My Kitchen Tool Recommendations

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Readers often ask what tools I use in my kitchen. I recently discovered kit.com, which makes it easy to curate products into easy-to-use lists. So here’s my first kit, a collection of the countertop appliances that have earned their precious square inches by being rock-solid workhorses for years.

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Homemade Vanilla Wafers – Recipe

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These homemade vanilla wafers, courtesy of my friend Nick at ChefSteps, might not look like the Nabisco variety, but with a ton of vanilla bean seeds, they taste about 1000x better. Click through below for the full recipe.

Vanilla Wafers

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Pomme Rösti

Pomme Rösti

Growing up in Kentucky, I’ve always been crazy about hashbrowns, specifically Waffle House hashbrowns. They are the kind made with shredded potatoes, fried in a thin layer so that they have a very high ratio of crispy crust to creamy interior. Now, I prefer them scattered, smothered, and covered, which means tossed on the grill …

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Watercress Puree – Recipe

This easy method for making a silky smooth watercress puree can be used for other greens from spinach to sorrel. The vibrant green color looks gorgeous on any plate. Click on the card below to get the full recipe.

Watercress Purée

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Chanterelle Tostadas – Recipe

Chanterelle Tostadas

Notice anything different around here? Yep, I decided it was time to give the site a more modern look, so the textured blue background is gone in favor of lots of white space, and the navigation menu at the top stays in place so you can find your way around without so much scrolling. Let …

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Beet (!) Tartare Redux – Recipe

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Years ago, I posted a  recipe for a very simple beet tartare. Then a couple weeks ago, the ChefSteps team was working on some distinctly non-vegetarian tartares and I challenged them to upgrade my beet version. Needless to say, Ben crushed it. I had the painful chore of tasting many different versions as he dialed it …

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So You Want to Stage (Intern) at a Restaurant

So… you are a middle manager in charge of filing reports in triplicate, but you are a good home cook, watch Top Chef and read Lucky Peach, and secretly fantasize about giving up your day job to work in a kitchen. You probably know enough to know that the restaurant world has a place for …

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