Trained chefs fold fearlessly, braise boldly, and temper without trepidation. These are the sorts of kitchen techniques that shape the pros' culinary language. Yet, these same techniques can panic less-practiced cooks, many of whom, with the economy stumbling, are spending more time poring over cookbooks and less time eating out. We're here to help. Today, we're offering a crash course for novices - a refresher session for more experienced cooks - highlighting 10 essential techniques. Mastering these will ease everyday kitchen chores and help you tackle more advanced recipes.