Knife safety: how to hold a knife, finger and hand positioning

How to hold a knife: safest finger positioning for the hand holding the knife Cuts and scrapes from kitchen knives are common but entirely preventable. Learn how to hold a knife in this first part of a series covering kitchen knife safety for cooks who are blind or vision impaired and everyone else! Pinch the blade… Continue reading Knife safety: how to hold a knife, finger and hand positioning

Chef Debra’s 2024 New Year’s Resolution

Chef Debra’s Christine Ha Challenge In the style of the 2009 movie Julie & Julia, a frustrated office worker (Julie) is inspired to cook every recipe in Julia Child’s The Art of French Cooking cookbook in one year. For her, there were 524 recipes and lots of butter! I plan to do the same with Christine… Continue reading Chef Debra’s 2024 New Year’s Resolution

10 best gifts for a blind person

Perfect gifts can vary, but these are the 10 best gifts for a blind or vision-impaired person who has an interest in cooking or wants to prepare their own food. There are many adaptive culinary tools that do not require specialized equipment or training that your giftee can learn to use in minutes. The costs… Continue reading 10 best gifts for a blind person

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Creative portioning for attractive presentations

Cooks who are vision impaired cannot just glance at the food we are dishing up for our guests to ensure attractive and consistent plating. If we know in advance that all of our guests will get the same size and amount on their plates, it raises our confidence that they are getting the perfect portions!  Portion food… Continue reading Creative portioning for attractive presentations

The Perfect Dollop

It’s the holiday season and we have pies on our minds but do not want whipped cream on our fingers. The Blind Kitchen has the answer! The Whipped Cream Problem Vision-impaired cooks cannot see the pie and don’t want to touch the whipped cream with their fingers making it difficult to put an attractive dollop… Continue reading The Perfect Dollop

What’s Cooking Discussion Group

There is more than one way to access and read recipes with vision loss. In fact, there are more ways than I can actually count! Recently I listened to a Zoom podcast about recipes and cooking sponsored by Hadley, an organization whose mission is to create personalized learning opportunities that empower adults with vision loss… Continue reading What’s Cooking Discussion Group

White Canes Connect Podcast

Exploring The Blind Kitchen: Chef Debra Erickson’s Culinary Vision White Canes Connect podcast hosts, David Goldstein and Lisa Bryant, really made me feel at ease, and there was a lot of humor going back and forth. What great chemistry they generated to make me feel so very comfortable in our conversation. Chef Debra In this episode… Continue reading White Canes Connect Podcast

How to cook ground meat perfectly every time!

Cooking ground meats to be sure they are fully cooked and not overcooked can be tricky for a blind or visually impaired person. Here are a few steps to make sure ground meat is cooked perfectly every time. Some common recipes that call for ground meet to be browned are tacos, chilis, and sausage gravy.… Continue reading How to cook ground meat perfectly every time!

Direct from Canada: the AT Banter Podcast

Recently, Chef Debra was a guest on AT Banter, a podcast where advocates and members of the disability community educate and inspire a better conversation about disability. The podcast is sponsored by Canadian Assistive Technology and hosted by Rob Mineault, Ryan Fleury, and Steve Barclay. This is a friendly, oftentimes humorous, and thoroughly enjoyable podcast… Continue reading Direct from Canada: the AT Banter Podcast

Using “Seeing AI” app to read bar codes

So many containers look and feel exactly alike: cans of soup, cereal boxes, spice bottles, and many more!  There is a quick, free, and easy way to find out what the contents of a container are by reading its bar code. And you don’t need any vision to use it!  Seeing AI You just need… Continue reading Using “Seeing AI” app to read bar codes