Electric skillets are surprisingly handy; you never know you need one until you need one. It may be needed due to a full cooktop or perhaps it would be used as a portable cooking device, but when the time comes it can be painfully obvious that having a skillet on hand would be quite beneficial. While being faced with a want for just one more burner may be the impetus to explore electric skillets, having one that can do a little more makes it all the more valuable.
Not everybody enjoys cooking. I know, I know. It seems like a crazy thing to believe, impossible even; yet strange as it may sound, it happens to be true. For those who find the kitchen akin to a torture chamber, they look upon kitchen gadgets and appliances as something clearly designed to cause pain, while the rest of us see only possibilities of meals to be. While no appliance can eliminate the waves of terror that some may feel when faced with an approaching mealtime and no cash on hand for delivery, perhaps having one customizable multitasker can help make … Read more
As far as required cleaning tasks go, doing the dishes usually isn't too bad of a chore. But that doesn't mean anybody necessarily wants to do them. One way to keep the pile under control is to keep it simple when it comes to cooking. However, that's easier said than done as there is no shortage of kitchen gear to choose from when deciding what's for dinner. One sure way to help eliminate (or at least minimize) the mess is to cook everything in one pot.
Time is a friend to barbecue. While grilling up some burgers in the backyard will always be an activity that is enjoyable at any speed, real barbecue is an activity that moves at its own pace. The flavor that the "low and slow" cooking method imparts on meats is simply incomparable. But that doesn't mean it hurts to try to speed up the process--indoors.
The Only Indoor Pressure Smoker from Hammacher Schlemmer may eschew tradition when it comes to barbecue, but it can do so much more. All pressure cookers decrease cooking time simply by creating their … Read more
Sharing has always been important in how it relates to food. Survival of the species has certainly relied on such considerations as sharing time, resources, and effort, and today it is no different. A reflection of this reality can be found in our very own homes--or at least in the kitchen. Though nobody is going to go extinct if you grab the last slice of pizza, it doesn't hurt to have something else in the oven just in case.
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Time is running out on fun in the sun. All those activities--like going to the beach, picnicking in the park, or grilling in the backyard--are facing a closing window of opportunity. Soon, the weather will change, and outside activities along with it. The great outdoors, however, will still offer a fantastic assortment of things to do; it's just that they'll be a lot colder. Where once outdoor activities were associated with hot dogs and hamburgers, the turning of the season will now replace them with another, great seasonal food: soup.
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Finding the best way to serve food is often a challenge. When it comes to finding a way to serve a complete meal, all at one time, the challenge can become more difficult than cooking the meal in the first place. As the protein, the starch, and the vegetable progress through the process of cooking, it is rare that they all finish at the same time. Keeping one warm while the others finish then becomes a priority. When it comes to cooking for a crowd, the task can become downright difficult.
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Cooking can be like a puzzle. Figuring out what to eat and how to make it can be challenging enough, but then there is a further complication: the dishes. Finding ways to minimize mess translates into using fewer dishes. Regardless of what's on the menu, if the same appliance can be used to produce a full meal, then the game is won. When it comes to slow cooking, freshly cooked side dishes don't have to require separate cookware.
Some foods in the kitchen require patience to make, but it's not always about delicate operations such as cooking a soufflé. Even relatively sturdy foods at times require us to slow down and take things one step at a time. When it comes to cooking pancakes for a crowd, the griddle can quickly become a crowded landscape with the only option being to work in batches. Though waiting to dig in to a plate of pancakes can be an unwanted exercise in patience, keeping them warm and at the ready is always a good thing.
Fall may or may not be in the air in the part of the country where you happen to live, but another aspect of the season is definitely live no matter where you call home: football. From back yards to parks to stadium parking lots, the oddly shaped ball is being tossed back and forth, and the players are sure to be working up an appetite. Luckily, there is one thing (well, in addition to beer) that is the perfect accompaniment to football games everywhere. I speak of course, of tailgating.