Pantry & Supermarket Tips

Two stuffings

Firehouse Challenge: Stuffing

Next up came stuffing. Arguably, this has the most "active" time of any of the traditional side dishes. There's chopping and sauteing involved. I made this dish twice, once manually cutting up the … [Read More...]

mashed potatoes

Challenge: Real mashed potatoes vs. Instant

I can understand the lure of instant mashed potatoes. You want comfort, you want it now. According to Wisegeek.com, a Canadian scientist developed instant mashed back in 1962. Nutritionally … [Read More...]

Fancy turkey

Challenge: Supermarket turkey vs. Organic Bird

A turkey may seem like a humble, if popular, bird but it's yielding increasing discussion in the food world. One study found that generic turkeys contained high levels of bacteria; researchers pointed … [Read More...]

Thanksgiving Recipes

Fearless Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving round-up: Great online resources

I had to stop into my local supermarket yesterday to pick up two bottles of Prosecco -- and a pack of new kitchen sponges as that's the kind of thrilling dichotomy that rules my life. The place was … [Read More...]

Whole Homemade Thanksgiving Turkey

Fearless Holidays: Turkey FAQ

That's me, age four, stuffing a turkey. I've been doing this holiday dinner thing a long time. So much information exists on the humble turkey, a curiously popular bird. Here are simple answers to … [Read More...]

Gumbo with white rice

How to Make Gumbo Out of (Almost) Anything

By Kathleen Flinn For most people, the word "gumbo" traditionally inspires the image of the classic New Orleans version studded with spicy sausage and shrimp. But Chuck Taggart of the GumboPages … [Read More...]

Cooking fundamentals

Which one tastes the best... to you? There's only one way to find out.

How to do a Comparative Tasting and Why You Should

Salt to taste. If you’ve ever read a recipe, you’ve probably seen that line. Though common, it’s also a common source of confusion for home cooks. “Whose taste?” some ask. The answer, your taste, often leads to more questioning: “What is my taste?” or “What if my taster’s no good?” Salt to taste just means salt […]

Balsamic vinaigrette

Vinaigrette Basics [video lesson]

Do you have so many bottles of vinaigrette in your fridge that when you open the door it sounds like wind chimes? Vinaigrette is one of the first things that any home cook should master for a couple of reasons. One, it’s expensive to buy and tends to be loaded with ingredients. I did a […]

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How to Outfit a Kitchen on a Budget or 14 Things Every Kitchen Needs

People have been quite successful making a lot of food in the past centuries with little more than a pot, spoon, bowl, knife and cutting surface. I’ve put together a very general guide that I’ve used for events aimed at college students, and you’ll find the list below. A Good Chef’s Knife Don’t waste money […]

Omelet

How to Make an Omelet (video lesson)

One of my chefs at Le Cordon Bleu once said, “If you can make an omelet, you’ll never be hungry.” So true. An omelet is inexpensive, versatile and amazingly quick to prepare. While it’s typically thought of as a breakfast dish, British food writer Elizabeth David wrote about an omelet with a glass of wine […]