The Best Way to Sharpen Your Knives at Home

Chefs Choice 130 Knife Sharpener

I’m kind of a freak about sharp knifes. When I cook in other folk’s kitchens I usually find their knives are as dull as a wiffle ball bat, and I can’t figure out how they stand it.

Few things make your life in the kitchen more enjoyable than truly sharp knives. They make your work faster, …

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Caramelized Banana and Buttermilk Panna Cotta – Vegetarian Panna Cotta Recipe

Banana Buttermilk Panna Cotta (unmolded)

Panna cotta is a classic Italian dessert, traditionally made from cream and milk set with gelatin, which isn’t vegetarian. The gelatin is what makes it different from flan (set with eggs) or pudding (set with starch and sometimes eggs). The best panna cotta is ultra-creamy and just barely set – it should have a distinct …

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The Dirt Candy Cookbook – Review

The Dirt Candy Cookbook

Amanda Cohen is a bad-ass chef. I had the terrific experience of staging (interning) with her for a few days last year. You should read about that first.

Short-version: Amanda owns and runs the tiny, edgy, imaginative and incredibly cool Dirt Candy in New York’s East Village. As far as I know, she’s the only vegetarian …

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Cucumber and Mango Salad with Sweet Chili Dressing – Recipe

We always have Thai sweet chili sauce around the house. It is more sweet and tangy than spicy, but with just enough kick to add some interest. Sure, you could make it yourself, but the beauty is in having it in your refrigerator for those moments when you need to turn some basic ingredients into dinner …

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Potatoes with Crispy Curry Leaves – Recipe

How is this for confusing? Curry powder is not made from curry leaves. Good Indian cooks tend to mix spices for individual dishes, although there are some mixtures that are fairly standardized, like garam masala. In the west, some truly awful, unbalanced spice mixtures go by the name of curry powder and should be roundly …

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Red Winter Minestrone with Winter Greens Pesto

Red Winter Minestrone with Winter Greens Pesto

If you are a dedicated locavore, or farmer’s market shopper, or year-round CSA subscriber, you are all too familiar with this issue: depending on where you live, there are several loooong months of the year where the main local vegetables available are the hearty dark leafy greens and root vegetables. You are going to need …

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Why You Need an Instant-Read Kitchen Thermometer

Digital Kitchen Thermometer

An instant-read thermometer might seem like one of those kitchen gadgets you don’t really need. Most of us cook by the seat of our pants anyhow, right? Maybe it seems a little too “cheffy?” But I think you’ll find that if you get one, even a basic $12 model like I have pictured above, you’ll …

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