I love three-ingredient salads. I was turned on to this type of salad when I had the duck confit, butternut squash and local greens bowl at Abattoir. So tonight I thought I’d do something similar: baby field greens, roasted sweet potato and hanger steak. I wish there was more to write about it, but other [...]
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I always call cooking “The Hardest Craft” and truly mean it. Cooking tends to be incredibly unforgiving to the novice and madness-inducing to the emotionally involved. The more I learn about cooking, the more I feel compelled to revisit the simple, everyday comfort foods and look at them through the lens of proper technique.
So it turns out that Alton Brown’s call for 1 cup of buttermilk is not out of whack at all for 2 cups of flour; it’s simply the most reasonable amount without having a scale. That being said, the increased amount of butter made a BIG difference in my biscuits once I used a scale [...]
Biscuits are relatively easy to make. Well, relatively as compared to a traditional leavened bread. I’ve found this out the hard way since after years of working on “regular” cooking, I decided to try my hand at some baking. Easy turbo. I was not prepared for how tremendously difficult it was to make simple white [...]
The title of this post is misleading, but it does bring up one of the major quandaries of home cooking: what to do with the stuff you opened up and should really use? It’s not necessarily that you have leftovers, it’s that you opened that quart of beef stock to use a cup and now [...]
Even I’ll admit that there’s no way for a working person to do this in the morning without waking up really early. Still, I had a little time this morning so I made my own version of the venerable Egg McMuffin… The only messy part here is the hashbrown patty which requires using a mandolin, [...]
The weekday dinner: the contemporary American challenge. With busy schedules and the devilish temptations of Rachel Ray and Sandra Lee to take the easy way out and use Cheez Whiz and supermarket pre-marinated monstrosities, consistently eating good food and not going broke is a difficult proposition. At our house the challenge is getting it done [...]