c = cup
T = Tablespoon
t = teaspoon
In many recipes:
- This means that you will use the ingredient at more than one stage. Example: “3 c flour, divided” may mean that you use one cup in a first mixing and two cups at a later time.
extra virgin olive oil
- This is the type of oil I most often use for basic cooking. I generally will not list an amount that you need – oil is fat, and while some is needed to cook, if you prefer spray oil, or 1 Tablespoon more or less than I would advise, I do not want you to feel like that ruin the dish. Just keep a cruet of extra virgin olive oil by your stove, and use it as you will!
- As a general rule of thumb, I use 1 T olive oil per 1 cup of food I am looking to saute, like onion or mushrooms.
S + P = kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper
- This is always optional, and to your taste. In most cases, I would never advise you to start with a teaspoon of salt from the outset. Try starting without salt and adding a little bit at a time, or after the dish is cooked. You may just find you like the taste of the food on its own!