Grill enthusiasts find a way to get the job done. But that doesn't necessarily mean a grill hack is necessary to achieve wanted results. After all, grilling is about relaxing; fighting through some shaky contraption just isn't for anybody. (Although, with the weather outside being so frightful, one does have plenty of time to ponder possibilities.) For an elegant solution to stir-fry or griddling on the grill, there is an easier way.
There is no denying that--even for those who never cook--salt and pepper are two kitchen essentials, whether they're in dedicated shakers or those little packets you get from take-out. As long as they are going to be mainstays in the kitchen, they might as well live in a distinctive (and easy-to-find) container.
Styled somewhat like a metal rocket toy from the 50s, the Prepology 2-in-1 Salt and Pepper Mill gives these kitchen essentials a worthy home. Featuring more than just good looks, the mill delivers fresh flavor via the use of its ceramic grinding mechanism. The gadget stores peppercorns … Read more
For a good part of the country, outdoor grilling is the furthest thing from the mind. It's cold, it's wet, and it's snowy: three ingredients that don't usually make for a good barbecue. The weather outside may be frightful, but the thought of grilled meats is always delightful, so what is one to do? Grilling requires a hands-on experience regardless of rain, sleet, or snow. So if visions of chicken and chops dance in your head, the only option may be to brave the elements. Unless, of course, you decide to phone it in.
Never before has cupcake accessibility been easier. The cult of the cupcake has taken on epic proportions: from dedicated bakeries to food trucks specializing in the sweet treats, cupcakes are readily available practically anytime, anywhere. It is easy to see why; they are small, portable, and sweet. However if your town hasn't yet jumped on the cupcake bandwagon, there is still hope.
Cupcakes have always been rather easy to bake, but that doesn't mean that it couldn't be made easier. The Sunbeam FPSBCML900 Cupcake Maker, which is available at Target, is a delightful little appliance that bakes … Read more
A bowl is a bowl is a bowl. You put stuff into it, and then you eat out of it. Or perhaps you prep food in it and then transfer the food into another bowl. And glass bowls certainly aren't unknown to ovens; they make remarkable vessels for cooking food in. Usually however, one bowl isn't meant for all three tasks at once.
One bowl that can go from prep to oven to table is the Lekue Steam Roaster Bowl. The remarkably convenient vessel owes its versatility to a simple tab and slot arrangement along with silicone construction. … Read more
The centerpiece for Thanksgiving dinner has always been the trickiest aspect to the meal, as well it should be. Side dishes may dot the tablescape like punctuation, but it is the bird that is, and always has been, the word. Taming the turkey doesn't have to be an exercise in frustration, as a little preparation can go a long way.
Brine that bird. Aside from actually placing the turkey into the oven, the most important step also happens to be the first one: brining. In its simplest form, brining is little more than a saltwater bath. What makes it truly special, however, is what happens next. The saltwater solution denatures proteins as it travels into the bird, and carries flavor imparted from herbs and spices along with it. There are plenty of brining recipes out there, but no matter what you choose, you're going to need a vessel of some kind to hold it.
Turkeys, being the odd shape that they are, don't naturally fit into too many tight spaces. That's where brining bags come in. Finding just the perfectly-sized (food-safe) container to hold a turkey for 12 hours or so can be somewhat of a challenge, but when the bird is safely ensconced within a bag, finding the right vessel becomes a whole lot easier. Just stick the bird in the bag and the bag in a big enough pan (perhaps the roasting pan itself or a small cooler) and then the whole contraption goes into the fridge. Just don't forget to add those spices to allow the saltwater bath to do its magic science.… Read more
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