by Elizabeth Brownfield in How-to, Recipes, July 31st, 2017
by Colleen Park in How-to, April 19th, 2017
This is the time we dream about all year long: ripe, juicy summer tomatoes in myriad colors and sizes are exploding from backyard gardens, farmers markets and ordinary grocery stores alike. But with thousands of varieties out there, it can be tough to suss out the best way to use one from another. Here are the four basic types of tomatoes, and the best ways to maximize their height-of-summer flavors.
Cherry & Grape
Generally speaking, the smaller the tomato, the higher its sugar content — and the sweeter its flavor. That’s why cherry, grape and pear varieties including classic red ‘Sweet 100,’ bright orange ‘Sungold’ and deep purple ‘Black Cherry’ are perfect for popping in your mouth raw. They can be so sweet and colorful, in fact, that you might just see your veggie-adverse kid gobble them up like candy.
You can also simply roast them the oven (make a big batch and toss some in the freezer for winter months), or throw them into pasta with other summer M.V.P.s like corn and basil. Or, thread them onto skewers and toss them on the grill solo, or with fish, chicken or steak. Read more
by T.K. Brady in How-to, View All Posts, April 9th, 2017
Getting ready to clean the coffeemaker or scrub away at those unfortunate stains (tomato soup?) in your microwave? Before you reach under the sink for any household cleaning products, give DIY cleaners a try to polish stainless steel, clean grease stains and freshen the garbage disposal. They’re easy to whip up with a few natural ingredients and pantry items.
The most edible of the cleaning all-stars is also pretty versatile. Cut out a slice and use it straight on stainless steel appliances to remove grease and streaks.
by Elizabeth Brownfield in How-to, Recipes, February 18th, 2017
Skip the kit this year and make colored Easter eggs with ingredients from your kitchen. You can use fruits, vegetables and even candy to make brightly colored eggs without any chemicals. All it takes is a bit of patience and some creativity in the kitchen.
by Maria Russo in How-to, Recipes, Shows, January 14th, 2017
The trickiest part of any meal is getting the timing right: delivering the many components of a meal on the table at the same time at their ideal temps, and while they’re still Instagram-ready. But timing is never more of a challenge than at breakfast, when you’re juggling hot coffee, perfectly-browned toast that must be buttered before it cools (and eaten before it turns soggy), and eggs that can go from warm and delicious to cool and congealed in the blink of an eye. Follow these steps to achieve a delicious, still-warm first meal every morning.
Step 1: Caffeinate Yourself
First things first: no one should have to pull off the balancing act that is breakfast without any caffeine in their system. Before you even think about anything else, start the coffee maker or put on the kettle for your French press or pour-over.
And, sure, you can dump in some cold milk in your coffee mug, and that’s what I do when I’m in a rush. But milk that’s been warmed and frothed elevates a standard cup of coffee without much effort (especially when it comes to non-dairy milks, which meld into coffee so much more seamlessly when heated. Nothing makes me sadder than when I add almond milk straight from the fridge to a cup of hot coffee and it instantly looks like a cup of miso soup with floating particles of the non-dairy milk). I instantly upgraded my usual breakfast when I picked up a Breville Hot Choc & Froth. Now on mornings when I’m not running around like a headless chicken, I spend the two extra minutes to make a quick café au lait dolloped with foam that feels like a total indulgence that doesn’t involve forking over $5 to a barista.
Step 2: Make a Game Plan Read more
by Kristina Bornholtz in Behind the Scenes, How-to, December 28th, 2016
If you’ve ever enjoyed a plate of eggs Benedict for brunch, you know the rich decadence of poached eggs. To poach something is to cook it in liquid, and those poached eggs nestled atop a bed of Canadian ham and an English muffin bottom were gently simmered in hot water. Though poaching an egg requires a bit more finesse than does, say, scrambling one, the process is simple nonetheless — as is the technique of poaching just about anything else. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts shared tips for poaching eggs, plus salmon and pear. Read on below to get the recipes.
How to Make Poached Eggs
Let’s start with breakfast so you can make your own eggs Benedict. In addition to the eggs, you’ll need just one ingredient: vinegar, which helps to keep the whites intact and surrounding the yolks, instead of running in the water. It’s a good idea to crack the eggs into bowls before dropping them in the vinegar-laced water; in case the yolks break, you’ll be able to rescue them beforehand.
by Eric Kim in Holidays, How-to, December 13th, 2016
Dear readers, this is my confession. I may work in food, but for my entire life, I have been holding my knife incorrectly. And using the wrong knives. And generally making life more difficult for myself than it needed to be.
Finally, I decided to do something about it.
For the last four years of my life, I was a college student, settling for cutting everything in my house with a haphazard set of serrated and paring knives. Everything worked, but just barely. I was too busy focusing on my classes to focus on technique or true expediency.
But now I have graduated and have a little more dignity than a bowl full of misshapen veggies — and the constant fear that I might slice my finger off with a steak knife as I slice through a slippery mango. And I have a whole slew of foodie co-workers to impress. So, what does any post-grad with a plan do?
Go back to school, of course.
by T.K. Brady in How-to, October 25th, 2016
There’s the coconut-based macaroon, wet and miserably dense. And then there’s the ambrosial French macaron — lighter, more ethereal and only a little harder to pronounce (mah-kah-ROHN).
The cupcake craze may have come and gone, but macarons will always have, for me, a timeless mysticism about them. Maybe it’s their aromatic chewiness or their richly scented history as descendants of the medieval Arab world (think pistachios, almond pastries and rose water).
One thing’s for certain: The perfect macaron can be impossible to find.
by Lauren Piro in How-to, October 20th, 2016
Halloween is just around the corner. If you’re still brainstorming a kid-friendly costume, look no further than your kitchen for inspiration! These costumes are all made out of balloons and clothing your kid already owns. Read on for step-by-step instructions on how to make them. Read more
by Lauren Piro in How-to, September 14th, 2016
When you’re scooping out a pumpkin to make a jack-o’-lantern for Halloween, fight the urge to toss the seeds in the trash. We know — they come out covered in orange goop. But you’d be surprised how quickly they turn into a crunchy, roasty snack, with just a little extra effort. We’ve outlined how to save and roast pumpkin seeds here, but here’s the short version: Clean them in a colander to remove the pulp, spread them on parchment to air-dry, and then toss them in your favorite flavorings and roast at 425 degrees F for about 10 minutes. That’s it!
They’re delicious simply sprinkled with salt (that’s what we did above), but they’re also the perfect blank canvas for many spice and seasoning combos. Try tossing your seeds in these mixes.
The thing about a kitchen is that no matter how diligent you are about keeping it clean, no amount of counter-wiping, dish-washing, or leftovers-eating is ever going to combat the inevitable clutter. Kitchens come with stuff — which is probably why you have a Pinterest board full of pantry organizing ideas, all promising a neater, more efficient space (plus, they’re just really cool to look at). We asked four bloggers with fabulous pantries how they keep things tidy, and we suggest you steal all of their genius ideas.