You no longer have to scramble to come up with the perfect egg. Emmy(R)-winning TV host, author and founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Martha Stewart makes sure of that in the premiere episode of her new series Martha Stewart'S COOKING SCHOOL, debuting on PBS stations this weekend, October 6th and 7th (check local listings).
In just 30 minutes, this new weekly teaching series inspired by Martha's eponymous best-selling book will provide American home cooks with a culinary master class. By illustrating the building blocks of recipes, "Martha Stewart's Cooking School" simplifies cooking methods everyone should know (from roasting to poaching to braising and blanching). Martha will instruct viewers each step of the way; from selecting the very best ingredients and making simple stocks to flawlessly pan sautéing a whole fish. The series kicks off with an episode dedicated to the versatile egg, followed by an installment devoted to staple sauces including hollandaise, béchamel and marinara (see episode descriptions below).
WEEKEND OF OCTOBER 6/7: EGGS Want to know how to cook the perfect soft- or hard-cooked egg? Or the fluffiest scramble? Martha shares these and other secrets as she teaches viewers all they need to know about eggs, the world's most versatile protein. Whether you like your egg over easy or sunny-side up, Martha shows you how to prepare them properly every time, with easy-to-master techniques and tips. You'll learn a clever method for frying eggs, a surefire omelet recipe, and the key to a foolproof frittata.
WEEKEND OF OCTOBER 13/14: SAUCES Join Martha as she teaches the classic sauces everyone should know how to make: hollandaise, béchamel, beurre blanc, and marinara. Each of these easy, adaptable recipes offers a culinary lesson in flavor-building techniques, so viewers can learn to create other sauces in the same family. Martha begins with two different methods for preparing hollandaise sauce, a delicious accompaniment to steamed asparagus and eggs Benedict. A creamy béchamel sauce becomes the basis for a grown-up take on macaroni and cheese. Martha serves the French sauce beurre blanc over steamed lobsters. Finally, she prepares a quick, fresh-tasting, better-than-anything-from-a-jar marinara sauce using only four ingredients.
WEEKEND OF OCTOBER 20/21: VEGETABLES Everyone knows the importance of eating vegetables, but many home cooks avoid cooking them simply because they don't know how. They want to add more vegetables to their diets but lack an understanding of the basic techniques. In this episode, Martha shares her favorite methods for preparing vegetables so that they retain their delicious flavors, bright colors, and nutritional properties. She offers viewers her approach to the wonderful world of cooking vegetables with quick, easy-to-follow recipes and tips. Viewers will learn how to make very simple vegetable side dishes including both corn on the cob and Mexican corn, sautéed broccoli rabe, acorn squash, brown sugar-glazed carrots, sautéed sugar snap peas and shelled peas with mint, and lemony kale salad.
WEEKEND OF OCTOBER 27/28: STOCKS Making stock is an exercise in building flavors and, as such, is 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.
WEEKEND OF NOVEMBER 3/4: BUTCHERING 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. After all, buying a whole chicken and cutting it up yourself is much more economical than buying chicken parts. Martha and Evan demonstrate some of the most useful butchering techniques, including cutting up a whole chicken, butterflying a leg of lamb, butchering a beef tenderloin, and making medallions from a pork loin.
WEEKEND OF NOVEMBER 10/11: RICE 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, which 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.
WEEKEND OF NOVEMBER 17/18: DRESSINGS AND EMULSIONS Homemade dressings far outshine any store-bought varieties, and Martha will show you how easy it is to make your own. She starts the lesson with a delicious shallot vinaigrette prepared two ways: whisked directly in the bottom of a salad bowl and shaken in a small jar. She also makes a creamy blue cheese dressing-just the thing for drizzling onto a wedge of iceberg lettuce. And did you know that you can make your own mayonnaise, too? Follow Martha's step-by-step instructions, then use it to prepare the most delectable BLT.
WEEKEND OF NOVEMBER 24/25: STEAMING Steaming is one of the fastest and healthiest ways to cook-and it's not just for vegetables. In this lesson, Martha demonstrates a variety of steaming techniques and tools that allow you to make complete meals in just minutes. She'll show you how to cook chicken breasts in parchment paper for moist, flavorful meat, as well as how to clean and steam mussels. And if you've never used a bamboo steamer before, you'll become a convert after watching Martha use one to prepare steamed salmon and peas simultaneously for a quick and easy dinner.