Last weekend I had some friends over for dinner, and I was in a quandary as to what to make for dessert. These quandaries usually start with inadequate planning and are complicated by my desire not to return to the grocery store, and that was the case this time. It came down to something with […]
Entries Tagged as 'Tools'
November 11th, 2007 · Comments Off on Cooking the thing for dull day · Cooking tips, General, Tools
It’s a gray and blustery day today in Lawrence, Kansas. Never mind that it’s peculiarly warm and humid outside, it’s still rather gloomy. Rather than brood or immerse myself too completely in newspapers, I decided to cook and am richly rewarded for my efforts. Exhibit A: Pepper Risotto I used to hate bell peppers, but […]
September 3rd, 2007 · 41 Comments · Food preparation, Tools
Anybody who cooks very much appreciates the value of good tools, and I’m here to tell you that my new/old chinois is the coolest tool I’ve acquired in a long time. I probably never would have bought one. You rarely see them in stores, and many are rather expensive. But when my friend Susan offered […]
July 9th, 2007 · Comments Off on Tip: Long-handled spoon makes great chicken lifter · Cooking tips, Tools
A long handled wooden spoon or cooking spoon with a heavy, rigid handle makes easy work of lifting a hot (or cold!) chicken. Just insert the business end of the spoon into the large cavity and lift.
June 25th, 2007 · Comments Off on Tip: Roll dough up with a towel · Cooking tips, Tools
Rolling up dough as for cinnamon rolls is easy and neat work with the help of a tea towel. Roll out a soft dough onto flowered towel, then lift edge of towel to roll it over onto itself.
June 18th, 2007 · Comments Off on Tip: Stop that bowl turning · Cooking tips, Tools
It’s happened to you: The bowl, especially that handy stainless steel bowl, insists on spinning as you stir or as you run your hand-held electric mixer in it. The solution is simple. Put a fabric or silicone hot pad or a folded towel underneath the offending spinner. Voila! Problem solved. Same solution works for a […]