In the days before we had non-stick cookware, we had the next best thing - seasoned cast iron cookware. While non-stick cookware has certainly outdone cast iron cookware in the non-stick category, cast iron pots and pans are still favored by many chefs, including the professionals because of their durability and ability to retain flavor.
But, if you're not lucky enough to have a hand-me-down from Grandma, you may find yourself... Read More
The secret to a great-tasting, smooth and creamy risotto is patience. While it may take a little more time and attention to make this Italian favorite, it is definitely worth the wait. And once you see how versatile and easy it really is, and discover the countless dishes that can be made with a risotto base, you won't mind it a bit.
Risotto is traditionally made with... Read More
Vegetables don't have to be boring. There are a variety of ways to prepare vegetables without losing color, texture or nutrients. And we're not thinking salads and a thousand ways to dress them up. Steaming vegetables is a great and viable option. The process is quick, rather hassle-free and produces nutritious and quick dishes to complement any meal.
Steaming is a simple... Read More
by Dawn Lewis
Roasted peppers are a great way to bring out flavor and add unique flavors to many different dishes. Peppers, either sweet or hot, can be roasted in a variety of ways. Once they are roasted they can be added to salads, casseroles, sandwiches, and much more. Let's first look at two different ways to roast peppers.
One way to... Read More
Whatever mood you are in, for crust that is thick or thin, herbed or stuffed, you are in luck. When you make your own pizza crust, anything is possible. Whether you want a supreme pizza with all the toppings, a vegetarian pizza or a simple cheese pizza, you can make it happen. You are in control of exactly what goes into the crust and onto the pizza. You are only limited by your... Read More
A sizzling, succulent steak; just the thought of one makes your mouth water. But how hard it is to properly prepare the best beef? You can surely get a sublime grilled steak at a fancy steakhouse, but how many times have you been disappointed with the steaks at a friend or neighbor's backyard barbecue? Or worse, at your own?
You may have premium barbecue equipment, but you... Read More
by Jared Garrett
The Western world loves bread. It's hard to find something better than the sliced version. But have you ever considered making your own bread? Doing this at home, let's say without a breadmaker but with a bread mixer, can be a deeply satisfying experience. Just imagine: It's a cold winter day and you're sitting down to a cup of hot chocolate with a slice of warm,... Read More
There's nothing like making your own broth. The flavor is richer and more complex than store bought. Even the process of making your own broth is more satisfying. It is surprisingly easy and inexpensive to do. Your homemade broth can be used to make far more than legendary soups. Even more enticing, you can use your homemade broth to create better tasting stews, sauces and gravy,... Read More
Souffles are a lovely way of treating the special people in our lives. Whether you are serving a hot savory souffles with the main course or as a dreamy dessert it is an elegant addition to any meal.
Not only is it prized for its delectable flavor and airy consistency, but the charm of a souffle is its spectacular appearance as it rises magnificently above the rim of the... Read More
by Lerrina Collins
What can turn a spicy, smelly vegetable into a sweet, flavor-enhanced delight? Caramelizing! At least when it comes to onions. While some people enjoy onions any way they can get them, most have learned cooking, particularly grilling or sauteing, changes the onion's chemical makeup, diminishing its strong flavor and even adding a hint of sweetness. ... Read More