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Kitchen tools list, updated

My sister-in-law is getting married later this year. Knowing I’m the primary cook in the family and knowing I’m a little too obsessed with finding the right tool, whether in technology or in the kitchen, she asked me to give her a list of essential kitchen tools for her wedding registry. I was too happy […]

Meathead’s new BBQ book

I have been a big fan of Meathead Goldwyn’s web site, It is my go-to source for grilling technique and recipes.  Meathead is actually something of a science egghead. He meticulously probes cooking methods and recipes to debunk myths and come up with the best possible results. Now, he’s published a book filled with […]

My favorite chocolate: Green & Black’s 85

  A couple of squares of this rich dark chocolate make for a reasonable, but moderately indulgent post-dinner treat.  A little taste of this satisfies my sweet tooth and makes me less inclined to indulge in high-sugar treats after dinner.  This chocolate is so dark that the sugar content is minimal. (And, of course, sugar […]

Michael Pollan and Netflix aim to inspire you to cook more often

Netflix recently released their newest documentary, Cooked. It’s a gorgeously filmed exploration of the impact cooking had on making us human and the perils of abandoning cooking and relying mostly on the packaged food-like substance industry. The documentary is based on Pollan’s book of the same name. The film is a delight to the eyes. […]

Thermapen deal, 48 hours only

The newest version of one of my favorite kitchen tools, the Thermapen digital thermometer, is on sale until 11:59 on December 9. (Thanks, Alton Brown!) It’s still expensive, but it’s so worth it if you cook regularly. To heck with guessing whether the meat is done. I don’t have much confidence in people who gauge […]

Whole milk makes a comeback

I don’t drink milk very often. I don’t eat cereal. Occasionally I’ll have a glass with a warm cookie fresh out of the oven–a nostalgic pleasure from childhood. But my daughters drink milk, and we’ve always given them whole milk. It just seems right. The less processed, the better, right? And we spring not just […]

Reverse sear

   The reverse sear is my preferred steak grilling method.  Ideally, salt the steaks and let them chill in the refrigerator for a day or more. I then put them in the freezer for fifteen minutes before grilling to keep the inside of the meat from cooking too quickly.   Build a two-zone charcoal fire […]

The omnivore omelet: Vegetarian chickens and bad eggs

In the egg section of the grocery store you’ll see egg cartons prominently touting that the chickens laying those eggs had “100 percent vegetarian feed”. That should actually be nothing to crow about. (I had to.) From The Washington Post: Chickens on an unsupplemented vegetarian diet typically fall short of an essential protein-based amino acid […]