I call it kitchen therapy. When the world doesn’t seem to be working the way I want it to work, I know I can step into my kitchen and at least control something. Cooking places me firmly in command. I wield steel in my hands, master fire, and unleash my primal self – along with […]
Summer is clearly here and that means all your neighbors who have planted gardens are now reaping pound upon pounds of zucchini. Anyone who has planted zucchini knows that real zucchini grows to monster sizes. When a basket of monster zucchini appear on your doorstep, or if you are an urban dweller you see the […]
I grew up in Montana with a big garden. In one corner of the garden was a patch of rhubarb. Honestly, if I wasn’t raised with it, I would have just considered it a big overgrown weed. I would eat it raw, dipping it into sugar to counteract the bitter taste. My mom would make […]
While eating at one of Chicago’s many hot dog places with a friend who was enjoying a hot dog with the works, I had an idea for something different. In Chicago a hot dog with everything on it is something special. It is a unique masterpiece that has its origins in lore. Vienna Beef provides […]
What if I told you that you could learn culinary skills from some of the best chefs available? You’d be pleased. And if I told you that you didn’t need to pay for the opportunity, you’d be pleasantly pleased.
The good folks over at Lifehacker have put together some great video tutorials on knife work, omelette making, and chicken roasting as presented by Anthony Bourdain, Jacques Pepin, and Thomas Keller. I am a big fan of cooking shows but a lot of shows make assumptions about basic cooking techniques. They sort of have to because they are trying to present complex recipes in a limited time span so they can’t always cover the basics. Even for experienced cooks, there is real value in trying to learn basic techniques. Okay, if you are a really experienced cook then you have the basics down pat. For those of us who are clearly amateurs, learning some basics is good.
Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean the fun stops. We still have several weeks of frigid temps, snow, and ice to contend with before the salvation of spring. How are we going to spend that time? I say we rub elbows with our friends over delightfully warm adult beverages. Winter drinks are an […]