It's grilling season, but for a better burger, use the stove
It sounds heretical, particularly since the outdoor cooking season is getting started, but here goes: For a truly delicious burger, skip the grill, stay indoors and reach for a cast-iron skillet.This advice is gleaned from interviews that I conducted with more than 100 Twin Cities chefs between 2013 and 2019 for an online column called Burger Friday, where I dissected the secrets behind burgers encountered in venues that ranged from drive-ins to food trucks to four-star kitchens.A skillet allows the patties to baste in their own juices as they cook. That’s a huge improvement over losing all-im...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Create delicate ribbons without a pasta maker
If you are using your extra time at home to improve your cooking skills, America’s Test Kitchen has a new cookbook that can help. Called “100 Techniques,” it’s the first technique-focused book from the Boston-based media company that produces a public television cooking show, several magazines and countless cookbooks.Along with walking you through the techniques, which include baking bread, butterflying a chicken, braising short ribs and tempering eggs, the book also includes more than 200 recipes.From the new book, here’s the ATK recipe for making fresh pasta without a machine.———FRESH PASTA ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Erika Ettin: Blending is for cooking, not dating
Let’s say we’re in a room full of 100 people. (Well, OK … a Zoom call of 100 people these days.) We look around, and everyone seems fairly different, right? But before knowing a thing about anyone else, we are all basically the same… just people in a Zoom room together. Now, what if we try to split the 100 people into categories? For example, we might ask the question, “Who likes to cook?” Let’s say that 25 people raise their hands. Now these 25 people are different from the other 75 who would rather be ordering from Uber Eats. Those 25 people, though, are now all the same – they like to cook....
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Cooking with what's on hand: How to make great dinners with frozen fish or canned seafood
My freezer and pantry shelves overflow. And not just during a health crisis. The pantry shelves of most food professionals hold a variety of grains, canned chiles, condiments and broth. We utilize freezers for a convenient supply of fish and poultry, as well as to stock up on the season’s best fruits, vegetables and herbs.Frozen fish in many cases proves far superior to the “thawed for your convenience” items at the supermarket. I prefer to have control over the defrosting. Thawed properly, in the refrigerator, seafood maintains its flavor and texture all the way to the dinner table. I regular...
Pandemic pantry recipe: Crispy fried rice with crunchy golden crown
When microwaved leftovers trigger flashbacks to sad desk lunches, but aspirational coronavirus cooking feels like too much work, you might try what’s become my go-to pandemic pantry nonrecipe for crispy fried rice.A hidden golden crust distinguishes this technique that’s far easier than even nontraditional fried rice and grants you permission to stop trying to recreate your favorite restaurant’s dish.Rice cookers have eliminated scorched rice, the toasted layer left behind in a cooking pot. That is unless it’s created with intent. Every rice culture shares a variation, from Chinese claypot ric...
Cooking with CBD oil can help with anxiety, sleep issues, other conditions, proponents say
Let’s be blunt: Florida’s marijuana business continues to grow. Pot proponents were attempting to get recreational use on the ballot for 2022 as of this writing. And we’re continuing to hear more about cannabis-sourced products.CBD is over-the-counter. You don’t need a card for it. It doesn’t get you high. But many folks — and an increasing number of studies — say it’s useful in treating everything from aches and pains to acne. And its absorption rates apparently rise when you put it in the food.They do it every day at Fort Myers’ Seed & Bean Cafe and Market, where co-founder Cole Peacock has ...
Chrissy Teigen Taking A Break From Social Media After Drama With Alison Roman
Chrissy Teigen tweeted on Tuesday that she is going to be taking a “little break” from social media after drama with best–selling cookbook author, Alison Roman. On Friday, Roman told New Consumer in an interview about where she sees her business going, “Like, what Chrissy Teigen has done is so crazy to me. She had a successful cookbook. And then it was like: Boom, line at Target. Boom, now she has an Instagram page that has over a million followers where it’s just, like, people running a content farm for her,” she said. “That horrifies me and it’s not something that I ever want to do. I don’t ...
Cooking the paleo way can be fast and easy, says cookbook author
Stephanie Meyer is a one-woman culinary cottage industry.She oversees a meal planning company called Project Vibrancy Meals (projectvibrancymeals.com), teaches classes and maintains a cooking blog called Fresh Tart (freshtart.com). She also writes cookbooks.Her latest, “The 30-Minute Paleo Cookbook” (Rockridge Press, $16.99), is the outgrowth of Meyer’s yearslong immersion in the paleo diet, a shorthand term for the hunt-and-gather foods that humans have consumed since the pre-agriculture Paleolithic era.Through the book’s 90-plus recipes, Meyer demonstrates that paleo preparation doesn’t have...
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The things they say:
"I was so surprised by how unkind I am to myself! Living in lockdown, I found there's no point or energy in being annoyed at yourself for not reading that book, writing that song or working out that day. I'm teaching myself to find joy as much as I can... Cooking has been my saviour! When the world lockdown started and it obviously got serious very quickly, I found myself desperate to chop. Feed. Eat. Repeat!" Actress Florence Pugh has found out a lot about herself while self-isolating.©2020 WENNProvided by SyndiGate Media Inc.
Staying home means cooking more. But burn accidents are on the rise
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — While California’s stay-at-home order is helping to slow the spread of the coronavirus, it’s also having some unintended consequences: New cooks and distracted cooks are getting burned in the kitchen.“Specialists at the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center at UC Davis Medical Center have seen a nearly six-fold increase in patients with burns related to at-home food preparation,” UC Davis Medical Center said in a news release. “Those injuries were all serious enough for emergency care and, in some cases, hospitalization and surgery.”Dr. Tina Palmieri, a surgeon ...
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