I planted a bunch of basil this summer because I looooooove pesto. A basic pesto just takes a few simple ingredients–basil, garlic, nuts and olive oil. I normally add parmesan cheese but this batch is for a vegan pal so no cheese. If you make this a few times it’s easy to adjust to your taste.… Continue reading MAKE: Basil Pesto
I’ve had the SANSAIRE Immersion Circulator in my wish list for a long time. What is sous vide and what does the immersion circulator do? No idea. A friend told me it was cool and that I should get one. But, the $199 price tag on a kitchen appliance I don’t understand and I’m not sure… Continue reading EAT: Beginner Sous Vide…and the Lessons Learned
Dan Dan noodles are a classic Chinese Sichuan (Szechuan) dish. The quite-spicy dish pairs a spicy sauce (Sichuan peppers, chili oil, vinegar, minced pork, scallions) with wheat-flour noodles. They’re pretty easy to make at home but the to-go version is hard to pass up. I love to add them on to a larger order of less… Continue reading EAT: Dan Dan Noodles 擔擔麵
As you may already know, I’m a wee obsessed with Trader Joe’s refrigerated pizza dough. Most of the time I keep it pretty basic– a little sauce, mushrooms and cheese. But, every once in a while I like to change it up and I’ve become a big fan of the shrimp and mushroom variety.
Every time I visit Durham, my friend, H., makes this awesome Thai coconut soup. Finally got the recipe: 2 chix breasts (sliced) or shrimp or both 1 can chix broth 2 cans coconut milk 1 can straw mush (fresh is better if you can find them) 1 package button mushrooms 1 can oyster mushrooms (fresh… Continue reading Cook: Tom Kha Gai (Thai Coconut Soup)
I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these do-it-yourself cheese kits. Fantastic! Mozzarella & Ricotta Kit $22 from Urban Cheesecraft
For years, I’ve been keeping my cooking oil in a plastic squeeze bottle. Before that it was a repurposed glass bottle but the oil often dribbled down the side. The squeeze bottle– designed for dressings–worked well but for those of you that have used plastic bottles before, you know this delivery method isn’t long-lasting. Inevitably,… Continue reading Buy: Rachael Ray EVOO Bottle
I am a recipe junkie. And the iPad is making it really easy to get my fix. Cooking’s never been more convenient. Here are my favorite apps: EPICURIOUS As a long time Bon Appetit subscriber, I’ve been a fan of Epicurious.com for a long time. Pros: The Epicurious app has a lot of great features–… Continue reading 4 Great Cooking Apps for Your iPad
Easter lunch had me scrambling around like a mad man and made me realize I really needed more than one timer in the kitchen. While shopping for a new timer these four stood out: Shown above, clockwise from left: CDN TM15t Design TM15 Extra Large Big Digit Timer This timer’s features include extra-large digits for… Continue reading Timing is Everything
Clockwise from top left: Rose’s Heavenly Cakes Cookbook What’s more romantic than a decadent dessert? Make your own with a recipe from Rose Levy Berenbaum’s scrumptious cookbook. Experts agree the desserts in this book are yummy– Berenbaum’s book was named International Association of Culinary Professionals’ Cookbook of the Year. $26.37 at Amazon WILTON Ruffled 6… Continue reading Yummy Valentine
I finally decided to jump on the slow cooker wagon with this braised short rib recipe I found on Epicurious. I set my cooker on low and after about five hours the meat was still quite tough. I turned the heat up to high and cooked it an additional five hours, adding the potatoes for… Continue reading Cook: Braised Short Rib
Though I love the design of the winged Pourfect bowls I wrote about earlier, I’m still in search of my new mixing bowls. Specifically, I’m looking for bowls with a spout. The designer in me nearly jumped for joy when I spotted these nested bowls (with spounts) and cups from the MoMa design store (above… Continue reading More Mixing Bowls!