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Food plating is hard. Let's talk about it.  Food plating is hard. Let's talk about it. 

Look, the odds are ever against you in the world of plating. You’ve got professionals on television that present “finished” dishes by a team that worked on it for the better part of a day, and the few rare folks that do it live are really, really seasoned professionals. I worked in kitchens for-ev-er and, while there,…

What's the one kitchen gadget you can't live without? 

I thought about this on my terrible commute this morning (WAH, SKY WATER! ME DRIVE BAD NOW). Excluding knives, measuring spoons, bowls, cutting boards, pans and well, any real basic necessities, I don’t know what gadget is an absolute must for me in the kitchen.  I first thought of my sous-vide circulator, but…

Know what to look for when buying eggplant Know what to look for when buying eggplant

2017 has been strange year for a big list of reasons, but I’ve noticed more than anything else that fruits and vegetables are unseasonably early and inexpensive. Most recently, I’ve noticed a flood of beautiful and inexpensive eggplant. Because there’s more than one kind of eggplant for the infinite number of…

Flush out your spice cabinet and restock it with things you use Flush out your spice cabinet and restock it with things you use

Between listening to the Milk Street Radio podcast this morning and spending the last few Sundays cooking at my parents, I think it’s time that we had a talk about spices. My folks have a standalone cabinet, as well as a rack-on-door with upwards of 70 jars. Almost every jar on the door is empty, and there is no…

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I made pickles, AMA I made pickles, AMA

Let me preface this by saying this wasn’t my first time making “pickles”. I’ve made quick pickles a lot more than I realized until this past Sunday. I’ve made dill pickles maybe half a dozen times, and I can’t figure out how to get perfect that recipe . And until Sunday, I had never canned my own. I called my…

Mangoes are available year round. Let's do some mango things. Mangoes are available year round. Let's do some mango things.

We can all agree that fruit is delicious. But getting fresh and/or locally grown fruit comes with a luxury tax. I’ve been living in the northeastern United States for 17 years now, and I couldn’t tell you how much extra money I’ve spent just because I wanted blueberries in January. Thankfully, there are some fruits…

I am horrible at making rice. 

On the stove. In a microwave. In a god damn rice cooker. White or brown, all I get is mush. Why am I like this?

Stupid Easy Clarified Butter

In a recent post to Skillet that offered the idea of using gelatin to quickly and easily clean cooking oil, I pondered the idea of using the method for quickly clarifying butter in bulk. It was a crazy week/weekend last week, and when I finally sat down and watched some TV.. I was provided with an epiphany by, of…

The Great Dunkin Donuts Coffee Test of 2016

In what comes as a shock to no one, last week I complained about coffee. I’ve been spoiled since I was 18, when I got a job at an actual Italian grocery/deli and my boss made me every espresso drink known to man from a Bialetti machine he brought with him from Italy. It looked like a much simpler version of this…

The 4th will be the death of me.

The biggest (or one of the biggest if you’re all about Labor Day) grilling weekend of the year is only a few days away, and if you’re like me.. you’ve got a veritable barnyard’s worth of meats to prepare for your guests this weekend. I’ll be hosting both my own small side of the family, and joining us this year will…

Hot summer? Cold noodles.

As a species, we love summer. It is also unbearably hot and humid for the majority of us, and we tend to spend more money on take out because it becomes “too hot to cook”. Enter cold noodles. Delicious, light and easy to make, cold noodles make a perfect meal for any time of day. The Kitchn hosts some great examples,…

Horchata is delicious and worthy of your 4th of July BBQ. 

If you’re like me and reside in the good ol’ U S of A, you know our Independence Day is right around the corner. That means that right about now, you need to start freaking out about what to serve your guests at your barbecue/cookout. The answer is always burgers, hot dogs and chicken. Keep it cheap and classic,…

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