Now that the holidays are rapidly approaching, ovens will be running on overtime, and kitchens are gonna get messy. To keep that mess in your kitchen and off your fantastic holiday outfit, you're gonna need an apron.
This is Offbeat Home's archive of cooking posts.
I read a critique recently that said cooks are too dependent on garlic and onion to spice dishes. I know I've been quite guilty of that. so when I identified that I'm allergic to onions and garlic, I'm trying to look at it as an opportunity to break out of a rut and try out some new flavors in my kitchen. So homies, tell me about some of your favorite spices and how you use them!
Like any offbeat roundup post, I tried to find as many colorful and fun options as is possible to find in the appliance section. We've got rice cookers that look like robots, we've got round ones, square ones, even teal ones! Check 'em out and get cooking…
We just moved into a lovely older house that we're planning on renting for at least a year. It doesn't have a microwave, and I'm inclined to keep it that way. I am seriously at a loss, however, for how to heat up leftovers — especially meat — without making them rubbery and dry. Any tips for this erstwhile cook?
Public grills get a bad rap. I can definitely see why. They're always coated in the mysterious carbony remains of meals past. There's usually some bird poop on or around them. The ash pile inside is a ghastly reminder that anything — anything — could've been cooked on these rusty little public servants. I promise with just a little work, a public grill can be a totally serviceable cooking option.
With recipes in most cookbooks and websites ranging for 4-to-6 servings per recipe, this usually means we have a LOT of leftovers. We have been halving the recipes we're eating, but often this doesn't work. Does anyone have any suggestions for cookbooks/websites that specialize in smaller portions, or any reducing portion size tips you'd like to pass on to a novice?
Maybe you are starting to make Meat-Free Mondays a regular at your dining table. Or maybe you are one-half of a vegetarian/meat-eating couple. As a vegetarian, I want more adventurous dishes, and my partner wanted meat. So over time, we have started cooking meals that are what I call "meat adaptable."
A few years ago I was watching an episode of one of Jamie Oliver's cooking shows. He noted, with an aire of superiority, that he doesn't even own a microwave. I remember thinking that he was a) wrong, and b) preachy. But the idea of having my shit so damn together that I didn't need the convenience of a microwave stuck with me.