Posts Tagged ‘tips’

Mexican Mortar and Pestle – Best Molcajete For Homemade Guacamole

Written by Peter Allen on . Posted in Tools & Gadgets

The best salsas are homemade. Guacamole is best made at home, too, from your personal favorite blend of herbs, spices, and vegetables. My recipe is a sacred tradition, assembled from at least a dozen hours scraping various online blogs for hidden grains of wisdom. It’s still a work in progress, but I get lots of compliments whenever I’m the one bringing dip to a gathering.

Paula Deen Cookware Reviews: True Southern Style Cookware?

Written by Peter Allen on . Posted in Cookware

Paula Deen’s life story is the quintessential American journey to success. After divorcing her husband, she turned to odd jobs in an attempt to support herself and her children. She only found success when she embraced her passion and started a catering business out of her own kitchen. Over a few years, the popularity of her dishes outgrew her home oven and she opened up a Southern-style buffet restaurant that got rave reviews. She authored books, appeared on many television programs, and ultimately wound up endorsing a line of cookware.

Can You Freeze Ricotta Cheese? Answers to Common Ricotta Queries

Written by Luisa Davis on . Posted in food

If you’re like me (a dessert aficionado), you probably have experienced a scenario wherein you have tons of leftover ricotta from your recipes with no idea on how and where to store it. How long will ricotta last in the fridge? Can you safely freeze ricotta? These are just some of the questions that went through my mind when I was left with a bowlful of excess ricotta from a cheesecake recipe I was making

Ballarini Cookware Review – A Hidden Italian Gem?

Written by Peter Allen on . Posted in Cookware

I’m not often surprised when a friend recommends a piece of cookware to me. I’ve been around kitchens for a couple decades now, including both professional kitchens and residential ones owned by my friends, and I’ve used pots and pans from dozens of labels.
Ballarini was not one I was familiar with until a couple years ago. I was hesitant to investigate it at first. After all, shouldn’t an expert like myself have heard of any brand worth using?

Wusthof vs Henckels: Choosing the best German chef’s knife

Written by Peter Allen on . Posted in Cutlery

Nothing will improve your kitchen more than a high-quality chef’s knife. While other tools might help with specialized tasks, a chef’s knife will see use in virtually every dish you make. You’ll chop vegetables, slice meats, shred herbs, and more. When your knives are sharp and comfortable to use, you’ll speed through food prep and get a lot more enjoyment out of the time you spend in the kitchen.

Tools Of The Trade Cookware Reviews – An Accessible Alternative To Top Brands?

Written by Peter Allen on . Posted in Cookware

If you’ve spent a lot of time reading cookware reviews, you probably know that pots and pans can handle totally differently, even if they look very similar. That’s why it’s important to take the time to get to know what’s really in each piece of cookware you’re buying. To make an informed buying decision, I believe that you need to know what something is made out of, who it’s made by, and what design features differentiate it from similar products.

Kyocera Ceramic Knife Reviews: The Sharpest Knives You Can Buy?

Written by Peter Allen on . Posted in Cutlery

I’m a big advocate of owning at least one traditional chef’s knife. For many of my friends, this starts out being a perfectly okay thing that they really enjoy. The problem arises when it’s time for them to sharpen their knife. For some reason, the same people that get their tires rotated religiously have a hard time taking their expensive knife to the mall for a cheap sharpening service once a year. This totally kills the advantage of owning an expensive chef’s knife. The purpose of a nice knife is that it’s easy to sharpen and that it stays sharp for longer. If you never sharpen it, however, it’s like a race car without fuel: useless.