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How To: Memorize Any Number Using Mnemonics

By: JoelSelby May 02, 2018 08:41

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...the basket. Finally, he realizes that he has the drink, side, and dessert, but forgot the main course. So he pulls out a package of ground beef from the fridge and slaps some patties on the stovetop grill pan. In his haste, he burns the burgers, which blankets the kitchen in a thick layer of fog. Archimedes the owl, irritated as usual, peeks his head out of his birdhouse on the countertop, gripes at D...

It's Ramp Season, People!

By: Allan April 23, 2018 13:45

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...ness.  If you insist on getting other foods involved, consider mincing them into a relish and spooning it all over bratwurst during the first possible weekend it isn't irresponsible to get out the grill. Or, if you have a few other standbys around including short grain rice, gochujang, kimchi, a few random veggies that you can quickly stir fry (like, say, zucchini, green beans, any leafy green, etc....

Get a Tax Refund This Year? Here are 9 Things We Think You Should Spend It On

By: Chris April 17, 2018 14:45

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...limited to: sweet European-made enamel-coated cast iron, really really nice stainless steel pots and pans, fancy countertop appliances, high-quality German or Japanese steel knives, or any variety of grills, smokers, and other assorted backyard cookery options. So, get yourself one. If you don't have an enamel dutch over, we'd start there. A 7 1/4 qt from Le Creuset or Staub 7 Qt Oval Coquette are h...

Make This: Brazed Aluminum Shop Bookends

By: David April 16, 2018 13:15

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...A blowtorch is a truly versatile tool. We talked about six unexpected uses for them last year, showed you how to make a simple blowtorch forge, and even why a blowtorch is our favorite way to light a grill. Yep, we think it's an essential tool. The Bernzomatic TS8000 produces a large, optimized swirl flame provides maximum heat output. The auto start/stop ignition lights and extinguishes with the pu...

You Should Be Burning Your Brassicas

By: Allan March 30, 2018 08:45

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...a hot and dry environment. A field of rapeseed flowers. These will eventually be pressed to produce canola oil.  How did they miss it for so long? Its not as if high temp ovens or live-fire grills were unheard of before the millennium. But for some reason, vegetables were often canned, frozen, or brought to the table dripping with the water in which they were poached or steamed. I think back...

It Turns Out, a $500 Blender is Totally Worth It

By: Allan March 28, 2018 13:30

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..., char the outsides of the green onions after trimming off the very tops and the root bottoms. You want an onion that looks like it has received some serious heat. If you don't have these, but have a grill, toss the onions on the grill on both sides until well charred. Right after taking them off the heat, wrap the onions in a tinfoil packet for at least an hour. You want them to steam in their own c...

How To: Build A Pegboard Blowtorch Holder

By: David March 13, 2018 10:00

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...A blowtorch is a truly versatile tool. We talked about six unexpected uses for them last year, showed you how to make a simple blowtorch forge, and even why a blowtorch is our favorite way to light a grill. Yep, we think it's an essential tool. The Bernzomatic TS8000 produces a large, optimized swirl flame provides maximum heat output. The auto start/stop ignition lights and extinguishes with the pu...

14 Seriously Tasty Burgers You've Got to Try this Weekend

By: Chris February 16, 2018 08:00

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The burger is usually thought of as summer fare — the progeny of some spatula-wielding self-appointed grill master. But true burger fans know that the very best are not cooked over grill grates, but on screaming hot solid surfaces, where the rendering fat and juices stay near the patty, creating not only a...

This is a Seriously Good Deal on a High-Quality Cast Iron Skillet

By: Chris February 14, 2018 12:45

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...on nearly everything. It's equally at home on a gas, electric, or induction stovetop. It easily goes from burner to oven (and back again), and is the cookware of choice for open flame situations like grilling (charcoal or gas), or campfire cooking. You could even use it in the freezer You can serve food right in it. Take it out of the oven, place on some heavy duty trivets with a serving spoon, and j...

The Dramatically Awesome Way to Open your Champagne in Less Than a Second

By: Allan February 12, 2018 13:11

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...he was not allowed to demonstrate on network television. These have included things like "dirty steaks" where you cook a hanger steak directly on natural wood coals, the most efficient way to light a grill (spoiler: it's by using what is basically a flame thrower), and, my favorite,  a how-to for performing the mythically aristocratic "saber service"––how to open a bottle of champagne with a saber or o...

Stone Cold Flavor: Why a Mortar and Pestle Gets the Most Out of Your Food

By: Allan February 01, 2018 14:30

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...h something simple. And nothing is simpler than a true Provençal aioli. If you've been to an Applebee's in the last decade or so, there is a very good chance that you've ordered some onion rings or a grilled chicken sandwich with something called "aioli" on top. The term became one of those words that food marketers got their hands on to describe gussied-up mayonnaise. It sounds a little bit like "oil"...

18 Essential Cookbooks That Belong In Your Library from Now Until the End of Time

By: Chris January 24, 2018 15:15

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...to the traditional cookbook. It's a reference book, big and useful, and you'll be able to find the ingredients at nearly any well-stocked grocery store. If you don't know much beyond instant rice and grilled cheese sandwiches, this is a fine place to start.   4. Rick Bayless. Mexico: One Plate at a Time. Scribner, 1999. Not all nearly twenty-year old cookbooks have aged well. But this one...

How to Smoke Cocktails at Home...No Special Equipment Required

By: Chris November 03, 2017 13:15

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...n, it will generate enough smoke for a small application like this). The easiest way is to simply get some hardwood chunks, chips, or sawdust sold for precisely this purpose. You can get these in the grilling section of the hardware store, the home improvement center, or a culinary shop. Something like this $4.00 bag of apple wood chips would produce enough smoke for hundreds of cocktails.  After th...

How to Make: Crazy Tasty Spiced Pumpkin Butter in Your Slow Cooker

By: Chris October 26, 2017 11:15

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...In addition to spreading it on toast or a muffin, pumpkin butter works great in raviolis, cheesecakes, soups, sauces, lattes, bread, pizza, cookies and cocktails. My favorite way to use it is on a grilled cheese sandwich made with gruyere. Get creative and enjoy. Cheers.   Yum, right? Here's all those photos all formatted up for social media. Do use a favor and share it on Pinterest, ple...

7 Things I'm Totally Obsessed with This Month (October 2017 Edition)

By: Chris October 23, 2017 14:15

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...ely. I hope they make 100 more.  3. The Op-Doc: "I Have a Message for You" by Matan Rochlitz This one can speak for itself.    4. The Thing I Want to Put in My Mouth All the Time: Grill Smoked Winter Squash I could eat winter squash every day during the fall. And, for the last week, I have. I discovered it's even better if you roast it on the grill with a chunk of hardwood. The s...