's regular rotation: steamed artichokes with tarragon butter, braised leeks, fried okra and whole roasted garlic.
- KQED Life: Wed, Aug 6, 2014 -- 4:00pm email reminder
Poaching (#111H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Because poached meats are moist and tender yet still mild in flavor, they work well as the basis for numerous salads, soups and light suppers. They're also famously low in fat. Martha begins this lesson by showing how one of the most healthful and versatile preparations - simply poached chicken breast - can be incorporated into all-American chicken salad sandwiches as well as a Cobb salad. Martha also shares recipes and techniques for poached salmon steaks, and reveals the secret to poaching eggs.
- KQED Life: Fri, Aug 8, 2014 -- 4:00pm email reminder
Frying (#112H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
The best fried foods are golden brown on the outside and deliciously tender within - never greasy or soggy. Yet frying is a technique that can elude even the most ambitious home cook. In this episode, Martha offers lessons in how to deep-fry and pan-fry to perfection in your own kitchen. Recipes and step-by-step techniques include French fries, pan-fried chicken (a Southern favorite marinated in buttermilk before coating) and Japanese tempura vegetables with dipping sauces. She shares lots of tips for keeping foods crisp without allowing them to absorb excess oil.
- KQED Life: Mon, Aug 11, 2014 -- 4:00pm email reminder
Grains (#308H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Thanks to their excellent health benefits, grains have surged in popularity lately. There are infinite ways to prepare them, and in this episode Martha shows three of her favorites. First, she cooks a mushroom barley soup that's based on her mother's recipe. Next, she makes couscous royale, a great way to showcase a versatile grain. She finishes up with grits with broiled tomatoes, featuring bubbly cheddar cheese and crispy bacon.
- KQED Life: Wed, Aug 13, 2014 -- 4:00pm email reminder
Pan Searing (#113H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
In this episode, Martha demonstrates how to pan sear, a technique that produces consistently satisfying - and quick - meats and fish. Pan searing involves browning food quickly over high heat so it develops a nice crust and locks in the flavor and juiciness. Martha shares her technique for pan-seared scallops with lemon-caper sauce and offers recipes for crisp-skinned salmon filet, pan-seared steak with mustard-cream sauce and Muscovy duck breasts with port-wine reduction.
- KQED Life: Fri, Aug 15, 2014 -- 4:00pm email reminder
Perfect Roast (#201H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
A beautifully cooked roast makes a grand centerpiece for any dinner. Martha shares three recipes - a rib roast, crown roast of pork, and stuffed turkey breast - each a lesson in key roasting techniques. Learn how to achieve perfect roasts, including the best cuts for roasting, ways to ensure they stay juicy after cooking and serving suggestions for festive occasions.
Sauces (#309H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
A great sauce can take a dish from good to fantastic. In this episode, Martha goes over some classics, starting with bearnaise sauce, a derivative of hollandaise. Next she makes Kansas City barbecue sauce, which is tomato-based with a sweet-tart flavor. Tartar sauce - Martha's version includes capers, shallots and cornichons - and a tasty cocktail sauce are both beloved staples. Then Martha shows how to make salsa verde, a perfect accompaniment to grilled meats, poultry, seafood and vegetables.
- KQED Life: Wed, Aug 20, 2014 -- 4:00pm email reminder
Stewing (#202H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Though they taste robust, hearty stews are generally made with inexpensive cuts of meat and require little hands-on prep time. Martha walks the viewer through the basic elements of making a stew and shares recipes for three classics: beef stew, veal stew, and coq au vin, a famously rich bistro favorite.
- KQED Life: Fri, Aug 22, 2014 -- 4:00pm email reminder
Soups (#203H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Nothing comforts like a bowl of homemade soup; once you master a few basic techniques, you can make a host of variations. Watch as Martha makes a nourishing chicken soup that's as easy as poaching a chicken. Then learn the "flavor-boosting" techniques that go into making minestrone. Finally, discover how to make veloute, a classic "mother sauce" that here becomes the basis for a creamy spinach soup.
- KQED Life: Mon, Aug 25, 2014 -- 4:00pm email reminder
Pork (#310H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
There's no end to the number of impressive dishes you can make with pork. In this episode, Martha makes porchetta, highly seasoned roasted pork with soft, juicy meat and crisp, crackling skin. Next she demonstrates a centerpiece of her holiday table, glazed ham. Then she shows why fruit and pork have always been a harmonious combination as she makes pork and plums, using quick-cooking pork tenderloin.
- KQED Life: Wed, Aug 27, 2014 -- 4:00pm email reminder
Vegetables (#204H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Blanching, steaming and roasting - these three simple methods are the best for highlighting vegetables' flavors and retaining their nutritional properties. Let Martha guide you through these techniques and show you how you can use them to prepare an endless variety of perfect vegetable dishes in your own home.
- KQED Life: Fri, Aug 29, 2014 -- 4:00pm email reminder
Pasta (#205H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Explore the art of making fresh pasta from scratch with Martha and her friend Michael White, chef, restaurateur and pasta specialist. Learn how to make the dough and then form it into strands by hand or with a pasta machine, and to hand-shape dough into shapes such as farfalle and tortelli.
- KQED Life: Mon, Sep 1, 2014 -- 4:00pm email reminder
Potatoes (#311H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
In this episode, Martha offers a primer on this favorite starch. She begins with scalloped potatoes, also known as potatoes gratin: thinly sliced potatoes cooked in milk and baked in a cream mixture with cheese. Next comes a recipe that's become synonymous with American food: potato salad. Then, in case your go-to mashed potato recipe needs an upgrade, Martha shows a few tricks to achieve the perfect pureed potatoes. Finally she shows how, in just a few easy steps, anyone can make smashed potatoes - crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside.
- KQED Life: Wed, Sep 3, 2014 -- 4:00pm email reminder
Pasta Sauces (#206H) Duration: 26:47 STEREO TVG
Homemade pasta sauces far outshine store-bought jars. In this episode, Martha creates four mouthwatering versions: traditional, slow-cooked Bolognese; a quick-and-easy puttanesca; a rich carbonara; and a light but unforgettable sauce made with bottarga, a preserved fish roe that is a specialty of southern Italy.
- KQED Life: Fri, Sep 5, 2014 -- 4:00pm email reminder
Vegetables (#103H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Everyone knows the importance of eating vegetables, but many home cooks avoid cooking them simply because they don't know how. In this episode, Martha shares her favorite methods for preparing vegetables so that they retain their delicious flavors, bright colors, and nutritional properties, offering quick, easy-to-follow recipes and tips. Viewers learn how to make simple vegetable side dishes, including steamed spinach, sauteed broccoli rabe, roasted cauliflower "steaks," brown sugar-glazed carrots, sauteed sugar snap peas and shelled peas with mint and lemony kale salad.
- KQED 9: Sat, Sep 6, 2014 -- 1:30pm email reminder
Fish Monger (#207H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
If you love to eat seafood but balk at preparing it at home, you'll welcome this lesson. Dave Pasternack, a renowned seafood chef based in New York City, joins Martha for a beginner's class on buying, butchering and storing fish. They then demystify boning a round or flat fish and cleaning a squid. Finally, Dave shares an easy-to-prepare recipe for crudo, his signature dish.
- KQED Life: Mon, Sep 8, 2014 -- 4:00pm email reminder
Salads (#312H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Salads are a terrific way to make vegetables a main course. When Martha invites guests to lunch, she loves to make frisee aux lardons, a classic French salad made with spicy greens, crisp bacon, creamy poached eggs and warm vinaigrette. Her chopped salad is based on a recipe from her daughter, Alexis - a dish that's as beautiful in presentation as it is delicious in taste. Next Martha shows you how to master the Caesar salad, and then, stacked butter lettuce with a fresh citrus and yuzu vinaigrette.
- KQED Life: Wed, Sep 10, 2014 -- 4:00pm email reminder
Sauteing (#208H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Sauteing is one of the quickest and most versatile cooking methods. It works well for almost any small cut of meat or fish. Martha demonstrates how to dredge meat or fish in flour and the importance of cooking over high heat to achieve a perfect, golden-brown finish. She uses these techniques to cook wiener schnitzel, chicken piccata and sole a la meuniere - and shows how to make flavorful pan sauces to serve as accompaniments.
- KQED Life: Fri, Sep 12, 2014 -- 4:00pm email reminder
Stocks (#104H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Making stock is an exercise in building flavors and, as such, one of the first lessons in any culinary course. Having a steady supply of homemade stock in the freezer will elevate anyone's home cooking. In this episode, Martha shares recipes and techniques for the three most common stocks - chicken (including a time-saving pressure-cooker version), beef and vegetable - as well as useful cooking and storage tips.
- KQED 9: Sat, Sep 13, 2014 -- 1:30pm email reminder
Dumplings (#209H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Dumplings are a mainstay in nearly every cuisine across the world. Watch as Martha makes three kinds of dumplings, shaping each according to tradition. She begins with two well-known Italian dumplings, gnocchi and gnudi, then shares her family recipe for Polish pierogi, which has been passed down through generations.
- KQED Life: Mon, Sep 15, 2014 -- 4:00pm email reminder
Corn (#313H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
We enjoy corn in many different forms. In this episode, Martha first demonstrates corn fritters, a sweet and savory treat topped with honey. Next she shows how to make corn stock, which can serve as the base for a tasty summer corn chowder - Martha's version uses potatoes and cream. And finally, a childhood favorite all grown-up: homemade creamed corn.
- KQED Life: Wed, Sep 17, 2014 -- 4:00pm email reminder
Grains (#210H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
By now we all know that eating whole grains is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle, and supermarket shelves are stocked with a greater variety than ever before. Martha provides an overview of the most popular grains, including quinoa and bulgur wheat, and teaches different cooking methods. Be inspired to prepare her recipes - which can be tossed together in no time - for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
- KQED Life: Fri, Sep 19, 2014 -- 4:00pm email reminder
Butchering (#105H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Fifth-generation New York City butcher Evan Lobel joins Martha for a master class on meat. Together, they teach viewers how to choose and cook the best cuts of meat, from tender to lean. Not only will this episode make you a better cook, but it will save you money as well. Martha and Evan demonstrate some of the most useful butchering techniques, including cutting up a whole chicken, spatchcocking a Cornish game hen, butterflying a leg of lamb, butchering a beef tenderloin and making medallions from a pork loin.
- KQED 9: Sat, Sep 20, 2014 -- 1:30pm email reminder
Preserving (#211H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Martha demonstrates two of the oldest preserving techniques, confit and salting, and shows how viewers can put them to use in the home kitchen. Martha makes an assortment of confits - starting with the most classic: duck, which can be served on its own or as a rich addition to salads, then followed by lemon and tomato confits, both of which make excellent condiments for grilled or roasted meats. She then shows how to make gravlax, a delicious cured salmon appetizer.
- KQED Life: Mon, Sep 22, 2014 -- 4:00pm email reminder
Legumes (#212H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Martha sheds light on the wide world of legumes, exploring the many available varieties - from chickpeas to calypso beans - and how to cook them using three different methods: stovetop, oven and pressure cooker. Italian chef and bean aficionado Cesare Casella joins Martha to share some of his own recipes for exceptional bean dishes.
- KQED Life: Fri, Sep 26, 2014 -- 4:00pm email reminder
Rice (#106H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
If you have rice in your pantry, you're well on your way to a great meal - something you have in common with home cooks around the globe. Martha offers a lesson on the world's most common grain, starting with a perfect pot of fluffy white rice that you can incorporate into a main course or serve as an accompaniment to a host of other dishes. From there, she'll show you her tried-and-true techniques for flavorful pilaf, risotto and Thai fried rice.
- KQED 9: Sat, Sep 27, 2014 -- 1:30pm email reminder
Shrimp (#213H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
In this episode, Martha offers a primer on a favorite crustacean. She explains which varieties of shrimp to buy and how to store them, plus whether to cook them with or without the shell and how to devein them. Basic cooking techniques result in delicious recipes for shrimp cocktail, an updated version of scampi, a traditional shrimp boil and simple grilled shrimp.
- KQED Life: Mon, Sep 29, 2014 -- 4:00pm email reminder