It doesn't take much to add flavor to food; fat usually does the trick. However as delicious as it may be, one doesn't necessarily always want to add bacon to every meal. Luckily, flavor can be incorporated into food via many other methods. Sauces, marinades, herbs, and spices can be introduced to veggies and proteins by slathering, bathing, basting, stewing, or even injecting them. And there is always room for one more method.
It doesn't take much to appease a sugar fix. Consider the amount of quick and portable options that exist: supermarket checkout aisles are stocked with candy bars, cupcake stores have sprung up seemingly everywhere, and packages of cookies come in all sizes from single-serve all the way up to industrial strength. But, sometimes the craving for sugar needs something more than just a simple prepackaged good that can be found anywhere; sometimes, that sugar needs to be served warm.
Freshly baked pies offer a comfort without compare. The process of making a whole pie to achieve that comfort can … Read more
Food and social gatherings make one of those great combinations that are just simply meant to go together. Perhaps more so than with any other event, potlucks capture the spirit of sharing food and good times; personal favorites or family recipes are brought to the party to share with others who are doing the same thing. Ubiquitous at such get-togethers is the slow cooker.
Slow cookers aren't complicated gadgets, yet they have some confounding aspects attached to their use. For example, many a partygoer has puzzled over just where to set the lid while serving the cooker's contents. … Read more
We eat a lot of fried food in this house. This isn't necessarily something I'm proud of, but it is an undeniable fact and not something that's likely to change in the future. When I saw a pitch for the Actify from T-fal, I was intrigued by the claim that just 1 tablespoon of oil would be enough for 2 pounds of french fries. Intruigued--but, I must admit, unconvinced.
When the Actifry arrived at my home, I was still a little skeptical. The instruction manual indicated that the machine uses minimal oil coupled with a hot-air distribution … Read more
Toasters are probably the most riffed-upon kitchen appliance. (Coming in a close second would be the indoor grill.) The fact that they are comparatively easy to manufacture probably has something to do with it, but iteration after iteration of the device can also be attributed to their iconic status. Toasters may have come a long way since the early days, but the basic size and shape is still in production models today. Even when they go digital.
The Super Bowl may be over, but that doesn't mean the tradition can't live on. It's not the tradition of the game or even the commercials that's up for consideration here, but rather the tradition of the food. Every Super Bowl spread may strive for perfection, but only the very best achieve glory. It takes but one addition to stand out in a landscape cluttered with suspect cheese dips and prepackaged salty snacks: deep-fried food.
If the trophy presentation to the New Orleans Saints earlier this month left you hungry for more, there is an overtime … Read more
I don't think I have ever measured coffee in order to extract the correct brew. I am simply not capable of such calculations in the precoffee morning. It is a paradox that I find myself in on a daily basis: I need caffeine to have the necessary motor skills to have the coordination to even make a pot of coffee. Luckily, I have found a workaround. Experience has taught me when to stop pouring beans into the grinder. After eyeballing the level, I know that the resulting brew will be enjoyable for all. However, switch out my familiar grinder … Read more
Kitchen appliances rarely come ready to do your culinary bidding straight out of the box. Usually, some form of accessory or additional gadget is needed (and manufacturers are more than happy to supply you with). Usually the worst that happens in any well-stocked kitchen is a quick search through drawers and cabinets for an elusive tool, but sometimes, that much-needed tool goes unfound. This can result in a muttering chef wandering about the kitchen wondering why the manufacturer just didn't include such-and-such right on the machine. And then, sometimes, the manufacturers do.