Tag Archives: 2012

Rice-Aroma

maple tree from buzzle.com
I recently spent some time visiting friends in upper New York State. It was the perfect autumn get-away. The air was crisp and clear and the foliage was unbelievably beautiful. Maple trees ranged from bright yellow to deep reds and burnt orange.
A few of my friends attend St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. Although they live in a dorm they managed to make the space into a cozy, comfortable home. So comfortable, in fact, that the only time they spend away from their humble abode is to go to class, grab a scarce meal from the …

 

the magic of the mandoline

mandoline from zappos.com
Working in a restaurant over the past several months has taught me a lot about chef-worthy kitchen tools. One of the most used kitchen gadget is the mandoline. Not the musical instrument kind of mandolin, but the fruit and vegetable slicing mandoline.
When it comes to shredding carrots for salads, or potatoes for hash browns, the mandoline is the only tool to use. The different settings allow you to make wider or thinner sized slices, or longer or shorter slices, so that you’ll have the perfectly sized shred for anything you’re making.
And the OXO Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer takes shredding to …

 

Fortune Cookie Fever

from donnasgourmetcookies.com
Yesterday, as I was waiting for my iced soy hazelnut latte at my local coffee shop, the Barrista behind the counter had a bag full of “cookie crumbles” he was about the throw away. The broken pieces of cookie were still in perfectly good condition, they were just not whole enough to sell. And so, he willingly gave me two bags full of cookie pieces, as to avoid wasting the delicious desserts.
I brought the mixture of cinnamon-raison and double chocolate chunk cookies back to work with me, and my fellow employees devoured them without a second thought. This got …

 

Garden Fresh

basil from realsimple.com
One of the many fabulous summertime perks is having a lush, green garden. If you have a green-thumb then you’re probably eating home-grown veggies and enjoying beautiful flowers by the vase full. And, of course, one of the easiest and most commonly garden-grown treat, herbs!
Herbs add some serious flavor to food. Fresh basil adds a punch to pasta sauces and is unbelievably good on homemade pizza. Home-grown dill will have you eating coleslaw every night. And add fresh mint leaves to you’re iced tea, or simply chew on them to freshen breath!
If you’re an herb-lover then the Herb …

 

Right-On Ricer

applesauce from babble.com
Have you ever thought about making homemade applesauce? With fresh ground cinnamon and a chunky apple consistency for a grown-up spin on our old friend Mott. Or maybe some delicious gnocchi, with a potato and cheese based chewy texture. And no one says no to fluffy, homemade mashed potatoes.
With today’s gadget you can make all of these tasty treats using the same tool! The OXO Potato Ricer will be your new favorite gadget, with it’s 3 easy-to-use changeable disk settings, ranging from fine to corse.
OXO potato ricer from chefscatalog.com
Simply add your softened potatoes or apples and with the …

 

Calling All Sandwiches

eggplant panini from acefitness.org
The sandwich has been a luncheon trademark for as long as I can remember. Satisfying and nutritious, there are endless options waiting to be stuffed between a couple slices of bread for a mid-day meal. From club sandwiches to tea sandwiches to wraps and flat-breads; one of my most beloved has to be the Panini.
Crispy on the outside with a golden crust and a warm, melty inside makes the panini irresistible.
And now you no longer have to eat-out to get your panini fix. The Giada Gourmet Panini Maker from Target is what you’ve been waiting for. It’s …

 

Pork Perfection

grilled meat from myrecipes.com
For this years July 4th cookout my Dad decided to make a pork roast. After he marinated the meat for a day, he cooked the pork shoulder for nine long hours on the grill over hickory-smoked wood chips until it reached peak tenderness. Personally, being a vegetarian, pork isn’t my cup of tea. But the process to prepare this dinner was pretty interesting, none the less.
Something that was as time consuming to prepare as that piece of pork should have incredible flavor. Over-cooking it would be a disaster and a huge waste of time.
And so, the importance …

 

Electric Pepper

black pepper from newsduniyaonline.com
Some people are shy when it comes to adding a peppery punch to their tuna salad. But personally, I like to spice things up in the kitchen.
Last week, as I was whipping up an omelette, I noticed the sub-par abilities of my pepper mill. I cranked and cranked, but the pepper only scantily dusted my breakfast.
And so, my hunt for the perfect mill began.
As I was browsing Williams-Sonoma online, I came across the Trudeau Graviti Electric Salt and Pepper Mills. Forget the old, out-dated mill that requires you to grind by hand. The Trudeau mills do all the …

 

King of the Corn

grilled corn on the cob from myrecipes.com
When I think about summer cookouts I think pasta salad and corn on the cob. As a kid it was often my job to shuck the corn before tossing it into the steamer. Smothering on the butter and sprinkling on the salt made for the most delicious combination of sweet and savory. I hardly minded all the corn-hair that got stuck in my teeth.
Today, I tend to skip the butter and salt and just enjoy the au-natural sweetness of the corn itself. Maybe it’s the novelty of eating something with my hands that makes …

 

Zap That

from scientificamerican.com
Today’s gadget is a little outside the kitchen cabinet, but stick with me and you might be happily surprised by this intriguing idea.
We’ve all been victims of a fruit fly infestation. Those pesky little buggers appear out of no where and are a pain in the apple to get rid of.
So many times I’ve boughten a bunch of bananas, and, especially in the humid summer air, they’ve gone brown before I’ve had time to enjoy them. And the minute your fruit surpasses prime ripeness the fruit flies begin to descend.
But thanks to the SE battery operated tennis racket bug zapper, …