Tired of all that sourdough? It's time for a new obsession — homemade barbecue sauce
Welp, it’s finally what passes for spring here in my hometown of Chicargo. The sun be warmish, the trees doth bloometh, and enticing aromas from backyard grills waft gently through the protective layers of my seasonally appropriate lightweight face mask. But, darn-it-all to heck if I didn’t forget to put barbecue sauce on my weekly Instacart order.No matter, though, because I’ve got what it takes to make it on my own. And no, I don’t mean moxie or gumption; I mean ketchup and vinegar.And brown sugar.Well, don’t just sit there, c’mon in.Kidding. Stay the hell out. I’ll yell the instructions fro...
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
Eat more plants: Veggie dishes for the grill
It’s never a bad time to start eating more plants. And that includes now.Whether you’re nervous about the meat shortage or just want to get back on track after a bout of pandemic-spawned stress eating, fruit and veggies are your friend, always. They’ll give you energy and make you feel better.And they’re perfect for the grill. We’ve got a few plant-based recipes that make it easy to incorporate more vegetables into your diet. They are designed to be entrees rather than side dishes, letting veggies become the star of your next cookout.We chatted with executive chef Andrew Henshaw of Laser Wolf,...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Diabetes Quick Fix: Five spice-pork and rice stir-fry
Five-spice powder is the base for this sauce that glazes the meat and vegetables with an aromatic and exotic flavor. It is a blend of many spices, usually, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed and Szechwan peppercorns. It can be found in the spice section of the supermarket. You only need a little for this recipe, but I like to keep it on hand to sprinkle on cooked vegetables, over rice or in salad dressings to create unusual flavors.Chinese recipes need a few extra minutes to assemble the ingredients, but take only a few minutes to cook. This stir-fry dinner is ready in less than 10 minu...
Tribune News Service
2,000 join rally against Gov. Newsom's stay-at-home coronavirus orders at California's Capitol
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It was the largest protest rally in Sacramento so far over COVID-19 shutdowns — with haircuts on the side.At least 2,000 demonstrators came to the Capitol on Saturday to march around the grounds, feast on barbecue and demand that Gov. Gavin Newsom lift his restrictions on business, religious gatherings and other trappings of everyday life.The demonstration, dubbed Liberty Fest, was a cross between a tailgate party, music festival and political statement. Organizers said it would be country’s largest Memorial Day weekend protest against coronavirus stay-at-home orders.A mas...
The Sacramento Bee
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes raises a pretty penny for charities helping during pandemic
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One fan has secured a unique game-day experience with Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.For $140,000.Last month, Mahomes joined the “All In Challenge,” to benefit nonprofit organizations during the coronavirus pandemic, offering up a slew of gifts in the package.The winning bid: $140,000.The winner and a guest will receive front-row tickets to a Chiefs game, along with sideline passes and locker room club passes. After the game, they will meet Mahomes, who will hand over his game-worn jersey and cleats from that day. Before kickoff, the winner will lead the chop, a traditio...
The Kansas City Star
All this food with nowhere to go. Restaurant distributor finds new demand in supermarkets, carryout and home delivery
CHICAGO — Eugene Lam, vice president of Chicago Oriental Wholesale Market, watched COVID-19 shutdowns deflate demand from his biggest customers: restaurants, airlines, casinos.But orders at the food service distributor founded by his parents 27 years ago perked up in other areas.Supermarkets, normally 20% of his business, became 40% as their orders doubled and shifted to include more shelf-stable products and cleaning supplies. Restaurants offering carryout, particularly in the medical district, became a focus. The company, based in an industrial zone between Pilsen and Chinatown, struggled to...
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...
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 ...